African Safari Co. Team Bios


Mike Nesbitt, President

As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all of African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.

What do you recommend for safari travelers looking for the next amazing adventure?

Right now, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is my favorite sleeper-hit. It's a massive park with a unique history (the train runs through the park and now you can arrive at your camp on the Elephant Express, one of our favorite means of transport!). Game viewing is impressive and includes lion, wild dog and huge herds of elephant.

Outside of Africa, what are some of your favorite adventures and top travels?

Exploring the Arctic and circumnavigating Svalbard, north of Norway. Cruising the Galapagos Island was a highlight, too. The wildlife is smaller than in Africa, but equally unique and impressive!

Julia Nesbitt African Safari Co.

Julia Nesbitt, Director of Sales

Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.

Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!

What is the most unique safari you have designed?

The arts & literature safaris, which show a side of Africa that many people don't think about - so many amazingly talented African artists and writers!

What do you do differently from other safari consultants?

I listen. We are not beholden to working with any particular safari camps or operators, so while I have my personal favorites, I am truly able to put the client first and craft the best possible trip for each client's unique needs and interests.

Where do you suggest people go right now that's under-the-radar? The Laikipia and Samburu regions of Kenya, hands-down! Despite the negative press around Kenya’s political climate, we love this area as many of the lodges are family-owned and operated (just like African Safari Company!). They offer incredible diversity of activities, plus the opportunity for amazing cultural exchanges with very few other travelers around.


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