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I was lucky enough to grow up in Woburn Safari Park in England and my childhood was spent predominantly outdoors. I developed a love for animals and wild places at an early age.
My whole family share my love of nature, and our annual holidays often saw us braving questionable weather on the Isle of Mull off the West Coast of Scotland. I quickly learnt the thrill of sighting rare birds and mammals, such as the white-tailed sea eagle and otter, and I always relished the opportunity to be outdoors.
This awe and appreciation for experiencing wildlife in its natural habitat reached new heights when I travelled to South Africa with my family in 2006 for my first safari. During this trip, we stayed in the Waterberg Mountains before moving to Impodimo, in the Madikwe area near the Botswana border.
I will never forget my amazement at first witnessing many of the animals I knew from my childhood roaming unhindered in the bush. It is an experience I believe to be truly incomparable.
Since studying English and Classical Literature at the University of Bristol, I have been back to Africa several times, including Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. With each visit I have fallen more in love with the rich heat of dusty game drives, the vast expanse of limitless skies and the cacophony of noise encountered when pausing in the bush.
From walking safaris in the Kruger and its neighbouring concessions to camping in the Kalahari and exploring the waterways of the Okavango, I have come to crave the huge variety of landscapes and wildlife that Africa offers.
I am thrilled to have joined the Expert Africa team as a trainee East Africa specialist, focusing first on Tanzania. Having travelled through Kenya, where my highlights included visiting the last male northern white rhino in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, joining anti-poaching patrols and assisting with volunteer programmes in the area, I am incredibly excited to continue exploring this beautiful region. I’m very much looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of East Africa’s travel opportunities to pass on to my future clients.