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The Expert Team

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Lyndsey Marris


Lyndsey Marris - Trainee Tanzania Specialist

Destination manager:
Zanzibar

Specialist countries:

RwandaTanzaniaZanzibar

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 Tanzania, Zanzibar and Rwanda. 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. 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; and sleeping under the sea in an underwater bedroom at the Manta Resort 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 I'm looking forward to exploring more of northern Tanzania over the coming year.

Lyndsey's most recent Africa trips

Zanzibar
Nov-2018
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!”
Oct-2018
20 nights
“In October 2018 I returned to northern Tanzania, spending three wonderful weeks split between Arusha, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and the northern Serengeti. I spent my first week taking part in a couple of walking safaris, including a two-day hike around the remote northern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater; this really was quite a special experience and the views were incredible. My other highlight has to be witnessing wildebeest crossing the Mara River - this was definitely a bucket list moment, and amazing to witness!”
Feb-2018
13 nights
“Having travelled extensively around southern Tanzania and Zanzibar, I was excited to visit Tanzania's famous northern parks. Along with my colleague Jessica we spent two weeks exploring Lake Manyara, the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and the central and southern Serengeti. I grew up hearing tales about the Ngorongoro Crater, and it was an amazing moment for me to stand on the rim and take in the dramatic landscape. I was blown away by the amount of wildlife we encountered in the north - I lost count of number of lions we saw.”

Latest reviews from Lyndsey's travellers

“a wonderful trip & our first experience of a safari... exceeded all expectations”

Excellent

Tanzania

24 Oct to 8 Nov 2018

“My daughter and I absolutely loved our safari and bush experiences”

Excellent

Tanzania

25 Oct to 12 Nov 2018

“Expert Africa surpassed themselves yet again”

Excellent

Rwanda

27 Oct to 17 Nov 2018

“Excellent”

Excellent

Tanzania

17 Oct to 29 Oct 2018