About Us

Our Roots

In my mid 20’s, I found myself in East Africa alongside my friend Phil Osborne – travel guru, conservationist, and philanthropist. With Phil’s vision, we co-founded and pioneered  a new safari model – custom designed, intimate, and off-the-chart safaris to private homes and tented camps in the bush. Over time, I watched this new revolutionary safari model deepen the travelers’ experience while directly funding and supporting those doing the important conservation work, saving and protecting the precious wildlife. The legacy of Phil’s desire and determination to support these homeowners help the last remaining wildlife of Kenya continues to thrive and offers an alternative to the crowded lodges in the national parks and reserves.
 
Today, The Portal is the continuation of that vision connecting the traveler to a more meaningful and deeply immersed safari experience. Our goal is to deliver expansive and intentional experiences, custom crafted to exceed expectations (with some surprises), while honoring your investment of time and travel dollars. Our offerings also include unique workshops with my dear friend the world renowned Australian photographer, Greg Newington, and my very gifted mother, artist Alice Williams. In addition, each year, Erin and myself offer unique exploratory trips – stay tuned! 

Meet Our Dynamic Safari Team

Christine Mann Founder
Christine has been traveling to East Africa and planning luxury safaris since 1992. She was instrumental in developing the concept and operations of custom travel to the private bush homes, lodges and tented camps of Kenya and Tanzania. After a hiatus of raising children, she is back in the game and looks forward to collaborating with you on your safari adventure!
 
“I am humbled to have visited this incredible continent, let alone share it with others. Africa touches my soul in a deep and primal way – it is a feast for your senses!” ~ Christine
Erin Perry Safari Specialist
Erin’s curious nature comes naturally! It inspired her to explore 60+ countries and will be the north star she follows to create extraordinary safaris for you. Her laughter is contagious, knowledge of Kenya remarkable, and her demeanor soothing to even the most anxious of travelers. 
 
“It’s been a long time dream of mine to share the magic of the place that captured my heart and soul over 30 years ago when I went on my first safari. I am excited to create a safari that will be etched into your heart and soul.”  ~ Erin
Linda Allen Operations
Having owned and operated a marketing and design company for over 20 years, Linda is busy behind the scenes developing and operating the frontend and backend of our website, internal digital operations, including our custom online on-boarding portal specific to each client’s scheduled journey. She is an ace at designing and setting up our internal processes and fine tuning our systems, enabling us to give our clients personal attention. In addition, she handles all things related to accounting and is an invaluable member of our team. 

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