Botswana | Namibia
Botswana | Namibia
My name is Galebotse Dux Mareja, affectionately known as Dux. I currently live in Maun in Botswana. I am a passionate nature conservationist, with a wealth of experience within the tourism industry. My career has spanned over 22 years where I have had the privilege of working in administration, as a guide and head guide, as a ranger trainer as well as a specialist guide across various fields (including birding and wildlife biology).
Always seeking new challenges, I am constantly looking for new opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally, within &Beyond. I am deeply passionate about &Beyond’s human development plan, and ultimately wish to play an integral role in driving these goals forward. Committed, honest, and reliable are just a few of the values I live by, and bring into the workplace. Adaptable, well-rounded and a team player, I enjoy meeting and working with people from all walks of life, and love learning from those around me.
With a strong organisational and administrative background, I take great pride in my capabilities to work effectively and efficiently. I am deadline orientated, and enjoy working under pressure. Highly knowledgeable within the tourism industry, with a great understanding of the needs and expectations, I believe I am an excellent ambassador not only for &Beyond, but also Botswana.
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I have been a full-time safari guide since 2006. Over the past 17 years, I have had the priviledge of developing and growing through the ranks to reach my current role as guide trainer.
Predominantly Botswana in southern Africa, as well as Namibia. I have also travelled enough to Kenya and Tanzania to have a good understanding of each country’s ecosystem and the seasonal dynamics.
I enjoy relaxing in nature, listening to the natural sounds of the bush. I particularly love spending time near water. I also love watching soccer, reading, and going to the gym.
Wildlife biology and wetland ecosystem specialisation. I also enjoy birdwatching, and have joined online birding platforms such as Merlin Bird ID and eBird for tracking and documenting purposes. I have spotted and recorded numerous birds across South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya.
I would like to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda. I’m also a big fan of tigers, and would love to travel to India, if the opportunity arises. India is on my bucket list.
African wild dog, cheetah, elephant and baboon – these are all animals with interesting dynamics and social structures. There is never a dull moment when observing them, and I am always entertained by their enthusiasm, behaviour and interactions.
With regard to birds; African skimmers, pelicans, spoonbills, and owls. Their adapted hunting techniques, patience and success makes them interesting to watch. Owls, for example, are specialised flyers; absolutely no sound is produced when they are in flight – a truly elegant and interesting species to observe.
I enjoy both land and water environments.
Chobe National Park for its large elephant herds, Savuti for predator interactions, Okavango Delta for unique water excursions and adapted species, and Makgadikgadi Pans with its large flocks of bright-pink flamingos and other specially-adapted desert dwellers.
I enjoy accompanying all guests; from solo travellers to families to groups. In particular, I love guiding photographers and special interest groups, and have over the years had various incredible opportunities to do so. I love helping to ensure their expectations are not only met, but well-exceeded, and that their African bush experience goes far beyond.
I travelled with two guests through Chobe National Park, Savuti and Okavango Delta. We recorded a total of 278 bird species, as well as saw two African wild dog hunt and make a kill. Having never seen African wild dog before, witnessing a hunt on their first sighting was epic. I am still in touch with these guests today; a true testament to how incredibly special the trip was.
A one-on-one encounter between a lioness and hyena – the lioness aggressively attacked and killed the hyena over the remains of lechwe kill.
Elephant mating within close proximity. Elephant swimming across the Chobe River with only the tips of their trunks peeking out.
Crocodile mating, and making the most unusual sound.
I am a passionate, nature-loving person, who is determined and loves the outdoors.
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