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Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Systems Manager & Senior Africa Specialist | Southern Africa

Destination Manager: Namibia& Zimbabwe

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

Tom Morris
Specialist countries
Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe

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UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Fri, and occasional Saturdays.
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More about Tom...
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 film industry before the itch for Africa persuaded me to move to the travel industry and Expert Africa in 2015. Since joining I have thoroughly 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 23 13 nights

While the Okavango is always a fantastic destination offering some superb wildlife, the highlight of this trip was visiting the Kalahari's Salt Pans in Nxai Pan National Park and the Makadikadi. Whiling away an afternoon in the presence of habituated meerkats, visiting Baines' Baobabs and encountering possibly the largest black-maned lion I've ever seen showed me a new and different side to Botswana that both contrasts and complements the verdant reaches of the Delta.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Jun 23 13 nights

Over five years after I first visited Hwange, it was amazing to be back in such an expansive and varied park. This trip primarily focussed on the more rugged northern part of the park around Robins Camp and several new camps. Some of the road transfers between camps were long and bumpy, but the spectacle of Hwange, excellent elephant sightings, lion encounters and some superb walking safaris more than made up for it.

Botswana

Botswana, Zimbabwe

Nov 22 13 nights

After a three-year hiatus, I was delighted to get back to Botswana and explore several new areas. Although the rains had arrived, I still managed to see some excellent wildlife and enjoy a good range of activities. I was also pleased to be able to spend a night in Victoria Falls and catch up on some of the exciting new properties there. Highlights of this trip included watching storms roll across the Delta, witnessing a leopard catch his lunch, and boating on the Chobe River.

Tom's previous Africa research


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


J & B from Zurich

Arrived 12 May 2024, 14 nights

"My May 2024 trip"

"Everything was great. …" Read J & B ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Ms B from Florida, US

Arrived 27 Apr 2024, 28 nights

"Our seventh trip to Africa"

"7th trip since 2016.. nothing but praise for all the advice & trip organization …" Read Mr & Ms B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs N from Cheshire

Arrived 26 Apr 2024, 30 nights

"My Apr 2024 trip"

"A fantastic trip, which exceeded our high expectations. …" Read Mr & Mrs N’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Jane U from London

Arrived 11 Nov 2023, 35 nights

"My Nov 2023 trip"

"I loved my trip. It really was the journey of a lifetime. …" Read Jane U’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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