John Spence

San Diego Office

Once a white water rafting guide on the world renowned rapids of the Zambezi River, my first encounter with Africa was as a mixologist in a Cape Town cocktail bar. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair with the continent—a passion that has grown across countless journeys on horseback, by canoe, light aircraft, on foot, and behind the wheel of a car.

I’ve been designing one-of-a-kind trips for clients all over the world for over 20 years having founded Aardvark Safaris in 1999. I like to think my love of Africa and adventure is infectious so whether you want to know where to find tree-climbing lions in Uganda and Tanzania, spot endangered black rhino in Kenya, or find out the most important thing to pack on your Kilimanjaro climb, I’m your man.

John Spence in the news

Tripping Out, Modern Luxury

What Travel Advisors Should Know About Customized Adventure Travel, TravelAge West

Going Global, Ranch & Coast

Meet the woman breaking the safari industry's glass ceiling, Forbes

Creating custom vacations is a trip for Solana Beach man, Coast News

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Meet John Spence

What my guests have said

"Fred and I definitely appreciated the work that you and your team did for our many trips--they were simply stellar. I’m sure we’ll be in touch again in the near future."

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