From a young age Nigel travelled to Canada and Australia and his lifelong passion for travel began. On his 18th birthday he flew to New York and took a public bus to Massachusetts to work on a summer camp teaching outdoor pursuits. He enjoyed it so much he went back every summer for three years to work and stayed to travel around the US.

After studying Business and Leisure Management at university, Nigel worked as a tour leader where he led trips to Egypt, Greece, Uganda, Turkey, Oman, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. One of his favourite trips was tracking chimpanzees and gorillas in the rainforests of Uganda.

Nigel continued working in the travel industry (nearly 20 years) in various roles before he founded Silk Road and Beyond in 2002, which merged with Wild Frontiers in 2010. Nigel has had the good fortune to have travelled to over 60 countries and is still keen to continue his global explorations when opportunities arise.

"Although the ships have physicians and medicines on board, be sure to take some strong seasickness tablets just in case."

Specialist: Antarctica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, India, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Borneo, Norway, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Uzbekistan , Vietnam


Q: Favourite city:

A: Istanbul, with it’s hidden charms and historical buildings.

Q: Favourite country:

A: Uganda – coming face to face with the mountain gorilla is a life changing experience. Others close to my heart are Egypt and Uzbekistan.

Q: Favourite meal:

A: Seafood feast in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. The soft shell crab and steamed prawns were delicious.

Q: Most memorable journey:

A: Travelling the Karakorum Highway (KKH) as the mountain scenery is breath-taking.

Q: Favourite travel advice:

A: Take a scarf so you can cover your mouth when you are driving along dusty roads. Don’t leave your sense of humour at home.

Q: Next on must-see list:

A: I’d love to travel across the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (the world’s largest salt flats).