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Safari Travel Awaits

The Stamped Passport Founder Spent Years in Africa and Offers Expert Advice on Travel There

Claudia Dawley, founder of the Stamped Passport Travel Co., a concierge-style travel firm, offers her insights on traveling on the African continent and booking a safari vacation. 

After graduating college, I knew that I wanted to take some time to experience and immerse myself into a new culture, so I decided to join the Peace Corps. I had always been interested in Sub-Saharan Africa, and knew that was where I wanted to go.

At the time, you were assigned a location to serve based on your skills and the positions they had available and could not pick where you wanted to go. I was assigned to spend the next 27 months in Uganda, and could not have been more excited about my assignment. I spent the first three months in the Peace Corps training and living with a local family in a rural Ugandan village.

I took language lessons to become fluent in Luganda, the local language, and spent the next two years living on my own in a village near Jinja, Uganda. I worked at a clinic and running a grandmother support group for over 120 grandmothers in nearby villages who had lost their adult children to HIV/AIDS and had adopted their grandchildren.

Together with the staff at the clinic I worked hard to ensure the grandmothers had access to health services and school fees for their grandchildren, support for income generating activities, and created a savings and loan program. 

I spent a good amount of my free time traveling, not only in Uganda but throughout the African continent as a whole. In all, I was able to spend time in African countries while I was there. Not only did I see the most amazing scenery, but I was also able to go on multiple safaris, which are a great way to view animals in their natural habitat.

I was fortunate to experience safaris where I saw giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards and gazelle in the beautiful African plains. I also went gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After hours of trekking through the rainforest with our guide, I was able to spend time with a family of gorillas in the wild. Such an unforgettable experience! 

There's really something special about visiting Africa - the people, the landscapes, and the wildlife. It's a great destination to visit, especially honeymooners or multi-generational family trips. Not only can you go on a safari to view wildlife but you can also take a hot air balloon ride over the African plains, visit local villages, or take a trip to the wine lands in South Africa. 

Often, when clients approach me about Africa they're not quite sure where to start. Do they want to take a river cruise or stay at a luxury safari lodge? There are so many popular locations for a safari such as Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana or South Africa, to name a few. I listen to my clients and really get to know what they are looking for to help narrow down the perfect location for their Safari and their overall travel needs.

Having spent so much time on the continent makes me uniquely qualified to guide travelers seeking a safari experience.

I use my expertise in the region, combined with my established connections with numerous experts and partners in Africa to curate a seamless and personalized Safari experience. I take all the stress out of planning the trip from beginning to end, so you can relax and immerse yourself in the heart of Africa!

The Stamped Passport Travel Co.

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I use my expertise in the region, combined with my established connections with numerous experts and partners in Africa to curate a seamless and personalized Safari experience. 

  • A small herd of giraffe in the shadow of Kilimanjaro
  • Victoria Falls in Zambia
  • A Silverback gorilla in Uganda
  • Claudia Dawley, founder of the Stamped Passport Travel Co.

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