Charles Williams and his family have been organizing outstanding safaris in Africa for over 40 years. In 2008 Charles and his daughter Sarah created Safari Adventures Worldwide, a safari-booking agency specializing in tailor made safaris to Africa. With over 60 years of experience between them, this duo is uniquely qualified to plan your next African safari.
Charles was raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and spent his childhood in the nearby wilderness. He attended Capetown University in South Africa and returned to Rhodesia to join the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management where he served for 13 years.
He went on to become Managing Director of Ker & Downey, Botswana from 1974 to 1995 and Executive Vice President of Ker & Downey, Tanzania from 1986 to 2008. Charles was the key figure behind the development and expansion of all company programs and operations in Botswana and Tanzania from 1974 to 2008 to create one of the largest and most successful safari operations in Africa.
Charles was a pioneer in promoting the engagement of local village people in the protection of Africa’s wildlife. He strongly believes that their involvement is the bedrock on which conservation should be based and that empowering local communities through education and financial incentives creates true, sustainable conservation.
Charles currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Karen, daughter Olivia and his 2 dogs. In his free time Charles enjoys traveling to new places, hiking and working his labrador retriever.
Sarah Fernandes was born and raised in Africa. She lived in Botswana from the age of three, and grew up in the safari business. She was educated in Scotland and returned to Botswana following her education to work in various luxury safari camps.
Sarah lived in London working in the adventure travel industry with Cazenove and Loyd and the Ultimate Travel Company specializing in tailor-made trips to Africa. That experience was invaluable, but she missed Africa and thus returned in 2003 to manage Campi Ya Kanzi safari camp in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya.
In 2005 Sarah moved to Nunyuki, Kenya, located on the side of Mount Kenya where she and her husband Andrew and daughter Georgiana reside today. In 2008 Sarah and her father Charles formed Safari Adventures Worldwide in order to utilize their extensive knowledge of the safari industry. Sarah frequents camps, lodges and programs throughout East and Southern African on a continual basis to keep abreast of the best available.