Jonathan Drew

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Leaving the City, Jonathan spent some time as a dairy farmer in Devon (which he loved, cattle are a great interest) before heading out to Africa when UK farming was in crisis to look at continuing his agricultural career there.

Smitten by what he found in Tanzania, Jonathan became immersed in several projects culminating in being a principal part of a business operating several safari camps in the Serengeti and Tarangire (northern Tanzania), as well as building a lodge overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Whilst in Africa Jonathan developed a special interest in the tribal cultures of East Africa and a deep affection for the gentle people of Tanzania. Moving back to England, Jonathan was involved in a long-standing equestrian and farming venture whilst also working as a marketing consultant for various East African safari businesses. For a time he also kept peripheral farming interests in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He joined Nicola in running what was then Africa & Indian Explorations at the turn of the millennium.

Jonathan is responsible for the day to day operation of The Explorations Company and travels frequently to Africa but his interest in aboriginal cultures also often takes him to Canada, where he can often be found canoeing, often solo and completely unsupported, in the deep bush. There he is able to indulge another fundamental interest: bush-craft skills and disciplines which have resulted in his building a traditional birch bark canoe that is soon to be used for a solo voyage in the far north.

Jonathan’s personal favourites:

Watching a herd of 500+ elephant in Tarangire; sailing on the Indian Ocean or Lake Malawi; flycamping anywhere; walking and “allowing Africa to pass by” with the Careys in Laikipa; riding in the bush; chatting, especially about cattle, with Masai or Samburu tribesmen; canoeing on the lower Zambezi with James Varden; the incredible Selous; walking in the remote Katavi National Park; ‘wild’ camping in Kaokoland, Namibia; beachcombing in remoter coastal areas of Kenya and Tanzania.


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