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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Olivia Barclay-Hudson

Olivia Barclay-Hudson - Trainee Tanzania Specialist

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Travel has always been Olivia’s passion – she peaked at four continents in one year! – and her first taste of Africa was on a family holiday to Kenya in 2006; she vowed to come back and explore the continent more upon completing her studies. An Environmental Science degree at the University of Leeds, and a dissertation focussed on climate change and crop production in Ghana, thus enabled her to take some time to develop her 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, Olivia 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; Olivia joined Expert Africa in 2016 and is looking forward to exploring and getting to know Tanzania, her specialist country.