Chad Wratten – Owner
Wild Cherry Adventures is owned and run by Chad Wratten. Chad got into tourism in his early twenties and almost immediately fell in love with the way of life. The Kruger national park was his office and life was good. Over the next 10 years, he worked all over Southern and East Africa. However, he particularly enjoyed his safaris in Namibia. He earned his National Tourism Guide Qualification with SATOUR and FEGASA.
Then in 2004, he opened his own business by taking over the Cardboard Box Backpackers in Windhoek Namibia. The desert was calling and in 2007, he opened Wild Cherry Adventures specializing in safaris to Sossusvlei. Over the following few years the Namib Desert was his home. He also took on four walks across the Namib Desert covering over 2500km. The last one was for charity (Giraffe Conservation Foundation) where he walked 300km through the Kaokoveld up to the Kunene River on Namibia’s border with Angola.
Chad believes a great safari is made up of a few elements: well-spoken knowledgeable guides, good food, comfortable sleep but most importantly, it must be fun.
Ruan de Waal – Operations Manager
Born and raised in Namibia, Ruan de Waal values his humble beginnings. All the way from the deep Southern Kalahari of Namibia, this small-town farm boy has had a passion towards Tourism and Wildlife for as long as he can remember.
Although Tourism was not my first choice and I perused a career in music just after finishing high-school, I’ve always had a passion towards travelling and the natural environment. It is an honour representing Namibia to the world and providing excellent service to all the excited tourists that visit our beloved country year after year. I’m an entertainer by heart and I’ve always enjoyed interacting with people.
My passion towards Wildlife and the Natural environment has always played a big role in my development as person and a professional in the Tourism industry. I’ve participated in a variety of activities because of my different interests; from guiding to conservation and eventually hospitality management. Most of my experience lay within the area of Lodge Management until I joined the team at Wild Cherry Adventures. Now we focus all of our attention on creating memorable and unique experiences for our clients.
Kambungu Johannes Kangenga, or John as he is known, is from the Kavango area in the Caprivi strip. He comes from a little village called Shighuru and has been in the tourism industry for 9 years. He is soft spoken and very relaxed. His guests come first and he will do everything in his power to make sure your visit to Namibia is an extraordinary experience.