March 3, 2022
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Deborah Calmeyer, CEO & founder, ROAR Africa

We’ve known Deb Calmeyer for years, from back when she helped us on our Africa issue at Condé Nast Traveler, and many more stories after that. Born in Zimbabwe (where she grew up with a lion for a pet!), she has a passion for the continent and a knowledge of safari travel that is pretty unparalleled. Though always polished, Deb is gritty and tough as nails, and can pull off the seeming impossible (like helping you skirt the epic immigration lines at airports!). She hardly slowed down during Covid, arranging tons of private, immersive trips across sub-Saharan Africa—she also is known for her women’s empowerment retreats, an unusual focus in the male-dominated safari world. As lodges and camps tend to book up months (and even years) in advance, it’s good to start dreaming about it now!

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