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James Stewart

Senior Travel Consultant

About James

I was seven years old when I first visited Africa, and I’ve dreamt of living there ever since. After I finished University, I began working in London and Hong Kong, but I soon felt compelled to up sticks and make my dream a reality. Subsequently I have spent the best part of the last five years living and working in Africa, guiding and managing lodges across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Madagascar. The time has come for me to return to England’s home comforts and working at A&K means I can live vicariously through the incredible trips we curate for our clients. On top of that I get to return to Africa on occasion to visit some of our amazing partner hotels and see the amazing work Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) do with local communities.

Talking points

What's your favourite destination?

Uganda – it’s by far the most beautiful country I’ve ever visited

Which destination is top of your bucket list, and why?

I would love to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I’ve always been fascinated by the stories of great explorers such as Henry Morton Stanley, John Hanning Speke and Dr David Livingstone, and it would be incredible to explore the places they did

How many languages do you speak?

At the moment, I only speak English but picked up some Swahili and French while working in East Africa and Madagascar and am trying to keep brushing up on these

Which five items do you always pack when travelling?

I wouldn’t leave the house without flip flops, a camera, sunglasses, my Kindle and some comfortable walking shoes

What's your top travel tip?

My advice is to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone – that’s where you find the best adventures