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COMPANY HISTORY

Since 2004, Wild Rainbow African Safaris has created custom adventures in Africa for its travelers. Owned and operated by Jody Cole, one of the few American women with two of the highest certifications for field guides in Africa: Certified Level 2 Field Guide and Trails Guide from the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa. Jody's love of Africa is matched only by her enthusiasm for sharing it with her guests. She's traveled to Africa over 75 times. She prides herself on meeting her guests’ individual needs and providing each with personal attention.

Based in Sacramento, California, Wild Rainbow offers every one of its guests the opportunity to safely experience Africa and all its delights, from five-star luxury lodges, mobile tented camps and safaris to cultural exchanges and Cape Town nightclubs.

Jody operates Wild Rainbow with a simple philosophy: Make sure everyone has the time of his or her life. She does this by taking the fear and worry out of planning an Africa safari. Her deep knowledge of the region, extensive relationships with local operators and keen understanding of life in the bush makes this possible.

Wild Rainbow is unmatched in the industry as each safari is crafted specifically for each group. Jody has never done the same safari twice. She accompanies her guests every step of the way. Her hands-on approach, humor, deep knowledge of the region and joie de vivre make every activity unique and fun. What does a giraffe do when the safari vehicle bursts into fits of giggles and guffaws? You'll find out on a safari with Wild Rainbow.

No other safari company offers this kind of hands-on, personal attention.

Wild Rainbow is a proud member of Kenyan Authorized Travel Specialists, Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, and International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, and is affiliated with Call of Africa Travel, Lawson’s Birding & Wildlife Safaris in Southern Africa and Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience (SENE) in East Africa. She is a trails guide with Discovery-Trails.org.

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JODY COLE, OWNER

A philanthropist and gay rights activist, Jody fell in love with Africa in early 1998. She returned again and again to her love, becoming a specialist at life in the bush. She earned a Field Guide and Trails Guide certification, with advanced rifle handling and trained in Kenya with the Kenyan Professional Guides Association. She is an Adventure Travel Specialist and a Master Kenya Travel Specialists (KATS).

The wildlife, ecology and culture of Africa is keenly important to Jody. With that in mind her safaris are lower impact with opportunities to give back or engage more deeply, if that's of interest to her guests.

From guiding for five-star lodges to tent camps, Jody is versed in a wide array of safari options. A people person, Jody is as entertaining as she is educated, filling each day with lively conversation and lighting up the savannah with her warm smile.

An avid climber, Jody summited Mount Kilimanjaro in February 1998 and again in January 2010. While honing her trail guide skills, Jody has also spent the past 20 years focusing on human rights and animal welfare. She has received numerous awards for her community work and dedicated eight years of volunteer work with the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands.

Additionally, she has had an active role in animal research projects, including South Africa's brown hyenas through The Earthwatch Institute with Drs. Dawn Scott and Richard Yarnell and the South African Transboundary Project with Michelle Henley.She is also an active supporter of Save the Elephants Foundation in South Africa and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jody serves on the board of directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Foundation.

jody@wildrainbowsafaris.com 1 (800) 423-1495 ext: 700



ROYCE PIRO, Social Media Weapon

Royce Piro is an avid traveler and has been on three African Safaris with Wild Rainbow. In addition to that she has traveled in Europe, through most of the United States, much of Canada, including Polar Bear viewing on the Hudson Bay. She recently visited Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Royce has had many careers in her life; she was a community college teacher, managed professional offices and established and ran her own businesses. She loves to share her passion for travel, especially to Africa, with anyone who will listen!

royce@wildrainbowsafaris.com 1 (800) 423-1495 ext: 703




RONI SCHALMAN, Bookkeeper

Roni joined WRAS September 2015 to assist with the financial aspects of the business. She left corporate America after many years to start her own bookkeeping and pet boarding business. Roni loves to travel. Her favorite trips have been to Kenya, grizzly bear safari in Alaska, chocolate and beer in Belgium, hiking in Peru. While in Kenya, Roni developed a passion for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary and fostering rescued baby elephants.

ronis.wras@gmail.com




Diane Areno, Operations & Marketing Assistant

Diane brings a diverse range of skills to our business including sales, marketing, public relations, and management. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education and a Masters degree in Business. Diane has been a volunteer for many years focusing on both immigration by assisting qualified Legal Permanent Residents in becoming U.S. Citizens and outreach to the homelessness. After many years in corporate America Diane is now fulfilling her passion and dream of working with a group of heartfelt women such as Jody Cole and her company Wild Rainbow African Safaris.

diane@wildrainbowsafaris.com




ALISON HAWTHORNE, Airline and Insurance Specialist

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).

arhawthorn@aol.com 415-552-8321



 
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“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