A woman at the frontline of conservation

Beula is an inspiration to theo country's young women
Beula is an inspiration to theo country's young women

Oratile Beula is the first woman wildlife guide at Great Plains Conservation, and one of the very few in Botswana. She shares some of the highlights of a career that fills her with joy every day of her life. Monique Verduyn  writes

Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is amongst the top safari destinations in Africa. It is not surprising therefore that Oratile Beula developed a passion for the country’s fauna and flora at a young age.

Women game rangers are still something of a novelty in the male-dominated safari industry. But 38-year-old Beula, fondly known as Rati, is a trailblazer. She is the first female guide at Great Plains Conservation – which operates luxury game lodges in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya – and one of only a handful in Botswana.

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