Rebecca, East Africa Specialist
Rebecca first visited Africa on a family holiday when she was 12 and fell in love with this beautiful, fascinating continent. She absolutely loves the adventure of searching for wild animals out in the African bush, and one of her favourite travel experiences was watching a pride of lions with five young cubs frolicking together in the Serengeti.
She studied ancient history and classical archaeology at the University of Warwick and promptly took a year off after graduating to travel around Southeast Asia and South Africa, including spending two weeks volunteering at an elephant rescue centre just outside Chiang Mai. Rebecca has since travelled extensively around Tanzania and South Africa, most recently in October 2015.
When Rebecca isn't planning her next trip, she loves the cinema and singing in a chamber choir.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experience from my trip to Tanzania was watching a pride of lions playing together and socialising in the Serengeti. There were a couple of male lions finishing off a buffalo carcass and they were suddenly joined by six younger lions, around two years old, who all came down to the stream together to drink. The sun was just about to go down and so the light on this fantastic scene was absolutely breathtaking.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, two lionesses wandered over with five very young cubs in tow. They were extremely playful, adorable and hilarious to watch. One of the little ones spent quite some time jumping on her mother's tail and biting it, much to the mother's annoyance, who finally cracked and growled, bearing her ferocious teeth.
I could've stayed watching them for hours; it was wonderful to see lions being so active. It was a magical experience that I'll remember fondly for a very long time.