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Dan, South Africa Specialist

My fondest childhood memories are of my time spent at my family’s farm in Zimbabwe. Since then, I have been lucky enough to explore the surrounding countries in Southern Africa, both with family and individually. My travels have included trekking down the lower Zambezi for seven days, a rhino conservation project in Zimbabwe, and a community wildlife project along the Garden Route in South Africa.

For me, South Africa encompasses all aspects of Africa, from the fantastic game viewing and rich history in regions such as the Battlefields to the relaxing environment of the winelands in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Having previously started a career in politics and worked in the Houses of Parliament, I decided that I wanted to share my passion for the region with others and move into the travel industry. Besides planning my next trip to Southern Africa, my hobbies include fishing and rugby.

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I'll never forget when…

When people ask me what Africa is like, and why I feel it is so special, I always tell the story of one of my earliest memories. While lying in the outdoor bath at my family’s farm in Zimbabwe, I remember looking up at the huge African sky, the stars almost blanketing the vast darkness above. For me, this encompasses Africa: being outside surrounded by wildlife and listening to the noises that come from beyond your little circle of light. This may be one of my first ever memories, but also one that has stuck with me ever since.

Photos of Dan

Dan at Phinda Bush Lodge on South Africa's east coast Dan at Phinda Bush Lodge on South Africa's east coast
Dan in the Phinda Game Reserve Dan in the Phinda Game Reserve
Dan in Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger Dan in Thornybush Game Reserve, Kruger
Viewpoint at Phinda Bush Lodge Viewpoint at Phinda Bush Lodge