I was born in the Philippines with parents who had a real passion for travel and a thirst for adventure. As a child I was taken trekking in the Himalayas on shaggy ponies, climbed volcanoes in New Zealand and sailed around the world. This enthusiasm to explore was installed in me, and from a young age I have always thought about the next place to visit.
Having spent a year in East Africa teaching and traveling aged 18, Africa took a real hold on me and I knew I was eager to go back and see more of what this incredibly diverse continent has to offer. I joined Scott Dunn in 2007 and have had the great fortune to visit many more areas of Africa. Each time I head to away I am completely mesmerized by the people and culture, the animals, the friendly hospitality and the breathtaking scenery. There is still so much I've not seen and I’m constantly excited about where I may head next!
What my guests have said
"A very big thank you for organising this amazing vacation. We really had a wonderful time. All went very smoothly from pick up to departure. The hotels you booked were great with a special mention for La Residence. The restaurants were also well chosen and we had some memorable meals."
"I have never felt compelled to do this before – but I just wanted to thank you and let you know how impressed I am with Scott Dunn and the way your staff conduct themselves. Camilla Whitworth on the Africa team organized our honeymoon for us and from the beginning she was not only very impressive with her knowledge of Africa, she was efficient, wasn’t pushy, yet also made excellent suggestions. She really listened to my fiancé when he said what we both liked and our hotels were just so perfect for us. All our transfers and flight connections were well organized and punctuaal which took all the usual hassle out of the equation."
"Camilla made us feel very special throughout the whole process and we really felt she cared and wasn’t trying to just get 'another booking' – because of Camilla and the excellent service you provide we are now Scott Dunn customers for life!"
"Camilla Whitworth was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable and went out of her way to ensure that we were happy, received the best service and there were no problems. Camilla gave great recommendations with seamless organization. Exeter River Lodge was particularly outstanding! Thank you for organising a perfect honeymoon! I now have a very happy new wife..."
"Camilla was a delight to deal with, always very fast to respond to my questions and dealt with everything extremely efficiently."
"Just a short note to say thank you so much for everything regarding our honeymoon to Zambia - we had the most amazing time and enjoyed every moment (especially those animal encounters on the more adrenalin-filled side!). The honeymoon extras package at Chiawa was certainly well worth it, so thank you for recommending that - a superb array of surprises!"
"Camilla was extremely helpful and responsive to the numerous questions we had. When looking for a bespoke luxury vacation again I would look nowhere else but Scott Dunn."
"Very helpful and friendly service from Scott Dunn especially from Camilla. Very prompt replies to all our e-mails and phone calls. Everything about our vacation was amazing. Thank you for an incredible honeymoon and for sorting everything out for us and making everything so easy."
"Camilla was brilliant! She answered all of our stupid questions in a timely manner. There are no words to describe the experiences we had in Kenya! It was brilliant, amazing, excellent and a real trip to remember!"
"From our initial request to confirming our bookings, emails and phone calls were dealt with promptly and efficiently. The cost was within our budget and there were no hidden extras. Camilla was absolutely brilliant. Any request we made was fulfilled; Camilla ensured we got the best deal, suggested flight upgrades at a minimal extra cost. Only a few days before we were due to travel Camilla managed to secure us VIP passes at The Residence, which saved us a huge amount of money. All in all, she made our vacation a 'vacation of a lifetime'."
"Camilla, thank you again for the most incredible honeymoon I could have ever imagined. I long to go back to Malawi now and see more."
"We had the most fantastic honeymoon experience. It was the best vacation either of us have ever been on, outstanding from start to finish! Camilla was superb. Answered my questions and e mails in an efficient and timely manner. Extremely helpful in all areas of our vacation. Your help and service has been nothing-short of outstanding. We will definitely be using your company in the future."
"Camilla has been so helpful - she made our honeymoon a trip to remember for the rest of our lives and I would definitely recommend her. Everything about our trip was just perfect!"
"Camilla was always extremely helpful especially when we had to change dates and plans etc. Our vacation was out of this world, the best we have had, all the little touches eg. the card from Camilla on arrival made it perfect! It will be a hard act to follow! A very big thank you to all involved with making our vacation so great."
"Camilla has been fantastic! She worked over the weekend to sort out a new honeymoon after the events in Kenya meant we could no longer go there. She had a fantastic knowledge of the places we were going to and was extremely efficient in getting us new quotes and making changes to our booking. She chose some fantastic places for us and even left us personalized welcome cards when we arrived at each one, which was a lovely touch. Thank you Camilla!"
"Top quality, excellent service, high standards were met. One of the top trips we have ever made. Different parts of the trip all worked well and execution of flights, transfers, reservations and hotels all were flawless. Will strongly recommend to friends. I like Scott Dunn for suggestions of top destinations, efficient handling of preparation of the trip, and, in the two trips I did with you, execution was flawless. I intend to repeat the experiences."
"We would recommend all the hotels without exception for their decor, food and staff. We felt very special throughout the trip. We felt that the different locations worked very well - all the places were worth visiting and we felt we had enough time in each place. Camilla was really excellent, overall the way the trip was planned was perfect. Camilla and Olivia listened to our wishes and got the end result spot on. They made changes when asked and gave good advice. They were very friendly and knowledgeable - you could tell they had been to places they booked. The overall experience was fantastic!"
"We had interaction with Steph and Camilla who were both brilliant. The advice we got from them both about the structure of the vacation and where to go was spot on for our needs. Everything we did was exactly what we felt like doing and the extra service received was really appreciated."
