Shona Owen

Digital Marketing Executive

Shona is a Digital Marketing Executive at Yellow Zebra Safaris.

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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 the regular newsletters, social media, and digital PR.

AFRICAN COUNTRIES VISITED

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo, and Benin.

Shona's Biography

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.

RECENT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

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 at Goliath Safari Camp, 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!

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