She’s just won the prestigious We Are Africa “Rise Africa Award” – flying the Botswana flag high to claim ultimate recognition as an “up and coming young star making a mark in the African travel industry.” Meet Savute Safari Lodge’s Gorata Nyame.
It’s hard to believe Gorata Nyame came into the tourism industry completely by accident.
A former special education teacher, focusing on teaching sign language to children with hearing disabilities, she was filling in the gap between teaching contracts doing some part-time waitressing when she was spotted and invited in for a job interview with Desert and Delta Safaris.
Soon after that, she began at Camp Okavango as a waitress and her rise to manageress has been meteoric. “Its quite an amazing experience [working in the bush] because it has brought me closer to the tourism industry at large. I had never come across elephants before, so now I am quite a bit closer with them so that’s been so great.”
“Before I didn’t actually know anything about the tourism industry. I did a sign-language course because when I was in senior school I was in class with two hearing-impaired students who were struggling because their teacher couldn’t speak much sign language. So they started teaching me and when the teacher wasn’t there I was able to translate what people were saying to them.”
The change in career initially had her family a little worried at the thought of Gorata living so far away from them. But she says as time went on they have been so proud of her, watching as she’s gone from strength to strength. “They’ve seen how I’ve grown from where I started in the tourism industry, to how I have managed to move from one step to the other and experience actually anything that comes along – meeting so many people from different areas of this whole world. It’s an amazing experience you know.”
Gorata may be one of the youngest in the camp management teams throughout the Desert & Delta Safaris camps but she has a maturity and practicality that stands her in good stead for helping to run one of the busiest luxury safari lodges in Botswana. She says humility and hard-work are essential requirements for being a manageress – that, and being an open person who will “be able to fit in all direction with everything that a manageress has to do.” Watching her contribute to the smooth running of the Savute Safari Lodge, it’s clear this young Batswana star shines in all three departments and still has a lot of rising left to do.
For more information view the Savute Safari Lodge page for more on the amazing camp that Gorata manages.