Why Travel With Us
Why The Booking Company?
For many years, with passion, The Booking Company has played an active role in the way in which travellers experience Botswana.
We are an established tour operator company within Botswana, situated in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta; on the ground, where it all happens. Experts on Botswana safari destinations Whatever information and assistance you require, The Booking Company is here to help you. From lodges, hotels or safari camps to tailor-made packages focusing on family, mobile, honeymoon or birding safaris, let your safari experts assist you in creating the perfect Botswana safari.
The Booking Company is situated in Maun, Botswana – the gateway to the Okavango Delta. A subsidiary of Chobe Holdings Limited, a Botswana Stock Exchange listed company, The Booking Company is a well-established independent tour operator licensed by Department of Tourism, in Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Wildlife & Tourism. We have been in business since 1992, providing a personal and un-biased service to the local and international visitor.
Being on the door step of one of Africa’s prime tourist destinations allows us to provide up to the minute knowledge of the area and personally meet all our clients at Maun International Airport upon arrival and departure, as well as being immediately available to assist them if necessary during their Botswana safari.
The Booking Company is a long standing member of the Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) which is the umbrella association for the Botswana tourist industry.
In order to continue providing a good and up to standard service to our customers, we are now represented on SafariBookings.com where our customers are able to rate our level of service.
Meet the Management Team
Derek Flatt, the owner and Managing Director of The Booking Company and its sister charter company Safari Air was born and bred in Kenya, moved to Botswana 38 years ago and has been involved in the country’s tourism industry in various capacities since.
Derek has an intimate knowledge of the African tourism infrastructure and is well versed in African Cultures. He is a director of Chobe Holdings Limited, our parent company, as well as holding directorships in other Botswana tourism companies. Derek’s wide ranging experience and management skills ensure that The Booking Company provides our guests with the ultimate African experience!
Ernest Tafhi is a born and bred Motswana, hailing from the south eastern town of Kanye, Botswana. He joined The Booking Company in 1995 as an office assistant in the Safari Air office from where he was later transferred to the Tours Division as a trainee consultant. During his training, Ernest completed his Travel & Tourism Management Diploma. A couple of years later saw Ernest taking over the position of Sales & Reservations Manager, a position he held until June 2006 when he was promoted to Personal Assistant to the Managing Director of The Booking Company and Safari Air. In 2009 Ernest had an opportunity of working in the Chobe Holdings Limited Group marketing department as a Marketing Support Manager and position he held until December 2010 when he moved back to The Booking Company Tours Division as the General Manager.
Why a career in tourism? Well it all started as a mistake as I needed to something to do after the then Tirelo Sechaba (National Service) and my mother who was already in the tourism industry got me my very first Job which coincidentally was with The Booking Company. I fell in love with the industry so much that I decided to change my plans of pursuing a career in the medical field and rather continue with tourism. The passion to work with people and be able to help them realise their safari experiences is one thing that really makes me who I am now.