Destinations Africa was established in 2007 to allow John Mitchell-Adams to share his love of Africa with others. John and/or one of his team travel to Africa each and every year, seeking out new lodges, activities and African safari trips. We ensure that all properties and services on our preferred list continue to meet our exacting standards. Those that do not are withdrawn and never used again. Destinations Africa focus on delivering only the very best personalised services to ensure your custom made private safari tour/holiday will be both exciting and memorable. Your comfort and safety (including full VIP transit) and the promise of the holiday of a lifetime, reflecting the true excitement and mystery of this magical continent and its people, is the uncompromising core of our philosophy.

Meet the team

John Mitchell-Adams

John grew up on a farm in what was then Rhodesia and still speaks fluent (though somewhat rusty) Shona – a local dialect. His love of Africa, its wildlife and the bush was developed from a very early age.

Having left his farm in what is now known as Zimbabwe, he still maintained his passion for Africa, its wildlife and the bush.

"Africa is where you make emotional memories that last forever
– you will never forget how you were made to feel.”

From farming he went into other occupations such as crop dusting and even aircraft sales and demonstration, which brought him to far flung corners of Africa. Following those adventurous times he retreated to the corporate world only to find that it held far fewer attractions than the natural world.

So after a number of years in that man-made world he decided to pursue his passion for Africa and set up a dedicated African travel business to introduce others to this amazing continent in safety and comfort. John now enjoys the best of both worlds living in Australia but with ample excuses to return to Africa regularly.


    Hilary (John’s wife) grew up in Ireland and when introduced to Africa in 2003 became enthralled with the place, its people and especially the wild life. She is an integral part of the team and she uses her wordsmithing skills to write about Africa in blogs on our website and elsewhere. As a Director she is a great sounding board for all the new destinations that we visit to determine whether or not they should be on our recommended list as she is able to see and experience the many places from a completely different perspective!

  • Laurence Van Niekerk

    Laurence was born and lived South Africa for 45 years. During this time, accompanied by his wife, he travelled from Durban, up the East Coast of Africa, into Ethiopia and Eritrea, worked in refugee camps in Tanzania and Cameroon. Experienced the ramba of West Africa in Mali, Mauritania and crossed the western Sahara into Morocco.

  • Lindy Johnson

    Lindy was born and grew up in South Africa. After graduating as a teacher, and teaching for five years, she decided to change gear and joined a company specialising in African safaris.

    For the past 27 years Lindy has visited and experienced the magic of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, and Mozambique. She brings her passion for Africa’s wild places to each itinerary, creating those unforgettable moments that people revisit in their minds long after they have returned home.

    Lindy migrated to Australia in 2013 and has settled in Brisbane with her family.

  • Linda

    Linda was born in Nigeria, West Africa and lived there for over three decades. Her love for travel and tourism inclined her to seek higher education in Benin Republic where she studied Mass Communications. After her studies, she went ahead to travel around West Africa and visited countries like Togo and Ghana to experience their diverse cultures and cuisine. In 2019, she sought adventure and visited the safaris in South Africa where she met her husband. She has visited the middle east but still considers Africa “The home where her heart is”. In 2024, Linda migrated to Australia to be reunited with her husband and her love for Africa led her to Destinations Africa where she hopes to tell one and all about the beautiful continent she calls home, “the Motherland”!

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If you’re looking for an African safari company in Australia, all that we ask is that you get in touch with us first, so that we have an opportunity to show you what we offer, and to discuss your options. Our itineraries are individually tailored to various budgets, so please don’t assume that our safaris are out of your reach. Please let us assist you on your journey. It would be our pleasure.