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Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Systems Manager

Destinations Manager

For me, the African bush is the ultimate escape from everyday life.

Tom Morris
Specialist countries
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

I first travelled to Africa in 2009, initially to Zambia with my family, before joining a school rugby tour in South Africa. On this trip I enjoyed many uniquely African experiences including whitewater rafting on the Zambezi below the Victoria Falls, having lunch on Livingstone Island, climbing Table Mountain and visiting Robben Island.

On this trip I was bitten by the travel bug and, whilst I have travelled to many destinations since, Africa remains special. The combination of wilderness, adventure and wildlife ensures that I keep returning. In 2011 I visited Kenya on another family safari to Laikipia and the Masai Mara. I enjoyed my time in the Mara so much that two weeks later I was back on a plane to work at Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp for a month.

Whilst at university studying physics I became involved in an independent project to raise money and build a school in the Chikolongo region of Malawi. I was lucky enough to visit the school in 2012 and continue to be involved in the project. After graduation I spent six months in the French Alps on a Ski season followed by an extensive two-month self-drive trip around southern Africa in a beaten up old Land Rover.

Following these travels I spent a year working on special effects in the the film industry before the itch for Africa persuaded me to move to the travel industry and Expert Africa in 2015. Since joining I have throughly enjoyed getting to know our Namibia programme and I continue to travel extensively - both with work and independently.

Tom's most recent Africa trips


Botswana

Botswana

Nov 19 21 nights

Having worked on the 5th edition of the Bradt Botswana Safari Guide it was wonderful to get back out to Botswana and explore the Delta in more detail. Despite visiting at the height of a severe drought we were incredibly lucky on the trip with lots of cats, plenty of wild dog and several firsts. Personal highlights included a scenic helicopter flight transfer between camps, aardwolf & spotted hyena cubs and thunderstorms as the rains arrived.

Namibia

Namibia

Apr 19 16 nights

Given the opportunity I often take personal holidays to Africa and when the chance to visit some of the most remote areas of Namibia presented itself my partner and I jumped at the chance. Highlights of this trip included quadibiking in the martian landscapes around Serra Cafema, waking up in the surreal eerie fog of the Skeleton Coast at Shipwreck Lodge and spending the day wit the Save the Rhino Trust tacking black rhino in Damaraland from Desert Rhino Camp.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Oct 18 13 nights

Returning to Zimbabwe was a real treat, especially on a fly in safari. Mana pools is one of the original safari destinations which is quickly being 'rediscovered' by the safari industry as the political situation in Zimbabwe continues to improve. It was a real privilege to enjoy this unique park before it becomes really busy. Approaching wildlife on foot and canoeing down the mighty Zambezi were real highlights and contrasted wonderfully with water based activities on Lake Kariba to end the trip.

Tom's previous Africa research


Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Namibia September 2018 9 nights Windhoek, Central Highlands, Etosha National Park
Namibia April 2018 14 nights Southern Namibia, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz, Windhoek
Zimbabwe November 2017 14 nights Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park
Botswana September 2017 9 nights Maun, Okavango Delta Safari Reserves
Botswana May 2017 7 nights Maun, Kalahari's Salt Pans, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, North-west Kalahari & Panhandle
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe November 2016 28 nights Windhoek, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Okonjima Nature Reserve , Caprivi Strip, North-west Kalahari & Panhandle, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls
Namibia May 2016 13 nights Windhoek, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namib-Naukluft National Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Namibia

Namibia

Major contributor 6th edition 2019

For this book I spent a couple of weeks researching the Southern Kalahari and Fish River Canyon, Lüderitz and the Southwest and sections of The Central Corridor chapters. I really enjoyed returning to these often remote and picturesque areas.

Botswana

Botswana

Major contributor 5th edition 2018

For this book I spent four weeks in country on two different trips to help research and update the planning and preparation, Maun, Okavango Delta - Private reserves, Okavango Panhandle, Kalahari's Salt Pans and Central Kalahari chapters.

Reviews from Tom's latest travellers


Mr & Mrs R & V from ASCOT

Arrived 6 Mar 2020, 8 nights

"1 week Taster trip of Namibia"

"a very good 'Taster' of Namibia... a beautiful country... magnificent scenery …" Read Mr & Mrs R & V’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Miss J. from Bury St. Edmu

Arrived 20 Nov 2019, 9 nights

"Vic Falls and Camp Hwange Nov 2019"

"As always the trip was wonderful. …" Read Miss J.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

S. from Germany

Arrived 10 Nov 2019, 11 nights

"Simbabwe VicFalls/Huangwe/ManaPools 11-2019"

"everything we expected (and more)... highly recommended …" Read S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs B from Witney

Arrived 20 Oct 2019, 24 nights

"Namibia trip 2019"

"We had an excellent trip to Namibia …" Read Mr & Mrs B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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