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Byron Thomas

Travel Designer

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, and even Virunga National Park in DR Congo. My enthusiasm for colonial-style bush 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, or ice caves and northern lights in Iceland.

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