Jenny Bowen, the African travel expert - Sense Africa

Jenny Bowen

Jenny BowenEcologist, Mountain Leader, Expedition Leader, Tour Guide & Author

My first job after graduating as an ecologist from Leeds University was in Africa – little did I know the importance of this on my life. As the permanent ecologist for Raleigh International in Zimbabwe I set up numerous conservation projects, managed hundreds of volunteers, collated scientific data and wrote many reports. And it was here that I promptly fell in love with the continent.

Since Zimbabwe, I have spent many years working in Africa, have led expeditions to Africa as well as other far flung places, worked for a game capture unit in South Africa and set up conservation and community projects in Swaziland.

This led me to setting up my own business organising specialist holidays to the dark continent. And I still can not get enough of Africa!

I have also helped set up the first terrestrial protected area in Vanuatu and has completed Action Plans for tourism sites in the Commonwealth of Dominica. I have a passion for conservation and in-depth knowledge about African wildlife and an obsession with giraffe having spent countless hours monitoring these animals and collecting their poo!

And emerging out of this are loads of stories, all of which have been created into a book, Sense Africa Five Ways. It is a collection of my anecdotal stories about Africa – its sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and the things you can touch. From tales of hungry lions to climbing mountains, I hope that reading this book will stimulate all of your senses, and leave you wanting to experience at least some of it for yourself.

To compliment all of this:

  • I have run Sense Africa for 11 years and went Limited in 2012
  • I represent The Kingdom of Eswatini (swaziland) in the UK at Trade Shows
  • I am a certified Swaziland Tour Leader
  • I am also a qualified mountain leader (summer)
  • I have led expeditions to 14 far flung countries including Morocco, Borneo, Vietnam and Costa Rica
  • I am a remote first aider
  • I am very knowledgeable about African ailments (!)
  • I have a wealth of fascinating African wildlife factoids (often utterly useless)
  • I love any kind of food cooked on a braai
  • And apparently I do a very good camel impersonation…

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