Jamie

Being lucky enough to go on incredible family holidays around the world growing up, Jamie's wanderlust manifested itself in the shape of a love for Africa. As soon as he had finished his A-levels and been offered a place at university, he jumped on a plane to Kenya and worked in the Maasai Mara in a small luxury tented camp for 5 months. Between stints in Kenya, he travelled around the Eastern Cape of South Africa, before returning to begin his International Tourism Management degree at Sheffield Hallam University. The course lasted four years, but during the long summers he volunteered in Borneo for an Eco-lodge and spent a year in the industry working up the East Coast of the USA. He now has his sights set on gaining more experience of tourism around the world.

"Make sure you do not miss Essaouira if you are going to Morocco- it is idyllic and a great place to explore and relax after the mayhem of Marrakesh."

Specialist: Costa Rica, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, Malawi, Borneo, Tanzania, South Africa


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Q: Favourite city:

A: Cape Town- the city is a great base for that part of South Africa, and has so much character and charm!

Q: Favourite country:

A: Kenya and all of East Africa!

Q: Favourite meal:

A: Traditional Moroccan Tagine- the best one I have ever eaten was in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco with a Berber family. It was presented in a huge traditional Tagine pot that had been cooking all day- we just sat with the family eating, laughing and looking over the fantastic scenery around their home. It was incredible.

Q: Favourite travel advice:

A: Be as interested in the local culture or traditions as possible, even if it is learning a few words or sayings. It is not only rewarding for you, but also for the local people you are with.

Q: Most memorable journey:

A: It would have to be either: - In Algeria, driving from Timimoun up to Taghit in the Sahara. We passed through stunning oasis towns, huge golden Sand Dune ranges and apart from a few camels, the only souls out there for miles. - Or, guiding a night drive in the Maasai Mara, Kenya and seeing a Lion Pride hunt, two Leopard's and an Aardvark in one night!! Still the most incredible Safari I have ever done.


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