Born and raised in Kenya, safaris are at the heart and soul of her family. Jules is what one might call a "safari baby".... Her parents met on safari and her father is a well known private guide, also a partner shareholder in Ker & Downey safaris, and has been leading safaris throughout Africa for nearly half a century.
Her parents passion for Africa has ingrained itself into the core of her soul. Now based in the USA Jules loves nothing more than planning epic adventures for our clients to all corners of the continent so that she can share her passion and love for her home with them.
Jules has been privileged to encounter some of the most outstanding experiences in Africa including witnessing countless wildebeest migrations across the Serengeti and Masaai Mara, walking with chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganika, trekking to see the gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, and swimming with Elephants in the Okavango Delta and whale sharks in the Indian Ocean; memories that are priceless - but there are few places that she feels happier than with camera in hand sitting on the roof of her father's Land Cruiser scanning the savannah for the next action packed photo opportunity.
EDNA RATEMO - OPERATIONS
Edna was born and brought up in Nakuru Town. She was lucky to grow up in a beautiful rural area that had close access to the Menengai Crater which has one of the biggest calderas in the Great Rift Valley, and the beautiful Lake Nakuru which is famous for attracting a vast number of flamingos.
This helped nurture her love and respect for nature and animals in general, seeing her take part in wildlife club conservation excursions in her formative years to later on dedicating her Master's degree thesis to the Role of Media Diplomacy in Promoting Tourism in Kenya.
She, however, hasn't always worked in the area of Tourism. Prior to joining the Africa Born team, Edna had worked in banking and print media in areas of Sales, Marketing and Client Relations. She has also always had a knack for Music and Theatre that she indulges to date, a passion that has seen her share a stage with legendary international acts such as Kool and the Gang and UB40.
Edna has been a part of Africa Born Team for six years with her role steadily growing to accommodate Operations, Administration and Human Resource. She works behind the scenes to help in the smooth running of all the moving parts that a safari has to make it a success.
Having grown up in a small coastal village in South Africa, Andrew’s passions from an early age were birds, all things marine, anything crawling and just being in nature.
Once finished with high school and attempting to pursue his passion as a professional cricketer, he decided to do a diploma in game ranging and lodge management. It was here that his passion for the bush really took off and after completing his course, helped a friend out on a game reserve and has not left the industry since!
His career started as a guide in the Eastern Cape of South Africa back in 2005 and he has since managed, trained, mentored and guided at some of the top lodges in Africa. Creating memories with guests in nature was what he was destined to do, a natural at connecting with people and nature alike.
After a few years in the Eastern Cape he moved up to Madikwe Game Reserve were he met his wife, Drienie and together, they managed properties in South Africa and Mozambique, as we as some time spent in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, managing, guiding and training the staff.
When they were expecting their first child, Andrew and his wife decided to move back to South Africa and pursue a more home-based career and for the past 5 years Andrew has been specialising in planning safaris throughout East and Southern Africa. Having guided clients for over 10 years and with his all-round knowledge and experience, it was only natural that he continued sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for mother Africa with guests.
His adventures continue from where they started, in the Eastern Cape, where he resides with his expanding little family, expecting their second child early 2020.
TAMARA MOLLER - SAFARI SPECIALIST
Tamara Moller was born and raised in Kenya and was lucky enough to grow up on a Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia.
Her father is a highly respected conservationist and the Co-Founder of Tsavo Trust. Her father’s love for the natural world has certainly rubbed off on Tamara and it has largely shaped who she is today.
After being raised on Lewa Conservancy for 13 years, her family then moved to Tsavo National Park and started Tsavo Trust. Over her lifetime, Tamara has developed a deep passion for wildlife, indigenous cultures, and traditions.
In 2014, Tamara went to the UK to study Business Management. After completing her degree, she immediately knew it was time to return to Kenya. Tamara has been a Manager at Borana Lodge in Laikipia since 2019 and is now excited to explore a new area of the safari industry.
ANTONIA STOGDALE - CULINARY CONSULTANT
Antonia was born and grew up in England but is of Kenyan ancestry. Family holidays were spent on safari in Kenya. A competent horsewoman Antonia was fortunate to have an incredible experience helping out with the horse riding safaris on the acclaimed Borana ranch, it was here that she realised she was most at home.
As well as graduating with a BA in English literature, Antonia also trained as a chef with the renowned Leith's School of Food and Wine where she discovered a passion for cooking. Her innate flair stems from her mother, a successful restauranteur and chef.
With a thirst for adventure and hunger for the vast expanses of Africa, Antonia moved to Kenya in 2007 where she started a community conservation project running her own camp Tassia Lodge in partnership with the Maasai community in Northern Kenya.
It was at Tassia that Antonia put her professional training to good use, teaching the local Maasai how to create a sumptuous colourful fusion of food in the Bush. While running the Lodge, Antonia wrote a cookery book based on the recipes she had created incorporating the vision of community conservation. Tastes of Tassia was published in 2011.
At the same time, Antonia also founded Antassia, a grassroots initiative which harnesses the traditional beading and jewellery making skills of the Maasai women, thereby creating a sustainable source of income for them and their families.
The woman's group has flourished and is now a successful design project creating beaded handbags and empowering over 100 women through employment.
In 2018, Antonia started her cookery school in the Bush. Antonia's Kitchen is situated at her home on the slopes of Mount Kenya and offers a variety of cookery courses catering for safari chefs, home cooks and youngsters on Gap year's. When she is not running cookery courses or designing beaded items with the Maasai, she can be found with her husband, Sam, and daughter Aliya taking guests on safari with Africa Born all around Kenya and other parts of East Africa. Antonia is the genus behind the incredible meals and menu planning that goes on with all Africa Born’s private mobile safaris.