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Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Southern Africa Manager

Destination Manager: Botswana, South Africa& Mozambique

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

Tracy is in the UK and usually available:
UK time: 09:00-17:30 Mon-Thur; 08:00-16:30 Fri and occasional Saturdays.
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More about Tracy...
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 the 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 last trip, in May 2023, was a return to Chobe National Park in Botswana, and then a stay in Zimbabwe, focusing on Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. Exactly 30 years since my first visit to this wonderful country, very fond memories came flooding back and my, now 12-year-old, daughter loves it as much as I do.

Tracy's most recent Africa trips


Zimbabwe, Botswana

May 23 13 nights

My first trip back to Africa after Covid was getting reacquainted with ‘old friends’ - Chobe NP, Victoria Falls and Hwange NP. With excitement I returned to the country I first visited in Africa – this trip was a far cry from the back-packing holiday of my youth - and the return to Hwange after 30 years was pretty nostalgic. Elephants abound, and with lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, amongst others, we were spoilt when it came to wildlife…and the guiding was top notch too! Chobe didn’t disappoint either, and who can fail to be wowed by the sheer wonder of Vic Falls. What a great combination for a varied holiday!


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.



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.

Tracy's previous Africa research

Country Arrived Length of stay Areas visited
South Africa February 2016 17 nights Cape Town, Hermanus, Little Karoo, Tsitsikamma | Garden Route National Park, Plettenberg Bay | Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
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 10 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 12 nights 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 15 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



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.



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.



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

Dr B from Canada

Arrived 10 Feb 2024, 33 nights

"My Feb 2024 trip"

"I have recommended Expert Africa and Tracy Lederer several times to travellers.. …" Read Dr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr and Mrs G from Bucks

Arrived 15 Dec 2023, 23 nights

"My Dec 2023 trip"

"Fantastic trip; unique experiences and was cleverly designed... …" Read Mr and Mrs G’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs H from London

Arrived 27 Dec 2023, 10 nights

"My Dec 2023 trip"

"... it was the best family trip we've ever done, we just loved it! …" Read Mrs H ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

LB from Toronto

Arrived 29 Oct 2023, 31 nights

"My Oct 2023 trip"

"Incredible experience... trip of a lifetime exceeded any and all expectations. …" Read LB’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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