I'm originally from the UK, with a background in the Armed Forces, and I moved to South Africa about 20 years ago to take a job in the travel industry - I have never looked back! I live in Cape Town with my wife and two kids. I’m very active and adventurous, and I love to run, hike, swim and explore the great outdoors. When I had spare time (pre-kids!) I spent ten very rewarding years as a volunteer wildland-firefighter.
My professional work experience is in the travel and media industries, where I have led Sales and Operations Teams. I feel privileged to lead a passionate and dedicated team who curate dream-holidays and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our valued clients.
Where I have travelled
I’m fortunate to have a career journey that’s involved travel, including Europe, Australia, South-East Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, Middle East, and Africa, and I have travelled to Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. South Africa has so much to offer for local holidays, so I travel often with my family and friends within the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kruger Park and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
My favourite travel moment
My favourite travel moments are characterised by encounters with wilderness. Survival training on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Canada, exploring reefs on scuba and free-diving in remote parts Australia’s Coral Sea, migration herds and big cat sightings on the endless plains of the Serengeti.
It was deeply rewarding for me to take my two young boys on their first safari recently, the excitement of them seeing lion, elephant, rhino, hippo and cheetah, and their curiosity of the smaller species like termite-mounds, insects, spiders, spoor and scat! One can fall in love with safari, and then fall in love again when you see it though the eyes of your children.
What I love about Africa
There’s a lovely quote that captures my thoughts about describing Africa:
“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it?”
Go2Africa has a promise ‘we know because we go’…
‘You’ll know if you go!’
My best African travel advice
Be patient on game drives, there’s often a story that will unfold on a sighting if you give it time.
Also, learn a few words of a local language, it’s a small gesture that goes a long way. ‘Hakuna Matata’ is easy to remember and a useful mantra when things might not go according to plan.
Where I'd love to go next
I’ve had a fascination with primates since childhood, so a trip to Uganda or Rwanda to see the Great Apes is very high up on my bucket-list.
I’d also love to experience Southern Tanzania (Ruaha & Nyere), which is not as well known as the Northern circuit (Serengeti & Ngorongoro), but offers an authentic, exclusive, remote, and truly wild experience.