Amy, East Africa Country Specialist
Amy's love of travel evolved from her love of adventure that pushed her outside her comfort zone and her wonder of the natural world. She set off to Alaska to sea kayak the Prince William Sound, she backpacked 80 miles in the Chugach Mountain Range, summited Mount Rainier in Washington State, surfed the coasts of Florida, California and those of frigid New England — and even became a canoe trip guide in the Florida Everglades.
Finally, she managed to take these adventures to the worldwide stage by embarking on surfing adventures to Costa Rica, the Baja Sur in Mexico and Ecuador. She hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, honeymooned in the Galapagos, journeyed on historical trips in Poland, Sweden and France, ultimately finding herself working in travel in Tanzania and arranging trips to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro for over 2,000 trekkers (she has also climbed it herself of course!).
Since joining Audley, Amy has been able to return to explore Tanzania's northern safari circuit, explore Zanzibar in-depth, trek for gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda and Uganda and journey around Kenya’s many conservancy’s as well parts of its coastline.
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We also had a wonderful knowledgeable guide in Rwanda and he took great care of us as well.
Amy suggested that we should travel by jeep the entire trip and this turned out to be a fantastic decision. We had an entire safari vehicle to ourselves so we could easily see scenery on both sides of the roads. Some days, we were on the road for hours and sharing the trip with our guide Becki and his insights was really special. We ate our meals with him and really enjoyed learning about his life in Uganda and his family. All of the lodges seemed to know him very well as he was such a kind, friendly individual with a contagious laugh.
I'll never forget when…
Tracking the chimpanzees in Uganda is as authentic and off the beaten track as it gets! After a morning orientation, we met our guide and began our journey into Kibale Forest National Park. Our guide began to lead us through the forest listening, identifying, and explaining the sounds, tracks and droppings, and plantlife preferred by the elusive primate. Bushwhacking with hushed silence as the guide picks up on the tiniest noise in the brush and then, all of a sudden, there they are. We were fortunate enough to encounter a male chimpanzee as he descended a tree. We quickly followed, nearly sprinting at times, as he effortlessly paved the way through the thick and uneven bush. Our guide explained that this particular chimpanzee was seeking a suitable mate and nearly on queue he began shaking small trees and shrubs. He settled down right in front of us and began to call out. Low and controlled he gradually built up sound and energy until he finally leapt towards the buttress roots aggressively pounding on them in a demonstration of power and strength for the community members nearby.