THE JUNCTION AFRICA TEAM

 

Junction Africa is made up of a small group of experienced, professional safari consultants who have all been in the business of creating safaris for well over 25 years. Each of our team members brings with them varied and individual experiences and expertise. We are avid believers that it takes a well-qualified team to design a successful safari and our clients benefit from the TEAMWORK that we use as we customize each individual’s safari. We are all dedicated to the best quality safari for the desired budget. We have often said that our jobs are similar to that of a real estate agent trying to match the perfect house to their client. The more information we are given about your likes and dislikes, budget and desired experience, the more we are able to provide you with that special, one of a kind trip.

Meet the Team…..

Judy

JUDY DUFAU

After graduating from college, Judy moved to Kenya where her husband took a job flying for the British tea estates in the northern highlands of Kenya. They stayed for 3 years, and took every opportunity they had to traverse the country, learning what they could about the landscape, the wildlife, and the people. They often crossed the border into Tanzania on their own self-drive camping safaris. After returning to California Judy missed her new home half way around the world and embarked on a career as a safari consultant and trip designer. She returned to Africa many times, sharing her love for this part of the world, guiding clients, family members and friends. Through her experience, she knows that everyone from 7 to 97 can enjoy the safari experience. She loves working with small or large groups, families, newlyweds (Africa is a naturally romantic destination) and special interest groups.

Robin

ROBIN OLIVAREZ

The fascination with different cultures and the love for animals began early in Robin’s life. It seemed natural that a career in the travel industry was her chosen profession after college. Her first trip to Africa, in 1982, was to Zambia and Zimbabwe, known especially for their walking safaris. She was exhilarated by the opportunities to follow game on foot, in a safari vehicle, and by boat. She particularly welcomed the opportunities to meet the local tribes people and visit with them in their own homes and villages. Robin has had the privilege of working with travel agents and the traveling public alike for over 30 years, creating independent, unique safari experiences for first time visitors to Africa as well as returning travelers. Planning each safari is like a new, interesting, and exciting visit to the continent she loves. She and her husband have recently returned from an in-depth trip to South Africa and Swaziland where they visited Cape Town, the Garden Route, Zululand and many wonderful game parks. When she’s not planning safaris, Robin also puts her creative talents to producing marketing tools for safari adventures, and she serves as the financial administrator for Junction Africa.

judith

JUDITH DAVISON

Judith’s first trip to Africa was in 1987, but in her mind she had been there a hundred times. Having grown up in NYC and without knowing anyone who had ever been there, Africa was just a dream. Upon landing in Nairobi on that first trip she was hooked before she saw her first elephant in the wild. After beginning that first safari, spotting that first elephant, seeing the first sunrise and first pink sunset, and gazing at the most incredible stars shooting through the sky, she knew this would become a constant in her life. In the years since, she has been to East and Southern Africa many, many times. Each safari begins with the same anticipation and excitement as that very first trip. Helping people share in this amazing destination gives her “almost” the same joy as going there herself!

Paula

PAULA FORTNER

Paula has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, starting out as a retail travel agent, establishing her own retail agency, and then joining the Junction Africa team as a safari specialist several years ago. Her first trip to Africa was to Kenya and Tanzania in 1993, when she fell in love with the sights, the sounds, – even the smell of Africa, and left her heart in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Since then, she and her husband have traveled to Africa numerous times, always incorporating a new destination into their itinerary. Always in search of a new experience, she has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, trekked the Silverback mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and has done scuba diving in the Seychelles. But always, always, she makes sure there’s time for another safari, no matter which country she’s visiting. Paula is a firm believer in the ancient Masai phrase: “Once you’ve tasted the waters of Africa, you will return.” She is confident you will, too.