Grant ReedGrant Reed was born in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Mountains in 1974. Growing up exploring the local countryside, surrounded by nature and wildlife, he developed a particular interest in birds and snakes from an early age. Heavily influenced and mentored by his father and grandfather, even a bite from a Puff adder on his 18th birthday (resulting in him spending six months in-and-out of hospital) couldn’t diminish Grant’s interest in the natural world.
After finishing High school Grant went on to gain an honors degree and two subsequent post-graduate degrees in Nature Conservation at Pretoria Technikon. He started guiding safaris in a variety of South African National Parks (including the Pilanesberg and Kruger National Parks) before finally moving to Botswana in 1996. After gaining extensive experience of the mobile safari industry working for a well-known and particularly old school operator based in Maun, Grant founded Letaka Safaris with his brother in 2001.
Grant holds a Level III FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) safari guiding qualification (the highest level available) with specialist qualifications in birds, wild flowers and Dangerous Game, as well as holding a Level III BOTA (Botswana Professional Guide) Certificate.
Passionate about the importance of good safari guides and good guiding Grant, Brent and their father Mike set up the Okavango Guiding School (OGS) in 2003. This is the only privately run school for safari guides in Botswana. Through the school they aim to train the next generation of Botswana’s safari guides, not just in the Okavango Delta but nationwide and beyond.
Today Grant still lives just outside of Maun, Botswana, on the banks of the Thamalakane River with his wife Trudi and their sons Merrick and Ross. He splits his time between directorial duties at Letaka Safaris with travelling to all parts of the country on guide training courses, while still leading mobile safaris throughout northern Botswana and birding expeditions all over Southern Africa on a regular basis.
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