About Us

Our company name derives from the most elegant of antelopes, the magnificent Kudu of southern Africa.

Kudu are non-territorial, accommodating visitors to their area and ranging widely themselves. Adventurous browsers, they consume many types of foliage and alter their tastes to suit the locale. Kudu also blend well with their environment - their stripes making them disappear in the dappling of light through the trees, and are able to live both in the wilderness and partially settled areas.

The Kudu prefers to travel in small groups of up to twelve members, not in huge herds!

 

Quality, integrity and above all, authenticity are the key elements of Kudu Travel tours. The company is owned and run by people who love to travel and who have been doing so for decades - between us we have lived and worked in Antarctica, Armenia, Australia, Ascension island, Bahrain, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, Zaire and Zanzibar - which results in an incomparable depth of knowledge and experience in creating unique cultural walking trips, to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.

 

GUIDES AND TOUR MANAGERS

Highly skilled guides who know how to impart enthusiasm and fascinating information in equal proportions are a vital component in your holiday enjoyment. You will be introduced to little-known features as well as the ‘must see’ highlights of each destination, and also given time and a few useful pointers to make your own discoveries. We endeavour to design trips in a civilised way, allowing space for individual ‘standing and staring’. We very much hope that you will enjoy the company, and the learning lightly imparted, of the following:

Tudor Blaj
Is a forest engineer by profession, but after several years working for the National Forestry Department he decided that leading tours in Romania and abroad was far more fun than organising large stands of trees! With more than 11 years experience as a tour leader, Tudor has a great love for his country and all aspects of its culture, history and natural history.

 

Patricia Boyd
A French and Spanish language graduate of Trinity College, her interest in language and travel has led her to teaching posts in Peru and Egypt, fish filleting in Iceland and tour guiding in Catalonia. A former partner in a solicitors’ firm in Dublin, she now tutors in the law school, travels, cooks and gardens.

 

 

Carla Cabrita
Is Portuguese and studied Public Relations in Lisbon. Her passion for travelling took her to Patagonia, India and Africa (member of the Expedition ‘Portimão-Bissau’ in 2000). A qualified Nature Guide for the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Vincentine Coast, Carla has a Masters degree in Active Tourism in Natural Environments from Seville University (Spain) and has worked on the Osprey reintroduction programme in the Alentejo.

Katka Demelová
Trained as a musician but after several years of professional cello playing decided to further her academic studies by taking a degree in Liberal Arts at the Charles University in Prague. Thanks to her English mother and Czech father Katerina is bilingual, which she finds very useful in her work as a translator and guide.

 

Frances Fedden
Ran a restaurant in France for a number of years before training and working as a Probation Officer in London. 26 years ago she began to lead and manage trips in Europe and beyond that embraced her interests which include music, architecture, regional cooking, wild flowers and whale watching.

 

Katharine Fedden
Was born in Cairo and educated in England, studying jewellery design at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London. After living in Morocco and Canada for many years, she settled in the Cévennes in southern France where she paints botanical water colours, gardens, cooks, walks a great deal, and travels.

 

Delia Gray-Durant
Has been leading groups in the UK and overseas for 24 years and is a registered Blue Badge guide for Oxford. Her academic background is mainly in History of Art and French and since 1993 she’s been writing for the Blue Guide series, including Southwest France; Paris; Art, Shop, Eat Paris and Art, Shop, Eat London.

 

Jane Greve
Grew up in South Africa. After an exciting career in Merchant banking and the Futures market she decided to spread her wings and explore the world. She has lived in Australia, France and the UK and been involved in many varied projects including setting up a cultural centre in Zanzibar. She worked in the software industry in the UK for many years and then decided to concentrate on her first love - travelling.

 

Fi Lowry
Was born in Ireland and educated abroad. A degree in Modern History & French at Edinburgh University and graduate nursing training at St. Thomas’ led to jobs all over the world - Ascension Island, the Sultanate of Oman, Zaire, Greece and Senegal. For 25 years she has been creating and leading walking, birding, wildlife and cultural tours worldwide. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1993, she also plays the ‘cello and is a very keen birdwatcher.

Tereza Lvová
Is a native of South Moravia. After a masters degree in Mathematical Analysis at Brno University, she went to learn about food in a renowned small country hotel in Vermont, incidentally adding near perfect English to her Czech and fluent Russian. Since then travelling has been part of her life and her favourite destinations include places where she can pursue her interests in geology, wildflowers and wine.

 

Mark Podkolinski
Was born in England of Polish parents and is bilingual. Recently retired as a GP in Salisbury, he has travelled in Antarctica and the Himalayas as a medical officer and still finds time to paint, ride mountain bikes, ski and lead walking tours, particularly in Poland, Ukraine, Montenegro and Bhutan.

 

Thomas Randall
Was born in Denmark and spent his youth travelling all over Scandinavia. A geography degree from Durham University made him aware of the rest of the world and sparked a desire to discover it. Working as a tour guide since 2000, Thomas returned to university to study Mediterranean Archaeology, following a passion for all things Greek and Roman. He has a particular interest in volunteering, having worked on projects in Guatemala, Peru and Mongolia.

Sarah Seymour
Travelled the world working for the Foreign Office before settling in the Cape and pursuing her interests in flowers, birds and wine on a full-time basis. A professional guide for over 20 years, Sarah has led numerous specialist botanical and wildlife walking tours (including tours for Kew Gardens) and imparts her wide knowledge of all matters South African with great enthusiasm and charm.

 

Gjergj Vinjahu
Was born in Albania (Tirana), graduated from the University of Bologna (Italy) in classical Archaeology and holds a PhD from the University of Pisa in ancient topography and urbanism. A fluent English and Italian speaker, he enjoys walking and introducing visitors to Albania’s many natural, archaeological and cultural sites.

 

 

We are very grateful to the following for permission to use their photographs:
Aix-en-Provence Festival, Araras Lodge, Atout France, Sophie Baker, Visit Bergen, Catherine Bohne, Jennifer Coffey, Sue Darvall, Drottningholm Court Theatre, Fototeca Enit, Frances Fedden, Katharine Fedden, Harriet Glass, Jane Greve, Innovation Norway, Lyn Irwin, Andrew Liardet, Trevor Martin, Yacine M’Seffar, Mark Podkolinski, Thomas Randall, John Ricks, Robin Pope Safaris, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Anita Schroeyens, Teatro La Fenice, Simon Weiss