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Francis Clark’s Zambezi case study

Francis Clark are the largest firm of accountants in England’s South West advising family businesses, corporate businesses, professional practices, private clients and not for profit organisations from offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Salisbury, Taunton, Tavistock, Torquay and Truro.

Francis Clark LLP have used Zambezi Safari and Travel Co Ltd as a case study  to illustrate their services across business sectors.


John Berry (MD Zambezi Safari & Travel Company)

Tim Culverhouse of Francis Clark comments “we began advising Zambezi in 2010. It’s a fascinating business with a good solid customer base.”

“Francis Clark helped with management accounting systems and implemented migration to new accounting software. We also supported them with establishing a US company incorporated in New York. We meet quarterly to discuss company affairs and, of course, we undertake their accounting and tax affairs.”

Clients choose Zambezi because they offer “Confidence when it matters … well established, can-do professionals for whom Africa is home turf.” Zambezi chose Francis Clark for very similar reasons, except ‘the turf’ is a bit closer to home.

The Zambezi team leaves no stone unturned in their search for the best and most remote places across central, eastern and southern Africa areas.

Travelling to regions that very few people have ever been to – revealing wildlife and remote tribes that few travellers have ever seen. 18 countries from Zambia to Zanzibar, Malawi to Madagascar and South Africa to the Seychelles, Zambezi offer horseback safaris, primate trekking and wildebeest migration safaris. The big game, photographic and family safaris are always firm favourites.

Zambezi was established in Zimbabwe in 1995 by John and Trish Berry together with Professional Guide, Chris Worden – at the time they offered canoeing and walking safaris in the Zambezi Valley to those looking for robust and unique African experiences.

Their sharp use of technology and early use of the worldwide web saw the business flourish but in 2000 the unstable political situation in Zimbabwe forced John and Trish to relocate their family and business to Modbury, Devon in the UK.

Zambezi maintains its strong African links with a team of expert and highly experienced guides and consultants based at Victoria Falls and Kariba. They also have a US company to service America’s growing market.

What makes Zambezi unique? Ask John Berry and he’ll tell you “It’s not all about luxury, it’s about experience – we offer rare opportunities provided by deeply knowledgeable guides. As for our clients – well they range from first timers and young backpackers to safari addicts and very seasoned travellers. So our team has extensive knowledge and truly customise safaris – it’s not about experiential travel, it’s about real experiences.”

Clients choose Zambezi because they offer

“Confidence when it matters … well established, can-do professionals for whom Africa is home turf.”

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