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Diederik van den Hoeke - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

I was born in Belgium, but left at the age of four and spent most of my life in Central and East Africa - Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya. I worked for a local NGO in Tanzania and ran my own tourism business in Mombasa before guiding tours in Southern Africa and then joining Go2Africa - my first job between four walls.

Unable to resist the charms of my favourite part of Africa, I moved to back to Uganda! I am a genuine philanthropist with a keen interest in ecology and conservation and believe passionately in the value of intercultural exchange. I always seek to create authentic and meaningful experiences of the Africa I came to know and respect.

Where have I travelled

I have lived in Belgium, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, South Africa and Algeria and now live in Uganda. Besides those countries, I have also travelled to the DRC, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and parts of Europe.

My favourite travel moment

Being introduced to the world of safaris when I was seven or eight years old and travelling with the family on rough roads through the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What I love about Africa

I have a passion for this colourful continent, its people, its different cultures and its wildlife. I have had the privilege to live in different parts of Africa for over 15 years and feel absolutely at home here. I respect all sorts of different norms and values which does not necessarily mean I would make them my own. But one thing I am sure of is that we can learn many things from each other.

Some African travel advice

Travel with an open mind – we can all learn many things from each other.

Where I'd love to go next

Ethiopia – and a return visit to the DRC (after not having been there for 30 years!).

Diederik van den Hoeke

Africa Safari Expert

I always seek to create authentic and meaningful experiences of the Africa I have come to know and respect.

Read what our Travellers have to say

First of all, Ron and I would like to thank you for all you assistance in making the arrangements for our trip to Africa. Our trip was a wonderful experience and one that we will never forget. For the most part, everything went very smoothly and the game drives were amazing. Overall, we feel that Go2Africa handled our trip to the best of your abilities and some of our "challenges" were probably beyond your control, but we wanted to make you aware of them. This said, we will definitely recommend Go2Africa tours to our family and friends.

Adele Pelland - February 2013 View more reviews