Having attended agricultural school, he spent 18 months exploring outback Australia, largely engaged on huge cattle stations many miles from a city of any dimension, and discovered to like being barefoot within the bush. Having efficiently dodged wild cattle and quite a few snakes, he returned to the UK to farm in Wiltshire, which he did till 1995 when the decision of the wild overtook him as soon as extra and he headed for Africa.
For almost six years Francis travelled the size and breadth of the continent, guiding teams of as much as 20 purchasers on overland safaris, in 22 international locations from Morocco to Cameroon, and Kenya to Namibia. He grew to become an skilled information in wildlife, tradition, geography and basic African information throughout this time, and since he had a automobile below his command he was capable of discover new and unknown locations on most journeys.
He then went residence once more, received married, and made the error of working a submit workplace and store for seven years, earlier than becoming a member of Aardvark Safaris in 2008.
Away from work, Francis loves his daughter, and is a eager tennis and cricket participant in addition to having fun with biking. He additionally likes meals, wine and beer, and infrequently mows the garden. Happiest when barefoot within the bush, Francis is enthusiastic about wildlife, conservation and sustainable journey, is fascinated by different cultures, and the advantages that properly deliberate journey can ship for much less lucky communities in growing international locations. He has excellent wildlife information and can also be a superb particular person to speak to if you’re within the cultural aspect of Africa.
Favorite African expertise
It’s actually arduous to call only one, however these are amongst many; assembly Slot (an elephant) in Zimbabwe’s Mana Swimming pools Nationwide Park; seeing and listening to Dogon dancers on the Bandiagara escarpment in Mali; being severely near chimps in Mahale Mountains Nationwide Park in Tanzania; canoeing the size of the decrease Zambezi, tenting on islands within the river; the sight of 250 salt laden camels with their Tuareg herders crossing the Sahara to Timbuctoo in Mali; Samburu individuals watering their inventory at Sarara’s Singing Wells.
The elephant, for its majestic dimension, complicated household and social buildings, and its intelligence and longevity. I’ve spent hours sitting watching them.
My favorite 4 camps
Goliath Safaris in Mana Swimming pools for probably the most intimate wildlife encounters.
Sarara Camp in distant northern Kenya for its gorgeous setting and the Singing Wells.
Chada Katavi in western Tanzania for its remoteness, magnificence, and the sensation of being really wild.
African international locations visited
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zaire (now the DRC), Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Egypt
Tropical Islands visited
Seychelles and Madagascar.
On planning holidays
I prefer to take time to get to learn about my purchasers, to be taught what actually issues to them, and to supply holidays which go well with them completely. I work extensively with households, and revel in developing with thrilling and assorted holidays which combine journey and wilderness with nice wildlife and lots more and plenty of enjoyable within the bush. I take pleasure in any alternative to provide an uncommon, combined itinerary, maybe taking individuals out of their typical consolation zones and into distant, uncharted territory, even when only for a number of days, and likewise providing the possibility to spend time with a few of the continent’s fabulous individuals.
I relish any likelihood to speak about my favorite locations and to enthuse my viewers with my ardour, hopefully with out inducing a yawn.
A part of the enjoyment of the work is the suggestions we obtain (we contact each consumer for it on their return), and the satisfaction and pleasure engendered in our purchasers by the vacations we organize. Our testimonials web page makes for nice studying.