Louisa has recently made the move back to Scotland from London where she worked for a competitor for the past three and half years.
As a child she loved hearing about the exploits of her grandparents and great grandparents who travelled all over Africa. Whether it was her great grandmother climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or her grandfather flying small cargo planes over Zambia. She was therefore raring to start her own adventures and has enjoyed foreign travel from a young age. Her first trip to Africa was to Kenya when she was ten and this is where her love affair for Africa began, returning at every possible opportunity.
Having studied Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University with a keen focus on Anthropology she has always been interested in different cultures and travel has been a means to experience this first hand. Over the years she has also travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, North and South America, travelling overland from Chile to Mexico in her year out after university. However, Africa has always been her favourite continent where she has had some of her most exciting and memorable experiences. This is what led her to working in the African travel industry and she hasn’t looked back since.
Favourite African experience
Arriving in the Namib Desert, its spectacular red dunes was incredibly special; it is one of the most remarkable places I have ever visited. The classic scene of the mystical looking oryx with the back drop of the famous burning red sand dunes is something I will never tire of. Sleeping on a raised deck under the most magnificent, twinkling stars in the middle of the desert is another unforgettable experience.
Favourite African animal
It has to be the African elephant, particularly the babies, when they don’t yet have the use of their trunk they look a little goofy. I also love that they feel emotion just like humans.
Three favourite camps
Greystoke Mahale on the edge of Lake Tanganyika is definitely one of the most remote lodges I have been to. I was blown away by the shabby chic design of the lodge. The chimp trekking is fantastic and the guiding is exceptional.
Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi is another of my favourite camps. For me the Lower Zambezi is one of the most beautiful places with the views out to the river and the backdrop of the escarpment.
Chada Katavi Camp in the remote Katavi National Park in Western Tanzania is a very special camp for me. I love how far from civilisation you are, you really feel totally removed from the man made world and immersed in the wild.
African countries visited
Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Tropical islands visited
On arranging holidays
I really enjoy sharing my experiences with others and being able to create the most amazing and unforgettable trips. The best part is that each and every holiday is completely different to the last so you never get bored and there is always something new and exciting. Holiday time is precious and I know how important it is to get a trip just right whether it’s a honeymoon, family holiday or even a short trip. That is why it is essential we get to know everyone’s likes and dislikes. I love talking to clients after their trip and hearing all about the different places they went and experiences had, it is also incredibly important to hear feedback, good or bad as it means you can constantly improve and keep your finger on the pulse.