Ilanga Tours is a Botswana based safari operating in Kasane (Chobe), Botswana, a citizen owned and run by Keabetswe Arabang, wellknown as "Kebby" in the tourism industry who has mass experience in the guiding industry and has worked for different safari companies in Botswana.
Like many of Africa's best guides, Keabetswe hails from Botswana and grew up near Okavango Delta (Maun), Botswana . It was here that he learnt such guiding skills as dealing with crop-raiding elephants and buffaloes. "A family member who had been in the guiding profession encouraged him to try his hands in the hospitality industry and when the opportunity presented itself in the form of a place at Botswana Wildlife Training Institute, he grabbed it with both hands to train as a professional guide/nature guide". Kebby worked for different Safari companies both in the Okavango delta and Chobe region conducting boat cruises, game drive and walking safaris. Kebby had a burning desire to further his studies in this profession particularly at international level.In 2005 he was selected for an exchange program in the United States of America at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Florida. Here, Kebby worked as a safari guide with main emphasis on guest interaction, promotion of cultural experience, presentations and live discussions on wildlife matters. He embarked on a very extensive guides training programme and successfully completed the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa Curriculum-based BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH training level 1 and level 2 Nature training course conducted in the Great Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Kebby also worked for Abercrombic & Kent for 9 years as a private labelled guide leading high profile guests in five star camps/lodges in some countries in southern Africa such as Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. He also assisted and facilitited in guides training at Sanctuary Retreats camps/lodges Botswana.
Even so, "I treat all big game with the utmost respect and never drives anywhere in the bush without caution". Like all true professionals he appears relaxed, yet all his senses remain on high alert, suddenly breaking off a conversation to point out a bird in a tree or the flick of an ear in the long grass.
Whether you are tracking lions on foot or on car, star-gazing in the vast Makgadikgadi or sneaking up on a herd of buffalo, a trip with Kebby is a revelation - There is so much more to the bush than what you read about or see on television. His job is to introduce you to its wonders and "You know you've done something right when travelers stop referring to you as a guide and start likening you to a "best friend". Kebby said!