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 - Africa Specialist

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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. 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 also have extensive knowledge of the rest of Tanzania, including its remote western regions, as well as Kenya and Zanzibar.

Olivia's most recent Africa trips

13 nights
“This trip to Kenya was to venture further north - up to the Samburu region, making our way back down south to Nairobi via Laikipia. I loved the hot, dry and harsh Samburu lands, with their pockets of abundant wildlife when near to water. It was fantastic getting to know the culture of the local people, as well as having the chance to see some rather large orphans up close and personal from the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary! The contrast of western Laikipia was obvious, both in terms of climate, landscape and wildlife too. The array of activities here made for a really fun trip - it's not just about game drives, but walking, night drives, camel and horse riding, learning about endangered species and so much more. ”
12 nights
“The most exciting place in Tanzania for me, and an area that I have always wanted to visit, is the remote western regions of the country. Katavi National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park are far away and hard to get to - but it's well worth it! They receive a fraction of the visitors of the more famous Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, yet offer a wonderfully remote safari as well as the chance to trek chimpanzees. I also visited an unusual luxury private island - Lupita Island. This has been my most special trip to Africa yet.”
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.”

Latest reviews from Olivia's travellers

“I do so appreciate the detail that Olivia put into my trip. ”



30 Nov to 9 Dec 2019

“The camps, hotels and transfers all worked seamlessly. We had a brilliant trip”



3 Nov to 18 Nov 2019

“The entire trip was flawless. Could not have asked for a better vacation.”



24 Nov to 1 Dec 2019

“Guiding was fantastic as usual”



17 Nov to 5 Dec 2019