Call: UK: +44 (0) 1752 878858 USA: +1 (347) 708 1794 CAN: +1 (647) 694 1402 AUS: +61 (2) 8417 2176

...a team of confident "can-do" individuals...what can we do for you?

Chris Worden, Craig MacRae, Trish and John Berry founded the company in the Zambezi Valley in 1994. With Zambezi's roots firmly grounded in Victoria Falls and Kariba, the business has been managed from the UK since 2000.  Our bases in Africa, the UK and the USA offer the best of all worlds; unrivalled local African experience supported by a wider network, always on hand to make sure that our safaris work to plan.

We have the fortunes of a resolute and enthusiastic team in the company, strong alliances with a selection of owner-run and medium sized safari operations in Southern and East Africa plus resilient and adventurous clients who've been undeterred by the many things that try getting in the way of enjoying life.

Some of the formal stuff

  • "Victoria Falls Safari Network" is a trading name of "Zambezi Safari and Travel Company Ltd", a UK registered company (#3672841)
  • Registered Offices: North Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 0RA, UK
  • UK Office: 6 Delamore Park, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, PL21 9QP, UK
  • Our parent site is at www.Zambezi.com
  • Regional and satellite offices in Victoria Falls, Kariba and New York
  • The company holds all necessary Professional Indemnity, public and product liability insurance required by EU and UK regulations
  • The company is licensed by the CAA and holds ATOL 10135
  • Our standard conditions
  • Our privacy policy complies with The Data Protection Act 1998

Contact details

The online form will usually get a same-day response.  We have virtual numbers for a "local call rate" as follows:

  • UK: +44 (0) 1752 878858 (also for all emergencies)
  • USA: +1 (347) 708 1794
  • CANADA: +1 (647) 694 1402
  • AUSTRALIA: +61 (2) 8417 2176


The Zambezi Team 

John Berry - Managing Director 

With African roots stretching back to 1820, John grew up as a free-range all-organic kid in KwaZulu-Natal. With big open skies, wild beaches, loads of friends and lots of space the outdoor bug bit hard and at an early age. After a first life in South Africa's corporate world as an engineer, "collar-and-tie" routines were replaced by "shorts-and-rafters" in the Zambezi valley in 1994.

John has a penchant for the wilder and more expeditionary treks wherever they're found in East, central or southernAfrica… ever keen to explore.

John served on the African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) board - the primary objective of which is "advancing tourism toAfrica".  He's also a "Good Safari Guide" judge.

John on LinkedIn  |   John's Picasa gallery


 Trish Berry - Development and Sales Director

Trish was brought up barefoot on an African tobacco and cattle farm (until she was sent to boarding school)! The farm had thousands of acres of bush filled with duiker, bush pigs, guinea fowl, all things small and the occasional elephant that'd strayed too far from the Zambezi.

Trish studied interior architecture for the corporate market but has spent most of her working life in the safari industry one way or the other. Now managing our UK office from Devon, Trish returns to Africa as often as possible and sometimes when it's impossible and has visited most of the popular spots but loves to be "off the beaten" track most of all.

Trish is an active sportswoman regularly found running and cycling. She's a keen amateur photographer and has been known to produce the odd painting.

Trish on LinkedIn  |  Trish's Picasa gallery


Chris Worden - Professional safari guide and safari specialist

Born in Masvingo near Great Zimbabwe, Chris has lived in remoter spots most of his life. His early interest in wildlife led to a career with the Department of National Parks in 1980. Chris qualified as a Professional Guide in 1986.

One of the "old school" guides in Zimbabwe, Chris has led many safaris through Southern African including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and further afield in Uganda, Congo, Gabon and Madagascar and now lives in Victoria Falls managing our Victoria Fall soffice.

Chris is credited with a study on the White Faced Owl published in several bird books including the definitive work "Roberts Birds of South Africa". An accomplished photographer, Chris won Zimbabwe's Wildlife Photographic Competition in 1993 and does regularly presentations for wildlife and conservation charities.  

Chris on LinkedIn  |  Chris's Picasa gallery


Liz Ferreira - Safari specialist (Southern Africa)

Liz was born in England and moved at the young age of 2 to Zimbabwe. Based in our Zambezi Valley office she lives in a wonderful house perched atop Kariba Heights with a stunning view overlooking the lake.

Liz regularly sees buffalo and elephant on trips around Kariba and is passionate about Kariba, sunny days and "big town big time" shopping whenever she's near a real city! She tries her level best to keep the baboons from running off with her satellite broadband dish!

Liz has travelled throughout Southern African. She continues to work with a strong following of old and new clients.  

Liz on LinkedIn  |  Liz's Picasa gallery


Fiona Thompson - Safari specialist (East Africa)

British born and then brought up in Nakuru (Kenya), Fi has had a lifelong love affair with Kenya. Clocking up over 100 international flights in and out of Nairobi Fi has stopped counting now! With 12years of experience in the safari industry representing various Kenyan based companies in the UK, Fi is a regular face at travel shows including Adventure Travel, Destinations, the Bird Fair and CLA Game Fair.

