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Lifting The Curtain – Kenya

Alice Gully, one of many house owners of Aardvark Safaris, has been concerned in African journey since 1995. Her curiosity in all issues African began with a zoology diploma at Newcastle the place her entomology tutor impressed with tales of unique creatures that would solely be present in Africa. When a second diploma in vet science didn’t go in keeping with plan, she fulfilled a dream by working in Zambia.  First, she helped arrange a safari camp on Lake Kariba and undertook a small research on a household of seven elephants that shared her island. Subsequent was a stint skippering catamarans on the Zimbabwean aspect of the lake the place crusing alongside the wildlife crammed shores of Matsuadona Nationwide Park nonetheless conjures up great reminiscences.

Her final job was residing the dream as a back-up information for a using safari in Hwange, Zimbabwe, which she describes as a type of few jobs the place you neglect it is work, and the place managing 28 horses and exhibiting company the wonders of Africa from horseback was pure pleasure.  She selected her future profession as an African tour operator earlier than her return and now says that something is feasible in Africa if you know the way.

Now married, and mom to 3 daughters, Alice runs the Scottish workplace.  Driving remains to be a giant ardour she competes and hunts when time permits.   Alice and husband Jim are eager hill walkers and love the outside, and on their African travels they’re happiest on foot, in a canoe, or on horseback. She can be an skilled diver and counts the peaceable reefs of Mozambique as a number of the greatest on the planet. Her triplets received a style of Africa on the age of two on a camel safari in Kenya with a while on the coast – by no means too younger!  They’re now almost 12 and have been to Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zanzibar, Malawi being the spotlight.

In her a few years organising holidays, Alice has travelled extensively by way of Africa, exploring a number of the extra off the crushed observe safari areas in addition to the higher recognized.  Kenya stays an previous favorite and she or he has returned six occasions, unable to withstand the draw of all that’s on supply right here.  Submit kids she’s additionally come to understand the worth of R&R holidays in seashore locations like Mauritius and the Seychelles.  Of the nations Aardvark Safaris sells, it’s solely Madagascar Alice has but to discover, however it’s solely a matter of time.

Favorite African expertise

Too many to select one, every time I journey one thing takes my breath away, the folks, the countless surroundings, the unbelievable wildlife. For pure wow issue, using horses by way of the migration within the Masai Mara or flying in a non-public aircraft alongside the Skeleton Coast of Namibia.

Favorite animal

Aside from giraffe (which I’d most like to return again as) it’s the little stuff just like the bugs and birds that enthral me. If you happen to sit nonetheless in Africa, life is busy throughout you, irrespective of the place you might be. Underneath the ocean, within the floor or excessive within the bushes, there’s by no means a boring second.

Favorite three camps

I really like the small proprietor run camps the place you’re feeling as if you might be staying with a buddy. The host is your information and takes care of you in each method, they care how you’re feeling and what you do, a few of these camps (and house owners) embody PJ and Barney at Okavango Horse Safaris in Botswana, Kerry Glen at Karisia in Kenya, Ant and Tessa Baber at Ant’s Nest in South Africa, however there’s a lengthy checklist, not simply three! Luwi Camp within the South Luangwa, Zambia is my desert island camp if there was just one final African journey.

Okavango Horse Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Children on camels at Karisia Walking Safaris, Kenya, with owner Kerry Glen
Camel safari, Kenya, Laikipia, Karisia Strolling Safaris
Ants Nest pool, Waterberg South Africa
Luxurious safari lodging Waterberg, South Africa, Ant’s Nest, Ant’s Assortment
Luwi Bushcamp hippo on a walking safari, South Luangwa Zambia
Hippos on a strolling safari, South Luangwa, Zambia, Luwi Bushcamp

African nations visited

South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda

Tropical islands visited

Seychelles, Mauritius, Zanzibar

On arranging holidays

I pleasure myself on the truth that no two holidays I plan are the identical. I take pleasure in actually listening to what folks need, earlier than going to the drafting board to sketch out concepts. I imagine in high finish customer support, so no marriage ceremony anniversary goes unnoticed or dietary requirement is missed, and I’ll spend hours fascinated about what may enhance everyone’s expertise – I need everybody to return house with the identical heat fuzzy feeling about Africa that I’ve. As an skilled rider, I do know what makes the distinction between using safari and an unforgettable one and can do my greatest to match riders to essentially the most appropriate horses and can all the time attempt to take care of the non-riding partner (I’ve one) in addition to learner riders (like my three ladies). As a mom I do know the pitfalls of travelling with kids and can do my utmost to decide on one of the best camps and lodges to create an ideal household vacation – I’m proud to say my repeat and phrase of mouth enterprise speaks for itself.



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