Globetrotter Sue Preater sets up new Taunton-based safari business
PUBLISHED: 17:42 21 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:04 20 February 2013
Sarah Ford meets globetrotter Sue Preater, who has recently launched a new Taunton-based safari business
To Africa with love
Lifelong traveller Sue Preater has a taste for adventure and it seems that there is not much that will get in her way when it comes to trying a new experience. So when she was recently given the chance to microlight across the Victoria Falls in Zambia, not even a menacing thunderstorm put her off. It was the scariest thing Ive ever done in my life, she admits. My boys had bet me that I would not do it, so I had to. But it was absolutely wonderful and when I got off I thought, Wow!
The Taunton-born globetrotter has visited more than 80 countries around the world but has always had a deep love for Africa. Now she is able to share that passion with others thanks to her exciting new business venture. Sue is Managing Director of Tracks Safaris, which provides safari holidays to the African continent including East Africa and Southern Africa. The company aims to offer a personal service to clients looking for bespoke, individually tailored itineraries to exact specifications such as family trips, elephant-back safaris or flying safaris, and from simple camping holidays to a stay in luxurious lodges. Sue has put together a selection of 11 different destinations listed on the lively new website at www.trackssafaris.co.uk. Sue enthuses, Visit Kenya for instance, and you have the choice between beautiful palm-fringed beaches and snow-capped mountains; then theres the culturally rich and ecologically diverse country of Rwanda, or Tanzania with its kaleidoscope of ever-changing landscapes. She continues, The website also features beautiful images of some of the wildlife you will encounter and lists the exciting specialist safaris ideal for keen birdwatchers, horse riders or those looking for a chance to volunteer or take part in conservation projects.
For every booking made with Tracks Safaris Sue says the company
will donate 10 to charity and it is also committed to the concept of responsible tourism, believing that host communities should benefit.
The business was launched in March and Sue brings years of experience to Tracks Safaris, having worked in sales and marketing in the advertising, banking, insurance and food industries. She has a BA in business and tourism as well as a Masters in tourism and sustainable studies. But it is probably her years of extensive travelling that make her the ideal person to help arrange holidays. I have lived abroad a lot and settled down in Taunton when I had the family, says Sue. I have three boys and have taken them on holiday individually when they reached 8 or 12, when they are old enough to absorb what they see, and then when they are 16. They are allowed to choose to go anywhere in the world.
Travelling with children is a growing sector of the market because parents probably started travelling when they were young and they want to give their children that experience too. Its important to broaden their minds and show young people that the world is their oyster, that there is more to life than computer games and that there are parts of the world where children have not got as much as they have.
For more info contact Sue on 01823 256630.