Growing up in East Africa, no matter how long I have been away, it has always kindled a warm feeling of home.
In 2001, my family and I moved to Tanzania, which opened another world of bush adventures. I started my career in tourism when I was 19, running an exclusive lodge in the northern Serengeti. I took a sabbatical from that job to pursue my education, and obtained my field and marine guiding qualification in South Africa, after which I returned to Tanzania and joined one of East Africa’s biggest safari operators. At first I managed Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire National Park, then moved to the more remote wilderness areas in southern Tanzania. Here I spent 6 years running Kwihala, in Ruaha National Park. Then I moved into an operations role, overseeing the construction and launch of several new camps in Ruaha and Nyerere national parks, including Jabali Ridge and Roho ya Selous.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have travelled extensively around Tanzania (usually in quest of some unusual species of bird) exploring lesser-known areas such as the Mahale Mountains, Katavi National Park, Kilwa, Amani forest, Lake Natron, Tanga and the Ruvuma region. And I’ve also spent lots of time in the well-known regions – the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Zanzibar and Mafia island.
I’ve always loved sharing my knowledge with like-minded travellers. I’m fascinated by local culture, languages and cuisine, exploring the wilderness areas, supporting the communities and engaging with the conservation work that goes on in these vulnerable areas. After many years as a camp manager welcoming Expert Africa guests to Tanzania, I am thrilled to be a part of the team that gets them there. I want to continue expanding my knowledge of East Africa and creating incredible experiences for all our wageni (guests or visitors in Swahili).
I live with my safari guide husband in Italy and travel home frequently to Tanzania to see my family and friends.