Africa Travel Week
Oliver Fox

Oliver Fox – BDM Foxes Safari Camps, Tanzania  

Oliver Fox

The Fox family have lived in Tanzania for over 40 years and now have three generations working for the company, including Oliver, the Business Development manager. He is actively involved in the operation and development of the family business. “I am very enthusiastic about spreading the word about southern Tanzania in the hope that it brings upliftment to the region and further protects the environment,” says Oliver. 

His childhood was spent in the bush, and he loved every minute of it. We caught up with him to chat about his favourite experiences and get some tips for travellers.  

Q & A with Oliver

Where did your love of travel begin? 

I was lucky enough to grow up travelling; I don’t really know any other way! It will always be a passion of mine.  

Why do you like working in this industry? 

The variety in everyday work and the opportunity to have so many fantastic experiences.  

What is your favourite travel destination? 

Ruaha National Park. It is the most incredible national park I have ever been to. With so much variety in the landscape and wildlife, you can visit it a million times and still never get bored.  

Tell us about one of your most memorable travel experiences. 

In Katavi National Park in western Tanzania, I enjoyed a full-day game drive to Paradise Plains, where I saw all the wildlife I could dream of, and I did not see another person or vehicle the entire day. It was the wildest feeling in the world.  

Best travel tip? 

Take spare clothes in your hand luggage. Checked luggage gets left behind more often than you think!  

Based on the five senses and thinking about travel, what do you: 

  • Like to see:  Elephants wandering past my tent.  
  • Like to taste:  Freshly baked cinnamon rolls.  
  • Like to feel:  The satisfaction of finally swatting that annoying mosquito.  
  • Like to hear:  Collared Doves calling out in the morning and lions roaring at night.  
  • Like to smell:  The first rain, petrichor.  

  Best for travel news? 

 Travel Africa magazine always showcases incredible travel experience options.  

  Tell us something about yourself that no one else knows :  

 When I was little, my best friend was a side-striped jackal.  

What do you enjoy about being part of WTM? 

 It’s always exciting to meet new people with similar interests. However nice it is to meet and discuss in person, the virtual element does allow us to reach people further afield, all the while saving precious resources.  

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Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.