James H

Safari Specialist

Meet James H, a safari expert at Yellow Zebra Safaris. He is a professional pilot, and he has an in-depth knowledge of Botswana and South Africa.

James’s knowledge was honed by the briefings he gave to passengers when flying them to the camps and lodges in the Okavango, Linyanti, Chobe, and the neighbouring Victoria Falls area.

A Snapshot

James’s experience within the industry comes from years working as a senior training captain for Wilderness Safaris (Botswana’s leading lodge owner) and as a camp manager at &Beyond’s Phinda Game Reserve. He has spent many years flying clients across Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and has stayed in many camps across the region. James has dual citizenship and a family home in South Africa. At Yellow Zebra, James works as a Southern Africa specialist with a focus on Botswana, South Africa, and Victoria Falls.

Recent Travel Experience

James returns to South Africa every year to see his family. His last visit to the continent involved exploring the new lodge and camp openings in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and he also returned to the lodges he used to manage in South Africa’s Phinda Game Reserve.

Expert Destinations

Botswana, South Africa, Victoria Falls.

African Countries Visited

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius.


James was born in Kent to an English father and a Zimbabwean mother. He developed a love for Africa during childhood trips starting from a very young age, normally being the youngest guest in the camps. Once he’d finished school, he moved to South Africa and studied to be a commercial pilot with the aim of flying in the bush. When not flying he made sure to exercise his camping, tracking, birding, and photography skills on self-drives.

In July 2017, James and his wife (whom he met in Botswana) decided to start their married life back in the UK.

James has an extensive knowledge of Botswana, South Africa, and Victoria Falls. All of these are destinations he knows inside out, and they are the areas he focuses on at Yellow Zebra.

Most Memorable Experience

“I am so fortunate to have a wealth of magical memories from Africa. It is therefore very difficult to single out the most memorable of them all, but it would probably have to be Christmas in the Timbavati in 1996.

“Christmas is a special time when you are 9 years old, but when you are from the Northern Hemisphere and it’s conventional to have cold wintery weather, a first Christmas in South Africa’s summer is certainly memorable.

“We were staying at &Beyond’s Ngala Safari Lodge, and the world was so green and alive. I went to bed on Christmas Eve and during the night there was a tropical-style downpour. I woke up excited for presents, but little did I know that there had been so much overnight rain that the bone-dry riverbeds we had seen on the previous day’s game drive had transformed into raging torrents. For me and many others this was an excellent present, especially since it meant Land Rover river crossings were in order, quite the Christmas adventure!”


“Yellow Zebra Safaris, Motswari and James Herrington make a dream come true! The entire process was a pleasure and I can’t say enough about the experience itself. I would highly recommend Yellow Zebra Safaris to anyone seeking a fabulous African adventure.”
“I used Yellow Zebra Safaris for booking my honeymoon trip in October 2018. I started booking this in late 2017 and worked with James Herrington, who has been amazing since the start! He has been so patient with all of my back and forth via email, and very helpful with suggestions. Even with the time zone difference, I never had an issue with getting quick responses.”


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