Wild Rainbow African Safaris was founded in 2004 and is owned and operated by Jody Cole, one of the few American women who have achieved the rating of Certified Level 2 FGASA Trailsguide from the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and a Kenya Travel Specialists (KATS).
Based out of Northern California in the States, Wild Rainbow offers every one of our guests the opportunity to safely experience Africa and all it has to offer, from 5-star luxury lodges, mobile tented camps and safaris to cultural exchanges and Cape Town nightclubs. Jody Cole has traveled to Africa over 40 times and her personal attention to each guest and their needs is why Wild Rainbow Safaris is unique in the Africa travel industry. Jody not only will develop your itinerary and create the ultimate experience for your safari, but she accompanies you and your group personally. No other tour company delivers the hands-on care that Wild Rainbow delivers.
Wild Rainbow is a proud member of IATAN/ IATA, Adventure Travel Association, Kenyan Africa Travel Specialists, Africa Travel Association, Better Business Bureau, and affiliated with Call of Africa Travel, Ker & Downey, AKORN, Rhino Africa and Summit Expeditions (SENE).
Jody Cole is a philanthropist and human rights activist, who has been traveling to Africa since January 1998. Having traveled to most of the sub-Saharan countries of Africa she has become a specialist at life in the bush. Jody is a certified Field Guide and Trails Guide with FGASA, (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), has trained in Kenya with the Kenyan Professional Guides Association, she is an Adventure Travel Specialist and a Master KATS (Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist). Jody summited Mount Kilimanjaro in February 1998 and in January 2010.
Jody has spent the past 20 years focusing on human rights and animal welfare. Jody has received numerous awards for her community work and dedicated eight years of volunteer work with the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands. She has had an active role in animal research projects including South Africa's brown hyaenas with The Earthwatch Institute with Drs. Dawn Scott and Richard Yarnell, The South African Transboundary Project with Michelle & Steve Henley and is an active supporter of Save the Elephants Foundation in South Africa and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust of Nairobi, Kenya.
Robyn not only brings her love of travel and Africa to Wild Rainbow this year, she brings an incredibly diverse range of skills to our business and most-importantly, our clients. Robyn served in the US Navy, has tutored professionally in the fields of Algebra and Statistics, she holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Organizational/Instructional Communication, and has traveled all over the world since she was a teen.
Katharine has been working with Wild Rainbow African Safaris since 2004. She has traveled to Africa several times, including Namibia, Botswana, East Africa, Zimbabwe Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. In her other life she has been a professional musician for over 25 years. Katharine is our "voice on the ground" while Jody is in Africa.
Founder of Over The Rainbow Travel Alison has been in the business for more than 15 years. She is the past president of the Northern California Chapter of APTA (Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa) a Master KATS (Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist and a certified Field Guide with FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa).
“Excellent about says it all. I am astonished by how much you know, Jody, and in so many realms. Your knowledge and expertise of, in conjunction with your passion for Africa added immeasurably to my experience. Going to Africa has been a life long dream. This trip exceeded every expectation I had. No mean feat. The competence, enthusiasm and warmth of everyone, especially Jody, gave me an immediate feeling of ease and comfort that endured throughout. This was the best trip I have ever taken and worth every single penny spent. Thanks for making it so.”
—C. Kear, San Francisco, CA