About Us

Safari Near is a blog that aims to share the beauty of wildlife by posting interesting blog posts. We share information about animals, safari destinations, safari packages across Africa, and fun facts. 

Our team is passionate about the magic that can only be found in Africa. All of our writers are nature enthusiasts who spend most of their time researching  wildlife, writing informational posts, guides and reviews of the top safari destinations and lodges found across the continent. 

Meet the faces behind making Safari Near one of the best online places to discover Africa. Living in South Africa has allowed each of these writers to easily hop on a plan and embark on adventures throughout Africa. 

“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”

Francesca Marciano

Alexandra Hillyard

Born and bred in South Africa, Alex would rather spend a holiday in the bush than anywhere else. Working as a digital nomad, she travels from one place to the next meeting new people, spying upon animals, exploring hidden gems and staying in the less-known travel destinations found across Africa.

Matthew Davison

The man is a jack-of-all trades, but he has his favorite hobbies. Matt’s first love in life is SEO. When he isn’t looking up flights to Kenya then you can find this guy gardening or walking Rusty. He might also be strategizing at work until 3AM and tinkering on websites when we all know what time zone starts working again…


James Oliver

James has always been interested in language and content writing. He was lucky enough to find a career path that allowed him to hone those skills, which he loves sharing with people across the globe. When James isn’t working at his desk, you’ll probably find him taking wildlife photos, hiking or fishing.


Juliette Vogét

Juliette bounces back and forth between Cape Town and Johannesburg while working towards her career. She is friendly and insightful as he helps others learn about the world through Safari Nears’ content creation services and running social media. Outside of work, you will find her getting active outside with friends on the sunny day’s cape town has so many beautiful things.

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