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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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Jessica Plumb


Jessica Plumb - Assistant Africa Specialist

Specialist countries:

KenyaRwandaTanzaniaZanzibar

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 two years mainly focussing on Tanzania, I am now also spending time exploring all that Kenya has to offer.

Jessica's most recent Africa trips

Sep-2019
13 nights
“Another trip back to Tanzania - this time to Zanzibar and the Selous - a perfect beach and bush combination. First off however, was a visit to Pangani on Tanzania's mainland. Well off the beaten track, this stunning area of coast, offers a really relaxed beach experience! Then it was onto Zanzibar where I enjoyed getting lost in Stone Towns cobbled streets and soaking up the wonderful Zanzibari culture. I then visited a number of beach properties on the north and east coast, which made for a busy but interesting week. From here I then headed to Selous Game Reserve where we spent time enjoying a variety of activities - walking, boating and lots of birding. A dip in the Hot Springs near the end of the trip was a real highlight!”
Feb-2019
14 nights
“After focussing on Tanzania I was excited to finally visit neighbour Kenya. The trip exceeded my (high) expectations – it was excellent! After a short stay in Nairobi we spent a week in the Laikipia region. The highlight for me was certainly the variety of activities on offer. We went horse riding, walking, swimming, fishing and fly camping. The wildlife here is also good and I was excited to see my first gerenuk and grevy’s zebra. We then headed over to the Mara Conservancies for more conventional safari. We had some wonderful wildlife sightings including a family of lions with eight cubs, which we watched for a while playfully scrambling over each other. ”
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! ”

Jessica's previous Africa research

Latest reviews from Jessica's travellers

“We had an excellent holiday. Well planned and executed. ”

Excellent

Tanzania

1 Oct to 14 Oct 2019

“We had a wonderful trip thanks to the fantastic support of Jessica”

Excellent

Tanzania

16 Sep to 3 Oct 2019

“Credit to Expert Africa for organising such a lovely trip for us. ”

Excellent

Tanzania

29 Jul to 10 Aug 2019

“Jessica did a fantastic job planning our itinerary perfectly.”

Excellent

Tanzania

27 Jul to 4 Aug 2019