Charlie in Damaraland, Namibia

Charlie

Africa Specialist

MEET CHARLIE

Since I was three-years-old and had my first ever close encounter with a herd of elephants at a watering hole in the Kruger National Park, South Africa the iconic wildlife found in Africa has been one of my biggest passions. It was therefore no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have ended up in a career that not only allows the growth of my own personal knowledge of all things Africa, but also enable others to visit and experience the magic there for themselves. I am an avid wildlife photographer and this is a focal point of most of my trips.

Nature immersion is the driving force behind almost all of the trips I have ever been on. I've spent lots of time sleeping in one-man tents in places like Kenya's Samburu National Reserve and Namibia's Damaraland and love the exhilaration of being isolated amongst the elements. However, I have also been lucky enough to stay at some beautiful luxury properties such as Elephants Eye at Hwange National Park and Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba - both in Zimbabwe - and Kicheche Valley, Bush and Mara Camps in Kenya's Masai Mara to name a few. In my opinion there are few better experiences in long haul travel than a well run, well staffed, well designed and most importantly well located luxury safari camp in Africa.

My Expertise - I can help with travel to any country in East or Southern Africa and specialise in travel to Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

MY TOP TRAVEL MOMENTS

  • Getting up close and personal with a Rhino and her calf in Zimbabwe.
  • Bull riding in a Rodeo in Australia's Northern Territory.
  • Wild Dogs hunting outside my tent in Laikipia, Kenya.

WHERE I'VE BEEN RECENTLY

This year has been one of my best periods of travel. I started out with a trip to India's Golden Triangle, Ranthambore National Park and Varanasi. It was unlike any trip I have done before or since and offers a real blend of culture, history, architecture, nature, wildlife and cuisine. Following my trip I visited the conservancies of Kenya's Masai Mara and enjoyed stays at the beautiful Kicheche Camps in the Mara. The quality of the camps and the guides, and the abundance of nature made it a truly incredible trip. In July I went to Namibia for a two week camping trip. Starting in Windhoek, we headed into Damaraland via Spitzkopje into the Palmwag Concession before heading East to Etosha National Park. The alien landscapes of Namibia are stunning and a must for anyone visiting Namibia. The wildlife in Etosha was great which I was happy about as I had planned the trip specifically on the best season for game viewing.

October was time for my next trip, which was Borneo. Seeing wild Orang-Utan and pygmy Elephants on the Kinabatangan River has always been a dream of mine. I was lucky enough to see one of the two, although unfortunately missing out on the elusive Elephants. My final trip of this year was to Zimbabwe. I flew to Bulawayo via Johannesburg and headed to Matopo National Park. It's a small park but very beautiful and a great place to see rhino. The trip also consisted of visits to Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls. For anyone looking for a luxury safari with incredible game viewing but without the mass tourists of parts of East and Southern Africa, I could not recommend Zimbabwe enough.

Charlie photographing leopard in the Masai Mara
Photographing leopard in the Masai Mara
Charlie out riding with Giraffe in Laikipia
Riding with giraffe in Laikipia
Charlie at World's View, Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
At World's View, Matobo National Park

MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS

  • Don't stop researching once you've booked. The more you learn about, the more you have to be excited about.
  • Make the effort to learn some of the local language before you go and also while you are there.
  • Don't be afraid to put the camera down and spend some time taking it in unfiltered.
  • Upload your photos when you get home, don't waste your time doing it whilst you're away.

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