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Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Senior Africa Specialist

Destinations Manager

Africa's friendly people, stunning wildlife and breathtaking scenery is a winning formula for me.

Tracy Lederer
Specialist countries
Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda

Working as secondary school teacher from 1988 to 2002/3, I always utilised my extended summer holidays to travel the world. I would buy a flight somewhere and then spend the 6/7 weeks independently exploring the country visited in great detail. I also took two periods of unpaid leave to embark on longer periods of travel to satisfy my wanderlust, the first for five months and the second for eight months. My enthusiasm for scuba diving also developed during this time and I have now dived in Australia, S/E Asia, the Red Sea, Central America, the Caribbean and Madagascar, as well as Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and Mozambique in Africa.

My love of Africa began with a trip backpacking and hitch hiking around Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi in 1993. I then return to continent in 1999 spending 6 weeks in Tanzania/Zanzibar, the highlights being climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and visiting the open plains of the Serengeti and the animal rich Ngorongoro Crater. Then in 2001 I embarked on an overland adventure from Victoria Falls, through Botswana into Namibia before heading south to finish in Cape Town. I loved the diversity of this trip – a pretty impressive waterfall (and heart stopping white-water rafting!), an inland delta with amazing wildlife, shimmering saltpans, beautiful deserts and a cosmopolitan city. A winning combination for me.

My passion for travel finally pushed me to make a career move from education into the travel industry. After working for a company tailor-making holidays for travellers with disabilities, I finally joined Expert Africa in 2004. I now specialise in creating trips to Namibia, Botswana, Rwanda, Mozambique and South Africa, and have spent many months over the years researching in these countries.

More recently, my then 4-year-old daughter joined me on a road trip from Cape Town, along the Garden Route, to the wildlife reserves around Port Elizabeth. It was wonderful to experience everything alongside young, fresh and excited eyes. We both had a brilliant time; she is fascinated with animals large and small - I never thought I would spend so much time willing two dung beetles to push their quarry off a road before the possibility of a vehicle coming along and squashing them. Another one hooked on Africa!

My most recent trip, in June 2018, was back to Namibia, where I refreshed my knowledge of Etosha and the Caprivi region. It was great to revisit these lovely areas, in one of my favourite countries.

Tracy's most recent Africa trips


Namibia

Namibia, Botswana

May 18 13 nights

After a couple of years absence, it was great to return to Namibia. Researching predominantly for the next edition of the Bradt guide, I explored eastern Etosha - the highlight being a cheetah with her four cubs. Then a whirlwind drive through the Caprivi took me to all the national parks and most lodges east of Rundu, finishing with a couple of nights on Impalila Island. Stunning sunsets over the perennial rivers, rare to Namibia outside the Caprivi, ended my days spectacularly.

Botswana

Botswana

Oct 17 13 nights

I was truly excited about returning to Botswana and the unique Okavango Delta, staying at new camps as well as old favorites. In addition, the Makgadikgadi pans were new to me and the area exceeded all expectations. The diversity here from spending time with endearing meerkats, quad biking on expansive salt pans, learning about ancient traditions from San people and seeing elusive desert wildlife like brown hyena and aardvark made it a very special experience which I would highly recommend.

South Africa

South Africa

Feb 16 17 nights

This fourth research trip to the Cape was very special as I travelled with my young daughter to see just how child friendly South Africa really is. I was not disappointed - she was not just accepted at the lodges but openly welcomed and well catered for; and the activities en route extensive. I could eulogise about many aspects but being on safari alongside an innocent and inquisitive mind was truly refreshing and Kwandwe’s Ecca Lodge could not have been a better place to experience this.

Tracy's previous Africa research


Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
Namibia March 2015 14 nights Windhoek, Central Highlands, Okonjima Nature Reserve , Damaraland, Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Waterberg Plateau National Park
South Africa April 2014 11 nights Cape Town, Winelands, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park
Botswana March 2013 13 nights Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kalahari's Salt Pans
Botswana September 2010 11 nights Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Moremi Game Reserve, Kwando-Linyanti area
Botswana May 2010 13 nights Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Kwando-Linyanti area
Mozambique, Tanzania October 2008 14 nights Selous Game Reserve, Pemba & mainland, Quirimbas Archipelago, Dar es Salaam
South Africa August 2008 11 nights Cape Town, Hermanus, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Knysna | Garden Route, Little Karoo, Tsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park, Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth
South Africa November 2007 13 nights Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqualand, Cape Town, Winelands, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Namibia May 2007 14 nights Central Highlands, Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Okonjima Nature Reserve , Damaraland
Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia September 2006 16 nights Okonjima Nature Reserve , Caprivi Strip, North-west Kalahari & Panhandle, Chobe National Park, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Bazaruto Archipelago
Rwanda, Kenya June 2006 9 nights Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nairobi
Namibia April 2006 9 nights Windhoek, Southern Namibia, Fish River Canyon, Luderitz
Namibia November 2005 16 nights Central Highlands, Bushmanland, Etosha National Park, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay
Namibia January 2005 11 nights Okonjima Nature Reserve , Etosha National Park, Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namib-Naukluft National Park, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Namibia

Namibia

Major contributor 6th edition 2019

In 2007 I was thrilled to be involved in edition 3 having explored the quirky South and Lüderitz. Since then I’ve contributed to ed. 4 & 5, and am again a major contributor to this 6th edition after an in depth trip to eastern Etosha and the Caprivi.

Botswana

Botswana

Contributor 5th edition 2018

Previously a significant contributor to the 4th edition in 2014, in 2017 I revisited the Okavango Delta and explored the Makgadikgadi Pans and used the knowledge gleaned to help update these chapters of this 5th edition.

Namibia

Namibia

Contributor 5th edition 2015

In 2007 I was thrilled to get involved in edition 3 as a major contributor exploring the quirky Southwest and Lüderitz. Since then I’ve been a major contributor / contributor to edition 4 & 5 respectively, researching numerous fascinating areas.

Reviews from Tracy's latest travellers


The Bosun from Falmouth

Arrived 11 Feb 2020, 8 nights

"Feb 2020 trip"

"...impressed by the knowledge, quality of service and attention to detail ... …" Read The Bosun’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Phil from Leyland

Arrived 4 Feb 2020, 2 nights

"My Feb 2020 trip"

"Excellent, very well organized ... …" Read Phil’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr CB & Dr MB from Tring

Arrived 12 Sep 2019, 19 nights

"The trip of a life-time"

"What a great trip. Superbly organised by Expert Africa (thank you Tracy) …" Read Dr CB & Dr MB’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs D Newport from UK

Arrived 31 Dec 2019, 10 nights

"Brilliant, would liked to have stayed longer!"

"...we enjoyed the Cape and had an excellent time. …" Read Mrs D Newport’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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