A global team with distinctly local roots
We’re largely born and bred Africans. Our team has experienced the full diversity of Africa from East to West, South to sub-Saharan North. Done 1* to 5* and everything in between. We’re continually exploring too.
Our bases are in Africa, the United Kingdom and the USA offering the best of all worlds; unrivalled local African experience supported by a wider network; always on hand to help plan your safari wherever in the world you are.
You can meet the team at Travel Shows and Exhibitions in Africa, Europe and North America every year. If you’re local enough drop in to our offices in Victoria Falls, Kariba (the Zambezi Valley) or in Cornwood on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in the UK.
Meet the Team
With African roots stretching back to 1820, John grew up as a free-range all-organic kid in KwaZulu-Natal.
After a first life in South Africa’s corporate world as an engineer, “collar-and-tie” routines were replaced by “shorts-and-rafters” in the Zambezi valley in 1994.
John has a penchant for the wilder and more expeditionary treks wherever they’re found in East, central or southern Africa… ever keen to explore.
Trish Nethersole Berry
Development and Sales Director
Brought up barefoot on an African tobacco and cattle farm, Trish has lived or travelled in Africa most of her life. Having studied interior architecture and worked for Barclays Bank in her earlier years, she has spent her working life in the safari industry one way or the other since 1995.
Now working with our UK team, Trish returns to Africa as often as possible and sometimes when it’s impossible, and has visited most of the popular spots but loves to be having an adventure under the big blue African sky most of all.
Professional safari guide/safari specialist – Victoria Falls Office
Born in Masvingo near Great Zimbabwe, Chris has lived in remoter spots most of his life. His early interest in wildlife led to a career with the Department of National Parks in 1980. Chris qualified as a Professional Guide in 1986.
One of the “old school” guides in Zimbabwe, Chris has led many safaris through Southern African including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and further afield in Uganda, Congo, Gabon and Madagascar and now lives in Victoria Falls managing our Victoria Falls office.
Safari specialist – Kariba office
Liz was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe aged just two.
Based in our Zambezi Valley office she lives in a wonderful house perched atop Kariba Heights with a stunning view overlooking the lake.
Liz regularly sees buffalo and elephant on trips around Kariba and is passionate about Kariba, sunny days and “big town big time” shopping whenever she’s near a real city! She tries her level best to keep the baboons from running off with her satellite broadband dish!
Safari specialist – UK office
Mark comes into the travel industry from an unusual angle having been a professionally qualified horticulturist and nurseryman with over 20 years experience. He is well travelled and has visited most of Africa, Asia and Europe.
His recent forays into Africa have led Mark to his favorite countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana visiting South Luangwa, Kafue, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Chobe, Savuti, Okavango and the Kalahari. He has a great love for photography, walking, horse riding and is very interested in the cultural side of countries he visits.
Safari specialist – Victoria Falls Office
Liz moved to Zimbabwe at 6 months old from England and qualified as a state registered nurse in 1983. Liz moved to Victoria Falls where she ran her own safari company, including a lodge and horse trails until 2006, when the family moved to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.
Liz has raised several warthog, an impala and a multitude of birds. She has 2 teenage children (Robyn and Shaun), 4 dogs including a fat Chihuahua called Poncho and 3 cats. Liz enjoys horse riding, reading, game viewing and caring for animals.
Team Manager – UK office
Debbie has worked in the safari industry since 2000 and the Africa bug bit hard during Debbie’s first safari experience – the sights, smells and sounds of Africa have had her hankering after the continent since. She’s even tried out the Yotel “coffins” at Heathrow airport for us with a healthy dose of whisky to get her through the night!
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Finance Manager – UK office
Born in Germany, Jane spent most of her childhood on the move around the UK and a few years in Singapore, long before it was all tidied-up!
She’s worked in Norway and Scotland before moving to Devon and has since travelled to a smorgasbord of spots around Europe, Thailand, America, Canada, Scandinavia and a few islands in the Mediterranean. Jane manages our company accounts from the Modbury office.
Ang Mayger Smith
Safari Specialist – UK office
Angela was born and brought up in Hwange, Zimbabwe.
She enjoyed many hours of game viewing in Hwange National Park, fishing on the Zambezi River and weekends in Victoria Falls with her parents and three brothers. Ang studied cordon bleu cookery for 2 yrs in Cape Town. This brought her back to Zimbabwe in 2000 to run a steak house in Victoria Falls.
In 2006 and now with two energetic sons and a daughter, a career change led to working as a travel consultant for a leading safari company in Southern Africa.
Ang has travelled to Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa and Mauritius.
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Support administrator – Kariba office
Char hails from Irish stock who arrived in then Rhodesia in the early 1900’s. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Char has lived in Kariba since 1975 with her fishing-mad husband in Kariba, enjoying the freedom of living in the bush and having elephants wandering past the house.
Char’s keen on keeping fit with running and is an eager participant in Kariba’s annual half marathon – she also cycles being careful to not get in the way of the local elephants and buffalo on early morning cycle rides!
Support administrator – Victoria Falls office
Helen was born in London, moved to Pakistan as a baby and attended boarding schools and college in England.
With a degree in Hotel and Catering Management Helen left England to ski and travel through Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada and the USA amongst others.
Finally coming to rest in Victoria Falls Helen produced three wonderful children and has worked in a variety of well-known businesses in the Falls.
Media Consultant – UK office
Sue looks after our social media, PR, advertising and website content working from our Devon office.
Sue is passionate about travel and has worked in the industry for 11 years. With a background in design, copy writing, advertising and PR she has studied Interior Design and enjoys kayaking, paddling boarding, walking, cooking and of course travelling – Sue’s been with Zambezi for almost 3 years and is looking forward to her first foray into Africa!
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Support administrator – UK office
Clare was born and educated in the UK but moved to Kenya at the age of 21. Africa was home for 30 years before joining Zambezi in January.
Clare has real passion for Africa and all it can offer and has lived both at the coast and on two amazing wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya. She has 3 daughters all born and brought up in Kenya.
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