Meet the Team

Jannie Otto

Safari Outfitter & Professional Hunter 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.

Susan Van Wijk

Social Media and Marketing For Jannie Otto 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.

Elize & Anita


Francois (Cois) Van Rooyen

Professional Hunter & Guide I am 27 years old I Have been a Professional hunter for 8 years now and have experience in big game hunting and plains game hunting. Did my PH course in the Eastern Cape. Hunting was my first love as I young boy and still is. For me, hunting isn’t just about hunting animals but learning each day something new about nature. To be a PH is by far the best job under the sun, meeting new clients that become lifetime friends is something that makes the job extra special for us. There is no more joy to see the big smile on clients’ faces after the experience of hunting the trophy of a lifetime, and going home as a friend with lots of memories to share with family and friends. Adding to the conserving of wild life and protecting the rights of the hunter. I have been hunting as a young boy starting from the age of 6 years. Love for Nature and hunting is something I grow up with and love so much.

Phillip Jansen Van Vuuren

Professional Hunter & Guide Growing up in a family where hunting, nature and my fathers’ gun shop were part of our DNA, I decided to pursue my passion in 2006 and did my PH course in Kwazulu Natal with the late Ian Goss. There is nothing more rewarding than being part of the bigger picture of conservation and making a difference in our beautiful country. To share the entire hunting experience with a client is amazing and food for the soul. (“The hunter that travels out into the Woods is lost to the world yet finds himself”. – anonymous). I am truly proud to be part of the Jannie Otto Team.

Ronel Otto

Accounting manager of Jannie Otto Safaris.

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.

Mark Mackenzie

Professional Hunter & Guide

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.

Nkosingiphile Gumbi (Jabula)

Qualified Skinner 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.


Professional Hunter & Guide I started hunting with my father from a young age. I grew up on a farm and was thought all the values and appreciation for animals, nature and hunting. Since a young age all I wanted to do was hunt and be surrounded by nature. After school I attended university and also started my career as a professional hunter. Since then I have only been hunting full time. As a professional hunter I feel that I have never worked a day because I just love it and cannot get enough.