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Chloe Cottrell

I have always had a deep connection to Africa, especially my home, Zimbabwe. Through personal travel, my passion for the safari world and travel was born. It brings me such joy to assist others in experiencing the incredible places Africa has to offer by planning their trips with them. I take great pride in giving personalized services to my clients, many of whom become friends over all our correspondence.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Zimbabwe - Mana Pools, Hwange, Gonarezhou, Victoria Falls, Matopos, Great Zimbabwe, Eastern Highlands and Lake Kariba. Boat cruises and cruise safaris, walking safaris, game drives, cultural tours and experiences, self-drive, specialist activities such as walks with expert birders, specialist talks on history and anti-poaching efforts, meals in the bush combined with game drives or canoeing and so much more!

Zambia - Lower Zambezi, Kafue, South Luangwa, Liuwa Plains. Walks, game drives, canoeing, hot air balloon, guided tours of local markets and David Livingstone museum, unique dinners on a train or at an Elephant Cafe, visit to an Elephant Orphanage, the list goes on! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I was lucky enough to come from a family who adored getting out of town and seeing the beautiful places this country has to offer. I was brought up camping in Mana Pools and Gonarezhou, visiting Kariba, Victoria Falls, Hwange, and Nyanga, as well as traveling throughout Southern Africa. I have traveled to many countries both inside and outside of Africa and have worked in high-end properties in London, Dublin and luxury lodges such as Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe and Singita Sasakwa in Tanzania, it was through this my passion for safari travel was born and I have not looked back since."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"How to choose?! Just recently I was in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe on a game drive in the afternoon. We were watching a pair of lioness who had kindly allowed us to come quite close as they were waking from an afternoon nap. As the day cooled they got up and began to stalk some nearby impala. We followed and the next thing we knew they had shifted their attention to a baby elephant who was somehow on his own! Our fantastic guide knew just where to take the vehicle and we watched in awe as the lioness sprang upon the elephant. Much trumpeting ensued and the baby literally ran for it's life with a lion on his back! I must admit that I was relieved when the lioness let go and the baby got away joining a nearby heard. It is certainly something I will never forget! "

Featured trips & expertise

Game drive in the morning
Luxury Zambia Safari & River Camp - 5 Days

See the best of Lusaka and Livingstone on this luxurious 5-day itinerary. Start with a night in a gorgeous boutique hotel in Lusaka, then transfer to Lilayi to visit the Elephant Orphanage and go on a game dive. Fly to Livingstone and enjoy two nights in a stunning property located on the beautiful Zambezi River. Enjoy a sunset river cruise and fly over Victoria Falls on an unforgettable helicopter flight.

Leopard in Luangwa
Zambia National Parks - 13 Days

This adventurous itinerary is perfect for travelers who prefer to explore off the beaten track. Go on game drives in South Luangwa and the remote Luambe National Park, where the small-group accommodations mean you'll enjoy the full park to yourselves. End the trip in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park in a luxury camp set on the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River.

Orphaned Elephants at Lilayi
Lilayi & South Luangwa Safari in Zambia - 7 Days

Visit the Lilayi Elephant Sanctuary, go on a safari game drive, and see Africa's incredible natural landscapes on this 7-day adventure itinerary. You'll see the baby elephants and explore the African bush, then stay in restful and comfortable accommodations at night. Round out your trip with a visit to the Kuanda village to learn about the local people and culture.

A road in the Western Cape, South Africa
South Africa Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days

This stunning road-trip itinerary encompasses urban sophistication, a wildlife safari, and one of the country's best wine regions—all in the span of 11 days. Kick off in Cape Town where you'll have four days to explore the city's culture and hiking trails. From here, drive to a beautiful private game reserve that is home to the 'Big 5'. Finish in the Franschhoek Valley to see some of the best wine estates and gardens in South  Africa.

Recent trip reviews for Chloe

Upcoming trip, Zambia - Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2019

Traveler: Sara H. - Local specialist: Chloe Cottrell

We recently traveled to Zambia and I want to highly recommend Chloe and Off2Africa. Our trip was well planned and Chloe was very responsive to changes and adjustments that came up. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities she arranged for us; the hotel, Latitude15 in Lusaka, the Lilayi Elephant Rescue and Kafunta Lodge. The lodge at Lilayi was wonderful. Kafunta Lodge and Safari in Mfuwe was the highlight of the trip. Staff at Kafunta were amazing, our driver Cephus was an expert guide and... read more

We recently traveled to Zambia and I want to highly recommend Chloe and Off2Africa. Our trip was well planned and Chloe was very responsive to changes and adjustments that came up. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities she arranged for us; the hotel, Latitude15 in Lusaka, the Lilayi Elephant Rescue and Kafunta Lodge. The lodge at Lilayi was wonderful. Kafunta Lodge and Safari in Mfuwe was the highlight of the trip. Staff at Kafunta were amazing, our driver Cephus was an expert guide and he and John spotted lots and lots of sights for us to see, even at night. The accommodations for our entire trip were very pleasant and the food served at the lodges and hotel was top notch. Zambia is a trip in a lifetime, and we’ll definitely go again. I highly recommend Chloe, Off2Africa, Latitude 15 Hotel, Lilayi Elephant Sanctuary, and Kafunta Lodge and Safari.

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Chloe Cottrell, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sara for your lovely recommendation, it was a pleasure planning your trip along with you and we are delighted that you enjoyed it all so much! Looking forward to the next adventure.