I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. - Susan Sontag
Favourite Camp: Selous Riverside
Favourite Lodge: Unguja Lodge
With a solid background in luxury hotels, corporate conferences and wedding arrangements, Sarah is the latest addition to the Pure team. After studying Biodiversity and Conservation BSc. at the University of Kent, her genuine passion for the natural world has taken her to many exciting locations and allowed her to witness some of nature’s greatest landscapes.
After several trips into Europe exploring the volcanoes and foothills of Italy, the fantastic regional vineyards of France, rural Spain with its culture and cuisine and years spent travelling all over Germany, especially the Black Forest; Sarah’s first taste of a more exotic location was a trip to Thailand with Tarquin and Susie in 2005. Spending time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan; the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of such a diverse country immediately left a lasting impression and Sarah was officially bitten by the travel bug.
After a few more trips into Europe and time spent living in Spain, the call of warm breezes and undulating landscapes was too much to bear, and Sarah booked herself on a solo adventure to Hawai’i. Here she found beaches of green, black, white and red sand, lush and fertile forests and a volcanic landscape that was utterly out of this world. 6 weeks was not quite enough!
Sarah’s first trip to Zanzibar in 2013 was something that will remain with her until her final days. She spent time at Baraza, Dar House, Kilindi and Unguja Lodge and loved every single one of them. The different types of accommodation offered varying “styles” of room and board, yet every single one provided fantastic and attentive staff, stunning surroundings and a long-lasting memory.
After more than 15 years in luxury Catering and Hospitality, including arranging British, Indian and Spanish weddings, Sarah has a customer service ethos that is second to none. She is entirely customer focussed, and will ensure that every single detail of your trip is catered for and any request – however small – is noted and carried out with passion.
Supping my first ever “sundowner” on the beach at Dar House after the Safari Blue tour on my first visit to Zanzibar; feeling the fine powder coral sand, still warm between my toes and watching the early evening sunlight bouncing off the gentle waves of an endlessly reflective ocean.
We then ate at The Rock restaurant, and I sampled some of the freshest seafood I have ever tasted. Fantastic, unique and intimate setting with less than 15 tables. We thoroughly enjoyed an unpretentious menu (and unpretentious prices!) and being enveloped by the surrounding views of the incoming evening skies and the carpet of stars above, making it an experience unparalleled by any other thusfar.
I then had a wonderful night’s sleep in the semi open-air lounge upstairs, and was woken by the unmistakeable chatter of a Speke’s Weaver bird. Benchmark set!