Having been fortunate enough to travel extensively growing up, I have always been eager to seek out new destinations and experiences, and have visited six continents so far. Extraordinary animal sightings on safari holidays in South Africa, Tanzania and Namibia cemented my passion for wildlife and the environment, while the local hospitality I experienced during voluntary work building a primary school in rural Tanzania embedded sub-Saharan Africa as a home away from home.
While studying for a degree in zoology and conservation, I spent two months carrying out research on the elusive aardvark in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Upon graduating, I moved to outback Australia, guiding at and managing one of the country’s luxury lodges for several years before joining Audley. Since then, I have had the chance to take a flying safari across Botswana in the wet season, helicopter over the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and self-drive around the other-worldly landscapes of Namibia.
I'll never forget when…
Sitting around the dinner table at Oddball’s Enclave, Botswana, with our guide, Knowledge, and the passionate lodge manager, Doc, we shared the day’s stories of lion tracking, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips and bush walks to the soundtrack of hyena whooping behind the camp. It felt like the quintessential safari supper and as the night settled in, the vast African sky put on a mighty show. With no visible moon, no light pollution and no buildings to block the view, the Milky Way twinkled above us in movie-like clarity. Its sheer size and scale was incomparable and left me completed humbled.