As a former geography graduate, the world has always been my main focus and interest. A couple of years ago, I bought a one-way ticket to Asia and never looked back. I taught English in Cambodia for a couple of months and headed to untouched areas of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan. In spring, I made my way to the continent of my dreams, and it was a real bonus that my parents were living out in Tanzania at the time… free accommodation! I spent the following two months volunteering in schools and conservation work in Zanzibar, diving the Indian Ocean waters and being stuck in Dar es Salaam traffic. After this, I began my overlanding adventure from Kenya down to South Africa, travelling, cooking, camping and flapping plates dry through 7 countries. I loved every single minute of it… even the 4am starts, breaking down in the middle of the Namibian salt pans and my first jump out of a plane. Like the majority of people who have travelled Africa, I fell in love with its people, animals and its ever-changing landscapes. Since working at The Africa Specialists, my knowledge of East Africa, the camps and the properties has grown enormously and I hope my passion has, and continues to pass on to everyone that I speak to!
Cuba - absolutely adored it!
Tanzania in November
Probably a journal or a good book.
I’m a huge fan of Loisaba Starbeds in Kenya. What’s better than sleeping under the stars?!
Fried tarantula in Thailand... Would definitely give it a miss the second time around.
I'm fascinated by the African wild dog although I've only ever seen them once in the Selous from a great distance.
Take a step back from your camera now and again and just enjoy what you can see with your own eyes. A safari without a camera is risky but it is truly a different experience.
G&T, all day every day!
If I get a chance, then scuba diving definitely. On safari, probably an early morning game drive to watch the sunrise with a blanket and a cup of coffee although I love the boat safaris in the Selous.
Brazil. Looks like an incredible country but I've always had a desire to go to South America.
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