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Maruska AdyeRowe

Maruska AdyeRowe


Learning unexpected, amazing and suprising wildlife behaviour from expert guides is my favourite thing about safaris.

Maruska AdyeRowe
Specialist countries
Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar

Maruska is in New Zealand and usually available:
NZ time: from 05:00 to 07:00 and 09:00 to 15:00 Mon-Fri .
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More about Maruska...
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


Botswana, South Africa

May 23 14 nights

I never tire of visiting Botswana on safari – the wildlife viewing is always amazing, the people are warm and welcoming, and the everchanging environments are fascinating. Wildlife highlights included seeing a mother cheetah successfully raising seven cubs, catching sight of my first aardwolf, and spending a couple of hours watching a family of three very relaxed leopards – just myself and my guide. But the biggest pleasure came from seeing the benefits to conservation, community initiatives, and far-reaching career opportunities created through tourismi Botswana.



Oct 22 13 nights

My first trip back to Africa post Covid and a long awaited return to Zambia - my experiences did not disappoint. I love Zambia for its great guides and eclectic mix of safari camps - each has its own individual style. It was coming towards the end of the dry season and the wildlife viewing didn't disappoint; particularly on the leopard front! I enjoyed game drives, walking safaris, canoe trips, boat safaris and fishing - especially catching an enormous 22lb tiger fish!



Sep 19 13 nights

A return to southern Tanzania, where I spent my childhood, is always a wonderful experience. This time around I was so impressed by the leaps and bounds that Tanzania, especially Ruaha and Selous, has made in terms of the service and guiding standards at the safari lodges and camps. I visited most camps in Selous Game Reserve, had a short taster of Ruaha National Park, and was blown away by the sheer number of animals in Tarangire! Although personally, the diversity of eco-systems, variety of activities and sharing the experience with less other visitors means Selous was my favourite.



Contributor 4th edition 2011

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.



Contributor 3rd edition 2010

Botswana is at the top of most serious safari traveler’s list for good reason – the variety of animals and wilderness experience is phenomenal! Understanding the various areas and eco systems is key to getting the most out of a safari here.

Reviews from Maruska's latest travellers

D&L from New Zealand

Arrived 29 Apr 2024, 25 nights

"Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana Adventure"

"amazing trip...experience and knowledge of Expert Africa (Maruska) made it so! …" Read D&L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs F. from Australia

Arrived 1 Jun 2024, 5 nights

"My Jun 2024 trip"

"Website is fantastic with so much helpful information. …" Read Mrs F.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

K & N Adventures from FL

Arrived 20 May 2024, 16 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Can't wait to do this journey again.....Maruska did a wonderful job …" Read K & N Adventures’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms Andrea L from USA

Arrived 19 May 2024, 15 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Our group was very impressed with Maruska and Expert Africa....Africa is magical …" Read Ms Andrea L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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