Hi, I’m Trudy Hoad – Africa Specialist, based in Perth

Slowly but surely I'm ticking all the countries in Africa off my list, I have travelled through South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.

Trudy Hoad

My Story

Since my first visit back to Africa in the mid 1990s the continent has remained an enormous part of my identity, and I realised a dream in 2012 when I went to Zambia to manage safari camps, running from elephants each day and delighting in the changes to the flora and fauna with the seasons . Back now from my two year adventure there I am even more passionate about the African bush, and remain excited at the prospect of introducing new people to its charms, and established Africa travellers to new and as yet unexplored destinations.

  • Born
    Cambridge, England
  • Destination Speciality
    Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Favourite Animal
  • My Greatest Travel Tip
    If you want the very best for your safari, plan well ahead and accept informed advice.
  • Favourite Places
    Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Liuwa Plains, Namibia’s breathtaking and remote Desert landscapes, Sabi for the leopards, and Cape Town in South Africa......one of the world's most stunning cities.
  • Year joined the Team
    Been travelling with The Classic Safari Company since the mid 1990s, but officially joined the team in 2007 after completing a PhD.
  • I Never Travel Without
    A deep sense of belonging in Africa, and an acceptance that no matter what happens on the journey , it can all be successfully resolved given time and patience. Exciting!
  • Craziest Experience Abroad'
    Quad biking through the Namibian desert landscape to visit a Himba Tribe.
  • Greatest Accomplishment
    To have been responsible for introducing many people to this unique continent , to have them return after a safari with a whole new perspective of life and the possibilities on offer for their futures.

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