Brooks Kamanakao

“I was really born in the bush” states Brooks. This rings true as he grew up in the small village of Motopi, on the banks of the Boteti River, one of the main channels of the Okavango Delta. Belonging to the Bayei tribe (the people who introduced mekoro to the Okavango Delta), Brooks had a fascination with Botswana’s wild areas from an early age. Determined to succeed, he began his career in tourism as a casual worker, was soon promoted to waiter and, as his natural talents and ambition presented themselves, was moved into the position of tracker. After a year of sitting in the tracker’s chair, he became a professional guide in 2000. Since then, Brooks has fine-tuned his skills working at Premier Camps such as Kings Pool and Mombo. In 2006, he left Mombo to join the Explorations team in order to enhance his knowledge of other areas of the country, and spend more time with guests. His superlative knowledge of the bush, friendly personality and interest in astronomy, birding and the diverse cultures of Botswana, combine to make Brooks a popular guide. Brooks has travelled to America and loves telling guests about the adventures he had there. Being a family man he enjoys spending time with both young and old and he particularly enjoys telling and educating guests about the history of Botswana. He loves walking and tracking and rarely gives up on the chase for wildlife. Brooks also enjoys photography and will always give his guests the best vantage point for photographs. A trip with Brooks will ensure that you go home with a greater knowledge of wildlife making you want to come back to Africa again and again.

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  • My husband and I recently returned from a thrilling trip to Africa. This trip fulfilled a life long desire to see wild animals in their natural habitat. It truly exceeded my expectations. Simon Gluckman of Intrepid Expeditions listened to our requests and planned a fabulous 13 day adventure. We traveled to four different camps. Not only did we see many animals we also visited a village, ... read more

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    Mary Clement
    10/17/2019

    Hey Simon,

    So sorry it's been so long to get in touch.

    We're still beaming from the trip! We can't say thank you enough for the incredible tour you organized. It was 5 star from the moment we opened the conversation with you. You and your team took so much care to get the details right and it was felt every exhilarating bump of the 4X4 track through the desert! The accommodations...
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    Ryan Flynn
    6/05/2019

    I have recently returned from a safari adventure put together by Simon Gluckman and Intrepid Expeditions and could not recommend him or his company more highly. The arrangements, accommodations and even the animals totally exceeded my expectations. Simon took the time to learn about our interests, desires and budget and put together an itinerary that not only delivered but was almost flawlessly executed. When one minor... read more

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    Neil G
    5/21/2019

    We were in expert hands with Andre at Intrepid Expeditions in planning a Nairobi Explorer and Masai Mara Safari and customizing it to fit seamlessly with our group’s other commitments in Nairobi. Andre was knowledgeable of the experience he was designing and extremely attentive to detail. He inspired confidence in the care and diligence he demonstrated with each conversation and exchange. Transports, hotel, lunch destinations and excursions... read more

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    Katherine McG
    11/19/2018
  • This was absolutely the most complete and well run excursion ever. Saw everything (except Rino), tour guides were excellent and expert and most accommodating. Camp was great, food the best and great staff!
    Wonderful four, full days. Highly recommend!

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    Frederic Clifford
    10/04/2018

    We've just returned from two glorious weeks in Uganda and Rwanda. Simon Gluckman made our trip planning process fun and easy. We were looking forward to Gorilla trekking, and in "exploring" the region. Simon has significant expertise in Africa, and after carefully listening to our ideas, he came up with many wonderful suggestions.

    We experienced a Chimp Habituation Trek in the Kibale Forest National Park, game viewing by boat...
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    Jaye P
    8/17/2018

    I can’t begin to decide what made my 50th birthday trip, organized by Intrepid Expeditions, our best trip ever. Could it be the personal service? From the very beginning, Simon made sure he knew what we wanted and our expectations. He narrowed down each area we wanted to visit with three suggestions of lodging and let me research and pick. All spot on suggestions and we could not have been... read more

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    Mari Campbell
    7/18/2018

    Best. Vacation. Ever!

    My family started planning a trip to Africa with Simon (Gluckman) and Jack (Kenner) last summer. Simon helped us tailor our trip such that we found the perfect balance between safety for my pre-teen kids while truly experiencing Africa’s incredible tapestry of nature and culture. There were numerous times along the way that I called Simon and questioned...
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    Adam Shirley
    6/21/2018

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