As General Manager for Wilderness Air Botswana, Alex Henderson heads up a team of 74 employees, of whom 20 are pilots, and oversees the operations of 19 aircraft – five C206 and nine C208 Cessnas, and four GA8 Airvans. Over the last 13 years Alex has contributed immensely to the success of Wilderness Air in both Botswana and the Zambezi region, and has played an important role in growing the staff and promoting both the Wilderness Air and Wilderness Safaris’ brands in these regions.
Alex was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, just outside of Harare; this is where his love for flying and the outdoors began. After completing his Commercial Pilots Licence at 43 Air School in Port Alfred, South Africa in 2004, he joined Sefofane Zimbabwe (which later became Wilderness Air Zimbabwe) as a line pilot flying a Cessna 206. In 2009, Alex moved to Maun to join Sefofane Botswana in order to gain more experience flying Cessna Caravans.
After two successful years in Botswana, Alex re-joined the Zimbabwe team in 2011, taking with him the first Caravan to be operated by Wilderness Air Zimbabwe – a definite highlight of his aviation career. It was during this time that he decided to pursue a new career path, accepting a managerial opportunity within Wilderness Air Zimbabwe and Zambia. As General Manager for the Zambezi region, Alex oversaw the operation of four aircraft, namely three C206s and one C208, and managed 15 employees, of whom six were pilots. He returned to Maun in 2016 to take on the role of GM for Wilderness Air Botswana.
“Even though I have always wanted to be a pilot (my dream was to fly for an airline), I am extremely passionate about the Wilderness brand and its core sustainability ethos,” confirms Alex. “I am proud to have chosen a managerial career path within Wilderness Air. In this role, I can drive excellent service delivery and efficient schedules to our guests and staff, focusing on Safety, Compliance and Risk Mitigation at the same time”.
About Wilderness Air:
- Wilderness Air operates a varied fleet of light aircraft, chosen for their ability to transport visitors comfortably to remote wilderness destination with dirt airstrips.
- The company began operating in 1991 with one aircraft based in Botswana servicing two camps in the Okavango Delta. Today, Wilderness Air is also based in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe and operates over 35 aircraft.
- Wilderness Air is privileged to fly into some of the most pristine wilderness destinations in the world. It believes flying is an integral part of guests’ travel experience and that its pilots’ ‘passion and professionalism’ can make a genuine contribution to journeys that change lives.
- Wilderness Air is proud to be the air partner of Wilderness Safaris, Africa’s leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism company with private access to some of the finest wilderness and wildlife areas in southern Africa.
For more information on Wilderness Air and their partners Wilderness Safaris, contact Travel Masters or The Travel Studio