Jen started Globe + Tribe after 15 years of working, sometimes living and always exploring in the wilds of Africa. With a graduate degree in international development she has worked in over 35 countries around the world; 20 just in Africa. Her most prized and touted skill (not just by her) is her ability to “be dropped in the middle of nowhere and get sh*t done…” Having not just travelled but WORKED throughout the world has nurtured the natural ‘fixer’ in her. Self-driving, overlanding and bush camping, either solo or with friends, has become her go-to adventure.
Growing up in Wisconsin her closeness to nature fueled her love of exploring and discovering the most wild of the wild places. She is fluent in Swahili, speaks some Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho/Setswana (but don’t ask her about her French…) She loves nothing more than to pick a spot on a map no one has heard of, meticulously plan her trip and then go there, often solo, if necessary. Blending Conservation + Development + Tourism is her new obsession- and if you let her talk about it she may quickly turn you into an evangelist just like her.
Where she went in 2018: Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, London, Cuba, back to Kenya, back to Tanzania, back to Cuba, Spain, Portugal, then back to Colombia.
Where she’s been/going in 2019: Corsica, Sicily, Poland, Ethiopia, Borneo, Mongolia, Chad, Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Russia + Uzbekistan
Her favorite off-the-beaten-path journey so far?
Most memorable: remote campsite #12 in Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana on a self-drive camping adventure.
Most idyllic: Mahale Mountains Tanzania.
Most adventurous: Self-drive through the Salma Plateau in Oman
Most transformational: Sunrise over Makgadikgadi Pans from Kubu Island, Botswana