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 - Owner and President

Mark Nolting is the author of "Africa's Top Wildlife Countries" and "African Safari Field Guide", a testament to our level of expertise and dedication to giving you up-to-date information. Born in Minneapolis, grew up and educated in Florida, Mark founded The Africa Adventure Company in 1986 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!
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Alison Nolting - Director of Tours and Marketing

Alison Nolting grew up in Africa, worked in a safari camp and has traveled with Mark and their two boys as a family for the past 25 years. Alison uses her experience to get you there time and again. Her passion is to work with safari bookings to Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of her favorite activities in Africa!
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Bill Rivard - Vice President Operations

As VP of Operations, Bill Rivard also oversees our air department. He has recently celebrated 29 years with The Africa Adventure Company (November 1990-2019). Bill has been on several safaris through Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and the Seychelles. His most recent trip was Botswana and South Africa. His other world travels include Australia as his DownUnder safari, a visit to England for the Royal wedding, Asia and Dubai.
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Kyle Witten - Sales Manager & Senior Safari Consultant

Kyle Witten joined AAC in 2005. He has a passion for matching your style of travel to the perfect camp experience. From over the top luxury to down-to-earth bush bucket showers, there is something for everyone and his attention to detail is fabulous, making him one of the best in the travel industry! Kyle uses his 13 years’ experience and the long-term relationships with camp managers and ground operations to make the impossible possible – like finding space at Mombo in August!
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 2015, and returned from Tanzania and gorilla trekking in Rwanda in 2014.
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Elena Theodosiou - Senior Safari Consultant

From South Africa, Elena Theodosiou has spent many years with the Africa Adventure Company and epitomizes the care to detail and attention that creates the perfect safari experience. She has traveled all over Africa as well as other regions of the world from the Amazon to Australia. Her travels with her teenage kids, makes her an excellent resource for planning family & multi-generational trips. She specializes in trips to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana, and is our office expert in Madagascar. Elena most recently visited Namibia and Botswana.
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Szilvia Hegyi - Senior Safari Consultant

Szilvia Hegyi has been with the Africa Adventure Company for over ten years. She enjoys the creative process of working on custom-made safaris to both Southern and East Africa. She is extremely detail oriented and works diligently at offering a high level of service to her new and repeat travelers. Szilvia’s favorite experiences on safari include Gorilla trekking, walking with elephants in Mana Pools and mobile tenting at the Skeleton Coast.
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Ian Carlo Flores - Senior Safari Consultant

Ian lived in Australia for four years completing his Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy. Since joining AAC in 2008, he has escorted a specialized mountain biking trip to Namibia and successfully reached the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,341 feet). He has also gone gorilla trekking in Rwanda and spent time with these primate ambassadors. He most recently traveled for two weeks around Zimbabwe to experience the exciting adventures offered in Mana Pools, Hwange and Matobo Hills.
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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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Miles Nolting - Product Development and Operations and Sales Assistant

Miles was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but Africa was always a second home! Miles has visited Africa on numerous occasions with his parents Alison and Mark and his brother Nicholas. Miles was 18 months old on his very first safari.
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Yejide McKenzie - Senior Assistant for Sales and Operations

Although born and educated in South Florida, Yejide spent most of her childhood summers in Jamaica – where she was able to grasp a different cultural viewpoint. Yejide has experienced wonderful Safari adventures that took her to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya where she was able to witness an array of different wildlife, gain fulfulment through cultural experiences, and achieve unique perspectives from a diverse group of clients. Yejide takes pride in assisting clients in planning their trip of a lifetime!
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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 - Operations Manager

Born in North Kingstown, 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 most recent safari was to South Africa in May.

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 to join the Africa Adventure Company. Kenya and Botswana are two of her favorite African countries to visit. Sylvia brings extensive experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, providing excellent attention to detail and service to our clients.
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Karen Diaz - 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 - Controller

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 last safari was Gorilla Trekking in Uganda. 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 South Africa, 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 - Finance Manager

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 recent safaris were to Zimbabwe in 2014 and Tanzania in 2013! 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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