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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
- Registered Offices: North Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth,
PL4 0RA, UK
- UK Office: 6 Delamore Park, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, PL21
- Our parent site is at www.Zambezi.com
- Regional and satellite offices in Victoria Falls, Kariba and
- The company holds all necessary Professional Indemnity, public
and product liability insurance required by EU and UK
- The company is licensed by the CAA and holds ATOL 10135
- Our standard conditions
Data Protection Act 1998
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pearson - Adventure specialist (East andSouthern
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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