It’s easy to see Nico Heath’s passion for adventurous sojourns—his eyes instantly sparkle with delight, as he chats animatedly about his myriad journeys and awe-inspiring sights of wildlife.
The co-founder and director of Lightfoot Travel spent most of his childhood holidays exploring South Africa, Botswana, and other parts of the continent. Founded in Singapore in 2009, the bespoke luxury travel company offers personalised tours based on firsthand experiences by its adventure specialists and strategic partners.
With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, the London-born, Singapore-based director has lived in Kenya while working as the assistant manager of Borana Lodge, a luxury boutique property, followed by a memorable stint as an apprentice guide for a mobile tented company in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Heath’s love for the continent has gone unabated, and he continues to travel to the continent twice a year. Kenya in particular, is a destination that he enjoys revisiting. “I have worked in and explored all corners of Africa, but Kenya will always have a special place in my heart. The people, animals and culture make it a fascinating place,” shares the frequent traveller.
Nico Heath (NH) One of my recent trips was close to home—we visited Indonesia. We explored the atolls of Sulawesi on board a traditional Indonesian Phinisi boat which was an incredible experience.
NH Zambia, exploring South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi.
What do you love most about travelling?
NH Learning about new cultures and meeting the locals and experiencing the wildlife.
Most memorable travel experience?
NH One of them has to be a helicopter flight over Queenstown, where we stopped for a round of golf on top of a glacier—a true bucket list experience.
And the worst?
NH Anytime that I miss a connecting flight!