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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Lyndsey Marris

Lyndsey Marris - Africa Specialist

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I gained my first taste of Africa during my gap year when I spent three months working in Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa. After discovering the dramatic landscapes, wealth of wildlife and sheer beauty of the country, I quickly became hooked and vowed to explore more of this vibrant continent.

Fuelled by my passion for wildlife, I completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Sheffield. During this time I had the opportunity to undertake a six-week biodiversity research project in Tanzania’s Kilombero Valley. The following year I flew to Uganda, where I spent five weeks exploring all that this beautiful country has to offer.

Following my studies I resolved to return to Africa and took up a position with the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa. After one year working as a research assistant I was promoted and spent a further two years working as the project manager. Whilst living and working in the Kalahari I explored much of South Africa, including Cape Town and the Kgalagadi. After spending three years running around after meerkats in the African bush, I returned to the UK in 2015.

I joined Expert Africa in 2016 with a focus on East Africa. Since joining the company I have embarked on several research trips to Tanzania and have also visited almost every property we feature on Zanzibar. In 2017 I was lucky enough to visit to Rwanda, spending two weeks travelling around the country. Some of my favourite experiences with Expert Africa include trekking to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda; approaching elephants on foot whilst on a walking safari in Ruaha; witnessing a river crossing over the Mara River and sleeping under the sea in an underwater bedroom on the Island of Pemba - which was incredible!

I am currently the destination manager for Zanzibar and southern Tanzania (while Olivia looks after the north), and 2019 sees me starting to explore Kenya and further expand my East Africa knowledge.

Lyndsey's most recent Africa trips

14 nights
“This trip saw me travel to northern Kenya, spending time around Samburu and Laikipia. I loved the hot, arid desert environment of Samburu with its rugged landscape and the dramatic backdrop of the Matthews Range. I particularly enjoyed the Sarara region and it was wonderful to see the way in which the camps promote community led conservation; visiting Reteti Elephant Sanctuary was also a real highlight. It was then lovely to explore the Lewa Conservancy, this was the first wildlife conservancy to be created in Kenya and it has set an example for those to follow.”
14 nights
“Having spent my first few years at Expert Africa focussing on Tanzania, I was excited to head north of the border and start exploring Kenya. We started in wilderness of Laikipia, which is very different from any other safari area I have visited previously. I loved the wonderful range of activities on offer here, from walking safaris and fly-camping to river activities, fishing, cycling, horse riding and even camel riding! We then headed on to the Maasai Mara, spending time in the Mara Conservancies, which are famed for their fantastic wildlife and comparatively few people. The highlight of the trip was a balloon safari on our final morning over the open plains.”
12 nights
“For this trip I took a personal holiday to Tanzania, revisiting the Selous Game Reserve before flying on to Mafia Island on the Tanzanian coast. I've heard amazing stories about Mafia and it was lovely to be able to spend a week here, exploring this quiet island and discovering plethora of marine life in the shallow seas. Snorkelling with whale sharks was incredible, and it felt like quite a privilege to swim with these gentle giants. As this was my own holiday I travelled with my mother; I loved introducing her to Tanzania and it is safe to say that she has become a safari addict!”

Latest reviews from Lyndsey's travellers

“Very professional - really happy with the level of service provided ”



3 Aug to 10 Aug 2019

“I am so glad we went with Expert Africa - the trip exceeded our expectations”



18 Aug to 30 Aug 2019

“Excellent - all went to clockwork, thank you.”



29 Aug to 14 Sep 2019




4 Sep to 14 Sep 2019