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.
Having spent my childhood enjoying annual visits to South Africa, I am enticed back time and time again to this incredible country. From exploring its diverse landscapes to spotting white lion in the Kruger National Park, sampling world class wines in the renowned winelands and hiking to the top of Cape Town's Lion's Head, South Africa is full of so many surprises. Despite having had the opportunity to travel far and wide, my heart lies with Africa and I am always seeking out my next adventure there. At the moment, seeing gorillas in Uganda sits top of the bucket list!
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!
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.
At the age of 18, when my friends and I navigated our way from Swaziland to Mount Kenya in an old truck, my love of Africa was borne. Since then, I have lived in both South Africa and Kenya, and continue to be amazed by the continent. Whilst working in a lodge on the edge of Kruger National Park, I explored the African bush, taking in the flora and fauna of the region. My passion for birding and wildlife means I will never tire of learning about the unique topography of Africa.
My first love has always been wildlife so of course Africa was going to push all my buttons. I was lucky enough to find myself running tours in East Africa for 5 years as a primate specialist. In my free time, I of course took every opportunity to explore other parts of Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa and recently returned from a 4x4 road trip through Southern Africa.
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.
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'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.
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!
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!
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.
At an early age, I caught the Africa bug. Inherited from my two safari guide parents, my love for Africa has enticed me back to the continent time and time again. I have worked as a guide across East Africa and explored the continent extensively on two wheels, horseback and from the air. From exploring Namibia on a flying safari, to motorbiking from South Africa to Kenya, for me Africa is a continent full of adventure and excitement, which I have been lucky enough to call home.
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.
From my first safari, Africa captivated my imagination. Even after living in Tanzania, the magic of Africa still continues to cast its spell on me. Having visited neighboring Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and made the most of all they have to offer, I am still always planning my next trip to discover another corner of Africa. The variety of wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Africa never cease to amaze me and the safari experiences on offer are so diverse, you could never get bored of this incredible continent.
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.
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