Specialties

Regions: Southern Africa and East Africa
Travel Types: Luxury Safaris, Primate Treks, Private Air Safaris, Incognito Safaris, Hosted Private Safaris
Special Interests: Wine, Ultra Luxury, Hiking & Walking, Unique Experiences

Destinations Visited

Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Thailand, Laos
Additional countries: Antarctica, India, Australia,  numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Polynesia

Why I’m a Travel Consultant

I have been to Africa more than 50 times, so it should suffice to say I am mildly obsessed with the place! Having “seen the World in the Navy” and grown up in the safari business I now own (bought from my mom and brother), it is also quite difficult for me to sit still. I have never really had a desk job. I love the landscapes in South America and being on the open ocean. Beyond just working in travel, owning a company is rewarding to me. I love to see our own staff develop professionally and personally. The quality people I work with every day at Travel Beyond challenge me to be not only the best consultant and trip designer I can be but also the best leader. It truly is a pleasure to show up at the office whether that happens to be a desk, a Land Rover or a zodiac.

Education

BS Systems Engineering, US Naval Academy ‘94
MS Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Tech ‘96

Career History

I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1994.  My first assignment on active duty was two years in graduate school at Georgia Tech where I studied Nuclear Engineering (pressurized water nuclear reactors/fission).  After graduate school and submarine officer training, I served three years each on the USS Rhode Island and USS Columbus before purchasing Travel Beyond from my family in 2005.

Professional Awards & Accomplishments

           

  • Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2020-Present
  • Travel+Leisure A-List 2011-present
  • Safari Professionals – Co-Founder, Member at Large
  • Trip Advisor – Botswana & South Africa Destination Expert

Most Memorable Travel Experience

My most vivid memories are from my first safari to Zimbabwe and Botswana in June 1984. I remember equally well our first game drive as a family in 2008 when our kids were old enough to go on safari. It goes to show that being a kid on safari or seeing a kid on safari for the first time is something that etches itself into your mind forever. I also don’t think I will ever forget the views from the Antarctic Peninsula, the Masai Mara, the Okavango Delta from a helicopter (doors off) or Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

My Most Recent Trips

In November 2019, I went to Uganda for a primate safari and saw chimpanzees, gorillas and golden monkeys.  I followed this up with a trip to Kenya for a few days of high density animal viewing at Mara Plains.

In August 2020, I visited Kenya and Tanzania.  To the best of my knowledge, I was the first American to step foot on Kenyan soil once the borders opened (I was in the first row of the first flight from London). It felt great to be back in Africa and it was so special to be there at the peak of peak season. There were no tourists other than myself and my travel companion.

In April 2021, my wife Kay and I, along with two other Travel Beyond team members visited Botswana. While in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans we got to spend time with one of the three habituated meerkat families and drive quad bikes into the pans. We then traveled to the Okavango Delta, Khwai Private Reserve, and Kwando Concession where we enjoyed excellent animal sightings, water-based activities, and a sunset river cruise.

In March 2022, I went on a private air safari to Kenya during which I visited exclusive use properties such as Ol Jogi and Lengishu along with Segera, Angama Mara and AlfaJiri Villas.

Recommended Right Now

The Great Migration in August and September, seen from both the northern Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya.  Combining Mashatu Euphorbia with any safari conducted in South Africa or Botswana.

Favorite Properties

Mara Plains, Kenya

I have never seen a higher diversity of species in one game drive than I have at Mara Plains.  It also helps to come back to a lodge where I can enjoy gourmet cuisine and a well stocked wine cellar.

Mashatu Euphorbia, Botswana

Mashatu has long been a favorite of mine and the addition of the Euphorbia Villas to the portfolio really rounds out their stellar offerings! The area continues to deliver one of the most consistent and diverse big cat experiences on the continent.  I sent my daughter here on her honeymoon!

Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe

The only Singita property left for me to visit!  I plan on staying here with my family in November 2022.  Until then, I will continue to send clients as it is thrilling and delighting all!

MalaMala, South Africa

You can always count on MalaMala to deliver the highest odds in all of Africa of seeing the big five on any given day year round.

Chitabe Camp, Botswana

Since March 2020, Chitabe has put on a show when it comes to wildlife viewing rivaling Chief’s Camp and Mombo for “best general animal viewing” in the Okavango Delta.  I sent my own daughter on her honeymoon to Chitabe in September 2021.

Lewa House, Kenya

Warm, personal service from the family that owns and lives on the property in Kenya’s best rhino conservancy.