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WILD THINGS Seamlessly combining old-age traditions with new school luxuries, Barclay Stenner’s mobile safaris allow for optimal wildlife watching. Well, if it’s good enough for Taylor Swift…

Words: BETHAN REES

“T CLOCKWISE from above Buffalo at sunset by James Stenner; lion by James Stenner; safari car by Alexander Beer; elephant by James Stenner; safari tent by Alexander Beer; John Barclay (left) and James Stenner by Alexander Beer; hippo by John Barclay

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here is a romance to Africa. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water... When you’re in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world,” writes American novelist Jodi Picoult in her book Leaving Time. In Botswana, you can experience all of the above. Nicknamed the Switzerland of Africa due to the country being peaceful and prosperous, it’s a safe place to visit. John Barclay, co-founder of luxury mobile safari company Barclay Stenner, says: “Safety is a massively important consideration and it’s wonderful not having to worry in Botswana.” However, Barclay Stenner are also able to deliver privately guided safaris across other countries in Africa – they recently went to Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Stenner tells me it “blew his mind”. Botswana was also the meeting place of Barclay

and his business partner James Stenner, in June 2013, at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Stenner was there as his brother was planning to propose to his girlfriend. At the time, Barclay was the mobile safari manager at safari company Uncharted Africa. Stenner was told that there were some opportunities to work at Uncharted, and he put in his application. Barclay was raised in Botswana to a lineage of African pioneers and adventurers, and went on his first safari aged five. Stenner grew up in Northumberland with a dream to visit Africa. Working together at Uncharted, Stenner used his expertise of international events, hospitality and management in combination with Barclay’s experience in guiding. While working together, the company won the Best Mobile Safari in Africa award in both 2013 and 2014 at the Good Safari Guide Awards. The seeds for Barclay and Stenner to go it alone were planted by two highly reputed African safari moguls, Michael Lorentz of Passage to Africa and Susie Cazenove of Cazenova + Lloyd, who were impressed by their experience with Uncharted Africa. They suggested

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