Hi, I’m Margaret Jones – Specialist Journeys Escort

Nine African safaris in twelve years (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Kenya) have shuffled some other bucket-list destinations down the list, but I’ve also squeezed in several trips to the USA and New Zealand in that time.

Margaret Jones

My Story

When I was eight, I read Born Free and my love affair with wild cats began.

My passion for Africa was re-ignited many years later when I took the plunge and left the corporate world to pursue my passion for animals. Working and volunteering at Werribee Open Range and Melbourne Zoos for over a decade provided unique training in tour guiding and wildlife “interpretation”. Training hundreds of zoo guides built my knowledge of animal behaviour, biology and wildlife conservation.

I worked in the parks industry for a while too, and am active in animal ethics in research and animal welfare in Australia and the Antarctic.

  • Born
    Sydney, Australia
  • Destination Speciality
    Southern and eastern Africa
  • Favourite Animal
    All the wild cats, and elephants
  • My Greatest Travel Tip
    Relax… stay longer in fewer places rather than cramming too much in
  • Favourite Places
    So many… but especially Elsa’s Kopje where Elsa the lioness was released to the wild and the DSWT elephant orphanage outside Nairobi
  • Year joined the Team
    Led my first African safaris in 2006
  • I Never Travel Without
    Noise cancelling headphones for the plane and a novel set in Africa
  • Craziest Experience Abroad'
    Standing with gin & tonic in hand when a large pack of painted dogs with a dozen pups appeared from around the bend, split in half and thundered past both sides of our vehicle
  • Greatest Accomplishment
    Manifesting the best job in the world: leading African wildlife safaris! And creating a beautiful solar passive home that needs no heating during Hobart’s cold winters

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