Gee's deep expertise in this region makes her the ideal person to help plan multicountry itineraries, like one that combines visits to Egypt's archaeological sites and new cultural institutions like Morocco's Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Her expertise has lately come in handy in planning "slow travel" journeys, she says, or sabbaticals that allow travelers to spend an extended period of time in Africa. "It's a huge trend — people doing bigger trips," Gee says. "Early in 2020, I had a couple, who regularly travel with me, who were doing a five-week journey through Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zanzibar, and Uganda. There's a desire to take time and absorb your surroundings rather than just rushing through ticking things off a list." Gee is also an expert at wellness trips, having developed a portfolio of experiences around the globe for her company, Red Savannah. "I've conducted in-depth research into wellness travel and resorts throughout India, Europe, Thailand, and Indonesia over the past five years," Gee says. That expertise allows her to pull off trips like the 28-person retreat she planned last year for a group headed to India that went off without a hitch.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES: East Africa and wellness travel
Languages Spoken: English, some French, and Russian
Minimum Daily Spend: From $500 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: Varies
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"Samantha arranged a trip to Egypt for our family of five. Once we arrived in Cairo, everything was arranged perfectly. Our local guides and drivers were fantastic, and the hotels were incredible, as was the cruise ship (Oberoi Philae). This was a complicated trip with a lot of moving pieces, so this was no small feat! She was responsive and great to deal with in the planning process as well. I would definitely recommend her and Red Savannah for planning future trips." — Deborah Cohn