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The Expert Team

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Olivia Barclay-Hudson


Olivia Barclay-Hudson - Trainee Tanzania Specialist

Destination manager:
Tanzania

Specialist countries:

KenyaTanzaniaZanzibar

Travel has always been my passion – I peaked at four continents in one year! – and my first taste of Africa was on a family holiday to Kenya in 2006; I vowed to come back and explore the continent more upon completing my studies. An Environmental Science degree at the University of Leeds, and a dissertation focussed on climate change and crop production in Ghana, thus enabled me to take some time to develop my interests in wildlife conservation, sustainable tourism and travel.

Over the course of two years since graduating, between working in the Alps for 10 months and travelling through Asia, Australasia and Europe, I undertook volunteer conservation projects across the southern hemisphere. They ranged from restoring natural plant biodiversity in Australia’s New South Wales, to assisting with the care and rehab of orangutans, macaques, gibbons and sun bears on Malaysian Borneo.

The clear highlights however were the projects in southern Africa. Spending six weeks in Damaraland, Namibia, was an unforgettable experience: working on the ground to reduce conflict between the desert elephant herds and the farmers whilst cooking over a fire and sleeping out under the stars every night. A stint in South Africa followed, exploring Cape Town and the Eastern Cape whilst volunteering on Kariega Game Reserve on their conservation programme.

A career in the City just could not compare; I joined Expert Africa in 2016 and have loved exploring East Africa properly for the first time. Northern Tanzania is one of Africa's most popular destinations, so my current focus is on managing this region (while Lyndsey looks after the south), which I now know inside out! I am excited to be adding Kenya to my portfolio as well, over the course of the next year or so.

Olivia's most recent Africa trips

Mar-2018
14 nights
“I was excited to visit Kenya for the first time with Expert Africa and explore Tanzania's neighbouring country. I was lucky enough to start the trip with a night at the very special Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, before heading to the private conservancies of Lewa and Borana, in the Laikipia region, and then on to the Maasai Mara. It was amazing to see the huge numbers of rhino - black and white - that are thriving in the conservancies. An incredible flight in the Lewa WACO biplane (exactly Out of Africa!) was an absolute highlight and I would recommend to anyone.”
Sep-2017
7 nights
“The Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park had been on my hit list for some time, so it was great to be able to familiarise myself with these two southern Tanzanian parks, as they are just so different to the north of the country. I enjoyed being able to get out on the water in the Selous - my first time on a boat trip during a safari - and I loved the wild and tropical nature of the reserve. The walking in Ruaha was some of the most enjoyable I have experienced in Tanzania, made possible by some truly excellent guiding from the team at Kwihala and Jabali Ridge. The wild remoteness of the south was so refreshing and left a lasting impression - I can't wait to go back!”
Jun-2017
20 nights
“I returned to northern Tanzania to explore new areas, like Tarangire and the western Serengeti, and deepen my knowledge of areas visited on my previous trip. Travelling in mid June and into July was brilliant as Tanzania's dry season is getting underway - and it meant that my stay in the northern Serengeti was perfectly timed for the wildebeest migration. Seeing one of the famed river crossings was pretty unforgettable (they all made it in one piece!). Chilling out on the beach on Zanzibar was a perfect relaxing end to a busy safari.”

Olivia's previous Africa research

Latest reviews from Olivia's travellers

“trip was better than I could have expected... I feel grateful for the expertise!”

Excellent

Kenya

2 Jul to 5 Jul 2018

“I enjoyed every moment that I was there; it was spectacular.”

Excellent

Tanzania

21 Jun to 25 Jun 2018

“We had a fantastic time and can't wait to return to Africa ”

Excellent

Tanzania

1 Mar to 10 Mar 2018

“We had an amazing time. It was the holiday of a lifetime for us.”

Excellent

Tanzania

14 Feb to 24 Feb 2018