Who We Are
Be it a safari on the vast open plains of the Serengeti, a cruise in Darwin’s footsteps around the Galapagos Islands, a trek through the jungles of Uganda in search of mountain gorillas, dancing the samba in Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival or perhaps a long weekend’s retail therapy in the souks of Marrakech, we are a specialist tour operator dedicated to providing all of our clients with a highly knowledgeable, totally seamless and thoroughly professional service from the moment you call to the end of your holiday.
All our travel arrangements are organised on a tailor-made basis around your specific requirements, which means that we offer you maximum flexibility when planning your ideal holiday. We are also fully bonded with ATOL, which ensures complete peace of mind in today’s uncertain times.
In addition to our specialist destinations, wherever you wish to travel in the world, whether that be on a dog mushing trip in Norway, skiing in America’s high altitude resorts, a luxury train journey through remotest Russia or perhaps a cruise along Alaska’s Pacific coastline, our affiliated General Travel office can provide a full range of services ensuring a seamless one stop shop for all your travel requirements.
We very much hope that you enjoy reading the website and look forward to helping you discover a very exciting, beautiful and different world.
Meet The Experts
Phil has had a passion for Africa since childhood, which led to a spell of 3 years working and living in Kenya & Tanzania in the late 1990’s. He returned to the UK in 1999 and founded World Odyssey with Frank, since which time he has explored further far-flung corners of Africa, the Indian Ocean, Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
Frank started exploring the world with a year in South America in the 1980’s, which merely fuelled a passion for travel that still continues a few decades later. He ran safaris in Tanzania for a few years before returning to set up World Odyssey. He has continued to explore the world, but as always there are too many places and never enough time!
Having interspersed most of his school days with regular trips abroad to see family, it seemed only natural for, World Odyssey Director, Mark to continue his adventures, which took him through Africa, the Far East and Australasia. He then took over the reins of our General Travel division and his passion for travel is burning as bright as ever with continued exploration to the far corners of the globe.
Originally from France, Karine came over to London for a summer holiday in 2000 and has stayed in the UK ever since! Although she has enjoyed working for big London attractions, her passion lies in tailoring unique and exclusive holidays. She has been very fortunate to visit some amazing corners of Africa and her experiences range from snorkelling in Mozambique to quad-biking in Kenya.
Liesl was born and bred in South Africa and a quirk of fate brought her into the hospitality industry in the late 1990’s. Ironically it was as a result of living and working in the UK that she started to discover the rest of Africa – Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique….dangerously addictive!! Liesl is now back in Africa, running the Cape Town office.
After taking ‘early retirement’ in her 20s to travel the planet, Helena worked for various travel companies before itchy feet struck, which took her guiding throughout the world. After setting down roots she began working at World Odyssey in 2005 and has been a permanent fixture ever since. Her real areas of love and expertise are Morocco and the Indian Sub-Continent.
In pursuit of her passion to explore the world, Lucy has taken part in numerous worldwide journeys. Lucy draws upon nine years expedition experience with the Territorial Army, as Adventure Training Officer and eight years planning and leading expeditions for World Challenge Expeditions. She is now in charge of PR and Marketing for World Odyssey.
Jules started her career in the travel business longer ago than she cares to remember, but as a result knows the travel world inside out and has years of experience finding the very best travel experiences for her clients. Her specialist areas include the Middle East and Asia; however her head was recently turned by a trip to a Dude Ranch in the Rockies!
Katie has worked in the travel industry for many years, which has taken her on numerous adventures from Madagascar to Ecuador and beyond. Having planned and led school expeditions, she then moved to World Odyssey and has been our longest serving consultant. Having explored most of Latin America she spends her time ensuring our clients see the very best of that incredible continent.
Having started her working life in the travel industry many moons ago, Jo has been working for our General Travel Division for several years and continues to be a linchpin of the team. An avid traveller, she has explored the world from Australia to Mauritius, Maldives and Mexico and is always searching for the next exciting place to go.