Fi is looking forward to further research within Kenya and Tanzania. When she is not breathing and thinking of East Africa, Fi lives in Berkshire with her teenage daughter Alex and an extremely eccentric dog called Bruno.   

Fi on LinkedIn  |  Fi's Picasa gallery


 Mark Pearson - Adventure specialist (East andSouthern Africa)

Mark comes into the travel industry from an unusual angle as a professionally qualified horticulturist. He is well travelled and has visited most of Africa, Asia andEurope.

Mark met another member of our team, Jackie and married her in 2003. His recent forays into Africa have led Mark to his favourite countries Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana visiting South Luangwa, Kafue, Mana Pools, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Chobe, Savuti, Okavango and the Kalahari. He has a great love for photography, walking, horse riding and is very interested in the cultural side of countries he visits. He is particularly partial to Cape Town!

When not in the office Mark likes nothing better than to enjoy a good round of golf or practicing his horse riding and spending time in the garden.

Mark on LinkedIn  |  Mark's Picasa gallery


Liz Read - Safari specialist (Victoria Falls) 

Liz moved to Zimbabwe at 6 months old from England and qualified as a state registered nurse in 1983. After a gap year and midwifery studies in Johannesburg, the bush call became too strong and Liz moved to Victoria Falls where she ran her own safari company, including a lodge and horse trails until 2006, when the family moved to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.

Liz has raised several warthog, an impala and a multitude of birds. She has 2 teenage children, 4 dogs including a fat Chihuahua called Poncho and 3 cats. Liz enjoys horse riding, reading, game viewing and caring for animals.

Liz on LinkedIn


 Debbie Stubbs - Team Manager

Based in a satellite office on Dartmoor National Park with two furry co-workers, Debbie is fortunate to have glorious views and wonderful moor land walks on her doorstep.

Debbie has worked in the safari industry since 2000 - first with one of the UK's best safari marketing and representation companies and since 2004 as our Sales Team Manager.

The Africa bug bit hard during Debbie's first safari experience - the sights, smells and sounds of Africa have had her hankering after the continent since. She's even tried out the Yotel "coffins" at Heathrow airport for us with a healthy dose of whisky to get her through the night!

Debbie on LinkedIn


Jane Bullen - Finance Manager

Born in Germany, Jane spent most of her childhood on the move around the UK and a few years in Singapore, long before it was all tidied-up! 

She worked in Norway and Scotland before moving to Devon and has since travelled to a smorgasbord of spots around Europe, Thailand, America, Canada, Scandinavia and a few islands in the Mediterranean. Each year she tries to snatch a week to ski in the Alps and adores the stunning scenery and atmosphere in the mountains.

Jane manages our company accounts from the Modbury office. "Tarmac" is Jane's office companion, a blue roan cocker spaniel, intent on proving that he's the real Alpha male at head office...he survives by wits alone...


Ang Smith - Support administrator 

Angela was born and brought up in Hwange, Zimbabwe. She enjoyed many hours of game viewing in Hwange National Park, fishing on the Zambezi Riverand weekends in Victoria Falls with her parents and three brothers.

Angie studied cordon bleu cookery for 2 yrs inCape Town. This brought her back to Zimbabwe in 2000 to run a steak house in Victoria Falls. In 2006 and now with two energetic sons, a career change led to working as a travel consultant for a leading safari company in Southern Africa.

Since immigrating to England in 2008 Angie has worked as a nursery assistant before joining Zambezi in our Devonoffice. Time at home is spent experimenting in the kitchen, attempting to pass some culinary skills onto the boys. Outdoor life is a big part of the family's life to ensure a good nights sleep for all!

Ang on LinkedIn


Char Ward - Support administrator 

Char hails from Irish stock who arrived in then Rhodesiain the early 1900's. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Char has two children - one pursuing a commercial diving career and the other a teacher. There're a couple of other babies in the family - a "dachsie" and a Rhodesian Ridgeback x Doberman cross!

Since 1975 Char has lived with her fishing-mad husband in Kariba, enjoying the freedom of living in the bush and having elephants wandering past the house.

Char is a seasoned traveller in Turkey, Spain, the USA and closer to home through South Africa ,Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Char's keen on keeping fit with running and is an eager participant in Kariba's annual half marathon - she also cycles being careful to not get in the way of the local elephants and buffalo on early morning rides!


Helen Jones - Support administrator

Helen was born in London, moved to Pakistanas a baby and attended boarding schools and college in England. With a degree in Hotel and Catering Management Helen left England to ski and travel through Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada and the USA amongst others.

Finally coming to rest in Victoria Falls Helen produced three wonderful children and has worked in a variety of well-known businesses in the Falls.

Helen assists Chris with his busy schedule in the Victoria Falls office and also spends hours teaching swimming at the Zambezi Tigers Swimming Pool. Helen's swimming students have achieved places and medals at provincial, national and regional levels.

Helen enjoys golf, tennis, the outdoor life and being on the edge of the Zambezi river, especially with her friends at the Boat Club!