Jody Wami River, Tanzania Web Ready
Wami River, Tanzania

Biography

Jody has a long and diverse background in adventure travel (since 1983), but her heart is deeply embedded in Africa. “There’s nothing like stepping out of your tent at dawn…and watching Africa come alive!!!”

She knows the safari destinations well and her passion is crafting a customized journey for individuals or small groups, based on her knowledge and personal experiences — but fitting their travel style.

One of her favorite quotes from Mr. Mandela —  “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

What aspect of travel do you enjoy the most?

Hands down the cultural aspect!

I am an advocate of the “slow safari” meaning fewer stops and longer stays in each place. This allows you the time to really get to know the area and the people who live and work there. Getting to know the locals and fellow travelers brings humbling and refreshing new perspective to this world we live in. Sharing our humanity is such a wonderful and powerful act and it doesn’t cost anything but a bit of time and the courage to break the ice and start building relationships that will likely impact the rest of your life.

What is one thing you would never travel without?

My sense of humor – with that, I can handle pretty much anything! It doesn’t matter how grave or embarrassing the situation, finding the humorous side of any predicament can turn a mood around.

What has been your most life-changing travel experience?

The first time my feet touched the Africa continent!! In early 1988, I stepped off a Kenya Airways plane onto the tarmac in Nairobi and knew instantly, this trip was going to change my life…and it did!

What has traveling taught you about yourself?

That I much prefer the path less chosen (even though I am “ the vortex of chaos”)!
… and splurging for business class is always worth it!

What is your favorite destination, and why?

Any waterhole at sunset!! There is a wonderful safari tradition leftover from the colonial era called sundowners! A tray of icy gin & tonics is set up in the perfect spot within view of an active waterhole or scenic overlook to watch the sun go down is something you don’t forget. No man-made sounds to be heard except the tinkling ice-cubes chilling your G&T. Sit back and marvel at the nature about you. A parade of uniquely African species come down for a drink before going to roost or setting off for nighttime hunting.
Everyone packs up when it gets too dark for comfort and you hear one too many twigs snapping in the bushes around you. You quickly slug down that last inch of “liquid encouragement” and hoist yourself back into the Land Rover for the chilly ride back to camp with an indelible “I found my happy-place” grin of a “buzzed bush survivor” plastered on your face!! You KNOW you’ll be back!

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