Kelly Mattin

Safari Specialist

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 we operate safaris however her expert areas at YZ are Namibia, Vic Falls, Botswana & South Africa.


Kelly worked as a professional guide across the entirety of 'Safari Africa' before moving back to the UK and working for one of the UK's leading luxury travel companies. Determined to work as a specialist Kelly joined YZ in 2016. Her knowledge of Southern Africa is especially strong. 

Recent Travel Experience

Kelly's partner is Namibian so she returns to Africa regularly, however her most recent trips with YZ were to South Africa in March 2018 and Botswana in May 2018. The trips were focused on South Africa's private reserves and Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Expert Destinations

South Africa, Namibia, Victoria Falls & Botswana

African countries visited

Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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' as an international events organiser in the financial sector.

In 2010, the change came! A last-minute safari to East Africa led to Kelly 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 we operate safaris is very good however it is her recent trips to Southern Africa that has seen her specialise on South Africa as well as Namibia and Botswana. Her knowledge of Namibia is encyclopedic. 

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.

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!

"We had a thoroughly wonderful vacation on Botswana and Victoria Falls - everything booked through Yellow Zebra - the camps that Kelly recommended were fantastic and the logistics were flawless when we got there."
"We have just returned from a brilliant safari holiday to Victoria Falls and Botswana that was organised by Kelly at Yellow Zebra. She did a great job in putting a programme together that met all the challenges that we gave her... This was our second trip with YZ and the planning and organisation have been top-rate on both occasions. We are now starting to think about our next trip to see the gorillas and needless to say Kelly and YZ will be getting another call next year."
"Our trip to Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa was wonderful. The hotels and camps we stayed in were first class... Kelly absolutely did a wonder trip for us. Five Stars for Kelly. Our trip was short notice and she couldn't have done better if she would have had a year to plan. Call Kelly."

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