Caren Banks

Travel Designer

Like many of our Rothschild Safari Travel Designers, Caren grew up in South Africa and fell in love with the safari world while she was working at a safari company that pioneered the inaugural safari experience in Botswana.

Caren moved to the United States in the mid-70’s to pursue a career in mergers, acquisitions and finance. Throughout her illustrious career in the finance industry she continued to travel to Africa for personal vacations. It wasn’t long before her love of sustainable tourism became more important to her than financial portfolios.

In the early 1990’s Caren founded Nature Encounters, a boutique travel company specializing in custom designed adventures. Through this experience, Caren put together a portfolio of dynamic properties that she called Caren’s Best. This exclusive collection of outstanding owner-operated camps and lodges, inns and retreats worldwide became her passion. In 2012 she moved to Zambia and Botswana to market Caren’s Best to tour operators based in the United States.

Eventually Caren returned to the United States and began working for TravelQuest which takes travelers to far-reaching corners of the globe to witness astrological phenomenon’s such as solar eclipses or the aurora borealis. Caren’s colorful and diverse background made her a natural fit for Rothschild Safaris. Among many of Caren’s interesting accolades, she did research for Patricia Schultz’s, best-selling book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. But if you ask Caren about her favorite places to travel she is likely to tell you that it is gorilla trekking in Uganda.

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