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Richard Trillo


Richard Trillo - Kenya & Northern Tanzania specialist

Specialist countries:

KenyaTanzaniaZanzibar

Richard’s first trip to Africa was a hitchhiking adventure to Timbuktu, in 1977, with a student friend and $100 each. They reached the fabled city – having learned en route what a visa is, and what malaria feels like – and Richard’s connection with Africa was born.

In 1980, he set off again to hitchhike and cycle from London to Kenya. Nearly a year later, freewheeling into the Rift Valley for the first time, he realised how strong his Africa connection had become.

Back in the UK, he spent two years doing a Master’s degree in ethnography, linguistics and Swahili at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.

And then he took up an offer with the fledgling travel publisher, Rough Guides, to write the first practical guide to Kenya. He took one of the earliest mountain bikes and travelled the length and breadth of the country – from Turkana to Shimoni and from the Maasai Mara to Malindi. After the Rough Guide to Kenya was published Richard joined the Rough Guides publishing team to look after marketing and PR. He continued to write the Rough Guide to Kenya (the 11th edition was published in May 2016), as well as researching and co-authoring many editions of Rough Guides to West Africa, The Gambia, First Time Africa, Madagascar and World Music.

After a stint as a freelance travel journalist, and aware of Expert Africa’s reputation among travellers, its commitment to responsible tourism and the fact that it offered no trips to Kenya and happily explained why (“until members of our team have covered Kenya’s parks and coast inside-out, we won’t be offering any Kenya safaris") he saw a window of opportunity and took a running jump right through it.

He lives in remote suburbia with his wife, Teresa Driver, and their transient offspring. They go on safari as often as possible.