Ryan Hilton 

Sarasota, FL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Safari

  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tanzania
  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
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Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • Italian

My Background

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa, into a family with 150+ years of engaging the wilds of Africa, I believe that that an African safari experience can change the way an individual perceives the world today and easily stands a chance at being the best travel experience of every travelers' life.

My work has me in Africa, on safari with guests, between 60 day and 100 days each year and this time in the destination with the teams on the ground is vital to ensuring that I understand the hospitality and field operations of the teams doing their work in the great wildlife areas of the continent today.

As a former photographic safari guide my unique perspective on which areas and operators produce quality wildlife experiences and who is truly committed to the guest experience enables me to identify and recommend safari options based on a travelers past travel habits, travel preferences and goals for their African safari experience. My company works with travelers in (and I have had the distinct good fortune to visit) many wonderful destinations around the world and this too helps me understand what a traveler encounters in those destinations and what the global hospitality community is doing to ensure they retain travelers' attention and participation.

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The Best For Africa

By: Love to Travel

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

I have been to Africa four times on trips organized by Ryan and I am in the process of booking trip number five. All my previous tips have been flawless, without a single glitch, and the success is attributable to Ryan. Considering the complex logistics of inland travel in this underdeveloped continent, problem free safari travel reflects deep knowledge of the area. He is simply the best.

As always .. top notch!

By: Marie & M

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2013

It's a great comfort to travel under the guidance of Ryan Hilton. His attention to detail (including our personal preferences) means we are fully aware of what to expect and have never experienced any surprises (other than the "special" surprises he lets us discover on our own). So far, Ryan has created memorable trips for us to Africa and Alaska. Would we use Ryan again? We would not even consider anyone else.

Florence and Tuscany

By: M & M

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2014

Ryan: The trip exceeded our expectations. We had two small issues with transportation but Michelle Anderson has taken care of this to our satisfaction. I constantly recommend you to organizations that I am involved with. Thank you for making this a memory of a lifetime. M & M


By: water baby

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

The best!!! The only way to travel. Ryan and Malaka and the Admiral Travel team are the best. They understand and know their clients so mold a vacation to suit the person. Their attention to detail is second to none. They do not leave anything out, like a transfer or contact person, and they will also add a little something if they know it is a special place or occasion for you. Can't say enough.

Silversea Cruise

By: Meg

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2018

A pleasure, as always. He is thoughtful, sincere and kind. It was a wonderful group of travelers, an interesting itinerary — an overall memorable experience. Ryan and Malaka are detail oriented and organized while also upbeat and fun to be around.

5th trip with Ryan, more to come!

By: Andy

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2018

I just recently completed my 10th trip to africa, and 5th planned by Ryan Hilton, Michael Distler, and the Admiral Travel crew. It should be apparent that I have come to trust their incredible knowledge of Southern Africa. They are up to date on not only the best camps going (with the ability to secure rooms at perennially booked camps), but also know specific wildlife interactions happening, seasonal tips on wildlife, and a wealth of other details to make a great trip spectacular and utterly unforgettable. Can’t wait for my next trip.

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