"Camilla was extremely knowledgeable, it is really useful and reassuring to speak to someone who has actually stayed at the places they are recommending for you. I was hesitant about Mara House (it not being a tented safari), but Camilla persuaded me it would be OK and I trusted her - and of course, it was an unbelievably fantastic place to stay!"
"Camilla was exceedingly helpful and a joy to plan our honeymoon with. Her knowledge of the hotels and overall planning was superb. I would definitely recommend Scott Dunn to others"
"Thank you so much for your help with this booking. You have been so approachable and helpful throughout the process...... which leads me to ask if you would help us again!!"
"We’re back!!! And a big thump down to reality with this dreary rain! I wanted to thank you for arranging such a fabulous honeymoon!! We loved every moment, it was perfect for us. Birkenhead House was definitely our favorite!"
"Camilla, thank you so much for everything. Had the most amazing time at the Shanti Maurice, it was absolutely wonderful – exactly what we needed! It’s such a relaxed place and the staff were great – super friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. It was brilliant – thank you so much for organising!"
"Camilla was excellent - listened to what we asked for and delivered exactly that. A truly memorable honeymoon!"
"Firstly I want to say how impressed I am at the speed of your responses and how good you've been. Unlike ALOT of other agents I've spoken to you have listened to what I've said and come up with a perfect solution."
"Camilla you are a STAR. Thank you for all your help! We did not need to fuss about babysitting and got to read a book and relax, which was just wonderful. Thank you."
"I just wanted to say how fantastic everything was. The honeymoon was just amazing and we loved every minute of it. Thank you so much for organising an amazing vacation, one that we shall never forget. You were absolutely right about the order of the trip and the venues. The safari was just amazing - and in particular the fly camping which was far more than we expected! As were ending a walking safari with our guide Ernest (who we loved), we turned a corner by a lake in the Selous, expecting perhaps a vehicle to pick us up - or at most some kit to fix up the camp; to our delight there was a full bar set up, table with white table cloth etc, waiter, hot shower... It was amazing."
"Camilla (and Sarah) were unfailing sources of information, enthusiasm and charm throughout the whole 9 months of planning! They knew exactly what they were talking about and sent us to precisely the right camp for us. We felt very well informed and supported throughout. We felt Selous Impala was just right for us as older safari goers now. The opportunities to do river trips and walks made a most welcome alternative to being bounced around in the vehicle – we loved it all. It was a fabulous experience and one we shall cherish for the rest of our lives. We would highly recommend Scott Dunn to our friends – you get really good, helpful and knowledgeable advice and recommendations."
"Before I put the file away I want to thank you so very much for making such splendid arrangements for our vacation in South Africa. We had a really special two weeks – outstanding hotels and locations. We would not have wanted to do anything different – other than to stay longer! So – a most successful vacation. Thank you."
"We had a fantastic time. Thanks so much with all the help on the flights… it was so useful. The whole thing was incredible – with honeymoon turndowns and champagne here there and everywhere. Amazing! I couldn’t think of much else on feedback – all were so different. The people in Little Vumbura were amazing – all so nice. San Camp was so unique with great fun people helping out. I would love to see it during the migration! Azura was perfect for relaxing after all the stresses! Thank you for everything!"
"I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say that our honeymoon was absolutely amazing from start to finish. All of the accommodation we stayed in was simply stunning and we just had the best time ever. We couldn’t have asked for any better to be honest and it was the best vacation we have ever had. We did & saw lots but had plenty relaxation too, and the food & wine was great at all places. Trip of a lifetime really and was an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend Scott Dunn to anyone, and will be using your services again in the future. The service before the vacation, and indeed during it was top notch. We are even thinking of going back to South Africa in May."
"We left our vacation in the hands of Camilla and she didn't disappoint, Pafuri Lodge was simply beautiful, the accommodation was luxurious but not extravagant and the location, incredible. The aspects of the vacation organized by Scott Dunn were faultless."
"Would like to thank Camilla Whitworth for her for putting the vacation together so quickly. A pleasure to deal with."
"The knowledge and experience of the Scott Dunn staff, the pre-travel pack with all info and the fact that I knew if anything went wrong (thankfully it didn't) we would have the support of Scott Dunn to help resolve the situation. The whole vacation from beginning to end went incredibly smoothly. As we had a tight transfer between landing in Jo'burg and flying to Kruger, you suggested paying for "meet and assist" which was a really helpful recommendation! We flew through past all the queues and got to the departure lounge with plenty of time (and the man was extremely friendly!)"
"Thank you so much for everything you did for us in putting together the most magical honeymoon. We had such an incredible time, and each step worked perfectly. Each part of our honeymoon was a dream, and the real highlight for both of us was Marataba, which was just wonderful in every way."
Favourite places I've been
- Don’t try and do too much in a vacation. The last thing you’ll want to do is spend a considerable amount of your vacation traveling and in airports. Spend longer in places to get a real feel of them, relax and enjoy the people and the culture.
- Take malaria tablets in the evenings after dinner on a full stomach before you go to bed. Taking them on an empty stomach in the middle of the day and you’ll undoubtedly feel queasy!
- Did you know you could complete the theory section of a diving PADI course in the UK, and leave the practical part to the Indian Ocean? This is a brilliant thing to do if you’re limited on time and want to make the most of being underwater when you get to
My hot picks
Completely off the beaten track, remote and untouched, Coral Lodge is a new property to this untapped area. Beautiful beaches, pristine corals, rich culture of Ilha de Mozambique and fascinating history, this is more than a beach flop destination.
Brilliant set up for a group of adults or a family to enjoy the beauty of Lamu Island in your own private house. Activities are endless and they are brilliant party houses. A perfect choice for a birthday celebration or wedding anniversary!