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Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb

Africa Specialist

Destination Manager: Tanzania

The African bush really ignites all of your senses – a feeling that words fail to describe and has to be experienced.

Jessica Plumb
Specialist countries
Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Kenya

Jess is in the UK and usually available:
UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, and occasional Saturdays.
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More about Jess...
I completed a Geography degree at the University of Exeter and a Masters in Environment and Development from King’s College London, but perhaps most importantly I have a lifelong love of travel, wildlife and the outdoors. In between time at a sustainability charity and marketing international education programmes, I carried out biological fieldwork in Costa Rica, backpacked from London to Istanbul (taking the scenic route via the Balkans and Eastern Europe), explored The Caucasus’ and helped set up a social enterprise for young conservationists.

Prior to university I spent time in northern Namibia volunteering at a rural school, which sparked an interest in the continent and all it has to offer. A few years later I was back, but this time with four wheels (and a couple of spares) to undertake a rather bumpy Land Rover expedition across Botswana and the Okavango delta. It was this journey that really ignited my passion for the Southern African bush, and I soon began plotting my next African adventure.

Luckily, the wait wouldn’t be too long; after a year or so back at work in central London, I made the decision to pack everything up and return to Africa. My husband and I purchased a 4x4 and spent a wonderful 6 months overlanding 32,000km from South Africa to Tanzania and back again, covering nine countries and visiting as many national parks en-route as possible.

All good things must come to an end, and although I was sad to leave the bush behind, I was ecstatic to start working for Expert Africa - I still get to talk about safaris all day! I am on the East Africa team here, and after spending the last three years mainly focusing on Tanzania, I am now also spending time exploring all that Kenya and Rwanda has to offer.

Jessica's most recent Africa trips



Apr 23 12 nights

I was fortunate to head back to Kenya just a few weeks aftter my last trip. For the first half we travelled by road through the Rift Valley visiting Lakes Naivasha, Nakuru and Elmenteita and continuing north to the lesser visited Baringo & Bogoria. With the drop in elevation, their towering red cliffs and geothermal spings, it felt like a different world to the cooler lake side shore of Naivasha! While the flamingo numbers are not what they used to be, it did not detract from the beauty of these areas and we enjoyed the birding, boat rides, walking, as well as biking at Hells Gate NP. After a night back in Nairobi, I flew over to the coast to visit a number of properties in Diani, moving north of Mombasa to the quieter Watamu area.



Feb 23 13 nights

This trip to Kenya was a little different as I spent the first week with family (on their first proper safari!). I wanted them to see as much wildlife as possible so we headed to Ol Pejeta in Laikipia for 3 nights, followed by 3 nights in one of my very favourite areas - Naboisho conservancy on the edge of the Masaai Mara. It was a joy to share my passion with them, and everyone had a wonderful time. We were very lucky with big cat sightings including a particularly memorable pair of lion cubs playing with a leopard tortoise. For the second half of the week I waved goodbye to family (they headed to the coast) and I went on to Tsavo West & East - an area that I have longed to experience ever since flying over a few years earlier. The vastness of the red sands and the unparalleled sense of wilderness was magical. Seeing an aardwolf and pups basking in the dawn light on our final morning was an incredible finish to the last game drive!


Tanzania, Zanzibar

Nov 22 12 nights

I was delighted to spend some time on the Zanzibar archipelago, visiting a number of properties on Unguja's Michamvi Peninsular, down south to Paje, and over to the quieter west coast of the island. Then it was over to beautiful Mafia Island where I was lucky enough to snorkel with whale sharks, which was just magical. They are such graceful giants, gliding through the water at a rapid pace! Pemba Island provided an excellent end to a busy trip - a laid back, quiet island, with excellent diving over colourful reefs.

Jessica's previous Africa research

Reviews from Jessica's latest travellers

Mr JF from USA

Arrived 6 May 2023, 3 nights

"My May 2023 trip"

"Outstanding trip from beginning to end. …" Read Mr JF’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs C. from Bristol

Arrived 7 Feb 2023, 14 nights

"My Feb 2023 trip"

"The organisation was excellent and the lodges lived up to our expectations. …" Read Mrs C.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr and Mrs O. from London

Arrived 8 Feb 2023, 11 nights

"My Feb 2023 trip"

"ExpertAfrica really pulled it together with the best competitive quote …" Read Mr and Mrs O. ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr&Mrs I from Suffolk

Arrived 13 Feb 2023, 19 nights

"My Feb 2023 trip"

"One of our top holidays, brilliant planning by the Expert Africa team …" Read Mr&Mrs I’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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