Our Story

After fifteen years living and breathing safari, working in the Okavango Delta Botswana (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the very best wildlife destinations in Africa) and raising our two “bush kids” in the dusty frontier town of Maun (gateway to the Okavango), we felt strongly that it was time to share our story, our passion and knowledge to help you create your dream safari. Africa offers a world of wonders and excitement which we have been lucky enough to enjoy and now we are dedicated to helping you have the same experiences.

Africa is where I (Alex) was born, where we met, and where we committed to experience as much about Africa’s beautiful, untamed open spaces and the wildlife that still roams there. We were married in the heart of the Okavango Delta and so ours is as much a love story about Africa as it is about the two of us.

We spent several years managing safari camps for leading operator Wilderness Safaris, and also worked in key roles in the operations and management side of the business for a number of years. Our knowledge of the camps and areas is second to none.

We have travelled widely in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, including many trips with our young family.

Our ties with Africa will always remain strong – it’s in our blood, as it is for many people. Even though we are now raising our family in Australia, we know that Africa will always be a huge part of our lives. Let us plan and organise your family’s safari and you will soon see why.

We want to share the magic of Africa with you, combining our passion and our experience running safari Camps and exploring Africa’s national parks to create bespoke safari itineraries, personally designed for you and your family. Let us manage your safari holiday, leaving you free to enjoy the most amazing show on earth – African wildlife.

remarkable_africa_about_us_tammyTammy Chaplin

Director/Owner

Born and raised in Australia, I studied Travel & Tourism at college after a trip to the UK & Europe with my family which gave me the ”travel bug”. Working as a travel consultant for 10 years, I developed a great passion for ‘’experiential’’ trips and travelled to exciting destinations such as Borneo, Vietnam, Turkey, India, Thailand and Hungary. My big passion was trekking in the Himalaya, and was fortunate to participate in several treks into different regions of Nepal. A trip to Zimbabwe in 1992 invited the Africa bug to bite, and I promised that I would return to Africa to explore much more of this exciting continent.

I left Australia in 1999 to travel in South America for 6 months, working my way from Chile to Ecuador. Hiking the Inca Trail was a highlight, as well as visiting the incredible Galapagos Islands and seeing its unique wildlife.   It was then on to Southern Africa, for some time in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. It was then that I accepted a job offer to run and manage a luxury safari camp from the experts in safaris, Wilderness Safaris. With more than 15 years of living and working in the bush, I returned to Australia to share my passion and experience with eager travellers.

In January 2017, we returned back to my ”African home” in Maun, Botswana, where I am fortunate enough to be at the gateway to the Okavango Delta.  Having a presence on the ground in Botswana allows me to have up-to-date information and product knowledge.

remarkable_africa_about_us_alexAlex Chaplin

Owner

My first job after leaving school taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance – qualities that stood me in good stead as a sales person and helped me fund my way through my studies in Eco-tourism. This was my chance to fulfil my long-held dream of getting an opening in the safari and tourism industry.

I was fortunate enough to find employment with top luxury tourism operator Wilderness Safaris where I have had the chance to develop my skills at every level of the business, ultimately working in a key operational management role.

During my 15 years with Wilderness Safaris, I had the opportunity to manage and guide at the majority of their Camps in Botswana, as well as gaining valuable experience in Malawi and South Africa, and I was also fortunate enough to travel to other leading properties in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.

One of my greatest pleasures in life is to spend time in the African bush. It can be difficult to convey in words the sights, sounds and scents that make these moments so special – only by experiencing it yourself can you truly appreciate it. It is a truth of the safari business that people come to Africa the first time for the animals, and return for the people. You meet some really amazing people in the bush who can teach you some of the simplest but most important life lessons.

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Lindsey Jerram

Safari Consultant

I grew up in Papua New Guinea and had a very free and adventurous childhood! I was also lucky to travel quite a bit with my family and had caught the travel bug very early on.

I have now been in the travel industry for nearly 20 years and have had a wide and varied experience, travelling to many amazing places such as Vietnam, Borneo, Egypt, France, Italy, cruising the beautiful Rhine River through Germany, New Zealand, the USA, and to my most favourite destination Africa! I have been very lucky to have visited Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

I have never been so captured by any place more than my first visit to Tanzania in Africa. The awe-inspiring vast, open plains of the Serengeti full-filled my expectations and more! The quintessential African landscape that I had imagined was really there.

I will never forget my first wildlife sighting – we had only just driven into our first National Park and within minutes we saw an amazing large herd of elephant, who, with barely a sound, walked across our path, moving gracefully and ensuring their young were protected – touching them with their trunks – it was just a beautiful sight. We camped mostly and sleeping with nothing but canvas to separate us from the all-enveloping sounds of the bush was a wondrous and unforgettable experience, there is nothing quite like walking back to your tent in the middle of the night to find your torch beam resting on a pair of unidentified eyes!

Like many who have been to Africa, I too developed a crush rapidly on this place; it certainly quickly captured my heart and constantly draws me back. I hope to have many more amazing experiences and share them with you.