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Lyndsey Marris

Lyndsey Marris

Africa Specialist

Destinations Manager

I love to seek out wild places, with fantastic wildlife and few other people – and Africa has these in abundance

Lyndsey Marris
Specialist countries
Tanzania, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Kenya

Lyndsey is in the UK and usually available:
UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, and occasional Saturdays.
See our office hours and locations.

More about Lyndsey...
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 continued to travel to Africa, undertaking a six-week biodiversity research project in Tanzania’s Kilombero Valley and later spending five weeks exploring Uganda.

Following my studies I resolved to return to Africa and took up a position with the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa's Northern Cape. After one year working as a research assistant I was given the opportunity to spend a further two years working as the project manager. While living and working in the Kalahari I traveled around much of South Africa, including Cape Town and the Kgalagadi. All said, I spent three years running around after meerkats in the African bush before returning 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 multiple research trips to Tanzania and have visited almost every property we feature on Zanzibar. In 2017 I was lucky enough to visit to Rwanda, spending two weeks travelling around this small yet staggeringly beautiful country. Some of my most memorable experiences with Expert Africa include trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda; cantering past giraffes in Laikipia, Kenya; witnessing wildebeest charge across the Mara River and sleeping under the sea in an underwater bedroom off the Island of Pemba.
I am currently the destination manager for Tanzania and Rwanda, while I continue to expand my knowledge of Kenya.

Lyndsey's most recent Africa trips


Kenya, Tanzania

Sep 19 19 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.



Feb 19 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.

Lyndsey's previous Africa research

Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Tanzania, Zanzibar November 2018 12 nights Dar es Salaam, Nyerere National Park, Mafia Island, Michamvi Peninsula, Stone Town
Tanzania October 2018 14 nights Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Serengeti Migration Area
Tanzania February 2018 12 nights Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti Migration Area
Zanzibar, Tanzania July 2017 14 nights Stone Town, Northern Zanzibar, East Coast Zanzibar, Pemba Island
Rwanda May 2017 12 nights Akagera National Park, Kigali, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park
Tanzania September 2016 14 nights Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Coast, Nyerere National Park, Ruaha National Park
Zanzibar, Tanzania June 2016 15 nights Stone Town, Michamvi Peninsula, South-west Zanzibar, Nyerere National Park, Ruaha National Park

Reviews from Lyndsey's latest travellers

Mr & Mrs ST from Cambridge

Arrived 9 Jan 2023, 11 nights

"Our Jan 2023 trip"

"Excellent - Everything went according to plan …" Read Mr & Mrs ST’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs C from Leyburn

Arrived 24 Oct 2022, 31 nights

"My Oct 2022 trip"

"We had a great trip …" Read Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Lola from Canada

Arrived 11 Jan 2023, 8 nights

"My Jan 2023 trip"

"Amazing trip! I would highly recommend. …" Read Lola’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs R from Glos

Arrived 17 Jul 2022, 14 nights

"My Jul 2022 trip"

"It was an amazing adventure. It was great to be able to return to Africa …" Read Mr & Mrs R’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

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