Chief Operating Officer, Wilderness Safaris
In October 2015, Grant Woodrow was appointed as Wilderness Safaris Chief Operating Officer (COO), managing the Group’s southern Africa operations. Grant has immense experience and knowledge of Wilderness Safaris’ operations and in turn provides immense support to the company’s regional offices and in-country Managing Directors.
Grant joined Wilderness Safaris in 1996 as an Assistant Camp Manager of Xigera in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. He then moved on to manage various other camps in both the Okavango and Linyanti concessions and was directly involved with the development of the world-renowned Mombo Camp in 1999.
Grant has a BSc degree in Zoology and an Honours degree in Wildlife Management. He has always had a passion for wildlife and the environment and this led to him developing Wilderness Safaris Botswana Environmental Division in 2000. In this role, he had the opportunity to manage various ecological projects, including the reintroduction of rhino into the Okavango Delta. His work on the company’s environmental minimum standards set a benchmark for future standards within the tourism industry in Botswana.
Grant worked in various senior operational positions before being appointed Managing Director of Wilderness Safaris Botswana in 2007. He played an instrumental role in developing a strong culture of training, service and hospitality, and was promoted to Managing Director of the Botswana Group, including Wilderness Air and Northern Air Maintenance in 2011. In this role, he managed the largest operational company in the Wilderness Group and has remained committed to maintaining relationships with Government, as well as being directly involved with local communities and all tourism-related operations within Botswana.