About Us

Outposts Travel Africa offers a very personal, tailor-made service. Using staff experience, knowledge and contacts we endeavour to make the most suitable recommendations for you, listening carefully to your likes, dislikes and ‘appetite’ for adventure! Travel Africa was founded in 2004 by Michael & DD Kingscote who have both travelled extensively throughout Africa and are always on the lookout for unusual and special places to recommend to clients.

We like to encourage you to step ‘outside your comfort zone’ and discover the thrill of new challenges that you might not otherwise have tried.

Our expertise lies in sourcing special, professionally run, family orientated businesses and locations in Africa, to create personalised holidays for our clients. We favour the more remote, unusual, friendly and relaxed locations, which still have the real feel of old Africa and do not cater for large numbers. We put a great deal of effort into your holiday because word of mouth is our best advertisement.

 

 

Meet The Team

DD Kingscote

Co-Founder & Director

About

“The more I get to know Africa … the less I understand it. This makes every visit a step into the unknown making one both anxious and excited, heightening the anticipation. I look forward to Africa’s perfect blend of nature’s beauty and power which amazes, excites and extraordinarily also soothes one’s soul; I always want to go back for more and love the thought of introducing this continent and her diverse people to others through Travel Africa.”

DD was born and raised in her beloved Kenya. She has travelled extensively throughout Africa most of her life and returns as often as possible to continue her search for unusual and special places, accommodation and activities to recommend to her Travel Africa clients.

In addition to travelling, DD’s great love is horses. As an extremely competent 3-day event rider who has represented Great Britain, she is perfectly placed to recommend and arrange the best and most suitable riding safaris for those clients who share her enthusiasm!

COLONEL MICHAEL KINGSCOTE

Co-Founder & Director

About

On completion of a full military career during which he commanded a UK Special Forces Regiment & led challenging expeditions in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East and Africa, Michael together with DD, founded Outposts Ltd in 1997.

Michael left Eton, and classroom education, at the age of 17 to go in search of ‘adventure’. He worked initially in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda guiding clients on photographic safaris. On joining the army, he attended Mons Officer Cadet School where he passed out as the top cadet and was commissioned shortly thereafter into the 17th / 21st Lancers.

Seconded to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces, Michael fought in the Dhofar War; as an Intelligence Officer and then as a Special Operations Officer where he was decorated for gallantry. Michael is Honorary Colonel of the Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre (RTMC) and Clerk of the Cheque and Adjutant to Her Majesty’s Bodyguard to the Yeoman of The Guard. He is an accomplished rider, having raced horses on the flat, over fences and competed in National Hunt races.

EM SOUTHEY

Travel Consultant

About

Em is the latest addition to the Outposts Travel Africa team. A self-confessed globetrotter, Em has explored many far-flung parts of the world & has lived & worked in remote parts of East Africa. Em volunteered her skills as a builder in Tanzania and Vietnam helping to build and renovate local infrastructure within several communities.

She spent a year on a remote mountain top in Northern Tanzania working as a volunteer coordinator for charity focussing on health and education. She has travelled throughout Eastern & Southern Africa and has trekked with the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, skydived in Namibia & successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She has also worked in the communications & fundraising sectors for several charities operating across Africa & the UK. She is a keen amateur photographer; enjoys playing netball, badminton & rounders; loves painting & decorating & making furniture.

Why Book With Us

 

YOU CAN TRUST US

Since Travel Africa’s inception in 2004, DD Kingscote & the team at Outposts Travel Africa have been arranging life enriching African journeys of discovery & adventure for many clients from around the world.

 

 

WE’RE HONEST

At Outposts Travel Africa, our expertise lies in sourcing special, professionally run, family orientated businesses & locations in Africa, to create personalised holidays for our clients.

 

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE & ADVICE

We hand-select our properties and only recommend places we love ourselves. We want to make sure that when you head off on your journey to Africa, you know exactly what to expect.

 

WE THINK OF EVERYTHING

We can arrange everything from car hire to charter flights, self-catering accommodation to fully inclusive safaris. In fact, we’re happy to arrange anything you need for your perfect holiday to Africa.

