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The Expert 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 has since trained 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

Rwanda
Sep-2018
15 nights
“I really enjoyed this trip to Zambia - I was able to see the majority of the Kafue, and stopped off in the Lower Zambezi and the Luangwa NPs to visit some new walking camps - I enjoyed fantastic guiding, beautiful and remote locations, and some incredible wildlife experiences. Paddling in the (hippo and croc free!) sections of the Mwaleshi River was a great way to cool down in the October heat, but the highlight had to be tracking a leopard on foot - we ended up crouching near to the tree in which it had dragged a kill to watch it feed - incredible! I also flew with RwandAir to check out the new London to Kigali route (brilliant, and so convenient!) - and popped in to a couple of new boutique hotels in Kigali - welcome additions to the accommodation in Rwanda's capital city!”
May-2018
16 nights
“I was last in Namibia in 2008 during an overlanding tour, so it was a pleasure to re-visit the country. The main aim of the trip was to update chapters of the Namibia Bradt Guide and so we covered plenty of ground, with a few days in eastern Etosha, then a week exploring the Caprivi Strip. I loved the diversity of the varying landscapes we drove through, and the smaller national parks along the Caprivi were great spots for some game viewing, with elephants wandering straight through camp during our stay at Nambwa. I ended my trip with a few days in Victoria Falls and a helicopter flight over the Falls - what an incredible experience!”
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.”

Amanda's guidebook work

Namibia

Namibia - 6th edition

Bradt Travel Guides

Major contributor

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 - 5th edition

Bradt Travel Guides

Major contributor

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.

Amanda's previous Africa research

Latest reviews from Amanda's travellers

“We have had a brilliant trip and found Rwanda to be a remarkable country. person”

Excellent

Rwanda

29 Nov to 6 Dec 2018

“Loved our trip. Spoilt with game viewing.”

Excellent

Zambia

15 Nov to 19 Nov 2018

“It was the first time with Expert Africa and definitely not the last time.”

Excellent

Malawi

5 Nov to 18 Nov 2018

“Amanda who organised this for us was wonderful, & created the trip of a lifetime”

Excellent

Rwanda

13 Sep to 9 Oct 2018