Having grown up in South Africa it seemed the right thing to get into the African safari industry when I came to the UK with my husband in 1990. I worked for various tour operators in London over an 11-year period selling South Africa as well as Zimbabwe. This allowed me to go "home" and get my Africa fix whenever I could! I then started at Sunvil Africa, as it was then known, in 2001 – and have been here ever since!
I cover most areas of the Expert Africa programme, having travelled and researched extensively throughout Namibia, the Cape, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. I currently focus on selling Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and Malawi and also help the East Africa team with Tanzania and Kenya enquiries.
My most memorable offbeat trips were In 2008 when I travelled with a colleague to the remote Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron areas in Tanzania, and in 2011, we travelled to the rarely visited parts of northern Zambia, visiting Kasanka, Shoebill and Shiwa Ng'andu. More recently I have been back to Namibia including the Caprivi Strip finishing off at Victoria Falls, as well as Kenya.
My passion is Africa, you can smell it as soon as you step off the plane - especially after the rains!
Claire's most recent Africa trips
This was my third trip to Kenya in 2.5 years and first time to Amboseli National Park. It was surprisingly wet for the few days we were there but the bird life was amazing and we still got to see quite a few elephants. Mount Kilimanjaro (Kili) also made a brief appearance on the morning we were leaving! From here we went back to the Maasai Mara to visit a few new camps as well as some in the quieter south-eastern corner of the park we hadn't visited before. The game never disappoints here. From here we headed to the coast and spend a few days at Lamu Island and then down to Diani to see whats on offer there. Lamu was definitely the highlight of the trip - it's so unspoilt and has loads of character
Following my first trip to Kenya in June 2017 I visited again in November 2018 travelling this time with my colleague Olivia. We spent a day in Nairobi visiting the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage as well as the Giraffe Centre. We then flew up to Samburu and visited a selection of camps here, including tracking black rhino from Saruni Rhino Camp. We then flew to northern Laikipia starting in the Liosaba Conservancy and worked our way south finishing at Solio and had a lovely morning in the Aberdare National Park.
After 16 years at Expert Africa, having specialised in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe, I was asked if I could join the Kenya team. I wasn't too sure what to expect in Kenya, but I really enjoyed my trip. This trip focussed on visiting the Lewa area of Laikipia and picked out some of our more popular camps in the Maasai Mara and the Conservancies. The highlight of this trip for me was seeing so many rhino, mainly white, in the Laikipia area, and lots of cats in the Mara.