Your adventure is in good hands.

Africa is our Passion
– With over 30 years’ experience and countless trips throughout the continent, we are deeply committed to Africa. Our many returning guests and their recommendations are a testament to our care and knowledge. We are confident that a trip of a lifetime will ignite your interest in Africa too.

Get the trip you really want
–We listen to you. Come to us with inspiration and ideas for your perfect trip, and we will design a journey to suit your specific requirements. We carefully select our professional guides, choose pristine destinations and pair these with our exclusive accommodation.

Expertise and Guidance
– Planning a trip can be overwhelming. From your initial consultation to the time you return from Africa, we are here to answer any questions, offer expert tips, and ensure that your journey exceeds expectations.

Karen Cockburn

Co-Founder and Owner

Co-founder of Africa Travel Centre, Karen is an experienced travel consultant, safari researcher and developer who has worked in the safari industry since 1984. Inspired by her grandparents’ travels in Africa since the 1920s, she was drawn to the continent since childhood and started her own adventures there from a young age. Ever since, Africa has shaped her life, from career to family. Running safaris for years and calling the continent home, she was married in Zimbabwe to Brian Cockburn – a well-respected guide with an exceptional knowledge of wildlife who influenced her passion for safaris. Inspired to introduce people to Africa, together, Brian and Karen co-founded Africa Travel Centre. Through her career she has participated in every nuance and detail of planning and operating safaris. From coordinating vehicles, tents, food, and air travel, to making reservations, marketing, and guiding, she knows the industry inside and out. Her personal experiences are invaluable to creating customized trips for all types of travelers, from individuals to families. She continues to travel to Africa regularly, taking her now-grown children as often as possible. 

Karen also works with a number of community-based conservation programs based on social dimensions, gender, wildlife and education. Karen is the co-founder and director of Africa Centre, Foundation for African Resources, and has organized and led groups to Zambia and Kenya for community education and health projects. 

Her wealth of knowledge is supported by great attention to detail and a genuine commitment to each of her clients.

Natalie Aber

Safari Specialist

Natalie’s love for Africa runs in the family; her father is a Zambian born, South African raised adventurer. Since she was young, she has been making trips from her native California to visit family in South Africa and Kenya. As a teenager, she moved to the small town of Lydenburg, South Africa. Making frequent trips to the Kruger Park and nearby game farms whenever she could, she fell in love with the wildlife of Africa. She moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand. In her years in the big city of Johannesburg, she often escaped to the bush, traveling all over South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Kenya. She moved back to the USA at the end of 2016 and is excited to help others make the incredible, life-changing journey to Africa!

Read about her most recent trip to Southern Africa here!


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