Meet our safari specialists

Our Africa specialists share over 50 years' experience. Collectively, they've visited Africa over 100 times. They've lived there, worked in safari lodges and camps, guided and taught. Their knowledge of this beguiling continent is matched only by their passion for all it has to offer. They'll recommend the best places for you to visit, tell you when to go (and when not to), and cherry pick lodges and camps that give you superb guiding and superior service in incredible locations. They're perfectionists who are only happy when they've found exactly the right destination and properties to create your dream safari.

Anna Hearn

I caught the Africa bug as a child when we lived right next to a zoo; I would leave my bedroom window open to hear the lions roaring at night. A few years later our first family safari to Zambia got me hooked – since then I have traveled extensively around Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar… and of course my beloved Zambia, which became my home when I worked as a safari guide. I love traveling back to Africa to seek out new and exciting destinations to share with my guests.

Annie Foot

Whether it’s getting out on foot on a walking safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa, soaring above the Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon or enjoying a close up encounter with an elephant on a canoeing safari down the Zambezi, I can think of few better ways to spend a vacation than on safari. I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively in East and Southern Africa and it’s always difficult to pin down my discoveries to one favorite, but sleeping out in a riverbed under a mosquito net in Zambia to sound of lions calling to each other has to be high on the list, as was watching the wildebeest migration cross the Mara River – real heart in your mouth stuff!

Anna Thomas

Since I was young, I've always had a fascination with wildlife, marine life and travel. This passion has led me to scuba dive in the Virgin Islands, Honduras and Fiji and explore Mexico, Costa Rica, Europe, Canada and the US. My first love of Africa brought me to Scott Dunn where I've now been to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean, swimming with wild dolphins, fishing on the Rufiji River, gliding over Ruaha National Park and witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti are experiences that I'll never forget. I have always had a joy of planning memorable trips for myself and others who travel, and this transferred into why I decided to work in the travel industry. I am passionate about the places I have been, and I love to share this passion with others and help them create their own trips of a lifetime.

Camilla Whitworth

I first visited Africa aged 18 where I lived and worked in a school on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro; it was a great introduction to Tanzania’s wonderful hospitality and culture. I have been at Scott Dunn since 2007 and have been fortunate to return to Africa at least twice a year and still feel there is so much yet to see! The incredible variety of people, animals, landscapes and activities in each country is remarkable and continues to give me a thirst to return. I just love enthusing our guests to see for themselves the uniqueness of this fabulous continent.

Anna Coplon

Growing up on an island off the coast of Maine, I desired to venture out from my sheltered world. I decided to follow a volunteer opportunity to Cape Town and little did I know, this would become the most impactful few months of my life and sparked my eternal love for South Africa. Upon returning home, I studied inequality in Sao Paulo and interned in humanitarian law in the Netherlands, all while traveling throughout Latin America, Europe, Israel, the US and Canada. Some of my favorite travel experiences include, shark-cage diving in South Africa, hang gliding in Rio, island hopping in Greece and hanging out with meerkats in Botswana. Working for Scott Dunn has allowed me to merge my passions for travel, engaging with others, and facilitating unforgettable and priceless experiences to some of the world’s greatest wonders.

Irene Ng

After three years in Australia, the beautiful sights and people still linger in my heart. There are so many reasons to fall in love with this fascinating country - the cultural diversity, coffee culture, relaxing lifestyle, and the variety of landscapes and natural scenery.

James Bescoby

Having lived in South Africa for fifteen years, I have a deep rooted connection to the country. Its incredible wildlife, culture and natural beauty are simply unbeatable and despite having traveled the length and breadth of the country, I am always looking forward to my next adventure there. A recent trip to Tanzania has further cemented my love for the continent, and witnessing one of nature's most incredible phenomenons, the Great Migration, will go down in history as one of my groundhog days.

John Spence

Since becoming a white water rafting guide on the mighty Zambezi River over 20 years ago, I've been living and breathing Africa ever since. I've explored the length and breadth of the continent indulging my passion for wildlife and adventure. I've climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, kayaked on Lake Malawi, tracked gorillas, and flown along the Skeleton Coast. I've journeyed alone, with friends, and with my wife and two children. If you want to know anything from where to find tree-climbing lions in Uganda and Tanzania to where you can taste the finest wines in South Africa's Cape, I'm brimming with ideas!

Kelly Connor

I've traveled far and wide, lived in Italy, volunteered in Mexico, sampled delicious food and met amazing people right around the world, but Africa has my heart. From its dramatic wild places and warm people to the smaller details like the sunsets, the surprises around each corner, those moments around the campfire with a glass of something and new friends. I love to share my passion for this incredible place with guests and look forward to helping you create memories that live on beyond your last game drive.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

I have been creating customized safari vacations since 2001 and have been lucky enough to have traveled to all the countries that we work with. I have also worked at Rekero Camp in the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Chelinda Lodge on the Malawi’s Nyika Plateau, so I have seen behind the scenes and logistics of running of a lodge. I'm always asked where my favorite place is, an impossible question to answer, as there are so many favorites!

Rachel McGuire

Growing-up in Colorado my urge to explore the outdoors has always been a huge part of my life. In high school, I was lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica on a class trip. Getting out of my comfort zone to meet people from totally different backgrounds and discover new ecosystems make me want to travel more and more. I've since been to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, England, France, Switzerland and Guatemala and I'm not done yet. Having a job that allows me to travel to new parts of the world and share that knowledge and those experiences with my guests is all I could ever ask for!

Lyndsey Parker

An adventure nut like myself was always going to fall hard for Africa. I've mountain biked along hippo highways, through mopani forests, and Mkasanga village in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. I've literally hung off the edge of Victoria Falls; camped through the Okavango Delta; quad biked through the Kalahari Desert; slept beneath the stars in the Makgadigadi Pans; and tasted whiskey at Bascule overlooking the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. I've even had a juvenile leopard sneak up on me while I was enjoying a sundowner at Sabi Sands. Cheeky!

Meg Shepro

Having traveled from a young age and explored more countries than I've had birthdays, I fell under Africa's spell three years ago when I tracked gorillas in Uganda. Who wouldn't? I'm privileged to have seen the great wildebeest migration, danced with Maasai warriors, and sipped sundowners as giraffes grazed nearby. Now I love to share the magic of Africa with everyone with a passing interest of visiting this fabulous part of the world.

Sian Frost

After having worked for a charity in Zambia for a few months, I spent time traveling through the country by means of hitch hiking which took me to Malawi. There, I spent my days lounging by Lake Malawi before hiking the spectacular Mulanje Massif. Since then I have been lucky enough to experience the moonlike landscape of the Makgadikgadi and the dense wildlife of the Okavango Delta.

Victoria Langmead

I fell in love with Africa and its diversity many years ago. I've dived off the coast of Mozambique and then self-driven through the parched beauty of Namibia, scrambling down the Sossusvlei dunes and tracking black rhino through Damaraland. I've canoed serenely past hippo pods on the Zambezi and tested my limits on a Kilimanjaro climb. Through every journey through Africa, seeing its wildlife and meeting the warm and welcoming people, my passion for the continent has only doubled, tripled, in size, and I just adore sharing this special part of the world with my guests.

Yong Kang Tan

In my opinion it doesn’t get much better than Africa. Over the last few years, it has been a real privilege and treat to have witnessed the massive migration herds and be startled by a pouncing lion in the Serengeti, admiring the Big Five in South Africa as well as soaking up the casual vibe of Cape Town and the Winelands.

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