Andy has been running tours through Africa since 1990. He started working as a tour guide on the dark continent driving old German army trucks in the days when top speed was 60 kph downhill, bridges had to be built to cross rivers and officials at borders often went on strike. Andy's reputation as an expedition leader and driver secured him employment with three well known overland companies. He led and drove six month long Trans Africa Expeditions from London to Nairobi with up to 20 passengers from all over the world as well as shorter safaris in Central, East and Southern Africa. In 1998 Andy travelled to South America, setting up and leading tours for one and a half years for an overland company starting its initial expeditions. On returning to Africa he continued to lead safaris and in 2005 he set up "The Safari Company". The business is based in New Zealand where he spends part of the year when he's not leading tours in Africa. Andy's vast knowledge of the continent and the people guarantee an unforgettable safari. His ability to get things done and find special spots which are off the beaten track makes him the market leader of overland safaris. For Andy, Africa is unlike any other place in the world. For him, it is a truly awe inspiring continent and he wishes to share his unique experience and knowledge with a few fortunate individuals who will see the very best of Africa with a man whose passion for the continent ensures that it will be in your blood forever.
Marie, aka Marz, manages the day-to-day administration and bookings for The Safari Company. She has worked in the travel industry for many years and for The Safari Company for over 12 years. She has a particular passion for adventure travel. During her last trip to Africa, she lists her highlights as “everything, everyday! No two days are the same in Africa and you can be sure you will come home with thousands of absolutely stunning photos but nothing compares to the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing Continent. Can you image how fast your heart is beating as you sit a few metres away from a gorilla, or how amazing it is to see animals in the wild, or be invited in to a local tribe’s village? You have to physically go to witness it and travelling by overland truck gives you the best views especially when you are sitting up top of our truck”.
Nicholas, aka Nico, hails from Machokos in Kenya and has been an integral part of The Safari Company team since 2011. After leaving school Nico trained as a chef and worked in various kitchens before finding The Safari Company. To be able to combine his passion for travel, people and cooking every day is a dream come true. He is renowned for his delicious meals served with a massive smile. Nico will go out of his way to make you feel welcome in his country.