Philippa's love of Africa began as a child when she found herself fascinated with the diverse wildlife the continent could offer. She spent a number of months volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary in Namibia on two separate visits as a teenager, before spending 14 months travelling through Australia and Southeast Asia. An overland trip took her back to Africa for a few months on a journey from Nairobi to Cape Town.
Returning to the UK, Philippa spent some time managing a fine dining restaurant and running weddings in a country hotel before Africa's pull proved too strong and she returned to lead overland tours through 10 countries in East and Southern Africa. She then lived in Africa for almost three years before returning to the UK and starting with Audley.
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I'll never forget when…
One of the memories that will certainly stick with me forever was staying at Sesriem in Namibia. We woke early in the darkness before driving to Dune 45 in time for sunrise. Queuing at the gate, full of excitement, ensured we got there before other visitors — and we started climbing the beautiful red-orange dune. It was such a difference seeing the sunrise over the stunning backdrop of the desert. I have visited Sossusvlei many times, but this particular occasion really stood out.