Anna has over 32 years industry experience and has travelled to close on 70 countries and all seven continents since being “bitten by the travel bug” in her mid-teens. After completing her travel degree in 1990 she bought the one-way ticket to London and spent the next couple of years working for Contiki in the picture postcard perfect village of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland and then as a tour leader with Top Deck, allowing her to travel extensively all over Europe including the Scandinavian countries.
After a stint back in Perth as a retail travel consultant Anna strapped on the backpack again and headed to South America for 3 months, starting in Rio de Janerio and visiting such highlights as Iguaçu Falls, Bariloche, The Altiplano, Cusco and Machu Picchu. On the way home Anna decided to get off the flight in Africa and stayed. For over 3 years Anna worked as a tour leader with an overland company running trips from 2 to 9 weeks in duration between East and Southern Africa. During this time she guided groups through a multitude of wildlife parks, trekked on many occasions to the Mountain Gorillas, canoed and rafted the Zambezi River and camped in wild “off the beaten track” locations; so started a passion for not only all things African, but wildlife and wilderness in general which, along with a passion for photography, has not diminished over the years.
Since joining Peregrine Travel Centre in 2000, Anna has continued her love affair with Africa and annually escorts small private groups to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and beyond. Her travel repertoire has not been confined just to Africa, over the last 15 years, she has visited such places as the Middle East; Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Morocco, with their fascinating ancient history, South East Asia, Indochina and India and the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Jungle in Ecuador. In 2011 Anna journeyed to Central Asia with its incredible Silk Road history, adding Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan into the mix.
2013 was another big year for Anna, ticking off her 7th continent with a trip to the USA, visiting the national parks of North America’s West Coast; escorting a group on safari in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia and a second voyage back to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov in November. In August 2014 Anna returned to East Africa escorting her annual small group on her popular Gorillas, Game & Zanzibar itinerary which she has been perfecting over many years now.
2015 became the year when Anna finally got to complete her Arctic trifecta visiting the Canadian North West Passage and remote locations like Baffin Island, Beechey Island, Cunningham Bay and the west coast of Greenland. Following Canada She spent two weeks in Iceland, a fascinating island with an ever changing landscape of waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and volcanoes! Adding these to her Svalbard (Spitsbergen) voyage and three trips south to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica gives Anna extensive experience of the Polar regions.
2016 was a wildlife bonanza for Anna with a March whale watching trip along the Baja California Peninsula Mexico and a visit to an eco-camp in Corcovado National Park Costa Rica. August saw her escorting a small private group to Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda to trek with chimps and mountain gorillas and witness the spectacle of the annual migration on the plains of the Masai Mara.
Anna managed to escort a group to Svalbard in 2017 and in October a visit to Madagascar rounded off the year and added another level of knowledge to her African experience.
Anna’s 2018 trip Africa took in Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda. Taking this safari in August gave the group the best opportunity to see the Great Migration of the plains animals like wildebeest, and the following big cats and other predators. The group also visited the mountain highland home of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, surely one of the most wonderful wildlife experiences available in the world today.
Ethiopia became Anna’s newest African destination to visit when, in Nov 18, she completed Peregrine’s Ethiopia Experience , a 19 day sojourn throughout both North and South Ethiopia. Anna rates this as one of the most interesting places in Africa, particularly the Ethiopian culture but also the lush, and high, Simien Mountains.
2019 is shaping up to a great year for Anna’s travels too, with her second visit to Baja, California in Mar 19, and the amazing interaction with the Grey whales and other marine life with the world famous wildlife photographer, Mark Carwardine. June will see Anna escorting one of our private groups on a voyage from Scotland to Iceland via the Faroe and Shetland Islands. Then in early December she will board the Spirit of Enderby out of New Zealand and escort one our groups on voyage to visit the wildlife of Australia & NZ’s Sub-Antarctic Islands – back in time for Xmas. With one cabin left you might just have a chance to join Anna!