Biography - Grant Atkinson
Grant is a specialist guide who lives and works in Botswana.
Grant has been guiding in northern Botswana since the late 1990’s. Aside from regular guiding in the Jao/NG25 concession, he also conducted a lion monitoring project in the area. Studying the lions of Jao led to his further involvement in carnivore conservation efforts. When not guiding guests on trips throughout northern Botswana, Grant monitors lion numbers throughout the Wilderness Safaris’ concessions, working closely with camp managers and guides in this endeavor.
His special interests are lions and other large carnivores, birds, especially birds of prey, digital photography, deep-sea fishing, and fly fishing. He enjoys spending time in untamed wilderness and has visited many of southern Africa’s prime wildlife areas. Grant grew up on the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa in a region known as the Wild Coast. Here he spent much time fishing and bird watching in the estuaries along the coast and also enjoyed lots of boating, both inshore and offshore. He specialized in saltwater fly fishing and did some guiding of fly-fishermen in the area.
Grant is a member of the Raptor Conservation Group in South Africa, through which he volunteered, working mostly with farmers, eagles, and the conflicts that arise between them. He holds a Botswana Full Guide licence, a Wilderness Level 3 certificate, a valid FGASA Level 3 certificate, is a registered South Africa Tourist Guide and an Okavango Wilderness Safaris certified walking guide, and also has a A3 Skippers (boat) certificate. Grant adds huge value to the trips he leads and we are fortunate to have him as a part of our team.