Even when I was starting my career away from travel, I tried to explore as often as I could. After graduating from university, I lived in Bordeaux, and then over the next several years I spent time in Southeast Asia, Oman, the USA and South Africa, and saw most of Europe.
The pull of travel encouraged me to take up a volunteer post in Kenya, focussing on wildlife conservation. This led me to journey further in Africa, including through Tanzania's 'Northern Circuit', Zanzibar, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, before ending up back in South Africa, working in Cape Town.
With Audley, I’ve explored even more of Southern Africa on in-depth trips back to South Africa and Mozambique, as well as to Malawi and Zambia. It’s this knowledge, acquired over many years, that allows me to plan truly bespoke trips, whether it involves you wine tasting in Franschhoek, tracking leopard on safari or snorkeling with cichlids in Lake Malawi.
I'll never forget when…
I was in the Sabi Sands in the Kruger and it was sundowner drinks time after a fantastic afternoon's game drive. We had seen three leopards, one up a tree with an impala kill, a herd of elephant and a pride of lion lazing in the sun. Just as the gin's were about to be poured a call came through on the radio and suddenly our ranger and tracker were ready to go; another vehicle had spotted a pangolin. Sundowners cancelled, we piled back into our vehicle and raced off as the sun was setting to join the others. Pangolin are so rare some people spend a lifetime in the bush and never see one, so it was wonderful to see this strange creature, first curled up in a ball, then waddle off on its hind legs oblivious to the crowds its appearance had generated that evening.