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Claire Scott

Claire Scott

Senior Africa Specialist

Destination Manager: Malawi

Having grown up in South Africa it’s in my blood, whether I am visiting the Cape or Kenya, it feels like coming home!

Claire Scott
Specialist countries
Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Kenya

Claire is in the UK and usually available:
UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, and occasional Saturdays.
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More about Claire...
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



Oct 19 12 nights

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



Nov 18 13 nights

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.



Jun 17 14 nights

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.

Claire's previous Africa research

Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe December 2016 16 nights Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Caprivi Strip, North-west Kalahari & Panhandle, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park
Namibia May 2016 13 nights Windhoek, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namib-Naukluft National Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve
Namibia November 2015 13 nights Windhoek, Central Highlands, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve
South Africa May 2014 13 nights Cape Town, Hermanus, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Swellendam, Knysna | Garden Route, Wilderness | Garden Route National Park, Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, Tsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park
Malawi, Mozambique November 2013 15 nights Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Shore of Lake Malawi, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi Interior, Liwonde National Park, Manda Wilderness, Likoma Island, Lilongwe
Tanzania July 2013 13 nights Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti Migration Area, Arusha
Zambia September 2012 13 nights South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa National Park
Zimbabwe June 2011 13 nights Mana Pools National Park, Matusadona National Park, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park
Zambia April 2011 15 nights Northern Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, Lusaka area
Zimbabwe, Zambia August 2010 9 nights Kafue National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park
Tanzania June 2008 10 nights Arusha, Lake Natron, Serengeti Migration Area, Ngorongoro Crater
Zanzibar, Mozambique May 2008 10 nights South-west Zanzibar, Quirimbas Archipelago, East Coast Zanzibar, Northern Zanzibar, Stone Town
Zambia May 2007 10 nights Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park
Tanzania October 2006 11 nights Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti Migration Area
Malawi, Mozambique September 2005 13 nights Nyika Plateau, Shore of Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Likoma Island, Manda Wilderness, Lilongwe
Malawi, Mozambique September 2005 13 nights Nyika Plateau, Shore of Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park, Likoma Island, Manda Wilderness, Lilongwe
Zambia July 2004 12 nights South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Zanzibar, Tanzania October 2003 6 nights Nyerere National Park, Pemba Island, Northern Zanzibar, East Coast Zanzibar, Michamvi Peninsula, Stone Town
Namibia, South Africa May 2003 8 nights Southern Namibia, Luderitz, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Fish River Canyon
Zambia October 2002 8 nights Kafue National Park, South Luangwa National Park
Namibia April 2002 14 nights Windhoek, Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Central Highlands, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Bushmanland



Contributor 5th edition 2012

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.

Reviews from Claire's latest travellers

Mr & Mrs R from Glos

Arrived 7 May 2023, 13 nights

"Our May 2023 Namibia trip"

"One of the best ever. We had a brilliant time from start to finish …" Read Mr & Mrs R’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs V. from Leiden

Arrived 24 Apr 2023, 11 nights

"My Apr 2023 trip"

"This was our fifth trip with EA and we started to plan our sixth one immediately …" Read Mr & Mrs V.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs M from Japan

Arrived 26 Apr 2023, 9 nights

"My favorite Serengeti"

"I had a wonderful safari again …" Read Mrs M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs. E. from Zurich

Arrived 21 Apr 2023, 7 nights

"Vic Falls & Hwange NP"

"Another fantastic experience. Everything went so smoothly.. so well organized.. …" Read Mr & Mrs. E.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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