Becky Thomson

Becky Thomson

Becky’s passion for travel began while studying Geography at Edinburgh when the long summer holidays allowed her to explore far and wide. Properly hooked by the time she left university she set off whenever she could, returning regularly to the lakes in New Hampshire, USA, where she spent several three months stints working at a girls’ summer camp. It was here she discovered her love for outdoor adventure – with wakeboarding, hiking and paddle boarding right on her doorstep.

Having completed her degree, she delayed getting a ‘real job’ and spent a ski season working in the Alps. Unlike many seasonnaire jobs, Becky was lucky enough to spend almost every day on the slopes with clients. She particularly enjoyed helping families on their ski holidays, from watching the three year olds stomp around in their ski boots, to helping the grandparents navigate the mountain to meet their families for lunch. Now living in East Lothian, Becky enjoys running and long walks on the beach with her cocker spaniel.

Most recently she returned from Tanzania where she witnessed the wildebeest migration cross the Mara River in a dramatic, adrenaline filled morning in the Serengeti.

Fully bitten by the travel bug, Becky is thrilled to be working with Aardvark Safaris’ Scottish team and to be able to share her love of travel with likeminded souls.

Favourite African experience

While on a morning game drive from Lamai in the northern Serengeti our guide spotted a leopard lying on a nearby rock. We watched for a couple of minutes before a young buffalo, separated from its mother, piqued his interest. The leopard went straight into hunting mode and grabbed the buffalo with its paw. All of a sudden the rest of the herd came out of nowhere, charging towards the leopard and chasing him off. The young buffalo survived, albeit a little shaken up.

Favourite animal

Elephant. Their size alone is overwhelming. They’re intelligent, majestic and mesmerising to watch as they interact with each other.

Mapazi baby elephant under mother elephant

Favourite camps

Kuro Tarangire in the Tarangire National Park for its rustic bush camp feel and enviable location which you can explore from a vehicle, on foot or on a night drive.


Ol Malo perched on the Laikipia Escarpment for the jaw-dropping views across the valley and incredible hospitality from the Francombe family. There is something for everyone here, with camel treks, bush walks, sleepouts in the leopard hide, visits to local communities and thrilling helicopter flights all on offer.

Onduli Ridge, a brand new camp in the remote region of Damaraland in Namibia. The camp has been cleverly designed to blend in with its surroundings and the opportunity to sleep out under the stars is one not to be missed. As well as tracking desert adapted elephant and rhino, guests can explore this fascinating area on foot and electric mountain bikes.

African countries visited

Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania

On arranging holidays

Having already worked for a luxury travel company – organising magnificent adventures in Scotland – Becky is well used to planning holidays of a lifetime, and loves finding out the smallest detail to lift holidays from ordinary to extraordinary.