Meet the team

  • John Sobey - Managing Director
  • Riana Fourie - Sales & Marketing
  • Katie Hodges - Camp Manager
  • Wabongwa "Bongwe" Makate – Head Guide
  • Sekongo Katsotso – Lead Guide
  • Modley Manyema - Horse Manager
  • John Sobey - Managing Director

    John Sobey - Managing Director

    John has a farming background, growing up near Liskaerd in Cornwall, he came to Africa and has never looked back. He worked with Sarah-Jane Gullick, who founded African Horseback Safaris in 1995, as Head Guide at the first camp Macateer and then moved with the company to our present camp Macatoo. In 2004 he moved on to broaden his guiding experiences, leading riding safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. John’s love of the Delta bought him back to Macatoo in 2007, taking over the company as Managing Director. He now divides his time between camp, our office in Maun and the UK.
  • Riana Fourie - Sales & Marketing

    Riana Fourie - Sales & Marketing

    Riana joined African Horseback Safaris in 2010, having grown up in South Africa, she graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Riana, her husband and two children moved to Maun, Botswana, in 2006 to get closer to the bush. Horses have always been part of her life and she still owns a few horses both at her parents’ farm in South Africa and at her farm in Maun. She is able to combine her loves of Africa, horses and travel working for us and though her opportunities to ride are limited now, both of her children are keen riders and we do let her come to camp!
  • Katie Hodges - Camp Manager

    Katie Hodges - Camp Manager

    Katie grow up in the Hampshire countryside, and has ridden all her life, she first came to Macatoo as a guest in July 2005 and after a number of return visits started working for African Horseback Safaris in May 2013. Her background is a little unconventional for tourism, with an engineering degree and 13 years working in investment banking, however she fell in love with the bush on her first visit to Botswana, thoroughly enjoys meeting all of our guests. When time allows Katie still loves to join the rides.
  • Wabongwa "Bongwe" Makate – Head Guide

    Wabongwa "Bongwe" Makate – Head Guide

    Bongwe has been our Head Guide since 2004, he joined African Horseback Safaris in 1999 as a back up guide. He was born in Gweta on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans in north-eastern Botswana and moved to Maun as a child. He has always had a passion for wildlife and was even an active member of the wildlife club whilst at school. Bongwe has an unrivalled knowledge of the Okavango Delta, particularly the birdlife, with his keen sense of humour and tales of life in the bush you can guarantee that riding, driving, boating or walking with him is not only an education but a great deal of fun!
  • Sekongo Katsotso – Lead Guide

    Sekongo Katsotso – Lead Guide

    Sekongo grew up in Etsha 13 on the pan handle in north-western Botswana. He became lead guide in 2007, having joined African Horseback in the maintenance department, progressing through back up guiding before taking the lead. Sekongo has an infectious smile and an extremely broad knowledge of the Delta, he’ll ensure that your riding will be unforgettable.
  • Modley Manyema - Horse Manager

    Modley Manyema - Horse Manager

    Mod has been part of the African Horseback Safari’s team since 1998, he was involved in building the camp on its present site at Macatoo, before starting work in the barn and becoming our Horse Manager in 2009. His priority is the welfare of the horses and with his calm nature and quiet way of working with the horses they are exceptionally well cared for. Mod is particularly good at matching guests and horses, and with a ready smile will send you out full of confidence on your adventures through the Delta.
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