Born and raised in France spending time in the country with my grandparents, I’ve always had an insatiable passion for the outdoors – but I couldn’t even imagine where it would eventually lead me! I first ventured to Africa in the mid-80s to work for an aid agency, running logistical operations in West and Central Africa. I spent my vacation time exploring the Sahara by motorbike and vintage Land Rover camping along the way, but it wasn’t until moving to East Africa in 1995 that I was truly drawn into her wild, untamed embrace. After I joined the safari industry in Tanzania, I started exploring East Africa’s incredible landscapes – climbing the haloed slopes of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, wandering the Indian Ocean’s shores, and observing the breathtaking vistas from the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. These 25 years of adventure left an indelible mark on my soul, leading me to establish my safari company in 2010, so I could share my passion for Africa with others.
In addition to these captivating years in East Africa, I’ve also travelled the continent extensively from Cairo to Cape Town and from Dakar to Djibouti. I’ve crossed the Sahara twice, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro four times, Mount Kenya twice, Mount Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai, canoed the Niger and Zambezi rivers. I guided filmmaker Luc Besson to a remote Maasai village and set up logistics for French and English TV crews. Outside of Africa, I’ve sailed around Cape Horn, trekked through the Altai Mountains in Mongolia and the rainforests of Costa Rica, rode camels in the Thar Desert, and travelled from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in search of great escapes.
The two-plus decades I spent in Africa provided me with a plethora of behind-the-scenes experiences – managing safari camps in remote areas, running fleets of vehicles, working on a Kilimanjaro climbing crew, guiding clients and, eventually, operating a safari company as the managing director. All this first-hand experience has left me with an unparalleled background that I now apply, on a daily basis, to my safari company and my clients’ experiences on the ground. I’m now based in Canada, where I run my safari company and still travel to Africa regularly, exploring new places and searching for new experiences to share with his clients.Based: North America
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