• Ellen Cantle

A Bit About Ellen

I was born in South Africa and grew up in Botswana, which provided me with an early fascination for the African wilderness. Both of my parents worked in the safari industry when I was a child and most of my holidays were spent gallivanting in the Okavango Delta, which retains a very special place in my heart.

After school I wanted to study Veterinary Science but was instead drawn back to my roots in Botswana, where I began my career managing a camp in the Selinda Reserve. My passion and knowledge for the industry eventually brought me to the UK where, as a Destination Specialist, I enjoy nothing more than sharing my knowledge and passion for African wildlife with others.

The travel bug bit me at the age of 9 when I travelled to Mozambique to swim with dolphins. Since then I have explored many regions within southern Africa as well as wider parts of the world. Although my recent travels have taken me to cities throughout Africa, Europe and America, I am most at home in the African bush.

Q & A with Ellen

Where have you travelled to in the last 12 months?

America, Italy, Namibia and South Africa.


Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?


South Africa, Italy and Botswana.


What is your first travel-related memory?


Swimming with dolphins in Mozambique at the age of 9. Although terrifying at the time – being from a land-locked country and never swimming in the open ocean before – it is still one of my most treasured memories.


Aisle or window seat?


On long-haul flights I prefer the aisle seat, but for low flying definitely the window seat, and any chance to be co-pilot!


Do you have any travel habits or rituals?


I generally go with the flow and enjoy socialising with the locals. A gin and tonic at sundown is a must.


What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?


Food and local treasures.


What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?


Friendly and enthusiastic like-minded colleagues.


What do you like doing outside of NWS?


Spending time with my loved ones and anything outdoorsy, such as horse riding, swimming and exploring new areas.


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

Wildlife and Wilderness in Zakouma National Park.

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

Botswana and Uganda.


What is your best travel souvenir?


Anything locally made to support local business.


What is the best travel advice you have received?


Travel to at least one new place every year. I try to stick religiously to this, whether it be a long-haul flight or a couple of hours up the road.


What is your spirit animal?

According to an online quiz mine is a bear, which represents special powers in the areas of wisdom, strength and healing!

What is your favourite thing about working/living in Brighton?

Being by the ocean and the friendly people.

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