I first came to Botswana in 1993, I was suppose to fly from London to Lusaka with Zambian Airways, but the plane never left Heathrow due  to fuel cost unpaid, so I flew to Johnnesburg and went to visit my great aunt. My grand father was in fact the Swiss general consul in Cape town from 1936 to 1950. I visited my great aunt who was one of these english ladies who had been married three times, she was first a lawyer, then a consutlant and then made fortune in the car lockers business. She had been twice to Tibet and once to Antartica. She told me to visit the Okavango Delta which I had never heard about, I of course followed her advice as the Delta was on the way to Zambia, where I originally wanted to go.

In the plane bringing me to Maun, the entrance door to the Delta, I was seated next to a handsome Swiss photographer working for Reuters and his stylish girl friend. They asked me what I was planning to do and where I was going, I answered that I was going in the delta; they said well great we are going to, and how are you planning to go in, they asked ? I replied that I expected to go on foot ! When I saw their faces, I knew someting I said was wrong. They told me that this was impossible, I would be eaten up after one day or one night. So we decided to go together…and that was the beginning of a great journey of a few months and a great friendship which still last today. Since then I went back many times in the nineties and in 1996 I founded Okavango People Wildlife Trust with a local citizen I had met during my visits. This trust was operational during 6 years, we were doing some lobbying towards the government, promoting phototourism rather than hunting or cattle farming, we were working closely with local communities trying to show them the benefit of allocating the land use of their community land towards eco tourism or game farming in order to increase land allocte to wild life rather then increase cattle farming and its pressure on the environment. We had the chance to have on board as our patron, the Lieutenant General Ian Khama who became president of Botswana a few years later. We also had as a non permanent staff, the Chief Ghosi tawana Moremi II, on of the 9 kings of Botswana represented in the house of chief in the Botswana parlement. After these exciting years, we handed over our activities to the well known  and respected NGO Conservation International, based in Washingthon USA, founded by the co-founder of Intel, Mr Gordon Moore. This cutting edge Ngo added our work to their already important influence in Botswana, having been their for over twenty years.

But any way the treasure has already been found, it is the one that I am doing now, searching and providing the tool to search.


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