Originally from the USA, I first visited Tanzania in 1998 while at university. I fell in love with Tanzania and the warmth of its people and decided to return as a volunteer after finishing my studies. I volunteered in education and HIV/AIDS prevention for two years in Moshi, a small town on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. After finishing my volunteer job in 2002, I joined with a local partner and started Duma Explorer, a safari and trekking company. I have been running Duma ever since and have had many amazing adventures in Tanzania and beyond!
In 2012, my business partner and I started a second company, Chaka Camps, and we now operate three tented camps in Tanzania's national parks. Our companies have offices in Tanzania, South Africa and the USA.
These days I am based in California with my two daughters. We travel extensively and continue to have many fun adventures all over the world!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We arrange safaris in East Africa, gorilla excursions in Rwanda and Uganda, and Mount Kilimanjaro climbs. We operate ethical Kilimanjaro climbs and are are proud Partners for Responsible Travel with Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.
We arrange photographic tours and can tailor the accommodations to suit all different budgets. We offer cultural tours, active adventures and beach vacations to destinations in the Indian Ocean."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I got involved in the travel industry back in 2002 when my business partner and I decided to try our luck starting a safari company. We bought a used Land Rover and began selling safaris to family and friends. We added one vehicle at a time and now we have approximately 25 vehicles split between our two companies and 150 employees to run our offices, camps and trips. It has been exciting watching our companies expand from one vehicle to where they are now!"
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I LOVE Victoria Falls. I have been a swimmer my entire life and Victoria Falls amazes me. During the wet season, 10 million liters of water drop 93 meters over the falls every second! During the dry season, the water dries up over most of the falls and it is possible to swim to Devil's Pool, a protected pool perched on the edge of the falls.
My most memorable travel experience thus far was when I swam with my daughter across the Zambezi River to Devil's Pool. We sat in the pool for an hour to work up the courage to peer over the ledge at the drop and rainbow below. As I have a fear of heights, this was scary and exhilarating at the same time. I will never forget this experience and hope to repeat it with my other daughter soon! "
Featured trips & expertise
Perfect for the wildlife enthusiast on the hunt for Africa's "Big 5", this trip includes visits to some of the country's best big game reserves, including Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks. Visit the big cat capital of Africa, walk with flamingos at dawn, and enjoy sunsets with views of baobab trees and volcanos while giraffes, elephants, and zebra graze in the distance. Take a break from wildlife by joining a traditional hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe and learning how to make brass with the friendly blacksmith of the Datoga Tribe.
Where wildlife and culture meet, this trip combines adventure-filled safaris through famous natural parks with quiet, personal visits to local tribes. Start with a search for the "Big 5" animals in the quiet corners of Serengeti National Park and watch the annual Great Migration cross the white rapids of the Mara River. Then slow things down with a Massai medicine walk and a traditional sunrise hunt with the Hadzabe Tribe.
Adventurous travelers who love the idea of climbing an African mountain but who don't want an extremely challenging experience will enjoy this four-day climb of Mt. Meru. Most days will include a few hours of hiking, while on the long summit day you'll start in the middle of the night and be rewarded by sweeping views over the plains towards Mt. Kilimanjaro. Spot wildlife in the lower lands, trek through a variety of vegetation zones, and afterwards, relax at the beautiful and historic Rivertrees Country Inn.