At the foothills of Mount Kenya, a vast plateau exists hope to prolific wildlife but also many rare and endangered species of African wildlife including a large population of wild dogs. With sparce lodges, your safari will be more intimate here. Perhaps what I love most is how active you can be here with hikes, fishing, river rafting, horse riding or visits to one of the many local villages.
Katie, Africa Specialist
Born into a family of four older sisters in Stamford, Connecticut, I was always eager to differentiate myself and moved overseas to attend university in London.
Pursuing a degree in International Relations, I formed an international circle of friends and spent school breaks gallivanting around Europe and beyond. Upon graduating, I spent three months touring Southeast Asia and India before returning to Connecticut to work for several years. Unable to stifle my passion for adventure, I have has since traveled to South America, The Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and beyond.
In 2014, I found the perfect home for myself at Audley Travel in Boston where I found I could meld my love of travel with my career goals as a Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka Specialist. In 2015 representing Audley at The Lewa Safaricom Marathon in Kenya, I completed the full marathon raising money for Audley's then charity of the year, Tusk. I am now a Senior Africa Specialist building unique itineraries to Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. When not working, I can be found on the ski slopes of Sugarbush, soaking up a live music festival, training for a marathon or plotting shenanigans to keep my co-workers and friends on their toes.
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This was our second trip with Katie. Last year we watched the sun set in Phuket and this year we watched it rise on the opposite side of the Indian Ocean.
This was our second trip with Katie. Last year we went to Thailand. We enjoyed everything, it was all new to us. Ending our trip on the beach in Zanzibar was the "icing on the cake". Last year we watched the sun set in Phuket and this year we watched it rise on the opposite side of the Indian Ocean.
Out of the hundreds of hotels and lodges I have stayed at around the world, if I could close my eyes and be at one of them, it would be Gibb’s Farm. The combination of incredible food, service, plush accommodation and incredibly serene and beautiful grounds make it truly magical. A stay at Gibb’s Farm is never long enough. In addition to being a destination in and of itself, it offers perfect access to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater and Northern circuit of Tanzania.
I'll never forget when…
Revisiting the Naboisho conservancy in the Masai Mara was an extremely memorable experience. I had been there after I ran the Lewa Marathon in 2014 and it was my first safari experience. After 2.5 weeks on safari two years later in Tanzania and then into Kenya, I landed in the conservancy responsible for my love for East Africa. This was made all the more special due to a very chance encounter. While there in 2014 I had an amazing guide at Asilia’s Naboisho camp, Lucas. My work trip did not have me staying at Asilia’s camp but as luck would have it, on the day I arrived in the conservancy, I spotted an Asilia vehicle and made my Southern Cross driver follow it. It was my guide, Lucas! We both were nearly in tears. It was so special to find the man in the middle of the bush that was the reason I fell in love with Kenya and after 2.5 years changed from a Southeast Asia specialist to an East Africa Specialist. That is the magic of Africa.