I grew up, with my sister India, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, not far from the Victoria Falls, the third generation of my family to have lived in Africa.
My mother and father ran canoe safaris on the river and mobile safaris in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, with the odd foray to what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique. Mending tents, packing up Landrovers and loading up small aircraft with ‘katundu’ to support safaris was the daily routine.
Between terms at school in England we spent weeks on safari with friends and family exploring new national parks and discovering pioneering safari operators throughout Africa spending long hours on dusty roads in the heart of the African bush. The people, communities and wildlife of Africa, along with their stories, songs and calls are the language of my life.
Travelling as camp cook on safaris and working in safari camps I saw how miracles are performed to produce amazing food and lived with people whose lives had drawn them into the magical ‘safari’ world – safari guides whose concept of ‘home’ is a bedroll under a mosquito net on the banks of a river or under an Acacia tree.
After a few ski seasons as a chalet host and working as a freelance cook in amazing villas in Europe, the call of the wild drew me back to the world I know and understand, intimately – wildlife and Africa.
Amazingly I have been in the ‘safari’ business since I was a teenager, helping pack up safari vehicles, cook meals over a camp-fire and taking photographs since I could hold a camera. My best experiences have been in owner-operated safari lodges and camps, ‘on safari’ in the far reaches of the Kaokoveld in Namibia or walking in the South Luangwa valley in Zambia, where my family have a bush home – a few tents on the banks of the Luangwa River.
If you think you share my passion for the real Africa, the experience of safari camps run by people with a passion for their surroundings, exploring areas still untouched by mass tourism and ‘bling’ where the sound of the cicadas drowns out the thrum of a vehicle engine, please get in touch with me.
I design safaris based on experiencing Africa in all of its moods. If I don’t think I can help you meet your expectations I will refer you to a safari specialist who can – what I do is not everybody’s ‘cup of tea’. That said you won’t know until you’ve made an enquiry!
Wildlife Planet Limited
Letcombe Bowers Farm
0207 965 7459