Hi, I’m Shelly Vernon – Africa & India Specialist

I’m Kenyan so I originally grew to know Africa as a local. I’ve travelled extensively through most of Africa and I can safely say I know the east of the continent like the back of my hand.

Shelly Vernon

My Story

Having grown up in Kenya and spent most of my life there I feel most at home in the bush, surrounded by vast horizons, birds and of course the big game. I’ve worked on the operator side for years so I understand the industry intimately and can usually pull a few surprises out the bag for my clients! Australia is my home now and although its not quite as wild as Kenya I love it for its vastness and incredible diversity.

  • Born
  • Destination Speciality
    Africa, especially East Africa
  • Favourite Animal
  • My Greatest Travel Tip
    Take the time and spend the money to go somewhere really remote - it will be worth it ten times over
  • Favourite Places
    Laikipia, Kenya
  • Year joined the Team
    Originally in 2004 and then again in 2016 - I couldn't stay away!
  • I Never Travel Without
    A kikoy and a novel set in the destination i'm visiting
  • Craziest Experience Abroad'
    Swimming with the crocodiles in Mara River.
  • Greatest Accomplishment
    My beautiful son, Flynn

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