Specialties

Luxury Safaris in Southern and Eastern Africa
Using private air to link multi-country safaris and save time on the ground

Destinations Visited

Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Central African Republic, Gabon, Sao Tome, Mali, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Argentina

Education

BA from California State University at Sacramento

Career History

I spent a summer working at the Grand Canyon, and so the love affair began with travel. I worked for a camping tour operator (Suntrek Tours) planning customized adventure tours around North America. Next, I worked for a Hawaii and Mexico wholesaler (Creative Leisure) who specialized in sun and surf vacations. For the past 10 years before joining Travel Beyond, I worked for Bushtracks Expeditions where my love affair of Africa and South America began and I honed my expertise on customizing trips.

Professional Awards

Top 25 – Travel Agent Magazine, 2016

Why I’m a Travel Consultant

I love helping guests plan their first safari to Africa or expedition to South America. I enjoy the process from start to finish and working together with the client. I enjoy planning, researching destinations and looking at all the options available before proposing what I believe to be the very best combination resulting in a fantastic travel experience.

Most Memorable Travel Experience

I will never forget my first time on safari. I get goose bumps still (10 years later) every time I think about it. Driving in a Land Rover from the Ngorongoro Crater to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park, we came across the Wildebeest Migration and our Land Rover was surrounded by thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra. We stuck our heads out of the pop-top roof, and at that moment I fully realized what an amazing adventure I was on.

My Most Recent Trip

In April 2016, I had the incredible opportunity to travel with my colleague Rose Loggi all over Botswana, exploring the Chobe National Park, the Linyanti Private concession, Selinda Reserve, the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikadi. We visited a grand total of 35 properties over the span of 23 days. It had been four years since I was last in “Beautiful Botswana.” I was reminded of the varied landscape, abundant wildlife, and most importantly to me: the people. They won my heart the first time I set foot in the African country in 2003. They are warm and welcoming, are full of national pride and love sharing their passion for singing and dancing. Botswana is a fantastic safari destination, and if you have not been, you really should go soon!

Favorite Properties

Mara Plains (Kenya)

Located on the northern border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Mara Plains Camp is a small, high luxury, small camp with 7 tents under canvas on raised decks all tents offer sweeping views across Kenya’s savannahs. It is among the smallest and most personal camp in the Mara region. One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land, home to a vast number of wildlife species, while still having access to the Maasai Mara’s additional 375,000 acres.

Sirikoi (Kenya)

Located on private land within the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy an area notably famous for protecting endangered species including black and white rhino, and Grevy’s zebra. Set in a shady acacia grove and overlooking a natural waterhole towards the slopes of Mount Kenya, Sirikoi is a secluded luxury lodge with spacious tents and the most amazing amenities such as a fireplace and a beautiful bathtub. Sirikoi prepares some of the most delicious food I have ever enjoyed while on Safari.

Mashatu Main Camp (Botswana)

Located on Mashatu Game Reserve with 75,000 acres of pristine land located in eastern Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. The landscape diversity ranges from savannah to riverine forests, marshland and sandstone outcrops. This extraordinary place possesses an ecological diversity uncommon in other reserves as well as offers a wide range of specialized activities in addition to morning and afternoon game drives

Sarara (Kenya)

Located in northern Kenya, the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range. Never have I felt so privileged to visit such a remote and beautiful place. Sarara is home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the ‘singing wells allows a unique experience to guests to get an idea of what life as a Samburu is like in a pure and natural setting. The most authentic and raw cultural experience possible.

Mnemba Island (Zanzibar)

A private island located off the North East coast of Zanzibar. A true barefoot tropical paradise! White sand beaches and blue azure water. Mnemba Island is my favorite beach experience! You just need to go and experience for yourself!