Charles, or our Charlie, fell in love with Kenya and wanted to stay, but the maps made him curious. He wanted to explore the country and the continent further. On the side, he organized safaris for expats and volunteers. The first friends and family came to visit, and he showed them his Kenya: not the tourist attractions, but the real Kenya! Everyone was extremely excited. Charles decided it was time for everyone to experience authentic Africa – Charlie’s Travels was born.
Charles traveled around East Africa on a motorbike for two years: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. He got to know the countries well, made friends, formed collaborations, and created new off-the-beaten-track routes that showed people the real, authentic Africa.
His travelers were absolutely thrilled with this new way of traveling and recommended Charlie’s Travels to their friends. His inbox was overflowing with requests, and he couldn’t handle it all on his own anymore. The Jungle Villa was born: a compound in the Kenyan woods where we could live and work with a large team, and from where we could continue to develop new journeys.
The continent is vast and diverse, and to continue creating new, unique routes, you need to be on the ground. This ambition gave birth to the idea of creating a work lifestyle community with all the Charlies, where we can live and work in different regions on the continent. This way, there’s always a “home” and a warm welcome. This year, our team was strengthened by Charlies living in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
As a company, you have a social responsibility. We believe that conducting fair business with each other is the way forward! Through off-the-beaten-track travel, we aim to create a positive economic impact with local partners and communities. Let’s not forget the cultural impact when introducing people to tourism for the first time: travel is a cultural exchange that works both ways. We offset all CO2 emissions from flights and transportation by supporting local reforestation projects. Conducting business in a good and sustainable way is an ongoing process, and individuals within the team are responsible for its development!
In the span of two years, the company grew from a one-man operation to a team of 35 Africa enthusiasts, all passionate about showing and experiencing the real Africa through our stories and self-developed routes!
We don’t want to keep off-the-beaten-track Africa exclusive to the residents of our small country. In the coming years, we aim to introduce more Western European countries to our style of travel! With more travelers, it’s a natural progression to keep discovering new routes and experiences!
Charles, known to many as Charlie, was the father of our company, Charlie’s Travels. Many remember him as the adventurer who traversed Africa on his motorcycle to discover new places for all his future clients. He was in search of off-the-beaten-track adventures and genuine connections with the local people, so that they, the customers, could truly experience the real Africa. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Charles on December 29th of last year. But his legacy will live on, and we at Charlie’s Travels will continue his purpose and mission. We aim to realize his dream and mission in his memory.
The African continent comprises 54 countries and is incredibly diverse. Five years after the birth of the Jungle Villa in Nairobi, we aspire to have Charlie’s Travels’ work and travel hubs across the entire continent: North, East, South, West, and Central. To introduce people to the beauty of these diverse cultures and countries, Charlie’s Travels continues to evolve and will always come up with new routes! We aim to be on the ground to be the #1 specialist when it comes to off-the-beaten-track travel throughout Africa!
The team lives and works all over Africa and therefore has a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience.
Wherever Charlie and his team travel, they develop new routes and experiences together with local entrepreneurs.
We tailor each trip based on your wishes and our African knowledge. Everything is possible and nothing is too crazy! Give us a try?
Charlie’s Travels works together with local partners and contributes to CO2 projects to offset environmental pollution.