Your adventure is in good hands
Our mission is to design trips to meet the needs and interests of each group. With over 30 years of experience, we hand-pick the best wildlife areas and lodges, use charter and scheduled flights and transfers to maximize time in the wilderness, and work exclusively with experienced guides and rangers to lead you through your trip.
Who are we
The people that make it happen
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.
Throughout 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.
Natalie’s love for Africa starts with her family, who hail from South Africa. 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 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 Tanzania. 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!
We work with many of Africa’s finest ground operaors. Chosen for the quality of their guides, location, and most importantly their commitment to sustainable social and envrornmental policies.