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Jessica Plumb

Jessica Plumb

Senior Africa Specialist | East Africa

Destination Manager: Tanzania

The African bush 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.
See our office hours and locations.

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 kindled my passion for the 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 absolutely 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 have spent the last six years learning and exploring all that Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda have to offer; three wonderfully varied countries with breathtaking landscapes, warm, hospitable people and wildlife in abundance!

Jessica's most recent Africa trips



Dec 23 10 nights

I was very excited to finally visit the remote Fanjove Island, and return to one of my favourite parks in East Africa, Ruaha.



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!

Jessica's previous Africa research

Reviews from Jessica's latest travellers

JM & MHF from Lymington

Arrived 29 Mar 2024, 10 nights

"My Mar 2024 trip"

"Wonderful trip to Nairobi and the Serengeti. …" Read JM & MHF’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs B. from Lomita

Arrived 26 Feb 2024, 7 nights

"My Feb 2024 trip"

"Our entire trip was spectacular! Everything was arranged perfectly …" Read Mr & Mrs B. ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs CH from Guildford

Arrived 17 Feb 2024, 12 nights

"My Feb 2024 migration trip"

"The trip was well organised. The camps and destinations were fabulous, everyone …" Read Mrs CH’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs D from Kent

Arrived 25 Jan 2024, 18 nights

"My Jan 2024 trip"

"Jessica was extremely efficient and helpful right from when we started planning. …" Read Mr & Mrs D ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

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