Pilot Manga

Pilot was born in a small village, Shorobe, on the edge of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. He spent his early life in the bush and on a remote cattle post attending Shorobe Primary School. Shopping trips with his parents would entail travel to Maun by Mokoro (a traditional mug canoe). Isaac could not attend high school, as his father passed away, however living in the Okavango Delta enabled him to learn about birds and the wildlife in the area.

He was employed by Wilderness safaris in Botswana, where he worked from October 1986 till the end of 2005 as a Safari assistant for the proprietor of the company in the then Overland Department. In 1991 he qualified as a professional safari guide and assisted overland safaris taking guests through most of northern Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He then learned the operations and logistics of the company by managing stock and food orders, to the cooking details in camp, scheduling etc. Through the year, the department changed to Guided Safaris and then finally to Explorations. Pilot was confident with the change and guided many different safaris on schedules. Through his guiding Isaac had the opportunity to travel through Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe at a Regional level and travelled to Churchill Manitoba, Toronto and Miami on an International level. Throughout his travels, Isaac made many friends from all over the world, one of which included Steve Morello, field director of Natural Habitat Adventures (based in Colorado, USA). Steve was so impressed with Isaac that he invited him to join a Polar bear watch in Churchill, Manitoba. On the west coast of the Hudson Bay, Churchill becomes a stopover for thousands of migrating bears in the Canadian autumn. This amongst other trips, has given Isaac an edge and a greater understanding of international cultures. He attended and passed various professional guiding, walking, field & weaponary skills training courses, including the advanced guides training course, in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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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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    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

    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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    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
  • 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

    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

    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

    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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