Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Robyn Keene-Young

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Nearly two decades ago, Zimbabwean-born Robyn Keene-Young left her job as an attorney to live in a tent and document the African wild with her photographer husband. Since then, operating out of remote wilderness, she has shared her intimate moments with some of the continent's wildest animals. Her travel and nature writing has taken her from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Uganda, the plains of the Serengeti, and the shores of the mighty Zambezi. Robyn's work has been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide and she is the author of five books on Africa, including Backseat Safari and Africa Unplugged. In 2008 she spent eight months on foot with a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta, making her Emmy-nominated documentary Swamp of the Baboons. Her latest show, Great Zebra Exodus, about southern Africa's largest mammal migration, is currently being aired on PBS Nature. To read a story written by Robyn for Smithsonian magazine click here.

What Our Travelers Say

Robyn was the icing on the cake. Not only were her lectures on wildlife outstanding, but she made the difference in so many ways. She looked after those who needed assistance, was always there to answer questions on political and cultural history, and even spent a morning shopping with several of us at Victoria Falls. Just a fabulous all-around addition to the tour.

- Nancy B., Treasures of S. Africa

Robyn's expertise added greatly to our experience. She is an engaging lecturer, and a delightful traveling companion.

- Robert and Carolyn V., Treasures of S. Africa

Upcoming Tours

Southern African Adventure

17 days | Starting at: $9,995
Feb 26, 2019 - Mar 14, 2019
Feb 25, 2020 - Mar 12, 2020

Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, & Zimbabwe Featuring the Zambezi Queen
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African Safari

14 days | Starting at: $8,284
Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019

Featuring South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Victoria Falls
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Treasures of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

16 days | Starting at: $8,690
Sep 3, 2019 - Sep 18, 2019
Jan 21, 2020 - Feb 5, 2020

Featuring Rovos Rail
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