James Bescoby

London Office

Having grown up in Southern Africa I have a deep rooted love for the continent. It was not until I left, having lived there for fifteen years, that I realised how much I would miss my first home.

Africa is and will always be a place I associate with beauty, wildlife and culture. While living in South Africa, I was lucky enough to visit the wild coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, venture across to the vibrant city of Cape Town, enjoy the lemurs of Madagascar and explore the wild bush of Zimbabwe. One of these experiences alone would be enough to cement my desire to learn more, and return time and time again.

I have since, during my time at Scott Dunn, visited South Africa and Tanzania. South Africa is the perfect place for an introduction to Africa. For those that have never been, you can enjoy the gourmet delights, vibrant culture and many activities of Cape Town and the Winelands. Challenge yourself to climb Table Mountain or visit every wine estate on the Franschhoek Tram. The highlight for most is undoutedly the amazing safari experiences on offer in this rich country.

My highlight so far was gazing out over the Savannah bush in Tanzania, watching the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other game make their way north in the great migration. One of my groundhog days.

What my guests have said

"Thank you very much for your prompt response. As a travel operator it is easy to be praised when things go well, The true mark of professionalism is how promptly and efficiently you resolve problems. So it is on this note I say "thank you very much James", and can say with a high degree of confidence that we will be more than likely booking something again from you (Scott Dunn) this summer."

Travel nuggets

  • Sit out on your porch in the beautiful Highlands tented luxury camp with your camera and a gin and tonic and watch the sun slowly escape behind the magestic mountains.

  • On safari, ask the guides as many questions as you can. Listen to thier stories and knowledge. Let them help enrich your experience.

My hot picks

Dulini River Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

Sometimes you Stumble upon a real gem, your own personal piece of heaven. This was Dulini River Lodge for me. Every safari lodge I've stayed in so far has greeted me with a warm welcome but there was something a bit more special about Dulini.

Dunia Camp, Serengeti National Park, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania

Visit this amzing camp run purely by women. A rare and wonderful location and experience. Make sure you wake up earlier enough to watch the sunrise through your luxury tent screen.

Manna Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Manna Bay is a stunningly modern property set on the edge of Table Mountain where guests can enjoy direct access to the Mountain's national Park. The rooms are beautifully furnished with individual styles and lovely big windows, letting in fantastic views

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