Meet our Africa Experts

Our team of safari consultants have traveled to Africa – indeed many having lived there – and will combine their first-hand knowledge of each country, listen to your ideas, and then go to work to help you plan your wildlife safari down to the very last detail. What we offer you is an established reputation of delivering an exceptional service with a customized approach. We are the essential component to having the ‘safari of a lifetime’ experience.

"The key," says Mark "is to understanding the travel style of the client and also the personal experience each individual is looking for in their Africa trip, then to match those with the optimum itinerary. This can be accomplished only if the person advising the client has extensive on-site experience in all the safari countries. Office training cannot substitute for actually having been there."

Whether you want a scheduled tour or a tailor-made itinerary, the Africa Adventure Company has the expertise to precisely fit your needs. The experience will surely exceed your personal expectations! Click on our AAC Blog to see more.

Mark Nolting - President

Born in Minneapolis, grew up and educated in Florida. Mark founded The Africa Adventure Company 26 years ago after spending 2 years traveling through 16 countries, from Cairo to Cape Town, gathering material for his books and establishing contacts with safari companies and tour guides. Mark offers exceptional knowledge of traveling within Southern and East Africa and excels in matching clients to both luxury and adventure; and with guides he has known in the safari industry for many, many years!  

Mark most recently traveled to the Private Reserves of South Africa (Kwande and Tswalu) in May 2014. Further previous trips were in the Selous and Serengeti in Tanzania, and the Mara in Kenya, to see many of the new camp openings.

Author of 2 award-winning books, "Africa's Top Wildlife Countries" and "African Safari Journal", Mark is known in the industry as one of the "Travel Expert of Africa". Though Mark has essentially covered the African continent in his journeys, he continues to travel often to update information and explore new areas. Hard to find information on Africa is always at his fingertips, and he loves to take the time to talk to people about the many adventures that can be found on the continent. His latest family trip was visiting Zimbabwe with his two teenage sons and doing the fun activities of walking with elephant, tracking rhino and wild dog, and canoeing the Zambezi. The Omo River trips in Ethiopia are still some of his favorite remote adventures. 

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Alison Nolting - Director of Tours and Marketing

Alison has over 25 years in the travel industry. She was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, attended Cordon Bleu school in Cape Town and worked in both Harare and London.  A career change had her running a safari camp where she met Mark and moved to the USA in 1991. She has traveled with Mark and their two boys as a family, to over 10 countries in Africa and on 18 or so trips with her children. Beyond going on numerous safaris in Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, Alison loves the Lower Zambezi river region, gorilla and chimp trekking, adventuring in the Skeleton Coast, and the Indian Ocean island Seychelles. 

Botswana and 15 camp visits was one of her most recent trips. Establishing a relationship with camp guides is the key to offering refreshing trips each year. A prior trip to Zimbabwe led to the development of the award winning safari "Eyes on Elephant". The enjoyment of sharing the close-up encounters with elephant, with her two sons, in Hwange and Mana Pools put this at the top of her all time favorite wildlife experience! This is closely followed by the gorillas and the country of Uganda.  

Active in her community, Alison is past President of the Florida Chapter of the Association for the Promotion of Travel to Africa (APTA) and streamlines all our sponsorship of scholarships for children in Africa. She is closely associated with communities in Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

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Bill Rivard - Vice President Operations

Born in Cumberland, RI. As VP of Operations, Bill also oversees our air department. He has recently celebrated 22 years with The Africa Adventure Company (November 1990-2012). Bill has been on several safaris through Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Seychelles. In 2009 he traveled through Namibia, 2010 saw him returning from Australia and his DownUnder safari! 2011 was the visit to England for the Royal wedding. He traveled to South Africa in 2013 and a trip to Asia was the 2014 destination.

Other than Africa, Bill has visited Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Slovakia, St. John, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela and Ireland.
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Lynne Glasgow - General Manager/Senior Safari Consultant

Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Lynne has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and took her first safari in 1990, when her love affair with Africa began. Lynne offers years of high quality consulting on how to decide where to go! Having specialized in the southern region for the past 18 years, Lynne has traveled extensively in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She also has excellent first hand knowledge from her travels in Kenya and Tanzania. Lynne is definitely one of the more distinguished travel experts and loves planning extraordinary safari trips. 

Apart from Africa, Lynne has also traveled to most European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand

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Kyle Witten - Sales Manager & Senior Safari Consultant

Born in Marysville, OH. Kyle joined AAC in May 2005. He was promoted to Sales Manager in 2010. Kyle has a passion for active travel and his attention to detail is fabulous making him one of the best in the travel industry!  He traveled to Botswana in May 2014 and will be in Tanzania and Rwanda in November 2014. Kyle's safari destinations include Private Game Reserves in South Africa; visiting almost every camp in Botswana; Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe; and the northern circuit in Tanzania. He has also traveled throughout the Cape Peninsula with time in Cape Town and Knysna and experienced Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and Zambian sides. He escorted the departure of "Eyes on Elephant" to Zimbabwe in celebration of our 25 year anniversary. .

