Wild Rainbow African Safaris is a boutique adventure travel company specializing in safaris to sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission is to provide gay and lesbian travelers, as well as their friends and families, with a safe and comfortable safari while indulging them with customized service, exceptional lodgings, and of course, amazingly close contact with the wildlife, culture and spirit that is Africa.
Founder and guide,Jody Cole, is a philanthropist and human rights activist, who has been traveling to Africa for 12 years. Having traveled to most of the sub-Saharan countries of Africa she has become a specialist at life in the bush. Jody's passion for Africa began in 1998, a trip inspired by a friend who encouraged her to do the one thing in life she most desired. Not one to do anything halfway, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on that inaugural trip. In 2004, she began taking groups of people to Africa on tours, starting Wild Rainbows African Safaris in 2007.
In 2008, Jody became one of just a handful certified Field Guide with FGASA (Field Guides Association ofSouthern Africa) in America, bringing a level of on-the-ground expertise that few other safari companies can claim. She has also trained as a Trails Guide, and is an Adventure Travel Specialist and a Master KATS (KenyaAuthorized Travel Specialist).
In a field where guides typically start training in their twenties, Jody stands out, having started Wild Rainbow African Safaris at the age of 46. In 2011, she will once again scale Mount Kilimanjaro. In keeping with her philanthropic spirit, she will raise a dollar per foot of the height of Kilimanjaro (19,340' high) for Equality California (EQCA) to support marriage equality.
Wild Rainbow African Safaris offers both Featured and Custom Safaris. Featured Safaris are escorted by Jody Cole and have set dates and itineraries. Custom Safaris are set to your dates, itineraries are flexible, and the escort is optional. As your guide, Jody provides hands-on and personalized service from the minute you deplane in Africa to your departure back home. Wild Rainbow African Safaris strives to deliver an experience that is at once safe, enjoyable and life-changing.Wild Rainbow's personalized service, extensive knowledge and deep love of Africa sets their safaris apart.
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