My specialist countries
After spending six years in the Escorted Tours team selling destinations world-wide, I was lucky enough to get the chance to join the Africa team. I recently returned from an amazing two weeks in Kenya; experiencing safari not only in the Masai Mara but also the lesser-known Laikipia region, home to the endangered Grevy’s zebra and black rhino.
A bit about me
My love for travel was ignited at an early age, having travelled around Europe and further afield growing up. Visiting Mozambique and South Africa on holiday at the age of 16 was when my love for the African continent began – it really does get under your skin!
Experiencing new cultures, seeing different ways of life and, of course, trying new food is what I find most exciting and compelling, and working at The Ultimate Travel Company allows me to visit places and experience things I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do otherwise.
My favourite place
Deciding on a favourite place or destination would be quite tricky – however a recent destination I’ve visited which stands out to me would be Kenya. Travelling extensively throughout the country I didn’t tire of safari for a moment, not even after 10 days straight. I kept having to pinch myself on the game drives as we watched elephant calves only a couple of weeks old playing with their mothers. Sundowners are a perfect way to finish off your day (and also essential) as you watch the sun go down over the plains with a large gin in hand.
My favourite hotel
Sirikoi within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an amazing tented lodge. Encompassing a mix of luxurious tented rooms and two smaller private residences, you can see some of the best game in Northern Kenya here. Surrounded by an acacia grove the deck overlooks a natural waterhole so you can watch wildlife whilst indulging in the fantastic food! During our dinner under the stars, a young buffalo decided to have a rather skittish runabout on the lawn in front of us.
I was lucky enough to spot my first leopard in Kenya whilst out on a game drive with my Masai guide, James. His eyesight is unreal…
My most memorable experience
Visiting Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage at the Ithumba Orphan’s Unit in Kenya’s massive Tsavo National Park and seeing the fantastic job they are doing with the preservation and protection of these wonderful animals. The relationship formed between the young orphaned herd and their keepers is truly magical.
My top tips
- It seems obvious but having your own binoculars, rather than sharing, makes such a difference – you don’t even have to buy a pair yourself, renting some for your holiday is really easy!
- Say yes to everything on offer – even if you are tired from all the late nights and early mornings on safari, every drive you go on will be different and you never know what you are going to see.
- Finishing up on a beach after safari is a fantastic way to relax after all those early mornings, it is so worth it.
- Ladies – be sure to pack a supportive bra for safari, even a sports bra, you’ll be thankful for it when you are bumping around on all those dirt tracks.