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
“On my most recent trip to Botswana I focussed on the Okavango Delta; the Khwai region and a few private game reserves. It had been a while since I was last in Botswana, so I was very much looking forward to getting there to see the new camps, and those which had changed. Although March is Botswana's Green Season and the grass was tall, I had some superb game viewing - particularly leopards in the Khwai area. The birding was brilliant too - with enormous flocks of Pelicans, Marabou Storks, African Fish Eagles and even Wattled Cranes, snatching up the catfish as the waterholes dried up. Game viewing is noticeably more difficult than in the dry season, but this time of year is truly beautiful (and significantly less expensive) - and my guides worked hard to find the animals. It was wonderful to be back in Botswana's bush, and even more wonderful to see so many first-time safari goers enjoying themselves - and some even saw rhino! ”
3 nights
“I started 2019 off the beaten track, in De Hoop Nature Reserve. I spent a delightful three nights at De Opstal with friends and family, and had the most fantastic time. We played tennis, swam in their enormous swimming pool, spent hours on the beach and explored the rock pools, and joined a guided bird walk early one morning. This reserve is a piece of paradise, just off the N2 highway which links Cape Town and the Garden Route - that many are not even aware exists. ”
5 nights
“A wonderful few days exploring the Cape Town and Winelands properties we feature.”

Lucy's guidebook work


Zambia - 5th edition

Bradt Travel Guides



Lucy's previous Africa research

South Africa
3 nights
7 nights
8 nights
7 nights
7 nights
South Africa
2 nights
3 nights

Latest reviews from Lucy's travellers

“Every aspect of this trip from start to finish was excellent”



19 Mar to 4 Apr 2019

“all superb”



16 Mar to 29 Mar 2019

“We cannot wait to get back on another safari”



19 Feb to 2 Mar 2019

“Location was great”



10 Nov to 16 Nov 2018