For 13 years, our founder, Ken Timms, worked in Africa, firstly in exploration, then having fallen in love with the continent and the wildlife, he decided to open his own company in Kenya.
He took over the lease on a little known hostel in Nairobi called Nairobi Backpackers and started a safari company, Wild Rovers Africa Ltd. The combination was a great success and the popularity of both the hostel and the safari company grew rapidly, leading in 2007 to the vote by international travellers for the Lonely Planet Blue List title, “The Best Place to be in Africa” and also a 4 page article on our safaris appearing in International Travel Magazine.
He was responsible for the dramatic increase in Danish travellers to Kenya and East Africa, by touring Denmark giving slide shows and negotiating a sole agency deal with Jysk Rejsebureau.
Unfortunately, the lease on the hostel was not renewed when it expired in December 2007 as the landlord had other plans for the property and Ken returned to his home town of Sheffield in the UK.
Although officially retired, he continues to promote African operations and be the mainstay for safari and expedition planning, plus designing complete holidays in East Africa, including accommodation reservations, beach holidays, safaris, mountain treks and tickets for local travel
The East African safari operations are now done by the previously employed Wild Rovers safari team, who are now all self employed, with the advice and support of Ken.
Ken was nicknamed the Wild Rover by his mother, because of his love for adventure, travel and nature, hence the name of the company, Wild Rovers.
He still keeps in touch with many of the backpacker fraternity through his Facebook page.
Charity work has been a major factor in his life and much of his time is spent raising funds for wildlife and humanitarian charities.
Not only, but also.....
Complete price list of all the Safaris and activities
Safaris | Walking
Safaris | Private
Overland Safaris |
Whitewater Rafting | Mountain
Hot Air Ballooning -
Flying Safaris - Beach Packages - University Field Trips
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2006 Nairobi Backpackers