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Amanda Bond

Amanda Bond

Africa Specialist | Rwanda & Zambia

Destination Manager: Zambia

I think Hemingway was spot on with "I never knew of a morning in Africa...that I was not happy"!

Amanda Bond
Specialist countries
Zambia, Rwanda

Amanda is in the UK and usually available:
UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, and occasional Saturdays.
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More about Amanda...
Since I first started traveling in 2000, the African continent has been one of my favourite parts of the world. In 2004, after graduating with a degree in geography from the University of St Andrews, I set off travelling 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 myself 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, I've been lucky enough to experience some of the best that Africa can offer, through a mixture of travel, work and volunteering.

My love for travel then took me to Asia, where I 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. My love for the natural world and exploration then led me 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 I returned, to manage a hotel in the Drakensberg in South Africa. It was the perfect place to hone my hiking skills and, after finishing the job, I spent some time exploring Southern Tanzania then headed north to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Reaching the summit of Africa is one of my top experiences to date. Moving on to Zanzibar to manage a dive lodge on the east coast, I took every opportunity to continue exploring the surrounding areas.

I moved back to the UK in late 2016 to be closer to family, and joined the Expert Africa team shortly after. I completed my first trip to Rwanda in May 2017, then trained up with the Zambia and Southern Africa team - including four really detailed research trips to Zambia.

I took a break from London life for a couple of years, largely over the pandemic period, to work with a small, high-quality adventure travel company based in the Pyrenees, in France where I helped travellers from all over the world to go climbing and trekking in high, remote areas. Perhaps the high point of my time here, in more ways than one, was leading a team of my own to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Now, I'm delighted to be back with the Expert Africa team! Zambia remains still close to my heart - who could forget the camps, the characters, the wildlife, and a particularly amazing trip to the remote Liuwa Plain in the west of Zambia? So, I'm now back to managing our Zambia programme and really looking forward to building further on my knowledge of this beautiful country and the many amazing experiences that it has to offer. And then, perhaps, exploring more of Southern Africa in more depth ...

Amanda's most recent Africa trips


Botswana

Botswana

Apr 24 13 nights

I'm excited to be expanding my specialist countries and joining the Botswana team, so my first foray to the Delta was a much-welcome chance to see a range of some of our most popular camps. It was fascinating to see the differences between the flooded and dry areas of the Delta, and the wildlife sightings were brilliant across the different concessions - plenty of predators throughout, some gorgeous new cheetah cubs in Kwando-Linyanti, and a huge herd of rarely-seen sable antelope in Gomoti. I'm looking forward to my next visit already!

Zambia

Zambia

Oct 23 14 nights

Always happy to be back in Zambia! Kafue National Park is often overlooked in comparison to Zambia's other parks, but it gives such a diverse safari experience! Boat trips along the Kafue River are a start contrast to drives across the wide open Busanga Plains in the north - it's a park with varying habitats, and some great wildlife sightings. My return to the Lower Zambezi gave some spectacular elephant sightings and, thanks to the brilliant conservation efforts, leopard populations are on the up too.

Zambia

Zambia

May 23 13 nights

Heading back to the South Luangwa is like revisiting an old friend. It's always a pleasure to be in the Valley, especially earlier in the season when the bush is green and vibrant. From a wildlife perspective there were plenty of the 'usual suspects', but I was delighted with some more unusual sightings: a large python crossing the road, mating leopards, beautiful roan antelope, and a curious juvenile spotted eagle owl. I was able to re-visit old camps, many with some great refurbs, and a few new camps also. From simple rustic bushcamps to more luxurious options, but all with stellar guiding and service. Looking forward to my next visit already...

Amanda's previous Africa research


Namibia

Namibia

Major contributor 6th edition 2019

Self-driving through Namibia to update the Etosha & Caprivi chapters was a brilliant way to see the variation of landscapes. I loved the eco ethos and design of Nkasa Lupala and Serondela - and the elephants wandering through Nambwa was a highlight!

Botswana

Botswana

Major contributor 5th edition 2018

As part of the Zambia team, I updated the Livingstone section for the 2018 edition of the Botswana Safari Guide - it was great to spend an extended period in this historical town and properly explore an area I've previously only passed through.

Reviews from Amanda's latest travellers


Rowena from London

Arrived 19 Nov 2023, 11 nights

"Zambia November 2023 trip"

"A truly wonderful trip. I appreciated all the calls and detailed advice. …" Read Rowena’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr. C from New Forest

Arrived 10 Oct 2023, 14 nights

"My Oct 2023 trip"

"Expert Africa are what their name represents. I cannot recommend them enough. …" Read Mr. C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

MAH from St Albans

Arrived 2 Sep 2023, 13 nights

"My Sep 2023 Zambia trip"

"The itinerary put together after our brief was spot on...the holiday was superb. …" Read MAH’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs H from Worcs

Arrived 11 Sep 2023, 15 nights

"A truly wonderful safari"

"Everything was very well organised...A truly wonderful safari …" Read Mrs H’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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