Tuesday Dec 27, 2022
Understanding the uniqueness of the Iconic Okavango Delta; A conversation with Dux Mareja
My Podcast today is coming to you from the iconic Okavango Delta in Botswana, where Dux Mareja of Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp, part of the Nbeyond Group walks me through the uniqueness and why one needs to visit.
The Okavango Delta in northwest Botswana comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. It is one of the very few major interior delta systems that do not flow into a sea or ocean, with a wetland system that is almost intact. One of the unique characteristics of the site is that the annual flooding from the River Okavango occurs during the dry season, with the result that the native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles with these seasonal rains and floods. It is an exceptional example of the interaction between climatic, hydrological and biological processes. The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.
Dux is a passionate Nature Conservationist with a wealth of experience in the Tourism industry spanning over a period of twenty 20 years (6) years of admin and marketing and fourteen (14 years) within the field of guiding, (7 years as full-time guiding and fulfilling H/Guides roles & responsibilities and 7years now as ranger trainer and specialist guides in various fields including birding). He is always seeking new challenges where I am given an opportunity to grow with the company, helping the company achieve its ultimate goals under the component of human development.
A high degree of commitment, honesty, and reliability are some of the assets I would bring to any workplace. Dux has strong organizational and administrative skills with the highest ability to work independently without supervision. I enjoy working under pressure to meet tight deadlines. I am well-rounded in tourism industry needs and expectations, and a great ambassador to the company and the country of Botswana.
He is also capable of working in a multicultural team as I adapt to new cultures very easily. My previous and current positions involved working with large groups of people including external stakeholders. My dedication to a cause and high level of responsibility has always made me an asset to any organization.
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