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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.

Gale and Tony Nield traveled to Uganda and Rwanda for 21 days in February 2017, organized by Amy C

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.

Photos of Amy

Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater
Amy on a walking safari in Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, Kenya Amy on a walking safari in Lewa Wilderness Conservancy, Kenya
Amy in Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya Amy in Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Amy in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya Amy in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Namiri Plains, Tanzania Namiri Plains, Tanzania
Hippo Pool, Central Serengeti, Tanzania Hippo Pool, Central Serengeti, Tanzania
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Tarangire, Tanzania Tarangire, Tanzania
Indian Ocean, Zanzibar Indian Ocean, Zanzibar
Silverback Gorilla in Rwanda Silverback Gorilla in Rwanda
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Photos taken by Amy

Serval Cat Serval Cat
Hippo pod in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Hippo pod in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Juvenile baboon Juvenile baboon
Juvenile lion at sunrise in Uganda Juvenile lion at sunrise in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Baby gorilla learning to climb Baby gorilla learning to climb
Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Lounging male chimpanzee Lounging male chimpanzee
Male chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda Male chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda
Curious Baby Elephant Curious Baby Elephant
Woodland Kingfisher Woodland Kingfisher
Black Back Mountain Gorilla, Umubano Group, Rwanda Black Back Mountain Gorilla, Umubano Group, Rwanda