Kyle is equally happy in Cape Town as to walking with elephant in Mana Pools and has established himself a fine reputation of exquisite safari planning!  

Other countries that Kyle has visited include, England, France, Hungary and Slovakia.
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Elena Theodosiou - Senior Safari Consultant

Elena was born in Cyprus, and then moved with her family to South Africa as a toddler and grew up in Johannesburg. She has lived in Florida for 16 years and joined the Africa Adventure Company in February of 2005. Elena captures the qualities of "holding your hand" through booking a trip to Africa. Her travel experience from South Africa was working with the Indian Ocean Islands. Elena most recent safari was Zimbabwe in July 2014! She was in Kenya during 2013, and prior to that Elena was our escort for our departure of the "Serengeti Explored" to Tanzania in celebration of our 25 year anniversary.  

Other Travel adventures have been visiting Botswana with her 16 year old daughter, a great stay in Cape Town, safari at Singita and other private game reserves of Kruger, and a visit to Livingstone in Zambia. 

Elena's previous travel experience includes living in Turkey and Germany for a year and a half, and she has visited Greece, Cyprus, most of the Greek Islands, Austria, Mauritius, Brazil and Australia. Elena had her latest safari in Zimbabwe in July 2014!
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Szilvia Hegyi - Senior Safari Consultant

Szilvia was born and raised in Hungary. Having moved to Florida to further her career, she joined the Africa Adventure Company in March of 2007. In her spare time she completed her MBA in 2009. Szilvia is extremely detailed and works diligently at offering a high level of service. She has traveled to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. 

Her most recent safari was to Zimbabwe in 2014 visiting Mana Pools, Hwange and Matobo Hills! Previously she had bee on safari to Kenya, and gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Beyond Africa she has traveled to different parts of Europe and Central America. 

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Ian Carlo Flores - Safari Consultant

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ian lived in Australia for four years completing his Masters Degree in Environmental Policy. Ian joined the Africa Adventure Company in May of 2008.  Since joining AAC he escorted a specialized mountain biking trip to Namibia and successfully reached the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 feet). He most recently visited the Okavango Delta and Linyanti in Botswana in January 2014 and the Serengeti and gorilla trekking in September 2014.

Ian has also traveled throughout Australia, Canada (British Columbia), Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Samoa, Switzerland, Thailand and parts of the continental US.

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Jessica Fraser - Safari Consultant

Born in New Jersey, Jessica lived in five different states before moving to Ecuador at age 17 and is a welcome addition to our fluent Spanish folk in the office! She brings over 20 years of experience in the travel industry and loves traveling off the beaten path, and has a knack for finding the most authentic experience possible.  Jessica enjoys white water rafting, skiing and boating with her family. Some of her favorite travel memories are sailing through the British Virgin Islands on a catamaran and swimming with penguins in the Galapagos Islands. 

Traveling to Africa has been one of Jessica’s lifelong dreams. Jessica has just returned from her first safari to Tanzania in 2013!

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Kollin Buchholz - Senior Assistant to Safari Consultants

Kollin was born in Key west and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. As the newest member of AAC, Kollin brings his expertise in hospitality, digital marketing and website design to the team. Kollin’s interest in international travel began with a student exchange experience to Northern Spain when he was 13 years old. He has a passion for adventure, surfing and experiencing new places. He has travelled throughout Costa Rica and Peru surfing, and fished and scuba dove Bimini Island in the Bahamas. He has also traveled to remote northern regions of Ontario, Canada and extensively within the continental United States. He is recently returning from a 7 month road trip across America. Kollin looks forward to his first Safari this year!
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Frank Dix - Senior Sales and Administrative Support

Our newest member of the AAC team, Frank was born and raised in South Africa, with a father who was a wildlife enthusiast, Frank grew up with a passion for the bush, wildlife and conservation. Having completed a course as a game guide and in game farm management, he takes every opportunity to surround himself with wildlife. As a diving instructor he has planned, organized and led dive tours on the east coast of Africa. With qualifications and most of his background in business consulting and coaching, Frank has honed his skills in project management and problem solving.

He has travelled extensively throughout South Africa and has also visited Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, and Mauritius. He has lived in the USA for the past 11 years.
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Saskia de Gouveia - Senior Assistant to Sales

Born in Pretoria, South Africa.  Saskia joined the Africa Adventure Company in April 2006. She lived in Belgium as a small child and is the mother of twin girls. Saskia has traveled to Portugal, Spain, Greece, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her most recent safari was to Tanzania. She takes pride in her work and offers great service to her clients. 

