About your private
Africa

Why choose us?

We plan complex, aspirational trips to select destinations worldwide and deliver a high-touch client experience. Our clients range from busy professionals to families, friends, and the no-limits traveler. Some trips are understated, and some are luxurious and highly personalized. Behind each and every budget and itinerary, is a customized trip, based on specific goals, preferences, and style. We handle the details; all you need to do is show up.

Nick Bay

Founder & Safari Designer

"Passionate about wild places, I’m drawn to Africa time and time again."

Nick's passion for travel began as a child when his parents moved the family from California to France for three years. In the years that followed, Nick continued to explore the world and spent extensive amounts of time in Africa, Europe and the Americas. Passionate about wild places, Nick was drawn to Africa time and time again, leading him to become a safari guide in South Africa in 2003. Nick eventually moved home and started using his extensive knowledge of Africa, through both personal experience and a degree in environmental studies and African politics, to plan African safaris professionally.

Nick has been involved in the travel industry for over a decade, having worked for several adventure travel and luxury tour operators before founding YPA with his wife and business partner, Ashley. However, Africa is not the only continent Nick is passionate about and thus the evolution of YPA now includes select destinations worldwide. Nick has visited six continents already and is eagerly anticipating visiting Antarctica.

Ashley Bay

Founder & Director of Operations

"It’s about connections. We see how travel connects us, to ourselves, to the natural world, and that’s meaningful.”

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Ashley comes to YPA with a personal background in finance and small business management. In 2010, as the financial industry was attempting to repair, Ashley changed course from the world of finance to the world of fitness. Ashley developed a passion for communication and connection through a decade spent teaching and practicing yoga, amongst other modalities.

She believes travel and movement have many parallels, primarily both set out to create connection with yourself or the world in which you exist. Going somewhere out of your comfort zone gives you insights to who you truly are because when we step outside our routines, magic happens. Aside from managing operations, Ashley personally works with YPA clients to ensure everyone arrives feeling prepared and excited for their adventure.

Briarley Bekker

Operational Support Specialist

"Passionate about travel and making magic happen for our clients."

Briarley is the Operational Support Specialist based in South Africa who works with Nick and Ashley to assist with business operations and guest experience. She is passionate about the tourism industry and believes in working together as a team to make magic happen. She loves YPA's motto to “always be in search of a YES'', and she values the integrity, transparency, and commitment of the team.

Having worked in several sectors of the leisure tourism industry for the past 16 years, Briarley has a well-rounded skill set which makes her a huge asset to the company. She has had the privilege of travelling the 7 continents of the world while working as part of an expedition team on a luxury adventure cruise liner, and has experienced a multitude of different cultures. A fun fact: Briarley started her career in the South African Navy where she spent three years at Simonsberg Naval Base. Her love for running was born here and she enjoys spending time on the road or trails. Her bucket list trip would be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and summit Uhuru Peak.

Janalyn Theodosiou

Communications Director

"Through travel we have the opportunity to empower people and protect wilderness."

Janalyn is a seasoned professional in the luxury travel marketing industry. She began her career in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Cape Grace Hotel, and later moved on to New York City to work with numerous well-known and loved US and European boutique hotels and resorts. She then returned to Cape Town to work with some of the most iconic brands in Africa for over a decade.

As an American born in Zimbabwe – having lived, studied, and worked between the United States, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Spain and China – Janalyn has gained a deep understanding of the ever-changing and intricate travel industry. Today she loves sharing her passion for the transformative power of travel on the African continent through directing Your Private Africa’s digital stories and communications. A true citizen of the world, her favorite work-from-home locations are Victoria Falls, Kommetjie (in South Africa) and Seattle.