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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, when we travelled to the rarely visited parts of northern Zambia, visiting Kasanka, Shoebill and Shiwa Ng'andu. More recently I have been back to Northern Tanzania visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. It was great being back in Africa following the pandemic.
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
Following a very successful trip to Tanzania in June, where we spent the majority of our time in the Serengeti, we returned to Tanzania in October, and this time focussed on Tarangire National Park. This lovely Park usually gets overlooked by travellers on their way to the Crater and the Serengeti. We spent a week here, staying in both the Randilen Wildlife Management Area, to the north east of the Park. Following our time in Tarangire we went back to the Ngorongoro Crater area to visit a couple of camps we didint get to stay at in June.
This was my first trip to Northern Tanzania in 10 years and it was lovely to be back. This time we visited some new camps as well as visiting some old familiar ones. After a night in Arusha at the beginning of the trip we spent a night near Karatu, and then headed up to the Crater for a few days. Following a very successful morning trip into the crater, including seeing 3 rhino in the distance as well as lions and elephant, we headed into the central Serengeti. After a few nights here we headed to the quieter eastern Serengeti and finished up to the northern Serengeti. We were too early to experience the migration along the Mara River, but it wasn't far behind. We had some rain, both around the Crater and also in the northern Serengeti. It was great being here without the crowds and the game did not disappoint. We finished off our trip with a balloon flight floating above pods of hippo in the Mara River and even saw three cheetah from the air!
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
Claire's previous Africa research
In April 2011 an Expert Africa colleague and I helped update the Lusaka section of the Zambia guide. We spent a day visitng guest houses and hotels and It was great to get a deeper insight to this interesting African city.