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Cinthia Liza - Senior Assistant Safari Consultant

Born in Lima, Peru.  Cinthia has been working at AAC since 2005. She joined us full time this year after working part-time while in High School and Junior College. Her main focus is assisting the operations and sales departments. Cinthia traveled to South Africa in May 2014 on her first safari. She has traveled to Peru, and Puerto Rico

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Monica Kowalski - Senior Assistant to Sales

Born in New York City, New York. Monica is a newer member of AAC, and brings over 20 years of travel experience to the team.  She has worked in the cruise industry and previously for a large tour operator. Monica’s travels have taken her across the US and to over 40 countries, but loves remote places with spectacular wildlife, especially East and Southern Africa, Antarctica and the Galapagos. Monica has visited Botswana and Zimbabwe on safari and recently returned from safari in Tanzania!

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Janet Coffigny - Senior Operations Coordinator

Born in Matanza, Cuba. Janet joined the Africa Adventure Company in June, 2006. She previously worked for South African Airways. She has traveled to South Africa and Kenya, and this year took her whole family back on a safari, including a visit to Victoria Falls. Her other travels include France, Spain, Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas. And several US Virgin Islands (lived in St Criox, visited St Thomas, St John, Virgin Gorda) and has traveled throughout the US.
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Kerry Purcell - Senior Assistant - Sales & Operations

Born in North Kingston, Rhode Island. Kerry lived with her family in South Africa for 18 years and then relocated back to the USA. In October 2008, she joined the Africa Adventure Company with 15 years of travel experience.

Her recent safari was to South Africa in May 2014. 

She has visited Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Mauritius, Comores, and Dubai. Kerry has lived in Iceland and Taiwan too. Other travels include UK, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, Malta, Greek Islands and Turkey. She also worked on a cruise ship for 6 years and got to visit ports around the USA, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and Alaska.

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Nershada Stone - Senior Assistant Sales & Operations

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nershada moved to the USA with her family in 2000. She has over 20 years experience in the travel industry both working as a travel agent and in the hotel industry before joining The Africa Adventure Company. Nershada joined AAC in 2010 and has travelled throughout Southern Africa, the USA, Europe and South America.

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Sylvia Feil - Senior Assistant to Sales and Operations

Sylvia was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. After a safari trip to Kenya at age 18, she developed a lifetime passion for Africa, which led her join the Africa Adventure Company this year. Sylvia came to the United States after finishing business school, first spending a year in Washington DC, followed by travelling/sailing the Caribbean Islands and United States East Coast aboard private and charter yachts and finally settling in South Florida, making it her home. 
Sylvia brings extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, providing excellent attention to detail and service to our clients. Her travels have also taken her to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Switzerland, France and Germany.
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Karen Liza - Graphics Coordinator

Born in Lima, Peru.  She has been working at AAC since 2001. Karen previously worked for the Nolting family. Her main focus is on graphics for the safari itineraries, the website, the two guide books and marketing materials. Karen traveled on her first safari to Tanzania! 

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Elia Valdovino - Accounting Specialist

Born in Mexico City and raised in Kansas City. Elia joined the AAC family in November 2007. She comes to us from the Cruise line industry with over 15 years of experience. Her travel experience includes places such as the Eastern and Western Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Honduras. Italy, Sicily, Spain, Malta, Tunisia as well as many states in the U.S. Since joining AAC, Elia has gone on safari to Kenya and Tanzania along with her teenage son.
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Irene Groden - Senior Operations Administrator

Born in Buckinghamshire, England. Irene has been with The Africa Adventure Company since July of 1997. She has visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania. Beyond Africa, Irene has traveled to London, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, France, Germany, Holland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Cypress, Bahamas, and Bermuda.

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Tony Gray - Accounts Supervisor

Born in Richmond, Virginia. Tony joined the Africa Adventure Company in October, 2005. He works diligently in the background ensuring a smooth flow in our operations department. He traveled on his first safari trip to South Africa in 2014! Tony's other travels have taken him to Mexico, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, and numerous states with in the USA.

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Sarah Taylor - Special Projects Coordinator

Born in Michigan. Sarah joined AAC in April 2000 and worked her way up to Senior Safari Consultant. She enjoyed four passionate years before taking some time off to travel. We welcomed her back in the capacity of coordinating our Special Projects. Sarah’s numerous adventures to Africa have taken her to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Egypt. She has also traveled the globe including trips through Asia and Europe, circumnavigated South America and sailed around the Caribbean. Sarah's recent safaris were to Zimbabwe in 2014 and Tanzania in 2013! 

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