Meet Our Experts

Many companies claim true specialisation, but very few actually deliver it. We at Africa Travel know and love Africa: we have been selling Africa for over 30 years; we travel the continent extensively and have a dedicated office on the ground in South Africa.

Our Africa Travel team are all either born in Africa, live in Africa or have been visiting and selling Africa for many years. Their collective knowledge and experience really is unrivalled. Fuelled by passion for this remarkable continent, their expertise goes beyond the usual facts – providing meaningful, long-lasting experiences rather than just a fleeting memory.

From knowing the best safari guide in Zimbabwe or the safari lodge in Kenya with the finest views of the Great Migration, to being able to suggest the most family-friendly resort on Zanzibar or securing a table at Cape Town’s number one restaurant, our staff’s know-how really does leave others in the shade.

Our team on the ground in Cape Town are an invaluable resource, and you can rest assured knowing a trusted Africa Travel staff member will be on hand at the beginning, middle and end of your holiday for any assistance you might need.

Emma Hunt

Sales Advisor

Chris Wain

Director

Simon Taylor

Sales Supervisor

Allan Lamb

Adventure Travel Expert

Felicity Balcomb

Senior Travel Advisor

Christine Klerck

Manager/Consultant

Christine Grant

Specialist Horticultural Guide

Eleanor Govender

Sales Support

Shaun Obery

Sales Support

Melissa Cronje

Sales Support


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Emma Hunt

Sales Advisor

Emma got a taste of travelling when she was young, she has been travelling all around the world. However it was in Africa where Emma found her heart. She signed up for the adventure of a life time when she explored Tanzania and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 
Emma now uses her knowledge and passion for this continent to create tailor-made itineraries for travellers who would like to discover the beauty and uniqueness of Africa first-hand.


What is your favourite place in Africa? 
 
My favourite place in Africa has to be the Ngorongoro Crater. The views at the top of the crater are breath-taking but that is only the beginning as there is so much more to see. As you make your decent into the crater you are soon met by an abundance of wildlife with the stunning backdrop of the crater walls. 
 
What is your most memorable experience in Africa?  
My most memorable experience in Africa without a doubt is reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready for the most spectacular sunrise I have ever seen. No words can describe the exhilarating feeling of getting to the top after five physically and mentally exhausting days of trekking.  
  
Where would you like to visit next and why? 
I would love to visit Rwanda to see the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural environment. I think there is something magical about these creatures and would love the challenge of trekking through the forest to try and catch a glimpse of these gentle giants.
 
What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa? 
My best advice would be to make sure you don’t just view everything through a lens. There are so many incredible things to see in Africa that you will constantly want to photograph but I think it’s so important to make sure you soak in every sight, smell and sound engaging all of your senses. Photographs are great to have but these memories will last a lifetime. 
 

Get in touch with Emma on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk



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Chris Wain

Director

Chris joined Africa Travel directly from university in 1992 and knows both the company and Africa extremely well. His time at Africa Travel has seen him travel the world, visiting over 25 African countries, and enjoying such diverse experiences as gorilla tracking in Rwanda, quad biking in Namibia, canoeing along the Zambezi, snorkelling with turtles in the Comoros and viewing lemurs in Madagascar. His favourite memories from Africa are of exploring the magnificent churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, soaring along the Mozambican coast by helicopter and marvelling at Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. When not globe-trotting, Chris' leisure time is spent supporting his beloved Aston Villa Football Club. 

 

What is your favourite place in Africa?

Cape Town – there is always something new there waiting to be discovered  

 

What is your most memorable experience in Africa?

Too many to choose...

  • Gliding through Botswana’s Okavango Delta on a mokoro
  • Watching dawn break over the historic churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia
  • Coming face to face with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda
  • Soaring in a helicopter over the crystal clear waters of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Tracking lemurs in the forests of Madagascar
  • Having a night time encounter with a hippo in Uganda
  • Snorkelling with turtles in The Comoros
  • Walking with elephants in Zimbabwe.

 

Where would you like to visit next and why?

Having tracked gorillas previously in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC, I am keen to see their West African cousins in the Congo Republic.

 

What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa?

Just save up and go for it. Once Africa gets under your skin, I guarantee you will be longing to return

 

Get in touch with Chris on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk



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Simon Taylor

Sales Supervisor

Simon has 15 years experience working in travel and has been with Africa Travel since 2007. Whilst he has had many memorable experiences in the Middle East and Asia it is Africa's open spaces, big skies and wildlife that really captures his heart. A keen and accomplished photographer, Simon likes nothing more than being on safari, and top of his personal recommendations are walking safaris in Zambia and taking a hot air balloon trip over Kenya's Masai Mara or the stunning wilderness of Namibia's Damaraland. Away from work if Simon is not running around after his daughter he can usually be found in the kitchen or living the good life in his veggie patch.

 

Get in touch with Simon on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

What is your favourite place in Africa?

South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.  It is an unspoiled wilderness with excellent game viewing and guides and one of the best places to take a walking safari.

 

What is your most memorable experience in Africa?

Standing on the edge of the Victoria Falls at Livingstone Island in Zambia with the waters of the Zambezi pouring into chasm below.  And seeing a leopard kill a porcupine is unforgettable too!

 

Where would you like to visit next and why?

I would love to visit Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.  Exploring on foot is a superb way to experience the bush and this is a great park for walking safaris.  You can also get up close to big game here while canoeing on the Zambezi.

 

What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa?

Never miss a game drive when you are on safari.  While it may be tempting to stay in bed rather than have an early morning wake up call you should take every opportunity when in the bush as you never know what you might miss.  And while you are out don’t be too focussed on just ticking off “the big 5”.  There are so many other animals to enjoy not to mention the ever present and amazingly varied birdlife.



