About Us

At Farside Africa, we focus solely on holidays in Africa, as it is the area of the world that we know really well. We have worked and lived there, managed lodges and travelled extensively throughout Africa. From this experience we have gained an important understanding of the people and how the tourist industry works and, most importantly, what you as the client expect from your holiday. Africa is still a difficult destination to navigate independently, and most lodges prefer their guests to use a UK-based agent to co-ordinate the travel arrangements. And you get expert advice and planning at no extra cost.

A tailor-made holiday is like a personal planning service. Critical to organising your holiday is to talk to you about where you want to go and what you want to see. We then put together some ideas, and give you independent, friendly and honest advice so you can fully understand the choices before you book.

We are based in Edinburgh and are the only Scottish company which specialises in tailor-made holidays and safaris to East and Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, Gabon and Morocco.

Farside Africa is TTA and ATOL bonded, so your money is fully protected when you book a holiday with us.

The Team

Vicky StirlingVicky Stirling is the founder and director of Farside Africa. In 1998, after nine years working and travelling in Africa, and wondering how she could travel to and stay connected with a continent she loved and knew so well she set up Farside Africa. Since then Farside Africa been going from strength to strength, continuing to offer a personal service and building on a wonderful and loyal base of repeat as well as new clients under her direction.

Susannah McMickingSusannah McMicking joined Farside Africa in June 2008 after seven years in journalism and public relations. She has a great love of Africa and has worked and travelled in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique.


Gemma WrightGemma Wright joined Farside Africa in July 2018, having previously worked in public relations and the charity sector. With a love of Africa and family living there, Gemma has travelled in South Africa and Morocco. Gemma is responsible for our marketing communications as well as sales support.

About Farside Africa charities

At Farside Africa, we have worked and raised money for Save the Rhino International and visited a number of their projects throughout Africa. We have a close affiliation with the charity, which is why we want to promote it on our website, and we help fund its valuable projects in various ways.

We particularly encourage sustainable tourism, giving back to communities and to the land through various initiatives. We support a number of projects in Africa, including malaria awareness, AIDS and community projects, and will highlight the places where you can contribute towards these initiatives when we send you an itinerary.

Read more about the charities we support >

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