You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with a deeper knowledge of Africa than Cherri Briggs. Briggs spends half the year based in Zambia, traveling throughout Africa scouting new hotels and contacts on the ground. Forging these connections allows her to bypass destination-management companies and book every hotel, lodge, transfer, guide, and driver herself — which brings costs down for her clients — all while being in constant contact with travelers to make sure their trip goes as smoothly as possible. As demand grows for eco-friendly and socially conscious vacations, Briggs helps clients minimize their carbon footprint and maximize their support of local businesses and communities. If you’re passionate about volunteering, Briggs can put together responsible outings to schools and wildlife centers. Just as popular with the honeymoon set as she is with multigenerational families, Briggs and her exceptional senior staff members, both of whom have more than 15 years’ experience, book an average of 150 trips per year.