Joe lived in Kenya, East Africa with his family back in the 1960s and 1970s. As an avid hunter, shooter and outdoorsman, his early Kenya experience prepared Coogan for safari work in Botswana and Tanzania.
In 1972, after completing university Joe returned to Africa to work for the Nairobi-based safari firm of Ker, Downey & Selby (KDS) Safaris. He joined their Botswana operation, which was under the leadership of the renowned Harry Selby and moved to Botswana where he served an apprenticeship under Selby’s guidance. Joe conducted safaris in Botswana for KDS Safaris and Safari South for nearly 20 years.
In 1991, Joe relocated to Los Angeles where he worked for the Petersen Publishing Co as a feature editor and writer. In 2001 Joe returned to his home state of Florida to devote time to freelance writing projects. He also renewed his ties to Africa when he accepted a guide’s position with the Arusha-based safari firm Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris (TGTS). Joe conducted safaris in Tanzania from 2001 through 2005.
In 2006, Joe began working for Benelli USA as their Brand Marketing Manager and relocated to Accokeek, Maryland. Joe’s duties included hosting Benelli USA’s popular outdoor TV show called Benelli On Assignment for six years.
Today, Joe is once again back in Africa, joining his former colleague and good friend, Soren Lindstrom, along with David Darnborough and Tim Brown, to outfit and conduct safaris in several countries, including, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Joe has formed a company called Africa All-Ways to represent Soren Lindstrom’s Africa by handling U.S. bookings, logistics and the planning necessary to facilitate every type of safari in Africa.
Soren arrived in Kenya at the age of eight years old from Denmark, and was raised on a coffee farm and schooled in Nakuru and Nairobi. His was not a traditional upbringing – he has spent more time in the bush than out of it.
Soren started hunting at 10 years old and later qualified as a professional hunter. He worked as a professional Guide and Hunter in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan until 1977, before moving to Botswana and joining Ker Downey & Selby Safaris.
In 1989 Soren started his own safari company in Botswana, guiding photographic and fishing Safari’s in Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Soren has a reputation as one of Africa’s old time great-white-hunters but his expertise goes far beyond hunting, shooting and fishing. He is a committed birder and, having spent so many years walking through the bush, his knowledge of Africa’s plants and fragile ecology is seemingly endless.
For the past 48 years he has guided groups from all corners of the globe. Several articles and books have been written about Soren over the years including publications in the New York times, English Times and the Australian times.
Soren has the straight-talking approach, the bush skills, and the infectious passion of a safari old timer. He is a fantastic raconteur and his stories will bring Africa to life for you.
David was born in 1962 in Kenya. He was raised on an upcountry coffee farm where his family enjoyed and encouraged an outdoor way of life. David was educated at Kenton College and Abingdon School in England.
Upon completion of his schooling, David returned to Kenya to begin working at Watamu’s internationally famous Ocean Sports Beach Resort, located on the Kenya coast south of Malindi. David spent the next 25 years at Ocean Sports, eventually becoming the owner and manager of the resort, well known for its great seafood, beach bar and old world hospitality, not to mention the nearby world-class deep-sea fishing. At the right time of the year, it is possible to bring numerous billfish to the boat, all within a few miles of the coast. The resort is close to Watamu Marine Park, which offers skin divers superb underwater experiences.
In the early 90’s David qualified as a professional guide, at which time, he built and managed the Galana River Game Lodge next to the legendary Tsavo National Park. Combining the beach resort operation with a wildlife lodge in the bush allowed David to offer his guests private, tailor-made safaris that included photographic, walking, deep-sea fishing and bird shooting opportunities.
Sailing an Arab dhow, diving for exotic seashells along the coast, big game fishing for marlin, sailfish and yellow fin tuna, or guiding a Big Five safari for elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, lion and leopard in nearby Tsavo National Park became a way of life for David and one that he embraces each day.
David thoroughly enjoys sharing the unforgettable experiences that Kenya’s wonderfully diverse wildlife offers visitors from all over the world. Now, in partnership with Soren Lindstrom’s Africa, David looks forward to more opportunities to introduce and share the magic of Africa with overseas visitors.
Tim was born and brought up in Zambia, his early years nurturing a profound love of the natural world and the African bush in particular. After school and university in Ireland and Scotland Tim joined the Royal Air Force and has only recently left after a highly successful military career, retiring in the rank of Air Commodore.
Tim has travelled extensively in Central, East and Southern Africa and delights in introducing the sights sounds and experiences of safari to others. He enjoys fishing, be it for fly-fishing for trout in English chalk streams, hunting tiger fish in Zambia or chasing marlin in the Indian Ocean.
He is also an experienced wing shooter helping to run pheasant and partridge shoots in England. Tim is currently a part time sports coach at the Duchess of Cambridge’s old school and a polo instructor at one of England’s top polo clubs.
Tim is delighted to join Soren, Joe and Dave and looks forward to spending more time guiding safaris in the magical African bush.