As a diplomat's daughter, Amelia spent her childhood years moving around the world. Born in Washington D.C., attending nursery in Angola and primary school in Egypt, travelling is in her blood. Moving to a school in the UK, she spent her holidays exploring countries such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Algeria. Before going to university to study Business Management with International Relations, she went on a six month trip to New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
In 2011, she visited her family in South Africa and went on her first safari. Immediately she fell in love with the wildlife and in 2015 qualified as a safari guide. Since her first visit she has been back to South Africa 10 times and has volunteered on conservation projects in South Africa and Namibia.
Earlier this year, Amelia went back to South Africa with Audley. One of her highlights was self-driving Route 62 and the Garden Route, an area she had never been to before.
I'll never forget when…
Having qualified as a safari guide I have been lucky enough to have some incredible sightings in the bush. Although I have come very close to seeing wild dog, I had never seen them in the wild. During my most recent trip with Audley to Timbavati, I had one answer when the guide asked: Are there any special requests? The drive started and we quickly found some lion tracks. The guide and tracker spent around half an hour trying to locate a lioness before turning the truck around and rushing back to the road. Unaware of where we were headed there was excitement among us passengers. Suddenly, we turned off the main track, up a small hill and over the ridge. There in front of us were 26 wild dog. I was over the moon and had an enormous grin on my face for the rest of the evening. Even now, thinking about it, it gives me goose bumps.