Russell's passion for Africa started at the age of 17 when he embarked on his first adventure to Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. Aside from viewing the vast and varied wildlife on offer and immersing himself in the culture of the locals, the main purpose of his trip was to build a playground for children in a small village in Botswana and raise awareness on the prevention of HIV and AIDS throughout local schools.
Upon graduating from university and qualifying in physiotherapy, he took a year to travel the world, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, before starting his career in the travel industry.
Working in travel for the last five years has allowed him to see more parts of the globe, including Indonesia, North America and Egypt, but it wasn't long before the call of the bush saw him returning to Africa. Recent trips with Audley include Botswana, Zambia, Madagascar and Malawi.
I'll never forget when…
Having viewed a pack of resting wild dogs late one evening in the Linyanti Wetlands, our guide returned to find the same pack the following morning.
We came upon them whilst they were hunting, and with the pack showing total disregard to the vehicle, we followed them only to observe a leopard being chased into the nearest tree. Whilst watching and waiting to see the leopard's fate, we were treated to individuals in the pack chasing Impala within touching distance of our vehicle, whilst the puppies were escorted by older members to a safe distance.
Getting first hand experience of a wild dog hunt is like nothing I have ever experienced before on safari and the memory will stay with me forever.