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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.

If we don’t ever meet then why not join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube or share and exchange on our blogs.

Meet the Team

John Berry

John Managing Director

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.

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Chris Worden

ChrisProfessional 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.

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Liz Ferreira

Liz FerreiraSafari 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!

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Mark Pearson

MarkSafari 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.

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Liz Worden

Liz ReadSafari 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. Today, Liz lives in Victoria Falls with her 2 teenage children (Robyn and Shaun), 3 dogs including a fat Chihuahua called Poncho and 13 cats! Liz enjoys horse riding, reading, game viewing and caring for animals.



Amanda DeSimone

Amanda DeSimone Senior Safari Consultant – UK office

After university and a road trip around the USA, Amanda travelled to Africa to train as an overland safari guide, and never looked back! She fell madly in love with the continent, its animals and people. In between leading trips all over east and southern Africa, Amanda still found time for her own travels and spent time in Nairobi, Victoria Falls, Harare, Durban, Paarl and Cape Town.

Despite her travels as a tour leader all over the world, Africa remains Amanda’s first and biggest love. Her big unfulfilled dream is to watch hippos on the beach in Gabon.

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Diana Smith

Meet the team-Diana SmithSafari Consultant – UK office

African born Diana has lived, run lodges and sold safari holidays for over 15 years and still has family in Africa. Diana’s particularly knowledgeable about Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar and the Okavango delta. Travel highlights include flying along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast in Namibia, gorilla trekking and spotting a shoebill stork in Uganda and sailing on Lake Malawi. “I never tire of Africa’s people and wildlife.”

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Debbie Stubbs

DebbieTeam 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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Char Ward

CharSupport 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!


Helen Jones

HelenSupport 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.


Sue Bowern

Content and Marketing 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 since 2008. With a background in design, copy writing, advertising and PR she has studied Interior Design and enjoys kayaking, paddling boarding, walking her dog, cooking and of course travelling – Sue joined Zambezi in 2014 and is looking forward to her first foray into Africa!

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Sam Kirton

Sam KirtonCopywriter and digital consultant – UK office

Having sold, marketed and PR’d safaris Sam has worked her way around much of the continent, from Botswana to Tanzania. She’s never happier than when waxing lyrical about Africa.

Sam can be found writing our digital newsletter content from her office in sunny Cornwall, or walking on the beach.

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Jane Boaler

Jane Boaler

Administrator/Consultant – Victoria Falls Office 


Born in Ndola, Zambia, Jane has lived in Zimbabwe, the Lowveld at the Chiredzi Research Station and Durban.  She and her husband David have two grown up children, a son, Kenneth and a daughter Chirisa. Jane has been settled in Victoria Falls since 1992.

Jane enjoys gardening and golf… it goes without saying that she definitely has a passion for wildlife – she raised three lion cubs at the Crocodile Farm Nature Sanctuary, looking after the cubs from 4 months to 18 months which was “quite an experience”!



UK Head Office

The Parlour, Moor Farm,Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0HR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(0)1752 878858

USA Office (ETA requests)
Cindy Hornaman: 2225 Riverbend Rd, Allentown, PA, 18103, USA

Victoria Falls Office
Chris Worden: 351 Wood Road, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe

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USA: +1(347)708 1794
Canada: +1(647)694 1402
Australia: +61(2)8417 2176

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