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Top tips, advice, technical know-how, photo ideas… and a glass of something cheery. Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives. Travel Geeks: Rush Hour is just an hour long, and offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the chat.
From the world-famous Kruger National Park and its multitude of creatures, to the lesser-known gems like western Etosha in Namibia — a safari is a lifelong dream for many. Whether you’re a first-timer yet to spot the Big 5 or are a seasoned safari-goer, this event is just for you. In association with Audley Travel, join our expert panel as we chat all things safari, from what to pack and where to go to how to get involved in conservation tourism. And here’s a little bit about what our expert panelists will be sharing on the night:
Emma Gregg, travel journalist
Award-winning travel journalist Emma Gregg writes about responsible, eco-friendly travel experiences with a nature, culture and conservation focus. Emma made her first trip to Africa in the early 1990s, and has since spent time in over 30 African countries. She has written several guidebooks, is a former editor of Travel Africa magazine and has been National Geographic Traveller (UK) contributor since the first issue.
Jonny May, Africa product manager, Audley Travel
Jonny first went on safari at the age of 13 and has been hooked ever since, extensively exploring north, east and south Africa. His highlight has been driving an overland truck from Cape Town to Cairo. Jonny has worked in the Africa travel industry for nearly ten years and this has included training guides in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya. His favourite safari experiences generally involve walking in the bush or camping out in the wilderness.
Adele Cutler, director of Pindrop PR
Adele is the owner of Pindrop PR, building on a career of two decades in public relations, with the last six years promoting products across the whole of Africa. Having organised over 75 press trips for journalists and writers, she has particular expertise in the continent’s lesser-known destinations, such as Malawi, and primate trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.
Andy Skillen, photographer
Andy has been photographing wildlife since the age of seven, when he first got his hands on a camera. Since then he has been fortunate to travel the world in search of close-up encounters, primarily on foot, with not only the world’s most iconic, but also its less well-known species. Throughout Andy’s career, his work has been awarded and commended both nationally and internationally.
Jo Fletcher-Cross, contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Jo is an experienced journalist and a less experienced, but enthusiastic, stand-up comedian. She loves obscure European cities, brutalist architecture and Eurovision.
When: Thursday 27 September from 18:00 to 20:00
Where: Castlefield Rooms (The Merchant Room), 18-(20 Castle St, Manchester M3 4LZ
Tickets: We’re offering 20 free tickets to each Travel Geeks: Safari with Audley Travel event.