Our Trusted Suppliers

Travel Wild

Travel Wild is run by the lovely Laura & Brent who have spent the last 30 years involved in the tourism industry in Botswana and Zimbabwe. We thoroughly enjoy working with them to create itineraries for our clients as they have extensive in-country knowledge & are passionate about supporting local communities and conservation initiatives.

Secluded Africa

Secluded Africa owns and manages exclusive and barefoot luxury lodges in Kenya. These include Delta Dunes (Tana Delta), Kipalo Hills (Tsavo West), Sunbird Lodge (Lake Elementaita), Elephant Gorge Camp (Amboseli), Instinct of the Mara (Maasai Mara) and Cardamom House (Vipingo), set to open in December 2020. Run by the lovely Richard Corcoran, Secluded Africa’s core pillars are focused on wildlife and nature conservation, culture and communities, run entirely by locals.

Conservancy Safaris Namibia

CSN offer an experience of a lifetime into Namibia’s remotest wild areas, much more than a safari. Experience world class wildlife, cultural, conservation and special interest expeditions. They offer up-market mobile camping and a mix of lodge and wild camping.

African Bush Camps

ABC is a private, owner-run African-based safari company offering guests an authentic safari experience in a variety of exclusive safari camps in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They offer professional guides and naturalist enthusiasts.

Asilia Africa

Asilia is committed to delivering the best safari experiences in Africa. Their camps are positioned in iconic natural habitats including the Serengeti in Tanzania & the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Kicheche Camps

Kicheche offer unforgettable African safari adventures & wildlife photography in Kenya. They run four eco-award winning, small, premium safari camps in the Masai Mara and Laikipia wildlife conservancies.

The Bushcamp Company

In Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, the Bushcamp Company runs traditional African walking safaris from 6 unique and exclusive bushcamps in the remote south of the park.

Isibindi Africa

From pristine beach getaways to luxury bush adventures, Isibindi Africa has wilderness lodges in South Africa and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) to fufill your safari dreams.

Nasikia Camps

Nasikia Camps are an intimate collection of mobile and semi-permanent camps located in the prime wildlife viewing areas of Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Co-founded by Australian born Donna Duggan and her husband, Nas, who she met whilst travelling in Tanzania. He was tragically killed in an air crash in 2017, but Donna has taken his legacy and run with it and their business is growing in his name. The company embodies a real love of the country, with an ambition to employ good Tanzanians and use their profits to invest not only in their business but in the people and their families they rely on to run it successfully. Their luxury tented camps and lodges are located in some excellent areas, both for game viewing and the views, they are comfortable and sensibly priced.

Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey Botswana is a name that is associated with exclusive, time-honoured safari experiences. Over five decades it has developed into one of Botswana’s most esteemed safari operators, representing luxury service and personal attention to detail.

Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris operates camps in seven African countries, providing fun and educational safari experiences with a firm emphasis on environmental conservation.

Great Lakes Safaris

Great Lakes Safaris is local safari company based in Kampala, Uganda. We work with them to tailor-make mountain gorilla safaris, chimpanzee tracking and wildlife tours to birding holidays, mountaineering and cultural experiences for our clients.

Dinknesh Ethiopia

Dinknesh is a well organised and established tour company in Ethiopia managed by well experienced professionals who are dedicated to provide the best possible service for our clients.

Great Plains

Great Plains Conservation is a multi-award winning conservation organisation that manages several wildlife reserves in Kenya, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is one of several independent safari companies that operate a collection of very light-footprint, high-end luxury safari camps where we like to send our clients. Great Plains Conservation strives to secure African landscapes on a scale large enough to also protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations.

Robin Pope Safaris

Robin Pope Safaris is one of the pioneering safari operators in Zambia. Their mobile walking safaris have long been known as the best wilderness experience of the South Luangwa. Founded in 1986, this family run business offers a comprehensive range of locations in Zambia (The Victoria Falls and South Luangwa National Park), Malawi (Lake Malawi, Majete Wildlife Reserve and most recently Liwonde National Park) and Zimbabwe with John’s Camp in Mana Pools National Park.

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