Meet the team

We know you are looking for the very best competitively priced travel experience and The Travel Specialist team are dedicated to delivering exactly that. Each destination under The Travel Specialists umbrella, is headed by a specialist with at least 10 years of experience in that destination.  You can expect that their knowledge and expertise are second to none.

Managing Director

Richard

Richard Ruskin is a specialist guide, who has been guiding in East Africa for over 15 years and is renowned for making the safari experience exciting, entertaining and memorable. With boundless passion and with clear explanations, Richard will open your eyes to the animals, plants, birds and scenery that makes this area the most exciting in Africa.

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General Manager

Savio

Kenya in Africa is my most favourite place because it will always be home, India in Asia for its history, culture, people and food! Peru in South America has stunning scenery, amazing history and the food is wonderful.  I’m not sure if being chased by a hippo when I was a kid is a memorable moment but it is certainly one I will never forget.  I hav

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Reservations Manager

Gemma

With its rich history, mysterious rock churches and castles, Ethiopia is much more spectacular than I thought was possible.  I have had some incredible experiences over the eleven and a half years; avoiding hippos in a canoe on the Zambezi, getting ‘sniffed’ by a huge bull elephant in Zimbabwe, lazing under a palm tree in Zanzibar, riding a donkey

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Groups Manager

Russell

Camping in the Okavango Delta and game driving in Kenya would be my favourite African experiences. With over 25 years in the industry, specialising in Africa for the past 10, one of the most memorable moments was seeing not one, but two Pangolins at Mala Mala Game Reserve in South Africa. Pangolins are critically endangered and sightings are few. 

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Sales Manager - VIC, NSW, TAS

May

Offering an abundance of both nature and animals, Kenya is my favourite place to visit.  Meeting the locals and seeing the wildlife in the Masai Mara and on Safari was unforgettable.  I have been in the travel industry (mostly airline) for thirty one years, inspired to join The Travel Specialists to showcase the many experiences within our speciali

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Sales Manager - QLD

Debra

My favourite place would have to be Africa. Still, after 20 years travelling there, it captures my heart and imagination, always exceeding my expectations.  My most memorable (and magical) travel moment is coming face to face with the gentle gorilla giants (Silverbacks) in Rwanda.  My favourite type of holiday is a balance of exploring and relaxing

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Sales Manager - WA & SA

Sue

The game viewing in Masai Mara,  interacting with the Masai Tribes and the fantastic views from a Hot air balloon over the Masai plains is the perfect African experience.  My memorable moments are many but it’s hard to separate seeing the magnificent Gorillas in Uganda and scuba diving in Mozambique.  I have spent thirty nine years in the industry,

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African Travel Specialist

Darren

The Selinda Reserve in Botswana, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa and Serra Cafema in Namibia are among my favourite African destinations.  Selinda is consistent in delivering animal encounter experiences.  The Sabi Sand has proven to be the best leopard viewing in all of Africa.  The incredibly harsh environment at Serra Cafema makes for

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African and South American Travel Specialist

George

My favourite destination is Botswana. Despite its close proximity to South Africa and the Victoria Falls tourist hub, Botswana is not a mainstream destination which is what I like most.  There are wonderful camps and lodges linked by light aircraft in both Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Something I’ll never forget in Botswana was being

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African Travel Specialist

Ashleigh

It's hard to pick my favourite place in Africa.  Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe all deliver a superb combination of wildlife, culture and diverse landscapes. The history, people, culture, landscape and colour of Morocco was completely surprising and because of that, Morocco is my most memorable destination so far. My favourite type of holiday is a b

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African Travel Specialist

Amanda

My favourite specialist destination is Kenya, the variety and volume of the wildlife is exciting, the everchanging landscapes are wonderful to witness and the local people are so friendly.  My most memorable travel moment was being at close range watching a cheetah get chased up a tree.  My favourite type of holiday is a bush escape with some time

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African Travel Specialist

Rebecca

The people of Malawi stole my heart,  they were all so friendly and happy but my most memorable travel moment was trekking to the Gorillas in Rwanda. The experience moved me to tears as the baby Gorillas were playing and jumping on one another whilst the big Male sat proudly watching over them. What a privilige it was to be able to sit with them.  

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South American and Antarctic Travel Specialist

Gisel

The Galapagos Islands in South America are one of my most favourite places to visit. It’s amazing to be so close to the animals in their natural environment.  My most memorable travel moment has to be in Machu Picchu, walking through the Inca bridge gate and being completely awe struck by the size of the ruins set against such a jaw dropping mounta

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India Travel Specialist

Sean

Rajasthan in India offers so many experiences, from forts to palaces, tribal villages to deserts, hill resort towns and wildlife. You name it, Rajasthan has it! Two of my most memorable travel moments would be visiting the Taj Mahal for the first time and spotting a tigress with three cubs in Ranthambore.  My favourite type of holiday is one that i

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India Tours and Travel Specialist

Sudarshan

Kerala is my favourite place in India, with its spectacular hills, valleys and backwaters, the warm hospitality of its people and the Sulaimani chai they make is amazing!  I have a wonderful travel memory of being with my father in Leh, Ladkh walking on a frozen river watching the sun rays fall on the snow-capped peaks all around us.  My favourite

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Croatia Travel Specialist

Paul

Trogir is my favourite place in Croatia.  A picturesque UNESCO protected walled town with no cars, narrow streets and great restaurants.  For me Trogir encompasses what Croatia is all about, a rich tapestry of history and culture to completely immerse yourself in woven with idyllic and remote spots for relaxing.   My most memorable travel moment wa

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Marketing Manager

Karyn

The landscapes, culture, tradition and ancient wonders of South America intrigue and fascinate me.  My time in Egypt was unlike any other travel experience, so many surreal moments - camel riding in the desert passing great pyramids, then standing awe-struck at the base of the sphinx.  Getting away from it all on an adventure amongst nature enjoyin

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Graphic Designer

Naomi

Every time I am working on a destination I think "That’s where I want to travel to next". There are so many incredible places that I'm looking forward to exploring.   To date, Egypt has been my most memorable travel experience, there is so much history, art and architecture to be inspired by.   My perfect escape is an adventure holiday that finishe

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Accountant

Rhona

I love Cape Town, it is such a beautiful city it has everything from Mountains to oceans,  valleys, forests, beaches, winelands to wonderful people.  My most memorable travel moment was seeing the Big 5 at Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa.  Relaxing on the white sandy beaches, looking out to the glittering waters of the Cape Town coast is my

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Systems Administrator

Jocelyn

The Victoria Falls are truly amazing with it's mist reaching up to one kilometre,  it doesn't matter how much you cover up , you still got soaking wet! My most memorable travel experience so far is a game drive in Chobe National Park where I was excited to see the lion, elephant, buffalo,  leopard and rhino.  I won't ever forget being in our vehicl

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