Shona is the Digital Marketing Manager at Yellow Zebra Safaris.
Born and bred in Africa but Scottish at heart, Shona joined the Marketing Team at Yellow Zebra in 2017. She is part of the Marketing Department and primarily works on website projects, client automation, email campaigns, and oversees the YZ social media channels and digital PR.
Driving from Cape Town to South Africa’s incredible Northern Cape to experience the wild spring flowers, followed by a week of wellness in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
Most memorable experience
"My preferences have always leaned more towards unique experiences over luxury, so my most memorable are: approaching a wild bull elephant on foot with Stretch Ferreira, scuba diving with whale sharks in Tofo Mozambique, and having a champagne breakfast after watching rhino from a hot air balloon in the Maasai Mara!"
Though born on a plane travelling from Ghana, Shona spent most of her childhood and formative years in Zimbabwe. Armed with a tent, a quad bike, and a sense of adventure, Shona learned from a young age the thrill of exploring the African bush.
Shona developed her hobbies by taking advantage of Zimbabwe’s incredible landscape and its position among its neighbouring countries. She went diving with whale sharks and great whites along the South African and Mozambican coast, completed survival training in Mana Pools, spotted desert-adapted wildlife in Etosha, went swimming and canoeing in the Zambezi, and birdwatched in the Okavango Delta.
Finishing school in Zimbabwe, Shona then moved to Scotland where she read an MA in Philosophy and History of Art. She subsequently gained another MA in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Following internships at the Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine and National Geographic Traveller, Shona started her career in travel as a digital marketer at a London-based luxury travel company. From the moment she started at Yellow Zebra Safaris, Shona settled into the company where her background is met with similar stories – a team in which some members were born, others were raised, and all are totally in love with Africa.
"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..."