MATTHEW AND CARMEL BAMBACH
My wife Carmel and I founded the business out of a sheer love for the North West of Western Australia in particularly the Gibb River Road and the Kimberley. We have a passionate desire to enable others who perhaps don’t have access to a 4WD and camping equipment, to share in these unique holiday destinations and experiences.
Carmel and I have been married for 25 years and have spent 4 of those years based in the UK working in developing nations to enhance education, health and business opportunities with disadvantaged people (focus on Eastern and Southern Africa). We have travelled extensively throughout these nations using local transport and tenting. We have also lived for many years in the northwest of WA – exploring the Pilbara and Kimberley regions extensively. Part of my work in the Northwest was to support local Aboriginal communities in their governance. We have spent our adult lives camping and exploring our vast magnificent country Australia (with our three now grown up children). A Family highlight was travelling around Australia as a family in our 4WD – camping for 13 months. Life before marriage saw me working for a rural development organisation in Nepal – focusing on reforestation, enhanced farming techniques and water sanitation. This sparked a passion to look outside of my immediate social context and embrace the world as my neighbour. My educational background is in management and adult education. Carmel has 30 years’ experience working in health as an Occupational Therapist and as Managing Director of a Community OT Practice. We both bring high level interpersonal skills and management experience to Kimberley Safari Tours.
Come on a tour and get to know us. We’d love to meet you.
Andy Bambach has been a tour leader/driver in East Africa for many years, guiding travellers to experience exotic animals and cultures in the wilds of Africa.
Andy has travelled extensively through the Kimberley, The Kimberley and the World. Andy led Tours driving 4WD MAN trucks on some of the worst roads in Africa so guests could experience amazing places like the Serengeti (Tanzania), Masai Mara (Kenya), Ngorongoro Crater & Zanzibar (Tanzania). From close up encounters with Mountain Gorillas (Zaire/DRC) to gliding through the Okavango Delta (Botswana) past hippo’s in traditional Macoro canoes, Andy’s love for ‘off the beaten track’ adventure, foreign cultures and camping by an open fire under a canopy of stars makes him the perfect tour guide/driver for the Kimberley.
Andy also travels extensively working as a documentary film-maker and photographer into remote Aboriginal bush communities in Australia and recently in the slums of India and Africa. He loves driving remote Australian desert and bush tracks including the Gibb River Road, Tanami, Gunbarrel, Strzeliki, Oodnadata, Birdsville, Plenty and Sandover.
Andy and Matthew are Brothers who have travelled extensively together in Australia and may other parts of the globe. Andy loves music and travels with his guitar, so you can expect some music around the campfire.
John Hill has been living and working in the Kimberley for 30 years, he brings vast knowledge and expertise to Kimberley Safari Tours.
John is originally from Northern Queensland, but has lived and worked in the Kimberley for 30 years. He has been a school principal in remote Aboriginal communities, worked for the Aboriginal Recourse Agency, and has been a consultant across the Kimberley. John is passionate about educating and showing people this magnificent area of Western Australia with its diverse flora, fauna and rich Aboriginal cultural heritage. He looks forward to sharing the Kimberley with you. John often is involved in our school and other Kimberley Tour charters where we visit local schools and indigenous communities. He also often drives our Day Tours to places like Cape Leveque.