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-Rowe

Maruska Adye-Rowe - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & Tanzania specialist

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My affinity with Africa began when my parents took me with them to live in Tanzania before I was a year old. Most of my young years were spent living in Dar es Salaam where some of my first spoken words were in Swahili. I was also lucky enough to spend two of those years deep in the Selous Game Reserve where my parents ran a lodge.

In 1986 our family returned home to New Zealand where my parents settled, but by then the need to explore and travel was embedded in my psyche. I left home at the age of 16 to live in England where I studied for A-levels before taking a graphic design job. Although I enjoyed the work, after a year I gave in to my travel itch, and the call of Africa, and bought a year’s open ended flight ticket with the idea of backpacking from South Africa to Tanzania.

Easily distracted by the exciting places I visited and the great people I met along the way, my well laid travel plans soon began to unravel. A chance encounter encouraged me to hitch to Namibia, a country I’d not heard of before. I immediately fell in love with it and decided to stay. I worked in bars, designed flyers, managed backpacker hostels and camps – anything to prolong my time in Africa – before taking a job as a travel consultant based in Windhoek.

Seven years later I decided to move to the UK where I joined the Expert Africa team. These days I maintain my close connection with Namibia, whilst building on my knowledge of other African countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and of course, Tanzania. In 2009, I returned home to New Zealand to settle. I operate satellite office for Expert Africa based in Upper Hutt where I enjoy the best of everything – living in New Zealand, regularly visiting Africa and helping others plan their safaris!

Maruska's most recent Africa trips

12 nights
“After time away from travel for the birth of my daughter it was exciting to return to Botswana as it’s always been a favourite destination. On this trip I visited a cross section of reserves so as to take in a variety of landscapes and experience what the wildlife viewing was like during the short rainy season. I also visited Hwange and Matopos in Zimbabwe, where I’d last been as a working backpacker 20 years ago! The locals were as friendly as I remembered and really made a great trip wonderful.”
14 nights
“I returned to Northern Tanzania for a second trip in 2012, this time travelling in October when I could experience the wildebeest migration in remote northern Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Crater and central Serengeti were busier than in May, but by travelling with a great guide and in a private vehicle I got to experience some amazing wildlife sightings without being impacted on by other vehicles. Hearing herds of wildebeest thunder past camp in the night is a memory that will stay with me for a long time. ”
11 nights
“I spent 9 years of my childhood in Tanzania so I expected returning to Northern Tanzania for the first time since then to be amazing, and I wasn’t wrong! Sure, it’s gotten busier, but it’s still beautiful and the concentrations of wildlife are amazing. I travelled in May, which is low season, and so I expected a little rain. The trip was mostly dry, but one of my highlights was seeing herds of wildebeest on the Serengeti plains against a backdrop of thunderous skies. ”

Maruska's guidebook work


Namibia - 4th edition

Bradt Travel Guides



I really enjoyed researching Windhoek, the central highlands and Etosha Park for the Namibia Bradt Travel Guide. It gave me the chance to visit a wide range of properties and I met a lot of interesting people.

Latest reviews from Maruska's travellers

“Expert Africa advice & arrangements excellent.”



31 Oct to 12 Nov 2018

“This trip exceeded our wildest imagination.”



28 Sep to 12 Oct 2018

“A smooth and enjoyable trip. Thank you Maruska for ensuring all went well.”



27 Sep to 6 Oct 2018

“Well-organised in amazing locations.”



26 Sep to 17 Oct 2018