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Allan Lamb

Adventure Travel Expert

The former England Test cricketer & captain Allan Lamb hails originally from South Africa’s Eastern Cape and it is to Africa where he returns as regularly as possible to pursue his passion of all things active.

Allan has completed the picturesque but gruelling Cape Argus cycle race on more than one occasion, and he likes to get on one of South Africa’s many world-class golf courses whenever possible. He also has a passion for exploring the great outdoors on foot, walking the many trails found in the Drakensberg Mountains or enjoying a safari under-foot in Zambia. Fishing is another great interest, whether fly-fishing for trout in the Limpopo province, or on the hunt for huge marlin off the Kenyan or Mozambique coasts, and he never shies away from the challenge of canoeing or rafting down the mighty Zambezi!



What is your favourite place in Africa? 

The Winelands in Cape Town, but there are lots of wonderful places to explore in Africa like white water rafting on the Zambezi or the Victoria Falls in flood .

 

What is your most memorable experience in Africa?

Being in the bush with John Varty tracking leopards and taking photos of one with a kill in the tree just 15ft away!!!!!!! 



Where would you like to visit next and why? 

I would love to do a jeep safari of the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and surrounds. 



What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa?

Always be vigilant because it's Africa!!!



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Felicity Balcomb

Senior Travel Advisor

Felicity, who joined Africa Travel in 2004, has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and originally comes from South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province. Felicity is very well - travelled and has exceptional knowledge. Her favourite destinations in Africa are Botswana, The Seychelles, Tanzania and Mozambique. She lives her life according to the words of Mark Twain - "twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. So catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover". When not dreaming and discovering, Felicity enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, oil painting and cooking up a storm.

 

What is your favourite place in Africa?

African Bush!!  There are too many…..  Ngorongoro crater, Okavango Delta, Zanzibar, Cape Town & the Seychelles

 

What is your most memorable experience in Africa?  

Being charged by an elephant and Hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara.

 

Where would you like to visit next and why?  

I am planning to visit Rwanda to do some Gorilla Trekking. 

 

What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa? 

'Travelling is learning.' -  Kenyan Proverb … Take a scarf  - it will be a used every day. Expect the unexpected!

 

Get in touch with Felicity on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

Christine Klerck

Manager/Consultant

'Our man in Africa', Christine fell in love with Africa 25 years ago when she first visited South Africa. She has such a passion for the country that she made Cape Town her home many years ago and has eagerly promoted the continent ever since. She joined Africa Travel in 2008 and is now heading the Cape Town office, where she has her finger very much on the pulse of what is hip and hot. Some of her favourite places are the beaches of the Garden Route and the more remote areas of the Cederberg and Drakensberg Mountains and, aside from discovering more of her adopted homeland with her husband and two sons, she also enjoys horse-riding.

 

Get in touch with Christine on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

Christine Grant

Specialist Horticultural Guide

Christine has a BA (Hons) degree in Italian Studies from Reading University, and emigrated to South Africa in 1976. She qualified as a tourist guide in 1996, after a career in business and conference organising. She has been working throughout Southern Africa with English and Italian visitors.

Christine loves hiking, mountain climbing, scuba diving, cycling and art. She is also a member of the Mountain Club of South Africa and one of their hike leaders. It was out on the mountains where that her interest in the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom began. She is an enthusiastic amateur botanist, which led me to become a volunteer garden guide at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in 2012. Christine is our Flower tours guide. 

What is your favourite place in Africa? 

My favourite place in Africa has to be Cape Town.

 

What is your most memorable experience in Africa? 

My most memorable experience in Africa was a safari at Londolozi. 

 

Where would you like to visit next and why?

Okavango in Botswana, for the second time - just love the crystal clear waters and the abundance of animals and birds.

 

What's your best advice for someone travelling to Africa?

Don't hesitate to visit Africa. You won't regret it.

 

 

Eleanor Govender

Sales Support

Born in Cape Town, the most beautiful city in the world, Eleanor has been in the tourism industry for 16 years - ever since she left college. Her passions for food and people serve her well in her job, and she has travelled throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Eleanor loves the bushveld, but still considers herself a city slicker. When not at the office singing the praises of her beloved homeland, Eleanor loves spending time with her family, soaking up the sun and enjoying meals around the kitchen table.

 

Get in touch with Eleanor on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

Shaun Obery

Sales Support

Shaun joined the travel industry just over 10 years ago, working first for an online travel booking portal and an ecotourism company, specialising in sustainable travel in Southern and East Africa. He has travelled extensively around the globe but was always drawn back by the raw beauty that Africa has to offer. In his off time he enjoys the myriad of outdoor activities that living in Cape Town offers, from mountain biking and hiking to a leisurely paddle in False Bay, but most of all he enjoys finding new restaurants and eateries in and around the city. To name just one highlight that sums up Africa would be impossible, so he suggest you experiencing them all - from the sunrise while standing on a beach in Zanzibar, the smell of the bush when on a walking safari in Sabi, the stark beauty of the Cedarberg, and the dramatic sunsets in the Makgadikgadi that will stay in your memory for ever.

 

Get in touch with Shaun on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

Melissa Cronje

Sales Support

Melissa joined Africa Travel in 2015, having worked in the travel industry for 10 years. Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Melissa’s favourite destinations are Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and the Garden Route. Botswana is definitely next on her wish list. Melissa counts her favourite travel moment as being when, on a trip to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and not even 10 minutes into her first afternoon game drive, the group happened to "bump" into her favourite member of the Big 5 - an elusive leopard perched in the fork of a tree with its meal close by! It was a sight to behold! Away from the office Melissa enjoys exploring the Winelands, venturing up Table Mountain during the summer months, crafting and spending time with her family.

 

Get in touch with Melissa on 020 7843 3500 or info@africatravel.co.uk

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