Betsy Younkins, Founder

Washington, DC

Running an adventure travel company wasn't a logical move from my career as a lobbyist, but I love it and wish I'd started sooner!

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Jean Zunkel, Founder

Lamy, New Mexico

Since the age of 13 I've wanted to see every country in the world.  So far, I've been to 150 and I'm still traveling and adding!



Ahdina Zunkel

Lamy, New Mexico

The beginning of Ahdina's life in South Africa would plant the seeds for her love of travel and learning about cultures throughout the world.  She has traveled extensively on 5 continents.  She currently lives in Lamy, New Mexico with her husband and photographer, Marc Romanelli and two beautiful children, Mena and Redford. 


Roger Dugmore

Maun, Botswana

Roger is originally from Kenya, and the son of one of Africa’s “Great White Hunters”. He has been living in Botswana, leading mobile safaris for the last 30 years. He has a deep love and understanding of the country’s people and wildlife, guiding safaris in the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Kalahari. Combined with his love of photography and film making, his safaris are unique and rich experiences.  He is an expert on both the African wildlife and vast array of birds in Southern Africa.  His passion is about being out there and the adventure of the unknown. 


Scott Montgomery

Maun, Botswana

Born and bred in Botswana, Scott Montgomery is fortunate to have grown up in some of the most remote wilderness areas remaining on the continent.  Committed to improving the relationship between humans and the surrounding wildlife in Africa, Scott began guiding in 1995.  He has a deep knowledge of existing flora and fauna, and a deep love for Africa and its cultures.  Scott loves to explore, discuss, and share all the hidden treasures that Botswana has to offer.

Martin Webb-Bowen

Windhoek, Namibia

Martin came to Namibia from Kenya in 1993 to run the Namibian end of a British safari operation, but this quickly developed into a fully Namibian safari company. The company initially only concentrated on providing private guided safaris for visitors from the UK, but this soon spread into other source markets such as the USA, Switzerland, France, Spain and Australia. Martin has retained his passion for arranging seamless holidays for individuals as well as for groups of any size. His and his team's attention to detail and care for their travelers are remarkable. The words ‘holiday of a lifetime’ are still guaranteed to provide considerable satisfaction

Freedom Dube

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freedom is originally from Durban, but after many years of living in Johannesburg he knows the city well and loves its energy and pace.  For many years Freedom has met BJ Adventures guests at the airport, shown them sights, taken them shopping, and given them an in-depth look at the township of Soweto.

Pieter Geldenhuys

Cape Town, South Africa

Pieter hails from Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He acquired financial skills studying accounting and business, but he gained life skills packing potatoes in England.  His checkered career includes stints in the oil business, corporate travel management, and professional education.  He finally settled in Cape Town in 2007, started a tourism business, and got a dog.  His motto?  Welcome to my life...

Burak Sansal

Istanbul, Turkey

A professional guide since 1988, Burak is an expert on all aspects of Turkey's culture.  His enthusiasm, deep knowledge of his heritage, and attention to clients will make you fall in love with his beautiful country.  

Sanjay Arora

New Delhi, India

Experienced in the Indian sub-continent, Sanjay specialized in India, Nepal, Bhutan & Sri Lanka.  He has traveled extensively in India and shares his knowledge with special interest university and museum groups from around the world.  His company received the National Tourism Award for Outstanding Performance in 2014.  

Alaa Elfiky

Cairo, Egypt

A graduate of Cairo University with a degree in Archeology and Tourism, Alaa's love of art, antiques, and antiquities makes him much sought after to guide our clients.  He also guides groups from cruise ships and American museums visiting Egypt.  

Alex Vereau

Cusco, Peru

Alex has been guiding adventure treks and tours in his country of Peru for over 15 years.  He is an expert on ancient cultures as well as an athletic and personable guide and lecturer, with a great sense of humor.  Alex has all the qualities to bring alive the Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines and other interesting and fascinating Peruvian sights.  


Rabemananjara Ony Haja Lalaina

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Ony recently earned a Masters Degree from Antananarivo University in Economics-Local Development and Tourism even though she has been in the tourism business for more than 14 years.  She takes great pride and pleasure when visitors to Madagascar enjoy her fascinating and beautiful country.  

Azat Fazilov

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Azat studied Civil Engineering at the Bukhara Technological Institute.  He worked for a very big construction company for 10 years, then his career dramatically changed when he was offered to work in the IT department of a small travel company.   He wanted to work with international guests and spent the next two years learning English.  Azat says, "To say frankly, I found this style of life much more interesting than sitting in the office with cables and computer chips!"  Azat has now led guests for almost 15 years throughout Uzbekistan and it truly one of the most exceptional guides BJA has ever worked with.  

Header Photo © Marc Romanelli; Photo of Roger Dumore © Alwyn Chong Photography