With a degree in Nature Conservation, Jannie Otto started his outdoor career as a Nature Conservation Officer in 1976. He started hunting professionally in 1979 and founded Jannie Otto Safaris in 1982. Jannie is a member of various hunting organizations. Jannie specializes in conducting dangerous and plains game safaris. Having hunted in more than 5 African countries it is clear nature is his love, second to only his family. He loves to explore Kruger National Park and Chobe, but fishing is best left to the Jannie Otto Professional Hunters.
Ronel Otto, wife and business partner of Jannie Otto. Qualified as Professional Hunter in 2003. Accompanies Jannie on many exciting African adventures and marketing trips. She is also the staff relations and accounting manager of Jannie Otto Safaris.
Susan van Wijk
Susan, Jannie Otto's daughter, is in charge of social media and marketing material. She is a passionate nature photographer. Susan is married to Johann.
Professional Hunter and Guide since 1997. Mark is an avid bowhunter and experienced in Big 5 and plains game hunting, also avid wing shooter and fisherman. He especially loves tiger fishing. He has hunted in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Member of Jannie Otto Safaris for more than 10 years. Mark (41) is married to Cheree and has 3 kids.
Heinrich van Zyl
Heinrich started hunting professionally in 2016. He has Big 5 and plains game experience in South Africa and Namibia. He loves wing shooting and is a qualified fly fishing guide. Heinrich (21) started with Jannie Otto Safaris in 2019 with many years to look forward to.
Alexander (21) is a professional hunter since 2019 with experience in South African plains game. He is a qualified field guide and member of FAGASA. He is a keen photographer with exceptional bird knowledge, deep sea fisherman and is also a scuba diver. He has great love for the outdoors and the African environment. Alex speaks Afrikaans, English and German fluently. After completing his apprenticeship with Jannie Otto Safaris, we welcome him to the Jannie Otto Safaris team.
Nkosingiphile Gumbi (Jabula)
Jabula is a qualified skinner and in charge of Jannie Otto Safaris Trophy Skinning. Son of a Zulu chief, Jabula has been with Jannie Otto Safaris for 11 years. Jabula speaks Tswana, Zulu, Afrikaans, Engels, Sepedi and Northern Sotho. He has 5 children. He travels 8 months of the year with Jannie Otto Safaris and then return to his home in KwaZulu-Natal. He is a very proud man and loves his job.
Nicus Janse van Rensburg
Nicus (29) is a professional hunter since 2017. He has experience in South Africa. He is an avid bowhunter and fisherman with a passion for deepsee fishing for which he has a skippers licence. He really adores the outdoors and has a great love for people.
CJ Jacobs 18 years old. Doing his one year apprenticeship with Jannie Otto Safaris