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About Africa Odyssey

Africa Odyssey is the culmination of decades of travel knowledge and long safari experience. Our MD, Marc Harris, is a retired director of the African Travel and Tourism Association and a judge of the Good Safari Guide, Our Tanzania director is the author of the Cadogan Guide to Tanzania and all of our team have worked, lived or travelled extensively in their specialist African countries.
Our company began as Tanzania Odyssey in the 90’sspecialising wholly in Tanzania and Zanzibar itineraries and Tanzania remains our first love.  However, over the years we could not help creeping further afield and today Africa Odyssey arranges itineraries to the whole of Safari Africa and the Indian Ocean. There are many travel companies out there, some good, some bad (as a general rule the UK tour operators are mostly very good), please see below for why you should book with us!

Our price promise


Booking through us will cost no more - and often considerably less - than booking the same trip with all the individual suppliers directly.  We are able to negotiate excellent rates with suppliers, which results in savings for you.   In the very unlikely event that you get a cheaper quote for the same trip from a reputable UK bonded tour operator, we will match that quote.  
 

Financial protection


We are ATOL  (ATOL 5397) so whatever might happen to us, your money is protected. 
 

No surcharge for currency fluctuations


Once your trip is deposited we guarantee that we will make no surcharge for currency fluctuations, whatever happens to exchange rates before you actually travel.

Meet the Team - Africa Odyssey Face to Face


We love it when our clients come to see us in our Putney Offices. A presentation with someone who has regularly visted each and every area, with maps and photographs, brochures and videos, is, without doubt, the best way of communicating and establishing the best itinerary for you.  Every member of our team has travelled extensively throughout Africa, we visit every year to ensure that our knowledge is up to date and that we remain opinionated!  We are dedicated to giving our clients the very highest quality service and get much satisfaction from devising beautiful, individual trips to suit everyone.
  • Marc Harris

    Managing Director

    Following years of travelling and exploring, Marc started organising safaris for clients in the mid 1990s. Specialising in the then lesser-known safari regions, he set up Tanzania Odyssey; a focused, specialist company providing the very best itineraries and safari support in Tanzania. Marc has a natural flair for itinerary planning and a keen passion for the finest safari and beach experiences, all of which he continues to test assiduously, whenever possible. A natural perfectionist, his unrivalled zest for world experiences makes him a sturdy helmsman for all of your African Odysseys. Marc's Africa knowledge is decades in the making and he also specialises in the Indian Ocean locations of Seychelles and Mauritius. Now a judge of The Good Safari Guide and a director of the African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA), he is one of the most respected safari consultants in the world.
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  • Ted Archdale

    Manager

    Ted joined the Africa Odyssey team in 2010 and almost instantly became an invaluable asset.  Having completed a degree in Anthropology, specialising in the study of primates, Ted furthers his knowledge with real, on the ground experience. Ted is a careful itinerary planner, with a genuine passion for travelling and exploring that enhances all of our client experiences. Ted has recently made some enviable fact-finding trips to Western Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Zambia increasing his knowledge base substantially. Ethiopia is the next African adventure on his hit list and he is also heading up our new India program having ridden a clapped out Royal Enfield across the sub continent several times.
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  • Dave Fuller

    Senior Consultant

    Dave's love of travel and exploration was always with him; through his twenties he explored the majority of Asia and Latin America, and Africa was next… With nothing but a one way ticket Dave made his way to South Africa, through Mozambique, into Zimbabwe and ending up on the shores of Lake Malawi. Dave’s passion for Africa started here and his travels later took him to Tanzania, where he fell in love with the wild parks of the South, and extensively through Botswana and Zambia. As well as being a Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia specialist, Dave heads up our Asia Odyssey arm, having spent months exploring India, China and South East Asia. Though it hurts to say it, he is probably the best travelled of all of us and 20 years in the travel industry have helped Dave turn itinerary planning into an art form.
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  • George Hannan

    Consultant

    Having travelled extensively his whole life, George has explored many countries across Asia, Europe, Australasia, Africa and North America but it was the East African safari bug that really bit. Always having had a passion for wildlife and conservation, he has worked in travel since leaving university and this passion shines through everything he does.  A particular specialist in the Serengeti, we’re fairly sure he knows several of the great migration’s wildebeest by name and his latest trip has taken him from the Plains of the Masai Mara to the mountains of Rwanda. A real sucker for luxury but at home in a tented camp, George is your guy for a perfectly tailored itinerary to East Africa. Contact George Hannan >

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  • Scott Vincent

    Consultant

    Born and brought up near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, in a family who have been immersed in the Southern Africa Safari industry for decades, it was no surprise that Scott ended up at Africa Odyssey.  Before joining us in our London Office, Scott worked in Zimbabwe and Botswana building and setting up a number of premier camps, giving him second to none knowledge of the bush as well as the inner workings of safari camps.  Coupled with Scott’s work in the travel and hospitality industry in both France and the United States, Scott has developed an unrivalled ability to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to camps and lodges. Scott arranges trips to his home country of Zimbabwe as well as all of the neighbours... Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, where he spent so much of his time growing up. Having now also visited Tanzania from top to bottom many times, Scott is our most versatile Africa consultant and is the perfect man to speak to if you aren’t sure which country is for you.
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  • Toby Pheasant

    Private Guide and Consultant

    Toby first visited Africa at the tender age of four when he accompanied his family on their first of several safari holidays. From that moment on Toby’s love affair with Africa’s nature and wildlife grew and grew. When he was eight years old he boldly declared that he would one day be a safari ranger, a dream that he realised after graduating in 2012. After a long and tough selection and training course he joined the AndBeyond ranging team. He then spent three and a bit years honing his knowledge and understanding of all that is safari, taking guests from all over the world out on game drives and nature walks, and helping them appreciate what the wild has to offer, from the smaller bird species all the way up to trees thousands of years old. His fluency in three languages came in handy as he was happy to lead game drives and walks in English, French or Italian. He also relished the opportunity to learn a little Zulu along the way. Contact Toby Pheasant >

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  • Gail Hennessy

    Business Development Manager

    Gail travelled all over the world as a child and had lived in eight countries (from Norway to Brunei via Hong Kong and Syria) by the time she was eighteen.  She experienced her first African safari at the age of nine, and the safari bug bit deep!   After studying law at university she spent twelve years as a corporate lawyer for a major firm in the City of London before taking a career break in order to spend more time with her young children. Travel is her favourite topic and she is rarely happier than when planning, talking about or going on a big family adventure. She does business development and advises on legal matters. Contact Gail Hennessy >

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  • Ed Davison

    IT Manager

    Ed is our resident IT specialist and web-support master.  His talents lie in the digital realm, but naturally he took his honeymoon in Tanzania (some say he had little choice!).  Ed's area of expertise is computer technology, and while he will not be the one to work through your itinerary - he is an invaluable member of the team and is always glad to add his tuppence worth to presentations. Contact Ed Davison >

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