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Kelly

Kelly guided across Safari Africa for the best part of five years. Her time guiding means she has a firm grasp of all the destinations where we operate safaris. Her expert areas at YZ are Namibia, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, and Tanzania.

A snapshot

Kelly worked as a professional guide across the entirety of Safari Africa before moving back to the UK and joining one of the country’s leading luxury travel companies. Determined to work as a specialist, Kelly started her career at YZ in 2016. Her knowledge of Southern Africa is especially strong.

Expert destinations

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Victoria Falls.

Recent travel experience

Kelly's most recent trip to Africa was in late 2019 where she travelled to Tanzania, following the famed 'northern circuit'. During her educational trip, she spent an adventurous night under the stars at Alex Walker's Serian fly camp in the Serengeti. And having safari'd extensively now in both East and Southern Africa, Kelly compared the two in a guide for first-timer goers, giving prospective clients a starting point on whether Tanzania or South Africa is the right place for them

Kelly's most memorable experience

“Just like most of the team here, I find picking one memorable moment is a tough ask! For me it has to be one of those times that you witness something truly special when you least expect it. For example, very early one morning during a camping trip in north-eastern Botswana, I was preparing breakfast for my clients who were sleepily starting to emerge from their tents – we had stayed up very late the night before in the hope of catching a glimpse of the area’s wild dogs, but to no avail. All of a sudden dogs started to emerge from the bush around us – they ran through our camp chattering excitedly and congregated by a nearby waterhole, sharing out the spoils of a kill they had obviously just made. I shall never forget standing in stunned silence in the middle of the bush, randomly clutching a box of tea as dogs passed by me so closely I could have reached out and touched them. Absolutely magical!”

Kelly's biography

Kelly’s passion for travel and wildlife started at age 18, when a six-month trip to Asia and Australia turned into a seven-year adventure! During this time, she completed her university degree in Business and Tourism in Sydney and travelled widely in between work and study. Returning to London, she worked in the City within the financial sector, as an international events organiser.

In 2010, the change came! A last-minute safari to East Africa led to Kelly’s falling in love with the African continent. Deciding that she needed to explore more, she left London and got a job as an overland tour leader. Five fantastic years followed, during which Kelly led long-haul camping trips through nine different African countries, from South Africa all the way up to Uganda, enjoying numerous personal jaunts on the side!

Kelly joined YZ in 2016 and has fast become an expert member of our team. Her knowledge of all the destinations where we operate safaris is very good. However, it is her recent trips to Southern Africa that have seen her come to specialise in South Africa as well as Namibia and Botswana. Her knowledge of Namibia is encyclopaedic.

Kelly’s travel highlights include Namibia’s breathtakingly beautiful Namib-Naukluft National Park, Botswana’s Okavango Delta for being one of the most uniquely diverse and stunning places on Earth, having the privilege of meeting Uganda’s beautiful mountain gorillas (Kelly cried…), and Cape Town, a city with so much to offer.

Client reviews

“It was the BEST! Kelly Matin was impeccable and very patient! We were a big group of 17 but she and Yellow Zebra made our safari PERFECT. Thank you!”
"Yellow Zebra is a great travel company... All the Yellow Zebra staff do a great job communicating and answering questions. I worked most of the time with Kelly. She was very knowledgeable and helped us to plan a trip of a lifetime. Now we need to find the time to on another one of their great adventures!."
"Thank you to Kelly who worked very closely with me over a two-year process with our trip getting postponed until May 2022 in Namibia! We had a great trip throughout Namibia and really liked our guide for our private tour. "

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