Lyndsey Parker

San Diego Office

My love of adventure began in high school when I visited Europe to play volleyball. From that point, I’ve seized every chance to explore that’s come my way. I've been lucky enough to travel extensively through most of Southern and Eastern Africa, being immersed in culture, wildlife and landscapes of Africa.

I've run a marathon in Kenya, trekked mountain gorillas in Rwanda, kayaked the croc and hippo infested waters of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania, walked through Zambia – home of the walking safari, traversed the watery wilderness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and marveled at the Big Five in South Africa, to name but a few. The experiences Africa can offer are endless, and the memories truly unforgettable.

I’ve had the joy of getting lost in European cities; traveling across Australia in a van; trekking the Incan trails of Peru; zip-lining through Costa Rican rain forest; surfing famous breaks in Baja; hiking some of America’s most beautiful parks, climbing sheer rock face; traversing glaciers in New Zealand; snorkeling in Fiji; swimming on the edge of Victoria Falls and bungee jumping off of one of the world’s largest bridges.

Whether I’m planning a night out or a family journey of epic proportions, I’m passionate about creating memorable experiences. I’m an outdoors nut, love health and wellness, and am big on environmental and animal conservation.

I’ve been a science teacher, health coach, volleyball coach, and dabbled in corporate wellness. When I found myself leading university classes on educational trips around the globe, I quickly got to know the ins and outs of the travel industry. I was hooked, and the rest is history.

Lyndsey's Blogs

Spotlight on Chem Chem

Pack Like a Girl - Safari Style

Our Top Tips for Your Best Safari

 

Meet Lyndsey

What my guests have said

"First and foremost, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything that went into planning this trip. Andrew and I were completely blown away by how well everything was put together so seamlessly. The trip was absolutely perfect, and we're already fantasizing about our next vacation. I've also been raving about you and Scott Dunn to all of my friends since we returned."

"Thank you so much for arranging such an enchanting and inspiring experience, Lyndsey. Botswana is magical and I'd very highly recommend it to everyone."

"Where we stayed, the beds were heavenly, the views gorgeous and the food delicious. Unfortunately, I was unwell on my trip but I was looked after beautifully! The staff were lovely about it."

"The trip you put together for us was amazing! I will cherish these memories for a lifetime. Each experience was unique in its own way. Jao camp was so beautiful and the water based activities appealed to us greatly. Flying through the Okavango Delta on channels barely six feet wide, rounding a sharp bend to come face to face with a herd of buffalo, or red lechwes leaping across our path, and meeting a hippo face of face were thrilling and unforgettable."

"Chiawa, I soon realized, is the elephant capital of Zambia. We arrived to find an elephant right by the main lodge, almost like he was welcoming us into camp. The first night I barely slept as another elephant took a liking to the abundant seed pods lying on the ground RIGHT OUTSIDE! I could hear him chomping all night long and I was afraid to make a sound lest he realized I was there literally inches away--what a thrill!"

"What can I say, Tongabezi was so romantic and beautiful. Forbes, our valet, answered every wish, even those we hadn't asked for. Thank you Lyndsey for putting together such a beautiful memory for us."

"It was such an amazing experience. I loved every second of it. You did such a good job of really understanding what I wanted – it was exactly what I wanted.”

Travel nuggets

  • Once you’re done packing, take half of the clothes you’ve chosen. It will probably still be too much!

  • Bring photographs of your life at home - friends, family, vacations - to share with the locals.

  • On safari, resist the urge to request to see a specific species or animal. Trust your guides to give you the best experience.

  • Don't forget to enjoy the moment and take a step back from the camera.

  • Speak up! Don't be afraid to ask for something you want of might want to change.

My hot picks

Greystoke Mahale, Mahale Mountains, Tanzania

Greystoke is one of the most enchanting and unique places in all of Africa. It is part remote beach, part summer lake activities, part safari, and part chimpanzee trekking. This wild and wonderful combination is incredibly special.

Jack’s Camp, Makgadikgadi, Botswana

Jack’s is cloaked in old world charm that transports you back in time. Situated in the middle of the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Pans, you experience a whole different side of Africa and a slew of distinctive activities and interactions.

Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island, Lake Malawi

Such a welcome break and drastic change of scenery from safari. A uniquely tropical experience that boasts rough and tumble sand, incredible water sports, and beautiful rooms nestled among large outcrops of rocks and mango trees.

Mnemba Island Lodge, Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

There might be a picture of Mnemba next to the word ‘paradise’ in the dictionary. This tiny, remote island is the ultimate in barefoot luxury with pristine beaches, extraordinary snorkeling and sea life, and exquisite cuisine and service.

Sarara Camp, Namunyak, Matthews Range, Kenya

Nestled into the mountains, Sarara gives you panoramic views of your surroundings. The only camp in almost one million aces of pristine wilderness, it gives you an insiders peek into the Samburu's most sacred traditions.

Tafika Camp, Luangwa Valley, Zambia

A truly authentic experience that's focused on the ecosystem, wildlife and culture. Tafika helps Zambia live up to its name as ‘home of the walking safari’. It also offers mountain bike safaris, an incredible way to immerse yourself in your surroundings.

Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, Virungas, Rwanda

Perched high on a ridge, Virunga Volcanoes Lodge looks out across the Virunga Volcano range, as well as lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. It's unassuming luxury, stunning landscapes, and warm culture.

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