- Name and Job title: Radimar Karsten – General Manager of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia.
- Describe yourself in 3 words: Balanced, proactive and analytical.
- Favourite hobbies: Fishing, but the Kunene River indicates that I am more of an angler than a fisherman. I have been really keen on birding lately and I love to keep my hands busy with big and small projects.
- What talent/superpower would you love to have: To read people’s minds. Or wait, sitting in the extreme, remote north-west of Namibia, to be able to fly, or magically make things happen.
- Favourite local place to visit or food to eat: Joe’s Beerhouse in Windhoek makes a pretty good eisbein, or pork knuckle.
- What have you accomplished in the last year that you are proud of? The development of the team at Serra Cafema, where I was previously General Manager. To have them believe in themselves as a team and as individuals. To see them striving for constant improvement and taking ownership and responsibility in their departments, and in the running of the camp. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.
- Tell us one story/memory that you have while working at Wilderness: Well, there was this one time our car broke down while travelling back to Serra Cafema. As Lady Luck, or probably Murphy would have it, it was not a camp vehicle, so the radio did not communicate with the repeater in camp. I also did not have a sat-phone with me, as I was supposed to fly into camp but my plans had changed. The breakdown was about 8 km from the airstrip, so we walked to the closest Himba village for help. It was a lovely 22 km hike, across soft dune sand and we eventually reached the village at 22h00. At the time it wasn’t the best experience, but a damn good memory for sure, LOL!
Thank you for sharing your story with us Radimar!