After graduating Jo spent four years travelling around the world. Her first trip to Africa was in 2000, spending time in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Malawi: Africa has remained under her skin ever since. She spent over 10 years in the film industry as a stand in and extra, working on many well-known productions. At the same time she worked at Arsenal as a hostess supervisor at club level. She also guided a pre-match tour, with access to all areas of the stadium and players. This flexible lifestyle has enabled her to continue her travels revisiting places and exploring new ones.
On a holiday in Tanzania she was offered a job to manage Tides Lodge on the Swahili coast so spent time living and working in paradise, visiting new places whenever she had time off. On returning to the UK she began working for Audley Travel and has travelled extensively throughout Tanzania again, including going on safari in the Southern Circuit for the first time and finding new favourite places.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experiences are always animal related. On safari in the north of the Serengeti last year I was lucky one morning to see not one leopard but two. As these are solitary cats I was excited at the prospect of seeing a mother and cub but in fact I got something far more special: this was a mating couple! They were very close, on top of a kopjes and totally unfazed by our presence. It always a privilege to see these elusive cats but to find two like this was amazing and very rare. I could have stayed there all day but I was on my way to the airstrip to fly the coast so I had to say goodbye. I hope that she is a mother now!