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Lee Ouzman Gallery

 

 

 

Lee was born in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1953, where his father had a hardware business and factory. He went to Falcon College near Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia. After completing his ‘A’ level exams he went on to do a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, graduating in 1976. 

After a short stint working in his father’s factory, he packed his worldly possessions into an ancient Bedford van and set out overland, via Kenya, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Western Europe, arriving in Perth, Scotland in 1977, where he trained for his British Commercial Pilot’s Licence. After completion he returned to Zambia to look for a flying job, but stopped en-route in Nairobi, and was employed by Boskovic Air Charters, and later Sunbird Aviation. In Kenya he flew a wide range of light single and twin-engine aircraft (King Air 200s, DC3s, Cessna Titans) throughout East and North-East Africa. He completed his British Airline Pilot's Licence at Oxford, England in 1981.

In 1983 he ‘left’ aviation to spend a year travelling around the world, visiting India, Thailand, China (he sailed down the Yangtze River through the famous Yangtze gorges), Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and the USA, eventually ending up in Durban, where he opened his own retail business. After deciding big city life wasn’t for him, he moved to Maun, Botswana, initially working as camp manager, guide, accountant and pilot at Xaxaba. After 2 years he moved to Xugana Lodge and started Xugana Air. In 1995 he moved into Maun, and became general manager of Gunn’s Camp and Chief Pilot of Swamp Air.

In 1997 Lee decided to work for himself and started Jacana Enterprises (Pty) Ltd in a small single room office. The fledgling company grew rapidly, expanded into the adjoining two offices, and eventually had to move to new, bigger premises nearby. Today Jacana Enterprises is a thriving company offering a wide range of products and services such as safari clothing, footwear, computerised embroidery, laser engraving, security equipment and various office services.

 

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Click for itinerary of my amazing 50,000km USA/Canada/Alaska road trip

Maun Fresh Produce (now Shoprite) with new extension, 1985

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Maun Fresh Produce, 1985

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Maun old mall in 1985. The building is Okavango Explorations, owned by David Hartley, formerly Maun Office Services

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Maun old mall in 1985. The building is Belgica Enterprises with Okavango Explorations behind

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Maun old mall. Sand, sand, sand. 1985

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Maun old mall. Belgica Enterprises and Okavango Explorations visible

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Shops at old Maun airport

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Shops at Old Maun airport

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Old airport terminal. Bug in program. 1985

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Old airport terminal, 1985

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Old airport with Northern Air Maintenance hangar, 1985

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Air Botswana's Dornier 228 refuelling at Maun airport, 1985

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Old Riley's Garage, 1985

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Old Riley's Garage, from across Mall, 1985

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Main Road in 1986

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Main Road in 1986

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Goats roaming in front of the legendary Duck Inn, 1986

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The 'new' Barclays Bank, soon after construction, 1986

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National Development Bank under construction, 1986

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Buildings being demolished for the construction of the Natlee Centre

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Driving to Maun for the first time in 1984 with Sally Barrow; stopped at Nata for refreshments

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The awful old Maun-Nata road, 1986

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Personal

The Buffalo Fence near Maun

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Flying over Xaxanaka Lagoon, 2006

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The meandering Okavango River in the Panhandle near Seronga

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Another aerial view of the Okavango River

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Another magnificent sunset over the Okavango River

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One of Pony Transport's trucks well stuck somewhere in the Delta

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Pilot: Tico McNutt; Location: Santawani Airstrip, Botswana; Aircraft: C172; Moral: Beware giraffes on takeoff!

Maun Signs: Big Tree Penal Beater

The indomitable and irrepressible Roger Dugmore

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The famous albino Red Lechwe at Lechwe Haven (northern tip of Chief's Island), 1985

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Barry McKenna and Peter Comley near Savuti after getting stuck, 1983

Gathering of the Maun Professional Hunters Association in 19??:

Back Row:

Neville Peake, John Kingsley-Heath, Harry Selby, Lionel Palmer, Soren Lindstrom, Peter Bekker, Willie Engelbrecht, Peter Hepburn, Mark Kyriacou.

Front Row:

Kevin Chadwick, Charles Williams, Daryl Dandridge, Don Lindsay, Dougie Wright, Geoff Broome, Cecil Riggs, Willie Phillips.

 

Photo kindly supplied by Kim Bekker

Maun Signs: Babble Bath Tailor Shop

Maun Signs: Doctor Ngaka from Mozambique

Maun Signs: Last Chance Tuck Shop

Maun Signs: Let Them Laugh Street Vendor

Maun Signs: Market Research Centre

Maun Signs: The AMAZING Dr. Juma

Maun village from the air

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The annual flood arrives in Maun in 2003

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Where 4 countries meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at Kazungula

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Self escaping from San Quentin Prison, San Francisco (visible in background)

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Self at my old Matlapaneng cottage, 1983

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My Disaneng house, under the Sycamore Fig tree, 2005

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My company, Jacana Enterprises

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The first 'house' I built at Xaxaba, 1984

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My Xugana house on its own island. Boat landing in front

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The King of Rock

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Self, 7 years old, in Northern Rhodesia, 1960

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Breaking the 400 metres record at Falcon College, Rhodesia, about 1968

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Self at Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1974

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CPL flying training at Perth in Scotland, 1978

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Feeding my Saddlebill Stork chick, Stanley, at Xaxaba, 1984

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In the Magadigadi Pans, 1986

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Somewhere north of Savuti, 1993

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At Sossusvlei, Namibia, 1993

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Quad bike on the dunes at Swakopmund, Namibia, 2007

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Quad bike on the dunes at Swakopmund, Namibia, 2007

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Pebba

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Painting of Pebba

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This web page was last updated on: 09 August, 2012