Africa & Beyond was formed in 2007 by husband and wife Richard Russell and Charlotte Howell. We are proud to be a completely independent, owner-run tour operator specialising in Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and the Middle East.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Richard has 20 years' experience in tour operations to Africa and his father 40 years before him. The company has grown steadily over the past 7 years and now has a team of 8 dedicated professionals in the UK – based in Manchester and London – and 2 in Cape Town, South Africa. In the beginning the business was built on Richard's loyal direct clients, many of whom were actually his Father's clients prior to his retirement, and a handful of loyal independent travel agents. We still work with these fantastic loyal clients and independent travel agents, along with many new clients and travel agent partners. We hold these relationships as key to our company ethos – that a holiday should be a well-planned, enjoyable and personal experience that makes sure we make the most of your trip. This only comes through the personal, honest and friendly service that we offer.

OUR HOLIDAYS

We specialise in offering tailor-made holidays to East, Southern and West Africa. We also offer Madagascar, the Indian Ocean, Dubai and 'Arabia'. Whether an adventurous African safari or a relaxing holiday on the beach, we combine personal preferences and interests with our years of expertise to provide a truly memorable experience.

We pride ourselves on not only sending people to the more well-known parts of Africa, but also off-the beaten-track areas and supporting new emerging destinations like Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, where we feel that tourism is a vital part of the country's development. Please browse through our website for ideas and information and then give us a call for a chat through the options with one of our team.

Our team have in depth specialist knowledge in the areas we offer, built up over years of experience travelling, living and working in the destinations. We work closely with operating partners in every location, enjoy preferred rates and often negotiate special offers that are unique to us. We always go that extra mile to ensure that all our clients get the very best value for money and are well looked after throughout their trip. Our ability to match the right guests to the right holiday means that many of our clients come back to us for amazing experiences time and time again.

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Meet the Africa and Beyond Team

Richard Russell

Richard Russell

I first went on safari back in 1981 and was well and truly hooked; it did help that my Dad founded one of the first African specialist tour operators; and several subsequent trips followed. I was then lucky enough to embark on travels through East, Central and Southern Africa by various modes of transport in 1995/96. After working on mobile safaris in Botswana for a few months, I continued down to South Africa where I lived for a while and studied for and passed the FGASA level 2 guides licence. After several months of doing odd jobs and airport transfers, I decided to head back to the UK where I started to work for my Dad's company, then set up another specialist Africa department for a company in 2000, before finally "going it alone" in 2007. Since returning to the UK, I have been lucky enough to travel back to Africa usually twice a year, with one exceptional year including 5 trips!

Outside of work I still read anything "Africa" that I can lay my hands on. I enjoy cycling, love cryptic crosswords and wildlife documentaries, and watch most sports. Luckily, my wife Charlotte also has the Africa "bug" and safari is now an annual event!

Charlotte Howell

Charlotte Howell

I support the Africa & Beyond team away from the frontline and help with web site updates, social media and answering your calls when the phones are very busy!

Since 1996, I have been lucky enough to travel extensively through Southern and East Africa visiting South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya and Zanzibar, as well as Dubai. Along with sharing Richard's passion for travel to Africa, I also share Richard's passion for Manchester City Football Club!

Jamie Taylor

Jamie Taylor

I have been in the travel industry for over 25 years, having started out as a messenger boy for South African Specialists S.A.R. Travel. During this time I gained invaluable experience in the various facets of Tour Operation and worked my way up to Senior Consultant level.

By this point, I was fascinated with Africa and left the UK to manage various safari lodges in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, before returning to the UK to work at Beachcomber Tours to manage their Africa department.

In 2009, I joined the Africa & Beyond team as Reservations Manager, and am now the General Manager,  helping the company grow and supporting the Reservations team.

Aside from my passion for Africa, I really enjoy spending time in the countryside with my wife and two young children (bug hunting mostly!), and the occasional round of golf.

Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper

I'm based in our Manchester office and my role is that of Administration Manager. I joined the team back in May 2012, having started work at an early age as an Apprentice Engineer and then working in the legal profession for nearly 18 years. At this point I felt it was time for a change and have not looked back since. I am keen to do lots more travelling, and have a long list of countries to visit!

Outside of the office, I like to keep busy running, doing yoga and enjoying time with my young son, family and friends.

Sue Foster

Sue Foster

I'm the Finance Manager and have worked for the company since September 2011. I have worked in various roles within the travel industry since graduating back in 1993 and have travelled extensively around the world, focusing on Africa in recent years. This led to me living and working in Cape Town and Swaziland and meeting my now husband, who proposed to me at the top of the highest sand dune in the world – Dune 45 in Namibia!

Although I now work behind the scenes, my passion for Africa has not disappeared and I'm keen to share this love with my growing family.

Away from my spreadsheets, I enjoy playing netball in the local league, cooking and dreaming of the next holiday!

David Williams

I'm the 'new boy' at Africa & Beyond, having recently taken up a role as accounts administrator. My background is in finance and accounting, having worked for a private healthcare company for 15 years in a variety of roles. I am based in our Manchester office and am extremely enthusiastic in this new exciting role and learning more about Africa.

Away from work I enjoy most sports and am an avid Manchester City fan and season ticket holder. I enjoy watching cricket, cycling and American Football. I also enjoy comedy, films, going fishing and spending time with my young family.

Sheena Ogley

Sheena Ogley

My first introduction to this beautiful continent came in 1999 on a trip in Zimbabwe, and despite the eye opening introduction to African customs officers it was already too late, the bug bit! One year later I was back on a camping trip in Botswana, courtesy of Richard and his meticulous planning, which included a surprise proposal by my now husband Pete on Sindabezi Island, Victoria Falls.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to take several trips to South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia as well excursions in Canada and South America, and having returned to live in the UK after a few years in Boston and Paris, I found myself back in the Africa & Beyond fold for good!

Now many (many) years later after my first trip, the love for all things safari has still not diminished, and having taken my 4 & 5 year olds on their first safari to Tanzania in 2013, I'm hoping the passion is now instilled in the next generation of Ogley's.

Michael Davies

Michael Davies

Sandy Clements

Based in Somerset West, near Cape Town, I have been in the travel industry for over 20 years. My real passion is for travel and I do love booking holidays for people visiting South Africa. I enjoy exploring my own beautiful country but have also travelled abroad extensively. Together with my husband Zane, we now look after our guests in South Africa and are always a phone call away if needed. I love safaris, the outdoors and enjoy jogging and yoga.

Zane Clements

I'm a registered Tourist Guide for the Cape Town area, and along the Garden Route up until Port Elizabeth, which I have enjoyed doing for the past 12 years. I am often the first person you meet on arrival in Cape Town and will offer any assistance necessary. I absolutely love taking people around my beautiful city and surrounds, and sharing the knowledge I have built up over the years. I also enjoy birding, flora, fauna and all aspects of wildlife!

Thank you both for booking one of the best, relaxing holidays we have ever had. The Yu-lounge staff were fabulous both on arrival and departure. What a wonderful service. I am not sure we have ever departed a country in such a hassle free, chilled way. The Royal Palm, as always, is perfect in all they do and provide. Finally, the helicopter ride was the nicest way to finish off our holiday.(Mrs K, Mauritius Holiday)

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