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Jessica Plumb


Jessica Plumb - Assistant Consultant

Specialist countries:

Tanzania

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; I recently returned from 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.

Now back in London, I'm extremely excited to be training as a Tanzania specialist with Expert Africa.

Jessica's most recent Africa trips

Oct-2018
7 nights
“After time exploring Northern Tanzania I was really excited to spend a week in Ruaha National Park, located in the South. Despite being the largest national park in Tanzania, it is still less known than the famous Northern Circuit and consequently has far fewer visitors. Whilst the density of game can't compare to that of the Serengeti, we were not in the slightest disappointed and still spotted a great deal of wildlife, including a high number of lion, elephant, giraffe, and even leopard and cheetah. Highlights include a walking safari, where we able to track a small elephant herd, and an absolutely fantastic night drive where we came across a pair of large porcupines, quickly followed by an aardwolf which are seldom seen in the area! ”
Oct-2018
14 nights
“The main purpose of this trip was to visit the camps and lodges that we feature in Tarangire National Park and the Northern Serengeti, and it certainly didn't disappoint! We had some wonderful wildlife sightings along the way, from the thrill of a cheetah very nearly make a kill, to watching elephant strip baobab bark with its tusks - such strength! The wildebeest herds were quite surprisingly still in the Northern Serengeti, and so we were lucky to catch three river crossings; with hundreds of wildebeest dart across the river in a clouds of dust, trying to avoid the hungry crocodiles lurking under the surface! We also spent a couple of nights in the Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, a privately managed reserve bordering the Serengeti and NCA, which was very special. Incredibly peaceful, wonderful wildlife and landscape, and the opportunity to go walking with the Hadza tribe. ”
Feb-2018
14 nights
“I was thrilled to return to Tanzania on my first educational with Expert Africa. We had a busy schedule, visiting most of the lodges we offer in the Ngorongoro Area and Southern-Central Serengeti, but we made time for wildlife en-route. The density of game was staggering - we saw over 25 lions in one day! I really enjoyed Lake Manyara National Park, due to it's small size it is often overlooked, but we saw great birdlife and can happily confirm the tree-climbing lions here are not a myth! For real insight into Masaai culture, make time for a boma visit. ”

Latest reviews from Jessica's travellers

“I felt very confident with Jessica's advice... appreciated her patience”

Excellent

Tanzania

16 Nov to 20 Nov 2018

“All the properties we stayed at were great and as expected. ”

Excellent

Kenya

19 Sep to 30 Sep 2018

“We had a wonderful holiday in Zanzibar and owe a big thank you to Jessica ”

Excellent

Zanzibar

19 Aug to 2 Sep 2018

“Cheetahs, cheetahs and more cheetahs”

Excellent

Tanzania

9 May to 20 May 2018