Briggs has houses in Zambia and Botswana, and spends six to nine months a year traveling the continent, including trips to Gabon, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Sudan. This legwork allows her to bypass destination-management companies and book every hotel, lodge, transfer, guide, and driver personally, which often reduces the overall cost. Briggs and her husband have also founded a slew of community development projects in Zambia, including solar-powered irrigation systems.
Special Booking: For adventurous safari-goers, Briggs recommends a trip to Lake Malawi, located in Mozambique in the Great Rift Valley. Stay at Nkwichi Lodge, where you can dine on the lake’s shoreline before a night cruise under the stars to an outdoor bed shrouded in white muslin and surrounded by paraffin lanterns.
Specialties: Southern Africa, Uganda and Rwanda