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.
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 it's 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
I fell in love with Africa on my first safari camping in the Serengeti, listening to lions at night and wondering if we should sleep in the car! I joined Scott Dunn many moons ago and continue to explore Africa. Highlights are endless but running with chimps in Tanzania, touching down on the Skeleton Coast with the Schoemans, watching whales breach in South Africa and being up close and personal with lemurs in Madagascar are hard to beat. Two children later, I am discovering what Africa offers families. I'll never forget seeing my 5 year old hand in hand with a Samburu warrior learning about the toothbrush tree.
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.
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