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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Josh Flatman


Josh Flatman - Trainee consultant

Specialist countries:

BotswanaNamibia

I first visited South Africa with Exeter University while studying for a Conservation Biology and Ecology Degree. After completing a further masters degree in biosciences and working on wildlife conservation and research projects in the UK, Norway and Cyprus, I returned to Africa to work as a volunteer in Namibia.

I initially spent a month volunteering for a small wildlife research and rehabilitation centre in central Namibia, working particularly closely with ground pangolins and endangered Cape vultures. From this I went to work on a research project studying the social and population dynamics of chacma baboons, involving full-day follows of habituated baboon troops. After completing my volunteering work I embarked on self-drive, camping trip around the central and the north of the country, visiting many of the highlights of this region.

Returning to the UK I continued in a job related to my masters subject, specifically in wildlife disease research before moving to London to work for a market research company. However, the passion for Africa and its wildlife led me to look for a career to pursue this and to inspire others with my experiences and I found Expert Africa. I joined in 2016 and have already got many trips under belt, as a Namibia specialist these have mostly focussed on getting to know this country in detail but I have also been to lucky to visit parts of Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Josh's most recent Africa trips

Oct-2018
9 nights
“We were extremely lucky to see the great migration during our time in the Northern Serengeti, at a time when the herds should have been further south, we even saw a number of spectacular river crossings. It just goes to show that you can never quite predict what is going to happen year on year and sometimes you just have to hope you are lucky. ”
Sep-2018
8 nights
“Being able to see this remote and less-visited part of Tanzania was very special. From the stark Chada National Park with it's waterways choked with hippos and crocs to the deep jungle of the Mahale Mountains with its habituated chimp community it is an amazing place and well worth the effort to get to. ”
Aug-2018
11 nights
“It was great to explore the Kwando-Linyanti region and parts of the Okavango Delta on this trip and to see many of the camps, some which are brand new and some which we have known and visited as a company for many years. It was also interesting to me to see how the environment changed across different regions and how this affected the densities of wildlife. ”

Josh's guidebook work

Namibia

Namibia - 6th edition

Bradt Travel Guides

Major contributor

2019


With a colleague I spent just over two weeks driving south from Windhoek in order to research the Southern Kalahari and Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz and the Southwest and sections of The Central Corridor chapters.

Botswana

Botswana - 5th edition

Bradt Travel Guides

Major contributor

2018


I spent two weeks in total in Botswana updating the Maun chapter before flying into the Okavango Delta in order to update this chapter.

Latest reviews from Josh's travellers

“A memorable holiday, one of the best we have ever had!”

Excellent

Namibia

4 Nov to 23 Nov 2018

“Overall we had a wonderful trip and Josh/Expert Africa were excellent.”

Excellent

Namibia

18 Oct to 27 Oct 2018

“Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Namibia; thanks Expert Africa.”

Excellent

Namibia

28 Oct to 7 Nov 2018

“Our trip was absolutely wonderful!”

Excellent

Namibia

23 Oct to 7 Nov 2018