Lauren Lees

Safari Specialist

Lauren has a wealth of knowledge having guided across 'safari Africa' and worked for some top tour operators both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Her knowledge of Tanzania, Botswana and Victoria Falls is superb.

A Snapshot

Lauren joined the Yellow Zebra team when she decided it was time to return from living in East Africa. Through guiding overland safaris across Africa Lauren has built up a wealth of knowledge of all the destinations we design safaris however her specialist areas at YZ are Tanzania, Botswana, Victoria Falls and Cape Town.

Recent Travel Experience

Lauren's recent trips to Africa include a trip to Tanzania in late 2016 that covered both the northern and southern safari circuits as well as an extensive trip to Namibia in May 2017 and Botswana in June 2017.

Expert Destinations

Tanzania, Botswana, Victoria Falls and Cape Town.

African countries visited

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

Lauren's biography

Having turned down opportunities at university, Lauren found herself carving a career in a field that she found rather uninspiring. Upon having a light-bulb moment of ‘there has to be more to life than this’, she decided to up sticks and go travelling! The African continent was first, followed by Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the USA – a trip that would take 10 months… apparently.

Having fallen head over heels for Africa, Lauren made it as far as Thailand before cancelling the rest of her ticket and booking a one way back to South Africa. For the next three-and-a-half years, Lauren worked as a guide for an over landing coming running adventure camping trips, travelling through South Africa all the way up to Uganda and back again. When living out of a dome tent became too much, she returned to South Africa, where she worked in Operations. Lauren returned to the UK to work as an African Specialist for Abercrombie & Kent, but it wasn’t long before Africa came calling again.

Lauren has spent the last three years living in Tanzania, where she worked for leading tour operator Legendary Expeditions, who own the likes of the sensational Mwiba Lodge. Lauren’s final year on the continent has seen her living on beach island paradise Zanzibar, where she assisted in the start-up of a small tour operator and worked as a PADI scuba diving instructor.

Most memorable experience

There are way too many to choose just one… feeling elephants brush past my dome tent in the middle of the night in Botswana, climbing the rocky outcrops of Spitzkoppe in Namibia, hiking from Empakaai Crater to Lake Natron in Tanzania, trekking the mountain gorillas in Uganda… oh, and following a pack of wild dog in Ruaha National Park on my most recent trip to Tanzania. This list is endless!!


"I am so grateful for Lauren of YZ who helped me plan the trip of a lifetime! Everything was, as Lauren said it would be and to me...that matters! My heart is still smiling and I want to Thank You Yellow Zebra!"
"Yellow Zebra (Lauren Lees) did an awesome job of listening to my requests and helping me to book a safari that was authentic with minimal tourists. Never having been to Tanzania, I found the country beautiful and diverse."
"Lauren at Yellow Zebra did a fantastic job arranging our safari. All transfers went very smoothly and we loved the places we stayed. I appreciated the option to mix and match low, medium and high end places. Our favorites were Chobe Elephant Camp and Shinde (Botswana). Our guides there were incredible and we saw so many animals! I will definitely recommend Yellow Zebra to my family and friends and use them again myself. Can't wait to go back to Africa!"

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