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

South Africa
3 nights
7 nights

Lucy's guidebook work


Zambia - 5th edition

Bradt Travel Guides



Latest reviews from Lucy's travellers

“Simply an amazing holiday which will stay in the memory for a long time.”



20 Jun to 2 Jul 2018

“it couldn't have been better.”



7 Jun to 23 Jun 2018

“ We would not hesitate to use Expert Africa again”



1 Jun to 15 Jun 2018

“We are so impressed with the trip... Lucy really listened to what we wanted...”



7 May to 8 May 2018