Charlotte first arrived in Namibia from the UK in 1997 shortly after completing her degree in Environmental Science. She worked for a while on a guest farm west of Okahandja, and a bird rehabilitation centre outside Windhoek. After meeting David a few months later, they moved together to Maun, Botswana. Here they ran Oddballs Camp in the heart of the Delta before moving to Desert & Delta Safaris where they worked at a number of different lodges in their capacity as relief managers.
During this time they spent evenings trying to persuade elephants to move out of camp, they rebuilt lodges in the heaviest rains for 20 years, fended off inquisitive lions late at night in Savuti, and generally had an amazing bush experience. In 2002 Charlotte & David decided to focus on building their own business somewhere a little more sedate, and moved back to Namibia to buy a share in ATI Holidays before taking over sole ownership in early 2004. Charlotte remains passionate about her background in environmental education and management, and these beliefs are at the heart of ATI͛s sustainable tourism vision.
Today she is the financial brains behind ATI͛’s success.
How did you get into tourism: By accident, I wanted to live in the Okavango Delta.
What is your ‘must have’ travel item: A sarong and a camera (I know, that’s two…)
What is the most unusual antics have clients gotten up to: We had a Belgian guest at Oddballs who jumped into the channel outside the bar and started doing laps in his speedos (having been warned earlier that day about the 4m long croc).
What is your favourite book and/or movie: Philip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy.
What meal could you eat everyday: Curry and chocolate, although not at the same time.