After living and working in Africa for years, Kent Redding and Kelly McElroy opened Denver-based Africa Adventure Consultants to help adventurous travelers discover the wonders of this spectacular continent. Their years of experience in Africa uniquely position them to design and run top-quality adventure trips and luxury safaris for a variety of clients. Their insight into the cultures of Africa, as well as the special environmental and business issues there, place them at the top of any list of US-based safari outfitters.

 Kent Redding
Kent Redding President

Kent Redding, President of AAC, has been named to Travel + Leisure’s A-List an annual editors’ choice of the best travel advisers, for the past two years. Kent has 18 years of experience as an expert on Africa travel and adventure. During his tenure living in East Africa, he guided trips through the continent’s premier parks and studied with knowledgeable naturalists. He has summited Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, kayaked in Lake Malawi, dune-bashed in Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, and rafted down the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls. He has explored Botswana’s Okavango Delta, trekked through some of Egypt’s vast deserts, mountain biked through African mountains and bush land, and tracked gorillas and chimpanzees in multiple countries. Leveraging his safari guiding and planning experience, today he enjoys helping our clients discover these impressive places. Kent is a Kenya Tourist Board Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist and a South Africa Tourism FUNDI . Additionally, Kent serves on the Board of Directors of AfricAid, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Tanzanian girls, and served on the board of APTA, Rocky Mountain Region. In 2006 and 2007, he was named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top travel professionals in the United States.

Kelly McElroy
Kelly McElroy Co-Founder

After her first safari in Africa in 1997, Kelly knew she wanted to return. Soon after, she moved to Tanzania where she was Director of Finance for one of the top Kilimanjaro trekking outfitters in the country. In addition to her experience handling the financial and organizational issues of a safari outfitter and assisting VIP clients, Kelly has traveled extensively in Africa. She has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, snorkeled off islands such as Zanzibar and Pemba, explored the ancient geology and unique wildlife of Namibia, and canoed past hippos and elephants in famous Lake Manyara National Park. She has also followed the paths walked by Jane Goodall in Gombe Stream National Park and others in Mahale National Park, and enjoyed cultural exchanges with peoples such as the Maasai, Hadza and Himba. Today, Kelly enjoys organizing our clients’ safaris and maintaining our back-room operations.

Safari Specialist Anisha Barrientos
Anisha Barrientos Safari Specialist

Having grown up in Tanzania, Anisha brings a unique perspective and unparalleled passion for safaris to Africa Adventure Consultants. After graduating from UCLA, her first job was doing documents for the Africa department of a luxury tour operator, and there began her love for planning safaris! Anisha has been a safari specialist for over 4 years now, and cannot imagine doing anything else…More than anything, she loves being able to share the beauty and wonder of her home continent with clients. Her travels in Africa have taken her to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Some of her favorite safari moments include, seeing elephants against the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, going on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, kissing a Rothschild giraffe in Nairobi, taking a peaceful Mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta and tracking a hunting leopard on a night game drive in Sabi Sands!

Diana Lopez-Ruiz
Diana Lopez-Ruiz Office Administrator

Diana is a recent graduate from Metropolitan State University Denver, and is the newest member of the AAC team. As a first generation American, she has a passion to learn more about other cultures and environments. Diana has experience traveling to Latin America and hopes to visit Africa very soon! Diana has extensive experience in office management and administration and uses those skills to help manage the day-to-day activities of the AAC office.

Susan Ely
Susan Ely Office Manager

Susan brings more than 20 years of experience to Africa Adventure Consultants in various aspects of the travel industry including leisure travel, corporate travel, cruises and more. She managed the Travel and Events department at a Fortune 500 company before joining AAC in 2005. Susan has explored top destinations in Botswana and Tanzania; she especially enjoyed luxury camping in the Serengeti. Her travels have also taken her to Tahiti, Hawaii, numerous Caribbean islands and recently to Germany, Greece and a Mediterranean cruise ending up in Turkey. Susan is certified as a Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist by the Kenya Tourist Board & a Tanzania Specialist certified by the Travel Institute and Tanzania Tourist Board. As the office manager, Susan’s attention to detail keeps things in check and she is often the point person for clients when dealing with flights, billing, insurance, visas, and other pre & post trip services.

Chris Laskey
Chris Laskey Marketing Manager

Chris comes from a different background than most in the travel industry. Before joining AAC he worked for 10 years in the endurance sports industry managing, marketing, directing and participating in endurance sports such as marathons, triathlons, cycling events and more. Many of these multi-faceted events included planning travel for both professional athletes and securing travel relationships for the weekend warriors who participated. Chris has managed to travel to six of the seven continents around the world and found a passion for Africa when his first trip to the continent took him to Namibia.

Now that you’ve met the African Adventure Team, see how they can help you find the perfect Safari!

If there is one thing that sets Africa Adventure Consultants apart, it’s our outstanding guides. We use local guides on all trips, providing the best combination of expertise and entertainment — all with a distinctively local flavor. Many of our clients return and tell us that getting to know their guide was the highlight of the trip.

All our guides have years of experience and an extensive knowledge of, and passion for, the areas in which they work. On driving safaris, these guides normally accompany your party throughout your safari. For fly-in tours, we use camp-based guides who know their local area better than anyone. Many guests return to be guided by a particular guide with whom they have built up a relationship.

In addition to generalist safari guides, Africa Adventure Consultants can offer specialists guides — those men and women who have gained specialized knowledge in mountain trekking, ornithology, astronomy, palaeontology, photography, botany and anthropology. Please contact us for more information.