Linda Fox

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.

A Snapshot

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

In 2017, Linda went completely off the beaten track, 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. In 2016, she explored the more popular destinations of Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.

EXPERT DESTINATIONS

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

AFRICAN COUNTRIES VISITED

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

"I booked a safari in Kenya's Masai Mara and a relaxing time on the beach afterward with Yellow Zebra. My agent, Linda, worked to understand me and my needs (e.g. carrying 13KG of camera gear) and selected trips to meet my needs. From the moment I was greeted on the tarmac on arrival to my flight home, my entire two week trip was very well arranged and went smoothly end-end."

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