An absolute hit with our Sutton U3A group…Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful daring travels: I could visualise the sight and smell!

Yvonne Neblett, Speaker Bookings Secretary, Sutton U3A

An excellent talk…We were enthralled by the picture you painted in words and photos, and I am sure you have changed the perspectives many of us had of Africa

Susan Thomas, Programme Secretary, Emmanuel Women’s Fellowship

After his visit this week we wouldn’t be at all surprised if we next see him on our small screens following in the footsteps of Michael Palin, Simon Reeves or Levison Wood.

Liz Brown, chair and secretary, Geographical Association York and District branch

[An] excellent talk, which was completely enthralling and provided a fascinating insight into the remoter areas of Africa of which most of us are unfamiliar.
When I saw the resume of the talk in our programme a while ago, I could not even begin to imagine the logistics involved in embarking on such an expedition especially on one’s own, and thought that anyone doing so must be either reckless, or an extremely enthusiastic, determined, and intrepid explorer, in the true sense of the word. Having listened to Ian tonight I am sure you will agree with me that the latter is the case.

Vote of thanks, Geographical Association Huddersfield & Halifax with RGS Yorkshire & the North East, November 2018

Ian has shared his tales of motivation and adventure with large and enthusiastic audiences across the UK, from schools and travel clubs to the Royal Geographical Society’s London headquarters, and you can read a number of testimonials on this page.

You can watch a short section of one of Ian’s recent talks above. Contact Ian directly for more information, or to book him for an event.

We hosted Ian Packham for a sixth form lecture this week and he was absolutely brilliant! His talk was utterly enthralling and encouraged the youngsters to challenge their pre-conceptions of Africa as a rather inhospitable and lawless continent. A number of the pupils spoke to me afterwards saying how much they had enjoyed Ian’s talk and looked forward to hearing about his next adventure.

David Elstone, headmaster Hymers College

Utterly compelling

Jenifer Phillips, programme secretary, Geographical Association Blackpool branch


Globetrotters Club, London

Thank you very much for coming to speak at the Exploration Club last term – we were all inspired.

Francis Hamblin, Oxford University Exploration Club committee

A very interesting presentation enjoyed by a full house… would recommend.

Michael Hand, Chair RGS East Anglia regional committee

Ian delivered an excellent and engaging lecture that was thought-provoking and looked to dispel some of the ignorances held about Africa. We look forward to welcoming him back to Repton in the future.

Riccardo De Rosa, head of Geography, Repton school

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