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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Freddie Sutton


Freddie Sutton - Zambia & Zimbabwe specialist

Destination manager:
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Specialist countries:

CongoMalawiTanzaniaZambiaZimbabwe

I've always had a passion for two things, wildlife and travel, with Africa being the perfect continent to bring these interests together. As soon as I left school I headed to Tanzania where I spent three months exploring the northern parks in the country, and completing a climb of Kilimanjaro.

Going on to study at the University of Bristol, I took every opportunity to visit some of the best wildlife areas in the world, including studying tropical bats in Costa Rica, and gaining my FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) safari guide qualification in Kruger National Park.

After finishing my studies I undertook an internship with the University of York's Environment Department, assisting with research into forest conservation methods. For several months I lived and worked in the Udzungwa Mountains in southern Tanzania, surveying monkeys and trees, and investigating how tourism can be integrated with conservation projects.

After returning to the UK I worked briefly as an ecological consultant, but quickly realised that the wildlife of the Essex countryside couldn't match the draw of African megafauna, and I joined Expert Africa soon after. I currently work as the destination manager for Zambia and Zimbabwe, and I'm delighted to see a surge in popularity for the latter since Robert Mugabe left power, with some fantastic owner run camps getting a well deserved break and increase in bookings.

Freddie's most recent Africa trips

Jul-2017
17 nights
“My partner had never left Europe before, so this trip provided a perfect opportunity for her to see Africa for the first time. Although the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park aren't nearly as famous as Tanzania's northern safari areas, they still had more than enough wildlife to hook my partner, and the remote areas and variety of activities on offer were a huge draw for me as a more experienced safari goer, with a stay on the secluded Mafia Island at the end providing some welcome R&R.”
Oct-2016
14 nights
“When exploring Zambia's eastern parks I heard many travellers telling ecstatic stories of Mana Pools, and my visit to this area exceeded all expectations. The wildlife in the area is fantastic, but what makes the park special is the owner run camps, and some of the best guiding you can find in Africa. In the space of a week we approached elephants, eland and lions on foot, with the highlight being crawling to within 5m of wild dogs! I also explored the eerie drowned forests of Matusadona.”
Sep-2016
11 nights
“My main aim for this trip was to take my family on their first safari, show them some of my favourite camps in Zambia, and explore new areas in Malawi. After five nights in the South Luangwa National Park we were able to see a huge range of iconic wildlife, including a sighting of lion hunting buffalo. Although a less productive wildlife area, my family's favourite spot on the trip was Malawi's Majete Wildlife Reserve due to the rugged scenery, and the conservation success story behind the area.”

Latest reviews from Freddie's travellers

“Everything ran smoothly from the moment I contacted Freddie”

Excellent

Zambia

14 May to 29 May 2018

“I would without question use them again for any other trip”

Excellent

Zimbabwe

16 May to 27 May 2018

“The order in which the 3 components were arranged was ideal ”

Excellent

Zimbabwe

10 Jun to 19 Jun 2018

“I was very impressed from my very first contact with Freddie”

Excellent

Zambia

14 May to 29 May 2018