Get to know me in 7 – Faith

Question Time

  1. Name and Job title: Faith Moutloatse – General Manager at Little Vumbura Camp in Botswana.
  2. Describe yourself in 3 words: Innovative, structured and fun.
  3. Favourite hobbies: Reading, playing basketball and travelling.
  4. What talent/super power would you love to have: Carpentry (working on it).
  5. Favourite local place to visit or food to eat: Favourite local place to visit is a small village called Otse, not far from where I was born. A charming place with rolling hills, and a dam right in the middle of the village. A place where you find our own ‘Hill of Lovers’ a mysterious hill where lovers committed suicide, after being denied marriage by the Elders in ancient times (similar to Romeo and Juliet).
    My favourite food is Pap with Mophane worms.
  6. What have you accomplished in the last year that you are proud of: Five years ago, I sat in Kim Nixon’s office during our interview and he asked me that common question – ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ Without blinking, I said managing one of your luxury camps! At that time I did not even know what managing a camp entailed, and here I am today. I accomplished my goal 7 months earlier than the time I had set for myself, or promised Kim I would.
    During COVID I was asked to look after the DumaTau camps. During this time, I unwrapped and screwed together the furniture for all 12 rooms, before helping set up the rooms with the interior decorator. I did the same at Mombo in 2018, when we opened the refurbished camp. These camps have become very close to my heart, and I have a feeling I will be doing the same for Little Vumbura soon.
  7. Tell us one story/memory that you have while working at Wilderness: One early morning I was not thinking quite straight. I was carrying pots of food to the satellite kitchen for the guests’ breakfast, walking behind a guide who didn’t have a flashlight. On our way, we stumbled into a hippo’s butt! Luckily he was on his way to the water and ran away. That day, the guide requested to leave camp, as he thought he was bewitched. I laughed and told him he is blaming the poor witches for nothing, all he needed was a flashlight. On that day there were no sausages or bacon for early morning breakfast.
    During my first week, working at Mombo, I stayed in a research tent without flaps, just shade net. One night lions killed a buffalo, and pulled it almost under my tent! I had to listen to them fighting with hyenas over the carcass the whole night. That night I slept on the floor covered by a Mooinooi blanket. It was October and I sweated like I was in a sauna.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Faith!