Morama was born out of a collective passion for the wildness of the bush. In 2001, three people came together, a Setswana, an Englishman and a South African.
The three met after Peter Stevens contacted the Botswana Embassy, looking for a project where he could offer a lifetime's experience in conservation. And that’s how he met Mod Masedi and Chris Kruger who had already been developing the project on the ground. The collective came together and established Morama in this remote and beautiful part of Botswana.
Their passion was matched by their experience which includes education, tourism and conservation. Mod was a headteacher in schools across Botswana, and his connection to this part of his home country was unrivalled having been born in the local village of Habu. Chris Kruger bought vast experience in the safari industry, having been key in establishing Okovango Wilderness Safaris over the past 30. And Peter Stevens had a life long career in zoology and conversation and also lived in Botswana in the late 1960's, prior to independence. They came together to form the charity that is Morama Wildlife Trust.
Over the following 17 years, they have bought in additional expertise from both within and beyond Botswana. Simon Tonge from the UK based Whitley Wildlife Trust and Tom Stevens who managed the reserve, are now both Trustees.
In addition to the ongoing habitat management, there has been a particular emphasis on building strong relationships with the communities scattered throughout the area, from the cattle posts and San village of Nxau Nxau, to the larger communities in Gumare, Etsha and Habu.