Originally from the UK Sara left for Africa with her family when she was 4 years old. Sailing by mail ship from Southampton to Cape Town they then travelled north by steam train to Zambia (then known as Northern Rhodesia). Southern Africa was home for 16 years but after graduating from university in Johannesburg Sara returned to the UK. The call of Africa was too strong however, and six years later she joined an overland expedition from London to Johannesburg during which, as fate would have it, she met future husband Stephen Cameron. Together they would later start African Wildlife Safaris.
After a second overland expedition north through Sudan and Egypt, and further safaris in East Africa with Steve, Sara emigrated to Australia. The love of Africa was so strong for both of them that they decided to start a travel company and African Wildlife Safaris was founded in 1985. The company started with camping safaris in Kenya and Tanzania but soon added lodge safaris and expanded into other countries including Rwanda for gorilla trekking, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Their focus gradually changed from longer, more adventurous trips to tailor-made safaris which concentrated on wildlife viewing and authentic experiences in the best wilderness areas. Just some of Sara’s countless highlights include the Okavango Delta, trekking to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, canoeing the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe and exploring the ancient temples and burial chambers of Egypt’s pharaohs.
After 2000 and the launch of the Natural Focus brand, there were opportunities for wildlife encounters in other parts of the globe like bear viewing from wilderness lodges in Canada, discovering a remote corner of the Peruvian Amazon, and exploring the wilds of Patagonia and the Atacama in Chile. Once children came along Sara and Steve also started taking their two boys and other families with young children on safaris to Africa, South America and Antarctica. These were wonderful journeys which brought a whole new range of experiences. Her most recent trips have been to Kenya and Zambia.