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 - Trainee Tanzania 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 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

13 nights
“Having travelled extensively around southern Tanzania and Zanzibar, I was excited to visit Tanzania's famous northern parks. Along with my colleague Jess 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.”
14 nights
“This was my second trip to Zanzibar, and it was lovely to return to the island. This time I started with a few days in Stone Town, and enjoyed exploring the old cobbled streets whilst discovering some lovely little boutique hotels. I also went on an excellent Swahili Cookery Workshop - and the food tasted amazing! From here I travelled along the north and east coast, known for their beautiful beaches, before flying on to the remote island of Pemba - the highlight here was the Underwater Room at the Manta Resort.”
12 nights
“In 2017 I was given the opportunity to travel to Rwanda for two weeks - a country I have always wanted to visit! My colleague Amanda and I spent two weeks traveling around the country with an knowledgable local guide. We enjoyed a safari in Akagera National Park; went chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest; took in the spectacular views around Lake Kivu, and of course trekked the iconic mountain gorillas. It was an incredible experience, and amazing to see how far this beautiful country has come over the past few decades. ”

Lyndsey's previous Africa research

Latest reviews from Lyndsey's travellers

“a great trip”



21 Jun to 2 Jul 2018




9 Jun to 23 Jun 2018

“Everything was great, wouldn't have been able to do it without you!”



8 Jun to 24 Jun 2018

“Expert Africa impressed us so much... They were extremely helpful...”



3 Mar to 17 Mar 2018