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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Lucy Copson

Lucy Copson - Botswana, Zambia, Seychelles and southern Mozambique specialist

Destination manager:

Specialist countries:

BotswanaMozambiqueSeychellesSouth AfricaZambia

I grew up in Cape Town, with a Dutch father and South African mum who both loved to explore and get away for family holidays. So it was in my early childhood that my love for travelling really began.

After school I studied a years diploma in Travel and Tourism, before beginning my varied career in tourism. I worked at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, and then managed some guest houses, before spending time in the US. When I returned in 1997, I started working for a leading groups and incentives tour operator, before moving with my MD who started the first internet-based African travel company in 1999.

In 2005 my husband and I relocated to London with a plan to work and travel through Europe. I joined Expert Africa and it was here that my knowledge for Southern Africa began to grow. It wasn’t long until I was sent to Botswana to explore the Okavango Delta. This lead to numerous trips through northern Botswana visiting camps in Chobe, the Kwando-Linyanti, Central Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

I then moved on to research Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, Seychelles and Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, North Luangwa, Lower Zambezi National Park, Livingstone and Kafue.

My most recent trips have been around South Africa’s Cape and the Garden Route – with lots still to explore.

I’ve been privileged throughout my 20-odd years in travel to experience some incredible destinations, but the sunny shores of Cape Town have now enticed me back home, and it’s where I plan to stay. I operate a satellite office for Expert Africa in Kommetjie, and feel I have the best of both worlds - living in Cape Town, and still connected, daily, to the UK.

Lucy's most recent Africa trips

8 nights
“My most recent trip along South Africa’s Garden Route combined research with a family holiday with my husband and 6-year old twins. What a privilege to be able to explore this stunning part of South Africa, and then get to share my stories with our travellers. And the weather was superb for mid-winter – which very often is the case along the Garden Route at this time of year. A highlight for us was the whale watching boat tour we did from Plettenberg Bay. We spotted two Southern Right whales just offshore putting on a marvellous display of breaching, and then two separate pods of Humpback whales, each about 10 in size. Not to mention thousands of Cape Fur seals, dolphins and a Great White shark. ”
South Africa
3 nights
“I escaped Cape Town with my 5-year old twins for a long weekend in Swellendam - South Africa’s 4th oldest town, at the foot of the Overberg mountains. Most travellers bypass this little town as it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town and they want to ‘push on’ to the Garden Route - which, admittedly is what I’ve always done. Having now stayed here, I can say it’s well worth a night, or twos visit! There is something for all ages, from Cape Dutch buildings and museums, to art galleries and craft studios, from mountain hikes and the Wilderbraam Berry Estate, to the Fairy Sanctuary and an array of charming restaurants. We also spent a night in Bontebok National Park staying in SANParks self-catering chalets. Well equipped and ideal for those wanting to do a little cooking / BBQ for themselves! It's not a park for big game enthusiasts, but rather for nature-lovers interested in botany, short walks, birding, antelope and zebra. ”
7 nights
“I was joined by my family on a research trip to South Africa’s Eastern Cape, to explore Addo Elephant National Park and some of the private reserves in the surrounding area. All the properties we visited were child friendly, and comfortably accommodated young children under seven years of age. But what stood out the most for me was Shamwari’s Riverdene Lodge. It’s one of the most child friendly safari lodges, in fact properties, I’ve visited, and surpassed all expectations. ”

Lucy's guidebook work


Zambia - 5th edition

Bradt Travel Guides



Latest reviews from Lucy's travellers

“Location was great”



10 Nov to 16 Nov 2018

“Everything was seamless.”



28 Aug to 5 Sep 2018

“More than pleased that we returned to the Seychelles”



6 Oct to 21 Oct 2018

“We were a a group from three continents”



31 Aug to 9 Sep 2018