A Short Biography of Lynn Newby-Fraser

I was born to a family whose European roots were planted in Africa over 400 years ago and I have spent most of my life in South Africa growing up in two major cities: Johannesburg and Durban.  Throughout my life I have been captivated by the animals and beauty of Africa and in 2010 I achieved a lifelong goal when I graduated at the top of my class as a certified wildlife guide with the prestigious Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGHASA). I also recently passed The Advanced Course in Behavior of African Mammals taught in Namibia by the world-renowned wildlife specialist Dr. Richard D. Estes.

In addition to my passion about wildlife, I bring Africa Dream Safaris to you from an African perspective. I studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa before embarking on a five year adventure aboard a 46′ yacht reaching such ports as St. Helena Island, the Amazon, Venezuela, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Israel and Turkey among others.  My personal achievements include earning a 5th Degree Black Belt in the martial arts and being inaugurated into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2004 as “Female Instructor of the Year” as well receiving the “Female Filipino Martial Arts Instructor of the Year” in 2006. I have traveled extensively, from crossing the Atlantic in the aforementioned yacht, to hiking in the rainforests of Borneo and Brazil and on the glaciers of South Island, (New Zealand), swimming with sharks in Polynesia and white-water rafting in Nepal as well as studying the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. I have also been on safaris in many African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Kenya  – and yet, to me, nowhere is as beautiful or compelling as the game-filled plains of the Serengeti.

I am the Director of Operations at Africa Dream Safaris however my greatest pleasure is being able to use my knowledge and experience to help clients plan a safari and enjoy the extraordinary beauty and magnificent wildlife of Tanzania.  Accordingly I continue to work with a select number of safari clients each month.

In the words of R. Elliot “If You Visit Only Two Continents in Your Lifetime, Visit Africa Twice”.


At the Waterhole

7 Responses to A Short Biography of Lynn Newby-Fraser

  1. Bill Hofmann says:

    Wow Lynn — what an incredible resume!

  2. Bill Bride says:

    What a great bio. And where do you go to be able to be with the lions like your picture? Incredible.

    • Lynn Newby-Fraser says:

      Hi Bill

      This photo was taken near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. With lion numbers having plummeted by almost 50% in the past 22 years, mainly due to indiscriminate trophy hunting (followed by loss of habitat, human conflict and disease) there are several organizations that are now breeding lions and then releasing them back into the wild.

      I was told that I would be “walking with cubs” and duly expected furry little bundles of playfulness with blue eyes and milk teeth -not these 200 pound teenagers which came bounding out of the bush.

      In the Serengeti, we’ve got around 3,000 of the remaining estimated 20-30,000 lion left in Africa.

  3. Jerry & Marietta says:

    We hope to visit this winter. Climb Kili, Vic Falls, Cape T. etc. Is there a month you feel is not a good time to visit? Please make further suggestions for us. We are still trying to figure out a time > Please help
    Jerry & Marietta

    • Lynn Newby-Fraser says:

      Hi Jerry and Marietta

      While ADS is a Tanzanian safari specialist and does not handle either Kili climbs or southern Africa, having lived in Africa for most of my life I recommend you consider January or February. Like September, these are considered to be the best months to climb Kili as the weather is warm and clear. Early rains can cause climbing in March to be tricky.

      If you’re interested in just visiting Victoria Falls and Cape Town and enjoying the destinations from a scenic and cultural viewpoint, without doing any wildlife viewing, my experience is that January or February would be ideal. A Tanzanian safari after your Kili climb in either January or February is an absolute must – the Great Migration and everything that goes with it in terms of sheer number and variety of animals is spectacular and quite unrivalled elsewhere in the world. Please feel welcome to give me a call if you’d like to discuss your trip options in more detail.

  4. aloycoca says:

    I am in Zanzibar enjoying nice weather and exotic beaches!


    Very nice an wonderful explanations, let African Safaris keep the lead

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