Meet the team

The Expert Team

We believe that to get the best from a trip to Africa, you need impartial advice from people who know Africa well, have actually been to the places where you are thinking of travelling and can advise you from first-hand experience – like our team!

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With a South African mother, my family holidays were often based around visiting relatives in Johannesburg and Durban. Then at 16 I went on a family trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana – as my first experience of wild Africa, it still remains one of my most memorable.

With an established passion for the continent, in 2002 I decided to take a year out before university in order to travel East and Southern Africa. I began a four-month stint of volunteer work on Pemba Island in Tanzania, primarily scuba diving with a marine conservation project. After this, I backpacked for five months, travelling from Dar es Salaam, down through Southern Africa to Cape Town and back, before returning home.

After completing a three year degree in History at Newcastle University, I was drawn back to East Africa and flew out to Kenya to travel for a further eight months. During this time I volunteered at an orphanage in Kisumu in Kenya, and then proceeded to travel through Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda.

When I returned to England in August 2006 I joined the Expert Africa team to specialise in Tanzania and have now been here for nearly 12 years. In my first three years I visited all of the areas in Tanzania that we feature and so became a full specialist in that area. Next I went on to research northern Mozambique and so added that to my expert knowledge. In the years following I spent six weeks visiting everything we have in our Zambia programme, spent more time in Mozambique and extended our programme to include the Nampula Province, and also thoroughly researched Rwanda. Most recently, I have worked alongside Richard Trillo to develop Kenya - the newest destination in our portfolio.

Eleanor's most recent Africa trips

Aug-2015
13 nights
“This trip was prompted by the need to update the latest copy of the Bradt Travel Guide to Zambia. Along with Freddie I was tasked with researching the Kafue in great detail, seeing every property in the park. In two weeks we visited so many places that our heads were buzzing with information. However it did mean that we were able to choose the very best that the Kafue had to offer for our Zambia programme. ”
Jun-2015
8 nights
Feb-2015
11 nights
“I hadn't been to Botswana since I was 16 years old with my family, and I had such fond memories of that trip that I was incredibly excited about going back. I remembered the Delta for its relaxing mokoro trips, excellent guides, complete wilderness and incredible wildlife and this return to the region did not disappoint. As well as visiting the Delta I managed to take in the Central Kalahari which in March was green (unexpected for a dessert!) and full of animals. ”

Eleanor's guidebook work

Zambia

Zambia - 6th edition

Bradt Travel Guides

Major contributor

2016


This was a fantastic self-drive trip around the Kafue National Park, to update the whole chapter on the region. We saw every camp over a two week period - and lots of wildlife too.

Kenya

Kenya - 10th edition

Rough Guides

Contributor

2013


I travelled to Kenya in late 2012, and researched and updated the reviews of a number of properties in the Maasai Mara and the coast.

Eleanor's previous Africa research

Nov-2013
7 nights
Sep-2011
11 nights

Latest reviews from Eleanor's travellers

“EA have been terrific. I would not hesitate to use the company again”

Excellent

Tanzania

25 Oct to 3 Nov 2017

“Just keep up the good work.... We’re already planning the next trip.”

Excellent

Botswana

7 Sep to 24 Sep 2017

“Yet again Expert Africa lived up to their name, setting us up with a great trip”

Excellent

Kenya

30 Aug to 17 Sep 2017

“would highly recommend Expert Africa.. extremely knowledgable.. are true experts”

Excellent

Tanzania

5 Aug to 18 Aug 2017