Ethiopia & Kenya - Cradle of Humanity


Charlie McConnell

Charlie McConnell

Charlie is one of the most experienced Expedition Leaders in East Africa, leading safaris and tribal explorations in the region for over 40 years. He was born in the Seychelles and came to Kenya at the age of four. His parents purchased a beautiful farm in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Huge cedar forests bordered the farm and he and his sisters spent many hours playing and learning about the flora and fauna of Kenya.

After a short service in the Royal Navy, he worked for his brother-in-law Robin Hurt, helping to arrange safaris in the Sudan. In 1976 Charlie guided his first safari. He was handed some keys to a safari vehicle and instructed to find camp in Amboseli at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in time for dinner. Having last been there as a child, it was a true adventure. He then worked as apprentice to Miles Burton, a well-known safari operator.

Since 1981, Charlie and his wife Mouse have been leading tented safaris across Kenya and beyond. According to Charlie: “I truly believe this is the very best way to see Africa, where you fully immerse yourself in the wilderness, leaving not a trace behind. Starting your days waking up in the cool, crisp dawn for a quick cup of tea or coffee before venturing out to find wildlife and ending them by the fire with the sounds of the African bush all around you is simply good for the soul.”

Charlie’s interest in all things on safari make him an enthusiastic guide. His infectious fascination with everything from the huge elephants to the smallest harvester ants will give you a better understanding of the wilds of Africa. His knowledge of and affinity with the tribal peoples of East Africa makes Charlie the perfect guide to explore remote regions of the Omo and Turkana.



Ethiopia & Kenya: The Cradle of Humanity

12th Sep – 3rd Oct 2021
12th Sep - 3rd Oct 2022