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Dreaming of safari? We’d be delighted to help

April 7th 2020  |   Unique Experiences  |  by   Alice Gully
Dreaming of safari?  We’d be delighted to help

The Aardvark Safaris’ team is one of the best in the safari business. I totted up our years’ worth of experience the other day and arrived at the extraordinary figure of 90 between the six of us! The fact we specialise only in Africa affords us the luxury of travelling widely to search out the very finest safari experiences. While we don’t expect anyone to be booking a holiday right now, we’d love to suggest that if you have time on your hands it’s an ideal time to explore what is on offer. We’ll always make sure you chat to the most appropriate person so, for example, another parent if you’re travelling with family, or a rider if you fancy a riding safari. You can find out more about our wonderful team here but we thought it would be fun to gather together a quick glimpse at some of their highlights.

Francis – ex-overland expedition guide, dad to a teenager, a real Africa fundi and fazed by nothing
If you’ve ever dreamed of scaling Kilimanjaro then you’d have to chat to Francis – who loved it so much he’s climbed it twice. Having travelled to some of the continent’s wilder places during his years’ leading African overland trips he’s seen most of what Africa has to offer, but even he was taken aback by the richness and variety he found in Ethiopia. He managed to complete his trip just before the coronavirus lockdown and would love to chat to you about this fascinating country.  His series of Ethiopia blogs is available to read here.

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Francis summits Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time

Alice – Mum to triplet girls, expert on family and riding safaris, Aardvark Safaris’ co-owner
Are you wanting a safari holiday with a young family but worried that children’s attention spans will be a challenge? Alice, along with many travels all over Africa, has successfully taken her girls on safari in Tanzania, South Africa and Malawi.  She says forward planning, choosing the right lodges, and variety are crucial to a happy holiday.

Alice and her family on safari in the Selous National Park, Tanaznia

Becky – A dab hand at social media and East African expert
The iconic landscapes and wildlife of Kenya and Tanzania conjure up all that is safari. Featured in myriad documentaries, the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater are the headline names but there’s plenty else in these East African countries to draw visitors. Becky’s recent in-depth visits uncovered a host of safari secrets she’d love to share with you.

Becky Thomson - Sales Consultant at Aardvark Safaris, viewing hippos Tanzania

Becky (and hippo) in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Lucinda – Works miracles to plan the most detailed of safaris
Like most of our team, Lucinda worked in Africa before she joined Aardvark Safaris. Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley was her patch, where she spent four years hosting camps. She loves this unspoilt corner of the continent, home of the walking safari, a leopard hotspot and so much more. While Zambia holds a special place, she’s travelled far and wide and counts Tanzania’s far western parks of Mahale and Katavi among her all-time favourites. She’s a beach expert too having visited the Maldives as well as Seychelles and Mozambique’s island hideaways, and is a great person to chat to about some of the Indian Ocean’s most glorious spots.

Lucinda at Greystoke Mahale in western Tanzania

Jo – Intrepid explorer who’s been there and done that
Safaris offer thrills aplenty but top of our list would be gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda. It’s one of the most rewarding African experiences we organise and coming face to face with the world’s largest primate is an unforgettable event. Adventure lovers will be drawn to Madagascar too, with its intoxicating mix of colourful wildlife and breath taking scenery. Among Jo’s extensive travels have been three months in Rwanda and a comprehensive look at Madagascar which makes her the ideal person to chat to for more information about either.

Jo and mountain gorilla in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Richard – Problem solver and all round safari authority, Aardvark Safaris’ co-owner
Richard started his safari career as a raft guide on the rapids below the Victoria Falls. Still something of an action man he’s canoed, cycled and walked in a variety of national parks. If you want advice on travelling with teenage children he’s a great person to talk to, having organised safaris in Namibia, Malawi and South Africa for his own family – who he happily admits are his most demanding clients.

Richard and his family on top of the Big Daddy dune, Sossusvlei, Namibia

What next?

If these snapshots of our team have inspired you to dream about future safaris, please do get in touch – we would be delighted to chat, no matter how early in the decision making process you might be. Email is probably the best way to contact us right now and we’ll respond as quickly as we can – usually on the same day.  We very much look forward to talking to you.

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