Safaris for friends and families. Where children are always welcome.
Marc only leads safaris for private groups of friends and families who know each other. He loves having children on safari and to ensure they have a full safari experience, he encourages them all to have their own binoculars and cameras. He finds a safari holiday an ideal opportunity for families to bond as so much time is spent together sharing experiences and without the usual modern distractions like the internet.
So who is Marc Baar?
Marc Baar, who was born in Germany to a German father and French mother, moved to Botswana in 1982 to run safaris for German speaking groups. Upon his arrival in Botswana, he instantly fell in love with Africa and decided to make his life here. Those were the pioneering days of mobile safaris which were run very differently from today. All the camping equipment, food and spare parts travelled with the group who also participated in setting up their tents and collecting fire wood while Marc was required to drive, guide, cook and do vehicle maintenance. Marc worked on this basis for 15 years, specialising in Namibia and Botswana, but also taking clients to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As Marc is fluent in both French and German, he specialised in these nationalities, but has accompanied clients from all over the Continent, England and the USA.
In the mid 1990’s Marc decided to take a break from the safari industry and started trading in jewellery from the nomadic Tuareg tribe of the Sahara dessert. This fascination for tribal jewellery grew into a successful business which traded in traditional fabrics, art and objects from all over Africa, but specialising in West Africa and Ethiopia. Marc spent the following 17 years trading in Africa and has travelled to 21 African countries to this end.
With the yearning for a more sedentary lifestyle, Marc sold this company and decided to pursue his passion for food again. He had developed a deep interest in health and nutrition and started producing foods for people with special dietary needs which he marketed to the health food industry. Marc was the first producer of raw, dehydrated snacks in South Africa and still today his product is unrivalled.
Marc began to long for the bush again and so in 2011 he moved back to Botswana and has not looked back. He worked for a year as a location manager on the making of the popular film “African Safari 3D” which follows a couple’s journey from Namibia to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Although based in Maun, Marc is mostly in the bush running his own tailor-made safaris or doing French and German translating for safari companies. In the low season Marc works as a chefs’ trainer in luxury safari lodges doing menu planning, basic kitchen skills and special dietary needs training. Marc is now building his home in Maun and feels that he is living his dream, combining his love for Botswana and its people with his passion for food and the bush.