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Africabound Adventures is an independent safari operator based in the West Midlands, UK, specialising in bespoke safaris to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa; including East Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and other neighbouring countries.

The founder of Africabound Adventures, Sylvia Mulenga-John, is Zambian-born and has many years’ experience in the hotel and tourism industry, both in Southern and East Africa. Her passion for Africa was rekindled whilst training on a hotel and tourism course in Kenya; acquiring a ‘bug’ for the incredible experience of being on safari whilst at one with nature and the wild!

As a Corporate Member of the Institute of Hospitality, Sylvia has a wealth of experience gained from managing the family hotel business in Zambia in the early 1990s, before settling in the UK. Over the years, she has established close ties and strong relationships with her hotel and tourism industry colleagues, friends and networks both in the UK and Africa. Having attained a Masters Degree in Business further consolidates the expertise that Sylvia can offer.

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Passionate about Africa, Africabound Adventures have an excellent appreciation of what holiday-makers want from their special safari. Combined with first-hand intimate knowledge and maintaining close links with operators in Zambia, Southern and East Africa, Africabound Adventures can give you informative and local guidance on the attractions, wildlife, resorts, culture, beauty, legislation and history of the African destinations featured.

Southern and East Africa has a lot to offer the safari enthusiast, coupled with fantastic lodges and camps with world class facilities, experienced safari guides, great food, and warm hospitality. Oh, and you’re guaranteed sunshine! There’s so much to see and experience, Africa is a destination not to be missed!

The proposed itineraries offered to you on this website are a guide only. You can adopt and adapt them to suit your own dream safari. You can experience the excitement of a walking safari, a helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls, a balloon safari over the Mara, an adrenaline-charged bungee jump, or enjoy cocktails on a sunset cruise.

Our business is to dedicate our services to providing you with the experience of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, tailor-made to your needs.

We have the options and the expertise. You have the control and the choice!

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About the founder

Sylvia Mulenga-John

Slyvia Mulenga-John

Hi, I’m Sylvia, welcome to Africabound Adventures!

If you’re looking for an African safari, then you’ve come to the right place! I have a passion for Africa, having been born in Zambia. And with the UK as my second home, I can appreciate and share with you the exciting adventure you will have on an African safari.

I will share with you my experiences and personal knowledge of Africa and you’ll get to hear what my customers (who are now my friends) have to say. Africa is such an amazing place and being out in the wild with the animals on a walking safari is just breath-taking! It feels like you’re almost trespassing on the animals’ territory.

As your safari planner, I will dedicate my time and efforts to arranging your tailor-made safari after having listened to what you want to do and what you’re expecting. I have close relationships with owner-managed camps, lodges and hotels, so that I can offer you a personalised, reliable and friendly holiday with credible and trusted people. My husband and I, with our three children, have enjoyed our family safaris and love the special connection we have with Africa, and you can experience the same with your loved ones.

I’ll make sure we go through everything so that your holiday ticks all the boxes, and what you’ll get from me is one-on-one attention to make sure you’re happy with your once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’m not your usual tour operator offering packaged holidays off the shelf; this is about you creating your special lasting memories of Africa with the help of someone that has experienced it.

Thank you for visiting my website;
I hope you’ll share my love for Africa!

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'We recommend their bespoke safaris and services'

We decided to go on Safari with Africabound Adventures, the service provided was excellent! Sylvia took care of all our holiday planning by listening to our queries and put all our anxieties at ease - addressing and meeting all our expectations. Her passion, close links and expertise of Zambia and the region prompted us to book with Africabound Adventures. This one-to-one personalised service was second to none! We had a superb holiday, visiting the 4 recommended National Parks! The lodges were great - of a consistently high standard and comfortable, particularly Lion Camp in the South Luangwa. The game viewing lived up to expectations! The food was great and the people warm and friendly. Thank you Sylvia, for all your efforts towards arranging and delivering a memorable and enjoyable safari with passion, energy and expertise.

Anne and Steve


'The lodge was great!'

We had a great time in Livingstone. The lodge was great - you need to have a love for nature to stay here. The rooms were quite open, overlooking the river therefore you were likely to get a few wasps, bugs etc. fly into your room. However the mosquito netting over the beds avoided one being bitten at night. The manager at the lodge was helpful – however I would recommend that anyone who travels to the Victoria Falls should book their activities directly from the individual activity centres. Other than that had we had great time!

Shreya and Family


'We can’t wait to go again!'

This was our first trip to Southern Africa and our first safari and we can't wait to go again. From the outset Sylvia was incredibly helpful understanding exactly what we wanted from the trip and using her vast local knowledge and experience to tailor the holiday perfectly. The choice is overwhelming and having the benefit of someone to guide you through the options and suggest places to stay and visit was such a help. Sylvia also worked closely with a travel agent to match the internal and international flights to the places we wanted to stay and maximise the time available on our trip. Having all the transfers arranged by Sylvia also took a lot of hassle out of moving between locations. The trip was amazing from the hospitality and drives around the reserve at Tanda Tula, getting up close to wonderful wildlife to the incredible welcome at the stunning River Club in Zambia and a walking safari with rhinos. I would totally recommend using Sylvia and Africabound Adventures to organise your holiday.

David Owen

South Africa & Zambia

'It was absolutely wonderful!'

We travelled to three separate locations, staying in four beautiful venues; initially in Zambia at Sindabezi and Tongabezi, then moving onto Mfuwe for a stay at Nkwali Lodge - the safari part of our holiday and finally flying to Malawi and the paradise which is Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island. We can neither praise nor thank Sylvia enough for all the care and attention she gave us. As an example, whilst in Zambia we discovered on New Year’s Eve that we’d left one of our internal flight e-tickets at home. We phoned Sylvia in a panic and by the time we’d reached our next destination, our onward bound ticket was waiting for us at the reception. Not a service which would have been available from a high street tour operator I suspect! Tim had wanted to give me a trip of a lifetime and thanks to Sylvia he was able to do so. We will never forget our time in Africa and can’t wait to return. Thank you again Sylvia – it was absolutely wonderful!

Tim & Jo

Zambia & Malawi