About your private africa


Your safari will be personally designed by a certified safari guide and destination expert who has experience representing lodges along with designing and leading trips on the ground throughout the region. What sets us apart is our experience crafting safaris for all types of travelers, our connections on the ground, passion for excellence and dedication to delivering an experience of a lifetime.

Nick Bay

Founder & Safari Designer

With one foot in Africa and the other firmly planted in the Pacific Northwest, Nick has been traveling and living internationally since he was very young and now lives in Kirkland, Washington. Nick has a deep passion for wildlife, adventure and incredible wilderness experiences.

Nick grew up camping which helped spark a love of nature and the outdoors. He lived in Paris, France for 3 years and traveled extensively in Europe.

Nick’s family became part owners of a game reserve in South Africa while Nick was a teenager, which allowed him to spend lots of time in the African bush. Nick then lived in Tanzania while completing his BA in Environmental & African studies and spent several months camping and doing homestays with families near Arusha and Lake Natron. He traveled extensively throughout the wildlife reserves and game parks of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Nick then moved to South Africa and passed his Field Guides Association of Southern Africa exams in 2006 and worked for a short time as a game ranger at a lodge near Hoedspruit under the guidance of a former game warden of Sabi Sand Game Reserve but eventually returned back to Seattle to be closer to family.

For the past decade, Nick has continued to spend extensive time in Africa each year and has been planning unique trips and safari experiences throughout the region. He has worked as both a custom tour planner as well as a sales & marketing specialist for luxury safari lodges, destination management companies, and private aircraft operators. Your Private Africa was conceived out of Nick’s desire to do even more for his clients by focusing on personalized service and experiences and leveraging his network of partners on the ground in each destination.

What Nick loves most about his job is that he gets to wake up each day and help make people’s dreams come true by designing exciting, personalized travel adventures for each client. Nick brings a practical sense and deep knowledge base of the game reserves, camps, lodges, guide and local specialists to build his clients unrivaled travel experiences.

Ashley Bay

Co-Founder & Operations Director

"The first time I went to Africa I fell in love, there is magic everywhere."

Ashley grew up in Seattle with a desire to travel and explore the world. The first time she went to Africa, Nick proposed on top of a kopje at sunset in the Sabi Sands. That trip turned out to be just the beginning of exploring the continent and since then Ashley has traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the Seychelles and back to South Africa.

With a background in finance and account management, Ashley acts as Operations Director at YPA. In addition to travel, Ashley is passionate about health and fitness and has been teaching yoga in the Seattle area since 2010.

Who We Are

Your Private Africa designs and implements uniquely crafted adventures, honeymoons, family explorations, special requests and events in Africa’s most spectacular destinations. Private aircraft charters, exclusive camps and lodges, and specialized private guides are hallmarks of our safaris. We are skilled at creative, personalized luxury travel experiences that capture our client’s dreams and aspirations.

Our History

Nick has been planning custom safaris for over a decade for a variety of clients, from the budget conscious to the no limits traveler, and everyone in between. Nick got his start as a junior guide at a lodge in South Africa right out of school and then worked for several adventure travel and luxury tour operators before founding Your Private Africa with his wife and business partner Ashley.

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