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The Expert Team

We believe that to get the best from a trip to Africa, you need impartial advice from people who know Africa well, have actually been to the places where you are thinking of travelling and can advise you from first-hand experience – like our team!

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Amanda Bond


Amanda Bond - Rwanda Specialist, Trainee Zambia Specialist

Destination manager:
Rwanda

Specialist countries:

RwandaZambia

Since Amanda first started traveling in 2000, the African continent has been one of her favourite parts of the world. In 2004, after graduating with a degree in geography from the University of St Andrews, she set off again, starting out with six months in Africa and travelling around Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

From crazy activities like throwing herself off the Victoria Falls bridge and rafting down the Nile, to more relaxing stints in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti and a mokoro through the Okavango Delta, she was lucky enough to experience some of the best that Africa can offer, through a mixture of travel, work and volunteering.

Amanda’s love for travel then took her to Asia, where she spent some time teaching English, learning to dive and training to become a scuba-diving instructor. An initial year of travel stretched into several years working abroad. Her love for the natural world and exploration led her to cruise directing for an adventure diving company around South East Asia.

After working in dive operations in Asia and Micronesia, the lure of Africa was strong and so Amanda returned, to manage a hotel in the Drakensberg in South Africa. It was the perfect place to hone her hiking skills and, after finishing the job, she spent some time exploring Southern Tanzania then headed north to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Reaching the summit of Africa is one of her top experiences to date. Moving on to Zanzibar to manage a dive lodge on the east coast, she took every opportunity to continue exploring the surrounding areas.

Amanda moved back to the UK in late 2016 to be closer to her family, and joined the Expert Africa team shortly after. She completed her first trip to Rwanda in May 2017, and is now training up with the Zambia team. She is enjoying learning more about these beautiful countries and the different experiences they have to offer.

Amanda's most recent Africa trips

Sep-2017
17 nights
“The main reason for this trip was to update the Livingstone chapter of the Zambia Bradt Guide, but I also got to spend some time in the South Luangwa. Another fantastic safari, with great game-viewing - the best bit was seeing 7 separate leopards in a day! It was great to see the difference of the park in the dry season compared to my visit earlier in the year. Livingstone was great fun - I particularly enjoyed the visit to the Elephant Café - it was an incredible experience getting so close to such big tuskers.”
Jun-2017
15 nights
“I loved the diversity of landscapes in Zambia - the stark beauty of the escarpment against the river in the Lower Zambezi National Park contrasted beautifully with the drier landscape of the South Luangwa. The highlight was seeing my very first leopard cub - so tiny! - but the wildlife viewing overall was fantastic and the camps had such knowledgable and personable guides.”
May-2017
13 nights
“I'd previously seen the mountain gorillas in Uganda, and so was excited to compare the trek in Rwanda. What an incredible experience! The gorillas were so relaxed in our presence, and we were lucky enough to visit a group with one of the few pairs of surviving twins. The gorillas were the obvious highlight, but there's much more to Rwanda. I loved the diversity - from rainforest in Nyungwe to the calm waters of Lake Kivu,and the rolling plains of Akagera contrasted against the lush, green landscapes of the north. ”

Latest reviews from Amanda's travellers

“Amanda took our trip goals and worked with us to build the ideal trip.”

Excellent

Zambia

25 May to 7 Jun 2018

“Everything ran smoothly - from an easy and rapid booking process to the flights ”

Excellent

Zambia

9 Jun to 19 Jun 2018

“Amanda Bond was extremely helpful and efficient”

Excellent

Zambia

3 May to 18 May 2018

“6 days on the Zambezi and in South Luangwa... I cannot wait to go back!”

Excellent

Zambia

20 Apr to 26 Apr 2018