The Indigo Safaris Journey and Expert Team

“Our firsthand knowledge, service providers, and suppliers With extensive experience living, working, and traveling throughout southern and eastern Africa, Oceania, Indonesia, and South America, Christopher possesses significant firsthand knowledge of the destinations we offer to our clients. Through independent travel and professional assignments, he has stayed in a diverse range of accommodations and crafts trips tailored to various preferences. The lodges, hotels, dive centers, safari operators, trekking outfitters, and vehicle rental companies we partner with have all undergone thorough testing and approval. Importantly, each of our providers is affiliated with their respective country’s tourism organizations.

Our Background and Team Indigo Safaris specializes in customized and pre-packaged travel experiences in Africa. Founder Christopher Bartlett’s love affair with Africa began during a journey to Namibia in 1997. After multiple visits to southern Africa, he settled in KwaZulu-Natal in 2005, transitioning into a safari field guide and underwater guide. Combining his newfound passions with his talents in photography and writing, Christopher began undertaking assignments in East Africa for diving publications, further enriching his knowledge of the region.

In 2009, family obligations led Christopher back to the UK, where he capitalized on his expertise and affection for Africa to assist others in discovering its wonders. Thus, Indigo Safaris was established. In 2015, during an educational venture in Uganda, Christopher crossed paths with Ines Moosmann and recognized her as a consummate professional. Ines, now our Senior Safari Consultant, boasts sixteen years of experience in the travel and safari industries and possesses extensive knowledge of lodges and camps across Africa, as well as in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Maldives, India, and Australia. As a native German speaker and a certified yoga instructor, she brings a unique blend of skills to our team. In February 2018, Ines assumed the role of Sales & Product Manager, eventually ascending to the position of company Director in early 2021, all while continuing to oversee Sales and Product operations.

Matthew O’Brien joined our team in 2019, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge acquired from guiding in Namibia and Botswana, as well as his South African roots. An adept communicator, Matthew enjoys sharing his passion for safari experiences with our clients.

In May 2022, Kerry became a part of our team, based in Cape Town, South Africa. With a background encompassing five years of guiding in South Africa and Namibia, as well as extensive experience crafting itineraries throughout southern and eastern Africa over the past sixteen years, Kerry’s expertise is vast. Fueled by her meticulous attention to detail and a genuine enthusiasm for exceeding client expectations, Kerry is dedicated to designing itineraries that showcase the best of Africa. Outside of work, she can often be found exploring the mountains through hiking or trail running, or plotting her next adventure.

Matthew Milward, a native of Cape Town, joined us in early 2023, bringing six years of experience as a safari specialist. His prior travels, including work on cruise ships and extensive exploration of Africa, have honed his skills as a diligent and passionate trip planner.

Michele Addison, originally from KwaZulu-Natal and now residing in the Eastern Cape, boasts over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry. With a background spanning tour guiding, dive operations, and tour operation, Michele’s passion for African wildlife is palpable. Having grown up in Zambia and Botswana and worked across several African countries, she has cultivated a lifelong affinity for the bush and its people. Michele’s dedication lies in sharing her knowledge and creating exceptional safari experiences for our clients.”

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