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Senior Safari Specialist

Meet Linda, a safari and gorilla-trekking specialist at Yellow Zebra. She is South African, with a decade of experience working as a luxury and boutique tour operator, but her knowledge of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congos is invaluable.

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As a South African herself, Linda has insurmountable knowledge of her home country and its countless game reserves and stunning lodges. With over 10 years under her belt of experiencing the southernmost tip of the African continent, Linda decided to head inland to discover the forested slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Recent travel experience

Linda went completely off the beaten track in 2017, travelling to the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo twice to meet our closest cousins in the Virunga National Park. A year later, she visited her home country, returning to the Sabi Sands after 15 years of absence and then heading out to Kenya and its stunning coast to explore Samburu and Watamu.

Expert destinations

Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

African countries visited

As well as her expert destinations, Linda has travelled extensively through South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Linda's biography

From Johannesburg, South Africa, Linda has a love of safaris and travel that started straight out of school, studying Travel & Tourism. At the age of 19, she joined a local tour operator working with lodges and boutique hotels in South Africa. Her role involved visiting lodges, and many parts of South Africa with them, in a way most South Africans never get to experience.

When she was not visiting lodges, Linda was to be found paragliding in the mountains. After more than a decade working with the South African inbound travel industry, she branched out into the conferencing and events industry. During this time, she worked with a number of hotels in the inner city of Johannesburg, an area that for many years had become derelict and classed as a ‘gang-land’ before its regeneration for the 2010 Football World Cup. After this event, the area began to open up into walking boulevards with sidewalk art, pavement coffee shops, rooftop venues, and hotels. This was a very exciting time to be working with hotels in the area, changing mindsets and reintroducing ‘the heart’ of old Johannesburg to the local industry.

After moving to the UK and joining the Africa safari industry here, Linda was introduced to East Africa and gorilla tracking – and a whole new love affair began! This really was love at first sight! Linda had been thoroughly spoiled by the wonderful lodges and experiences of South Africa, and these eastern areas brought in a whole new dimension to safaris.

Gorilla tracking became an instant passion, and Linda went on to track mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic’s Virunga National Park, and western lowland gorillas in the Republic of the Congo – not to mention climbing Mount Nyiragongo in the DRC, which boasts the world’s largest active lava lake!

In 2016, Linda visited the original home of the African safari, Kenya, in an extensive trip to Nairobi, Laikipia, Samburu, and the Maasai Mara. During her holiday, she explored the vast Laikipia highlands by foot, vehicle, and horse, and searched for the endangered ‘Samburu Five’. She learned about Samburu culture at Saruni Rhino before finally heading to the famous Maasai Mara and taking a hot air balloon ride to enjoy extraordinary views of the park during the soft dawn light – a classic safari experience.

Most memorable experience

“While I was balancing on a steep slope, semi-hiding behind a low bush and trying to photograph a young blackback gorilla, the guide started shouting at me: ‘Just stand still! Just stand still!’ The young gorilla I had been intently focusing on had started to run towards me – he ran straight up to me, slapped my leg, ran off, and looked back as if to say, ‘Tag! You’re it!’ Luckily this was a young small gorilla....”

Client reviews

“Booking a long haul holiday with less than 7 days notice in the winter high season, high expectations of resort and hotel, night flights only please....Not a lot to ask for?! Linda still managed to put together a great itinerary; patient and accommodating to the end. We had a wonderful break and highly recommend this company which we shall be using again in the future - hopefully with a little more time to plan!”
N Finnamore Zanzibar, February 2020
“Perfect travel company to deal with and Linda our Safari Specialist was extremely knowledgeable and very patient. I asked her many questions and we needed to accommodate five people and most properties would not let our three adult daughters share. She came up with the perfect Safari Lodge. Highly recommend Yellow Zebra Safaris to help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.”
Deanne South Africa, August 2019
“A HUGE THANK YOU to Yellow Zebra Safaris. We just got back from our trip to Africa last Friday night and it was incredible, mainly in large part to Linda and her team at Yellow Zebra Safaris. Everything that was all set up and planned for us went absolutely perfectly and without a hitch.”

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