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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

Diederik, I want to thank you SO MUCH for organising such an amazing trip for us! As I've already said, it even surpassed my (high) expectations! Having the opportunity to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas was something that I had really wanted to do. Before discovering you on-line I had looked at various other possibilities. The difference was that you very quickly came up with a really interesting itinerary, that incorporated various other activities to make a full and complete safari experience. Other companies had, instead, sent me a list of dozens of questions that they wanted me to answer, so that in effect I felt that I was planning the whole thing...which is difficult when you don't have the local knowledge. You then went ahead and obtained the necessary permits and reserved the lodges that I had chosen, and made it all so easy. We had to pay for the trip very early on, as there wasn't very long before we were due to leave, but I always felt a trust in you that we had established in our e-mails. So we are two very happy clients who would have no hesitation in recommending you to others (and,in fact, have already done so).  Also what a privilege to travel through and see these two countries so closely! Thank you for making it all possible and an experience that we shall never forget!
 

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