Kathryn Haylett – Founder & CEO of Your Safari Ltd
How it all began ……
In the about us page you will find that Your Safari, established in 2000 was founded by Kathryn Haylett. This was to fulfil her lifelong passion for Africa and its wildlife. After a visit to Kruger National Park in 1998. She saw photographers crammed into totally unsuitable vehicles, and being driven around by indifferent guides. She decided that she could do a much better job herself. Consequently she went to South Africa and trained to be a Safari Guide. As a result Your Safari was born.
Why we have become the Namibian Specialists
Whilst travelling in South Africa, Kathryn overheard many conversations about Etosha National Park in Namibia. As a result of this she went for a visit and it was love at first sight. The spectacular wildlife and the stark desert scenery bathed in the exceptional Namibian light. This made it the perfect photographers’ destination and inspired her to write “The Photographer’s Guide to Etosha National Park.”
Kathryn’s Love for Etosha
Her love for Etosha turned into a love for Namibia itself. She explored this diverse and beautiful country and discovering hidden lodges along the desert roads and mountain passes. She met friendly people along the way and she realised she could bring this beautiful Eden to fellow explorers and travellers. Kathryn quickly gained a reputation as a good and trusted guide. As she travelled through the country she gained a certain notoriety by the people who lived there. If you would like to travel in Kathryn’s shoes please look at some of Namibian safari trips here.
Her friendship with wildlife experts Dr Richard Estes ( the world’s leading expert on African mammal behaviour). The Hanssen family from the Africat Foundation. Tommy Hall from Save the Rhino. Tommy Collard Namib desert expert & Dennis Lieberman, from Etendeka. As a result of this it has given her a much better understanding of Namibian wildlife, of which she now readily shares with all her guests.
Kathryn soon found that the local people. As a result of her visits the locals, quickly became friends. She is now known at many lodges she visits as “Miss Kathryn” or the more affectionate term of “Meme”.
In the last 20 Years Kathryn has shared her passions with many people. Some she has taken on a Your Safari adventure more than once. Many of them have gone on to be personal friends. Harnessing all these experiences and expertise. She has now gone on to expand Your Safari to include many different destinations and experiences. But has never forgetting the personal passion and attention to detail that makes Your Safari’s adventures so unique.