My decades of travel experience in Africa mean that I know what I’m talking about. I focus on Africa and Africa alone, regularly visit the destinations I offer and can provide expert guidance to help you plan and customize your dream adventure. I love Africa and know that you will love it too!
I offer a personalized service that caters to your individual needs and preferences for an unforgettable African journey. As a one-man operation, I am dedicated to providing professional, friendly and caring service and The Grown-up Travel Company relies on exceptional reviews and feedback to grow.
With one of the biggest networks of contacts, colleagues and friends in Africa, I know that you will not find better rates for comparable holidays – and that it’s unlikely that you will find comparable holidays. When planning the adventure of a lifetime, I will never compete on price, only on quality.
I am passionate about Africa and her people, and believe that it is our responsibility to help preserve and protect the continent for future generations. I only work with partners who are committed to giving back to local communities, supporting conservation initiatives and promoting sustainable practices.
Nothing beats the human touch – from someone who knows what they are talking about, has been to the areas in question and only works with trusted suppliers in Africa with whom they have a long-term business relationship. Only a specialist can arrange the right trip for you – and there are not that many true Africa specialists out there. Don’t be convinced to scale back your original vision for the ultimate adventure to an average holiday so that someone can make a quick and easy sale. I care as much about your adventure being a success as you do – my company, reputation and future depend upon it.
I consider my company to be small but perfectly-formed. I have eliminated all unnecessary overheads so that I can focus on promoting Africa and creating the best possible itineraries. Instead of wasting money and resources on a fancy downtown office and a lengthy commute I use technology to run a lean and portable operation. I’ve been working remotely from home or from the road since way before a certain pandemic came along. But Africa is an expensive destination and a safari is going to cost more than a regular Mediterranean beach holiday. But it is important to know that in most cases all your meals and often your drinks are included in the rate, as are all activities and the services of a professional guide. But above all, you are going to have the adventure of a lifetime, and how do you price that? As I always say, I do not compete on price, I compete on quality and value.
The Grown-up Travel Company is an online-only operation, but I prefer talking to typing. I assist clients on the phone, via video or voice messaging services and at local showcase evenings at hired venues. I recognize that a core element in this business is the relationships that I form with my suppliers. I trust my partners and my partners trust me – but more than that, we are all long-term friends with the same aim of helping each other deliver the best experience to guests fortunate enough to visit this wonderful continent. You won’t be treated like a number by a huge anonymous company. Have a read through this site, jot down your questions and book a free Skype/Facebook/Google call to chat with me in person. I can talk about Africa all day, so I try to set a limit of 30 minutes for an initial call to allow me time to get other work done!
In order to be sustainable, tourism in Africa must benefit local communities, protect the wildlife that visitors come to see and minimize impact on the environment. For example, once a farmer sees that money from the safari lodge is used to build clinics and schools, provide safe water and paid job opportunities he will see the value in the wildlife that tourists are paying to see. It’s a win-win situation – you as a paying guest enjoy an experience you will never forget, and the local communities reap benefits they would not otherwise receive. Make no mistake – without tourists, Africa’s wildlife will not survive to be enjoyed by future generations. All our partners are involved in local projects such as health clinics, rural schools and clean water provision as well as wildlife and habitat protection. Safari lodges depend upon maintaining a good relationship with their neighbours. I truly believe that the negative environmental impact of travelling to Africa is more than made up for by the real help you give by choosing this kind of holiday and you will soon discover that Africa can teach us a lot about sustainable practices, recycling and the repurposing of “waste”. By choosing this kind of holiday, you are actively contributing to the positive social and environmental impact of travelling to Africa.
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