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Claire Scott

Claire Scott

Senior Africa Specialist | East & Southern Africa

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: 10:00-18:30 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 moved 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 Expert Africa 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, 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


Tanzania

Tanzania

Oct 23 11 nights

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.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Jun 23 14 nights

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!

Kenya

Kenya

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

Claire's previous Africa research


Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Kenya November 2018 13 nights Nairobi, Northern Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, Laikipia
Kenya June 2017 14 nights Nairobi, Laikipia, Maasai Mara Conservancies, Maasai Mara National Reserve
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

Zambia

Zambia

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 F from Hampshire

Arrived 28 May 2024, 17 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Wonderful experience …" Read Mr F’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Miss P from London

Arrived 4 May 2024, 16 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Overall, a very enjoyable trip. …" Read Miss P’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs C from N Ireland

Arrived 16 May 2024, 23 nights

"Our May 2024 trip"

"We had a very enjoyable trip …" Read Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms H & Mr F from Chicago

Arrived 19 May 2024, 12 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Everyone in our group commented on how flawlessly and seamlessly this trip went …" Read Ms H & Mr F’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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