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The Expert 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

Apr-2018
16 nights
“This visit to the southern Namibia was memorable for many reasons. Visiting just after some good rains in the region meant the landscape was flush with greenery and colourful flowers carpeted the roadside. We covered a lot of ground on this trip but the highlights were spending time around the rim of the fish river canyon and boat trips from Lüderitz where we saw heavisides dolphins, jackass penguins and flamingoes. It happens to be the only place in the world where you can see flamingoes and penguins in the same place. ”
Nov-2017
10 nights
“My first visit to Tanzania and it didn't disappoint. The sheer quantity and density of animals was like nothing I had ever seen before, this peaked at a mobile tented camp in the central Serengeti in which we were surrounded by the great migration and its hundreds of thousands of bustling, bleating wildebeest. I found this northern Tanzania circuit also characterised by the diversity of landscapes, from the unique Ngorongoro Crater to the vast grasslands of the northern Serengeti spotted with lion-clad kopjes.”
Sep-2017
14 nights
“This trip combined research for the latest edition of the Botswana Bradt safari guide with visiting lodges to update my Expert Africa knowledge. It was my first visit to the Okavango Delta and famed as being one of Africa's best wildlife viewing destinations it did not disappoint, we saw everything we could have hoped for and even more. Staying on the NG31 concession home to the Chitabe and Sandibe camps we had multiple big cat sightings including seven leopard sightings during the course of two game drives. ”

Josh's guidebook work

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

“The whole trip was excellent..one of the best companies I have ever dealt with..”

Excellent

Namibia

15 May to 1 Jun 2018

“Well organized trip; it was easy to communicate with our agent Josh”

Excellent

Namibia

21 May to 28 May 2018

“I'm impressed with the service by both Expert Africa and your local agents.”

Excellent

Botswana

4 Apr to 18 Apr 2018

“We have been wanting to visit Namibia for sometime and we weren't disappointed. ”

Excellent

Namibia

27 Mar to 15 Apr 2018