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.
This year has been one of my best periods of travel. I started out with a trip to India'sGolden 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'sMasai 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.
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.