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Tim Melesi

One of six sons of Italian and British parents, Tim was born in Mombasa and educated in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. His early years spent exploring the bush inculcated a lifelong interest in wildlife and the environment, and its conservation. After several years in the UK, he returned to Kenya in 1981 at the age of 21 to pursue his personal journey, acknowledging that his roots were embedded in Africa.  


Tim has travelled extensively on the continent, walking with camels through uninhabited northern tracts and fishing on remote lakes of Kenya, tracking gorillas and chimpanzees in the east African hinterland and guiding trips in southern Africa. His less romantic journeys include building roads in Sudan, working with refugees in Uganda and managing movie locations in Kenya.


Tim is a great guide, not because he knows lots about Africa (which he does), but because he is charming, thoughtful, endlessly enthusiastic and a fabulous raconteur. A fluent Kiswahili speaker with over 30 years of experience, he has an extensive knowledge of the African wilderness and an unusual affinity with members of traditional African communities.


Tim is married to (and works closely with) Diana and they have two sons named Max and Angus. Diana is a great organiser, not because she is also charming and enthusiastic (which she is), but because she takes the trouble to ensure that every element of your journey is exceptional, from delicious meals to seamless travel to purchases of eclectic gifts.


Your sojourn with Tim (and Di) through Africa will be memorable, stimulating and exciting.

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