• Carina Hibbitt

Meet Carina

Meet Carina

Growing up along KwaZulu Natal’s beautiful Dolphin Coast, Carina’s love for Africa was nurtured on fishing trips in the Kafue in Zambia with her father, camping expeditions through Zimbabwe and journeying to many areas of South Africa. After school, she studied wildlife conservation, worked as environmental education officer on a small private game reserve in KZN, for the Jerusalem Conservation Department in Wadi David near the Dead Sea, and at Shamwari Game Reserve in Eastern Cape.

Returning to Africa after 4 years travelling, Carina combined her love of wildlife and love for travel designing tours around subjects ranging from Anthropology and Astronomy to elaborate car launches for Rolls Royce and conferences for Harvard Alumni. During this time she visited over 20 game lodges in the Kruger, travelled in East Africa, Mozambique and Botswana, with Tanzania becoming a particular favourite.

Carina returned to the UK to marry. Her interest in scuba-diving took her to a job with a diving specialist and she has since travelled to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, sailing in the Caribbean and Thailand, the islands of Seychelles, re-visited Tanzania and South Africa, explored Madagascar and spent time in Zambia.

Carina has been involved in volunteer work, charity fundraising, championing fair trade travel and is a former trustee of Tourism Concern: action for ethical tourism. 

Q & A With Carina

What is your first travel-related memory?

Travelling through Zimbabwe in a blue VW campervan. I distinctly remember the mica sparkling like diamonds in the granite gravel roads, the staggering size of baobabs, and being enthralled by Great Zimbabwe. At age 8 the comical antics of troops of baboons was far more interesting and entertaining than lazy lions lolling.

Aisle or window seat?

Window seat

Do you have any travel habits or rituals?

Last port of call before boarding: A (double) bloody mary with extra splash of spice (no ice!).

What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?

Additional activities (ice fishing, urban cycle tour, extra walk,)

What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?

The wildlife focus and the real clear sense that each guest trip contributes towards conservation of wildlife.

What do you like doing outside of NWS?

Swimming, reading, walking, cycling..

If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?

Svalbard Polar bears

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

Zimbabwe: amazing and inspiring people, varied landscapes, brilliant game viewing, the best guides in Africa, perfect weather,

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We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

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