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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Maruska Adye


Maruska Adye - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Tanzania specialist

Specialist countries:

BotswanaNamibiaTanzaniaZambiaZanzibarZimbabwe

Maruska's affinity with Africa began when her parents took her with them to live in Tanzania before she was one year of age. Her family lived most of the time in Dar es Salaam where Maruska's first spoken words were in Swahili. She also lived two of the following nine years in the Selous Game Reserve while her parents managed a lodge there.

In 1986 her family returned to their home in New Zealand to settle, but by then the need to explore and travel was embedded in Maruska's psyche. She left home at the age of 16 to live in England where she studied her A-levels before taking a job in graphic design. After a year in the job industry she gave in to the call of Africa and bought a year's flight ticket with the idea of backpacking from South Africa to Tanzania.

Easily distracted by the places she visited and the people she met along the way, Maruska's well laid travel plans soon began to unravel. In this way she hitched to Namibia, a name and country completely new to her. She loved it immediately and decided to stay. She worked in bars, designed flyers, managed backpacker hostels and camps – anything to prolong her time in Africa – before taking a job as a travel consultant.

Seven years later Maruska decided to return to the UK where she joined the Expert Africa team. She maintains her close connection with Namibia whilst building on her knowledge of other southern African countries such as Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. In 2009, Maruska returned to New Zealand to live and set up a satellite office for Expert Africa in Blenheim. She remains an integral part of the team and continues to arrange holidays for our travellers, just from a desk half-way around the world!