Mark first encountered Africa in 1998, when he spent three months working as a research assistant on a biological survey programme in the Kilombero Valley in a remote area of Tanzania. This experience of living and working on the wild side got under his skin and his life attained a very African focus from there on in.
After training as a field guide in Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and working for an elephant conservation organisation, Mark returned to run a series of research camps on Mafia Island and in the forests and savannah of southern Tanzania. This was followed by five years working for a small adventure travel company, which took him to various destinations in East and Southern Africa.
Since joining Audley, Mark has focused on East Africa, further extending his experience of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Just don’t ask him which country is his favourite.
I'll never forget when…
It is impossible to identify one most memorable experience, but my combined experience of spending time with elephants has had the most impact on my life. These massive, delicate, creatures, demand attention and can make time pass far too quickly. Observing their behaviour, decoding the relationships between individuals and learning to respect the knowledge that they develop, hold and transfer, is quite simply a joy. Often placid, always unpredictable and the source of much we do not yet know, I can never refuse an opportunity to spend time with elephants nor ever know what that contact will hold.