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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, Co-Founder

Kent Redding was named to Travel + Leisure’s A-List, an annual editors’ choice of the best travel advisers, for 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 summitted 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 served on the Board of Directors of AfricAid, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Tanzanian girls, and 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 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.

Kelly McElroy

Kelly McElroy

Co-Founder
Anisha Barrientos

Anisha Barrientos

Journey Specialist

Anisha Barrientos 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 6 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, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Some of her favorite safari moments include: trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, canoeing with crocs and hippos on the Zambezi River in Mana Pools, kissing a Rothschild giraffe in Nairobi, going on a walking safari in Hwange National Park, quad-biking in Namibia, taking a peaceful Mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta, and tracking a hunting leopard on a night game drive in Sabi Sand!

Sara Stark brings over 10 years planning experience to the AAC team. She studied Travel & Tourism at Ball State University and after years of event planning transitioned over to her real love, travel planning. Sara has traveled to Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, and New Zealand and loves creating custom itineraries to these destinations. Some of her favorite African travel memories include sighting herds of elephants in Sabi Sand, tree climbing lions in Tanzania, big cats such as a leopard and cheetah in the Serengeti, and visiting the South African Penguins at Boulders Beach.

Sara Stark

Sara Stark

Journey Specialist
Diana Lopez-Ruiz

Diana Lopez-Ruiz

Journey Specialist

Diana Lopez-Ruiz As a first generation American, Diana has a deep passion to see and learn more about other cultures and environments. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Marketing and Web Design. She has experience traveling to parts of Latin America and top destinations in Africa – Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. She’s especially enjoyed viewing the black-maned lions at Tswalu Kalahari in South Africa, snorkeling at Benguerra Island in Mozambique, and witnessing the great migration in the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Angie Voigt has been an avid and adventurous traveler for years and any description of her enthusiasm for travel is simply an understatement! Born in South Africa and having spent her younger years globetrotting as a third culture kid – wanderlust runs through her blood. Angie completed a bachelor’s degree in social work bringing her passion for people into the mix, and she has been designing and creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for over 6 years.

Angie feels most at home in the bush and returns to her motherland yearly to be surrounded by vast horizons, the calls of native birds and the thrill of seeking out big game. Special moments have been plentiful but some of her favorites have been the adrenaline of a leopard hunt in the Kruger; a lion strolling under the full moon 100ft from her suite in Zambia; navigating the peaceful channels of the Delta by mokoro; a surprise lantern-lit dinner for two on the plains of the Serengeti; and evenings spent in good company wining-and-dining at her favorite local restaurants in Cape Town.

Angie Voigt

Angie Voigt

Journey Specialist
Luke Gaedtke

Luke Gaedtke

Finance & Operations Specialist

Luke Gaedtke After traveling Europe for 6 months while studying in London, Luke realized he had a fascination with the tourism industry. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa – Tippie College of Business and moved out to Colorado shortly after graduation. When Luke isn’t traveling, most of his time is spent camping, hiking or downhill skiing. Some of his favorite destinations include Corfu, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; and the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota. Luke has over 2 years of financial accounting and analysis experience and is excited to use his knowledge in the AAC office.

Luke has completed tourism certifications through the Botswana, Kenya, Qatar and South Africa Tourist Boards.

Susan Ely brings more than 30 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, Kenya, and Tanzania. She especially enjoyed luxury camping in the Serengeti. Her travels have also taken her to Tahiti, Hawaii, numerous Caribbean islands, Germany, Greece, Italy, and a Mediterranean cruise ending up in Turkey.

Susan has completed tourism certifications through the Botswana, Kenya, Qatar, South Africa, and Tanzania Tourist Boards.

Susan Ely

Susan Ely

Senior Operations Specialist
Sean Tilson

Sean Tilson

Safari Concierge

Sean Tilson After years of working in the hospitality industry and having the opportunity to travel to a number of international destinations, Sean knew that travel and tourism would be in his blood for years to come. After an opportunity to visit Uganda in 2016 he fell in love with the culture and, upon returning home, bravely asked his wife how she might feel about moving across the world! The two packed up their lives and relocated to northern Uganda in 2017 where they worked with a local education non-profit. Immersing himself among the beauty of the landscape and the culture, Sean fell in love with Africa.

Upon his return to the U.S., Sean began searching for a role that would blend his hospitality and tourism background with his passion and love of Africa. Africa Adventure Consultants enables his passion for high end hospitality while helping people see the beauty this world has to offer. He looks forward to traveling back to Africa as often as he can.

Emma Baumgarten fell in love with Africa while visiting Tanzania on safari with her family. As a fresh graduate from the University of Iowa, and having worked in customer service and studied abroad, Emma is thrilled to be back in her home state of Colorado supporting others’ wanderlust.

Though she enjoys many aspects of the travel industry, Emma most appreciates philanthropy and conservation tourism. She spends time volunteering locally, and loves working with AAC to give back to the African community.

In her free time, Emma likes to see concerts, ski, hike, read, and cuddle up to her cats. Some of her favorite destinations are Budapest, Copenhagen, the Austrian Alps, and Tanzania. Her favorite safari moment was watching two elephant mothers with their babies.

Emma Baumgarten

Emma Baumgarten

Safari Concierge
Alex Hartley

Alex Hartley

Administrative/Financial Associate

Alex Hartley brings customer service knowledge and a love of the outdoors to the AAC team. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University and worked as a restaurant manager before entering into the travel industry. Having a father of South African nationality, he has traveled to South Africa eight times to visit family and explore its amazing natural beauty. In addition to his multiple visits to South Africa, Alex has traveled to Canada, the Dominican Republic, and throughout much of the United States. Alex’s favorite memories in Africa include hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head in Cape Town and seeing the Big Five at Kruger National Park.

Beth McCabe studied abroad in college, which sparked her interest in international travel. She graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Advertising and has also completed her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and Advertising Management from the University of Saint Mary. She has spent her marketing career working with international travel and education organizations helping connect people to the world at large. She has traveled to many countries throughout Europe and Central America, and recently visited Uganda. Trekking to see mountain gorillas has been one of her favorite travel experiences to date!

Beth has completed tourism certifications through the Kenya, Qatar, and South Africa Tourist Boards.

Beth McCabe

Beth McCabe

Marketing Manager

Now that you’ve met our Adventure Consultants, 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.

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20 Years of Experience & Passion

Our passion for Africa began with a dream of living on the continent – a dream realized. We explored parks, rivers, mountains and villages, learned about the flora and fauna, fell in love with everything, and came away wanting to share our passion for a remarkable continent. Africa Adventure Consultants was born of the desire to give more people the chance to experience Africa’s wonders. Let us guide you into the wilderness.

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Pick a Destination

Africa is enormous. There are endless things to see and do, and it can’t all be done in one trip. That said, we realize that many people believe that a trip to Africa is ‘once in a lifetime’ (though many more end up realizing once is not enough!). What do you most want to see? What experiences have you been dreaming of? Visit our destination pages to narrow your choices down, browse our safari types to get a sense of the activities and styles available, or talk with a Journey Specialist to hone in on the areas that will deliver the journey of your imagination.

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Trip Ideas

We know it can be hard to narrow down what to do on vacation, especially with the wealth of choices that are available on the African continent. That’s why we have created an array of sample itineraries to inspire your travel. Browse through them – you’ll find everything from family safaris to honeymoons to Kilimanjaro climbs – and find the places and activities that excite you. From there, you can contact a Journey Specialist to start the process of crafting a customized safari just for you!

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You’re ready – it’s time to plan your safari! Contact one of our expert Journey Specialists and we will collaborate with you to craft your personalized trip.

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