Having fallen in love with Africa on her first trip to South Africa, Kelly has spent the last decade exploring some of YZ's favourite destinations. Using her extensive knowledge in designing luxury safaris, she has joined Yellow Zebra as a Client Experience Specialist - you are in good hands!
Bitten by the travel bug at an early age, Kelly has always found enjoyment in trying new things and getting out of her comfort zone. The draw of Africa was inevitable, and she was lucky enough to answer its call in her early 20s through working for a luxury tour operator, which sent her to eight different countries over the years.
Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, Seychelles, Victoria Falls, Botswana.
Recent travel experience
Kelly’s most recent African adventure found her exploring the wild and wonderful terrain of Kenya and indulging in barefoot luxury on the most stunning beaches of the Seychelles. This trip provided the ultimate combo of safari and beach, and Kelly was spoiled with incredible wildlife sightings as well as dreamy white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.
Kelly's most memorable experience
“You never forget your first… Zambia will always hold a special place in my heart, and to me it is one of the wilder destinations in Africa. I will never forget canoeing down the Zambezi river just as the sun dipped into the horizon. Peacefully gliding past elephants as they dunked their trunks in for a drink and viewing the hues of red, pink, and orange dancing on the water will always stick in my mind.”
Hailing from sunny California, Kelly has been restless and travel-obsessed from an early age. This obsession has seen her moving from state to state and country to country since the moment she finished school. She now calls London home, where she brings her West Coast warmth to Yellow Zebra.
Kelly fell in love with Africa after her first trip to Southern Africa and has since shared her passion with anyone who will listen. This passion led to over half a decade of tailoring luxury safaris for fortunate travellers, with tour operators in both the US and UK. After a brief stint in tech, Africa was once again calling, so she is excited to join the Yellow Zebra herd and keep that Africa flame burning.
Why Trust Yellow Zebra with your African Safari?
"Yellow Zebra are genuine specialists; they know the African bush like the back of their hand."
Brian Jackman, safari expert for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, and the BBC
'Europe's Leading Safari Tour Operator' at the World Travel Awards
8 years in a row, since 2015
"Wies Van der Meer was very patient and answered all of our questions"
"Yellow Zebra excels at understanding our needs and proposing a fantastic itinerary. They take the uncertainty and confusion out of planning. They're super nice, easy to work with, and the trip we arranged them to Southern Africa in 2018 was flawless. We've now planned a 2024 trip through Yellow Z..."
"I haved worked with YZ 2 years in the past and am planning another trip for 2024. Emma has been responsible and flexible as needed. She provides good information and advice based on her travel experiences."
"Olivia was great at listening to my specific requests. It truly is a designed for your wants and needs tour.
The follow-up information regarding travel insurance, visas etc was top notch. You feel very prepared for your trip!"
"I have been delighted with the planning process of our Yellow Zebra African Safari in Botswana. Our travel specialist, Wies Van Der Meer, East Africa manager, was enthusiastic, helpful and informative. His vast knowledge of Africa provided valuable information and perspective about the areas bes..."