Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in a National Park there, Peter Ellis has a life long passion for wild places, wild life, travel and ethnic culture. After giving up being a travelling hippy back in the late 60’s, he eventually took on a mortgage and had to make a career for himself in one of the big banks in the UK. Travelling with a family marginally trimmed his destination wings but that changed when his children became older. They are now competing with him for the number of places travelled to and the Hard Rock Cafes visited.
Not surprisingly East and Southern Africa are amongst my favourite destinations. The smell of the dust and herbs make me feel as though I am home. Each region has its own attractions with its variety of wild life, bird life, flora and scenery. But Africa is so much more than just the animals. The tribes and their culture add to the colour of your safari. Meeting the Maasai, Himba and San people makes you think about your own values and what is really important in life. Then there is the sea life – from the corals of Mozambique and East Africa to the whale watching in South Africa and Namibia – it is all there to be explored. Some of the world’s most iconic scenery is found on this continent and a history that is diverse, unknown and goes back to the beginning of homo sapiens. I truly enjoy putting a great African trip together.
Another favourite destination for me, with my first visit being when the country was known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has so much to see and do without too long a journey between locations. The rich mix of culture, history, pageant, food and people ensure that all your senses are enlivened.
The open roads of this vast continent lend themselves to the self drive holiday. The freedom to set your agenda as you go along is wonderful and whether you are driving a Mustang or a big RV you will be sure of a good welcome where ever you decide to stop. The grand vistas, beautiful country and friendly people always me make plan a return to a new part of North America.
Another wonderful destination that my children introduced to me on their gap years and one that I go back to from time to time. Once again this is a huge country with some truly wild areas and fascinating, and different, wildlife, flora and sea life. If you want to know where to find those elusive platypuses you need to give me a call. As for what you can see in the oceans there it is beautiful – makes the long flight worthwhile.