My family first put foot on African soil circa 1817. My paternal great-grandfather – a William Mcluckie from Paisley in Scotland – travelled across South Africa from the Cape of Good Hope to the Pilanesberg area with his partner Robert Schoon. They ended up being contemporaries of Mzilikazi (one of Shaka Zulu’s Generals and the father of the Ndebele nation) and the famous Missionary Robert Moffat. My maternal great-grandfather was one of the founders of the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and both families spent years farming in Africa.
I was born in Scotland, but grew up in South Africa, where I lived for almost 20 years, five of which were spent doing volunteer work with the Zulu and Xhosa communities. As a keen traveller, I have an intimate knowledge of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and southern Mozambique, Madagascar, Uganda, Rwanda, Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Sao Tome and Principe. My enthusiasm for African hospitality and the romance of the African wild is second only to my love of African wildlife and culture.
Ask me about honey badgers, birding and the politics of conservation in Africa.
Jacana Travel was instrumental in creating an amazing and most enjoyable vacation/trip to Rwanda and Tanzania for my group. Bryon Thomas was the key person who created this amazing itinerary and he was incredible, knowledgeable, professional, honest, humble and most importantly a joy to work with. He was spot on with putting together everything we hoped this trip to be…
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As always, Jacada is kind, considerate, always thinks ahead and is understanding to the experience and the traveler. Our best moments have happened through Jacada Travel.
Working with Byron Thomas of Jacada Travel was a pleasure. He took the time to listen to what my dream vacation was and planned everything accordingly. His knowledge of Africa made it possible for him to interpret our wishes into a perfect trip, Kudos to Byron and the Jacada Team. I would not hesitate to use Jacada for my next…
Great experience from our initial contact with Byron until we returned to South Carolina. Exceptional in every way. We spent some time planning this adventure and were not disappointed. Lodges were first class and our guides/rangers on safari were knowledgable and made every effort make our safari enjoyable. Would highly recommend Byron Thomas and Jacada. We stayed 23 days and…