Owner of Ondjou Safaris & Big Game Professional Hunter
Falko was born in Germany, but his passion for Namibia’s wildlife and the African way of hunting was formed during his numerous holiday visits to Namibia when he stayed on his father’s hunting and cattle ranch, Halseton, in the Summerdown vicinity. With his father’s big game safaris to other African countries like Kenya and Uganda, he gained early experience. Falko moved to Namibia in 2002 after completing his studies in Germany, and became the manager of Halseton Hunting Lodge where he also started guiding hunting clients. Falko gained part of his big game experience on hunts with Hentie and passed his big game professional hunter exam in 2011. Since 2013 he’s become an ardent member of the NAPHA (Namibia Professional Hunting Association) big game subcommittee and is actively involved in anti-poaching campaigns.
He speaks German, English and Afrikaans.
HENTIE VAN HEERDEN
Owner of Ondjou & Van Heerden Safaris & Big Game Professional Hunter
Hentie, a born Namibian and a hunter since childhood, began by studying at an agricultural college in South Africa, but his love for wildlife, hunting and his urge for adventure encouraged him to become a professional hunter. In 1999 Hentie founded his own hunting operation called VAN HEERDEN SAFARIS. Hentie began as a Hunting Guide before becoming a Master Hunting Guide then obtaining his professional hunter license in 2003. He then went on to pass his big game professional hunter exam in 2008. Since 2009 Hentie has guided clients from around the world in communal conservancies, starting off with plains game hunting in the Damaraland communal conservancies. When the opportunity arose to obtain a big game concession in 2009 he was looking for a business partner to share the work load with. He couldn’t have made a better choice than selecting Falko for this.
Hentie speaks German, English and Afrikaans.
DENISE VAN HEERDEN
Office Manager at Ondjou & Van Heerden Safaris
Denise was born and raised in Dresden, Germany. Her love for travelling brought her to the African continent where she met her husband Hentie on a hunting farm in Namibia. She moved to Namibia in 2005 after completing her studies in International Tourism in Germany. As Van Heerden Safaris grew, Denise started working for them after hours as her office hours were spent working for a car rental company in Windhoek. After Clara was born in 2007, Denise decided to work full time for Van Heerden Safaris as their office manager and cook in the hunting camps in Damaraland. More than a year later she and Hentie became parents for the second time when their son Leon was born. When Ondjou Safaris was founded in 2009, there was no doubt she would take over the administrative and accounting portfolio as well. Although the office work swallows up most of her time, she loves spending every spare minute in the “bush” photographing and attending the hunts.
She speaks German, English and basic Afrikaans and French.
General Controller, tracker & driver at Ondjou & Van Heerden Safaris
Mathias was raised in the north of Namibia (Ovamboland). As a young boy he was taken out of school by his grandfather to herd the family’s cattle. When he was sent to Windhoek, his chances in life didn’t look very promising. He started working for Van Heerden Safaris in 2008 after being recommended by his uncle as a hardworking and reliable young man. Since day one he has proven his uncle right. Mathias is an all-rounder; he's either picking up clients from the airport in Katima, transporting trophies to the taxidermy, tracking a wounded buffalo in the Caprivi, spotting a Kudu bull in thick brush in the Khomas Highlands, setting up camp in Ondjou Conservancy or maintaining and repairing the hunting truck. His tracking and skinning skills are exceptional. Whether it’s the Big 5 or a plains game hunt, he will track a Warthog as passionately as an Elephant. Many clients remember his welcoming smile at the airport on their arrival day.
He speaks Afrikaans, basic English and his tribal language Oshivambo as well as Herero.
Camp Controller, tracker & driver at Ondjou Safaris
Humphry, born in the Caprivi, started working for Ondjou Safaris in 2011. Nature and wildlife conservation is deeply engrained in his roots. His remarkable personality and dedication to his work makes him a key person in our Dzoti Conservancy team. He is the one that you want to have by your side when going into difficult situations like tracking a wounded buffalo. He will go the extra mile for you and do it with a smile! His knowledge about birds impresses all our hunting clients and non-hunters alike, making him the perfect guide for any photo excursion into the nearby national parks in the Caprivi.
He speaks English, basic Afrikaans and his tribal language Silozi and Mayeyi.
Chef at Ondjou Safaris
Angela, or Mrs. Merkel (the German Chancellor) as we sometimes jokingly call her, is the soul of the hunting team. She was born in Gobabis, which is in the east of Namibia and has raised 3 children almost on her own. Angela learned to cook in a hotel in her hometown and got introduced to cooking for international clients in 2007. It was a strange coincidence that Ondjou Safaris was looking for a chef in 2011 and Angela was looking for a new position. Since then she has been the head chef in the Caprivi as well as the camp assistants supervisor. No matter whether Angela is cooking over a primitive camp fire in Hereroland, in a grass hut kitchen in the Caprivi or a well-equipped farm kitchen, she will always prepare you amazing dishes. Because she goes about her work with such heart and soul it also makes each clients’ visit to Namibia a culinary journey.
She speaks English, Afrikaans and almost all Namibian tribal languages, but her home tongue is Damara/Nama.
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