Linda Friedman has been in the travel industry for over 25 years; specializing in African Safaris, travel with children and group travel. Friedman founded Custom Safaris in 1995, focusing on experiential travel journeys that include unique adventures and authentic cultural immersion. Linda’s particular interest is the nomadic traditions of the Maasai. She has been recording oral histories of Maasai and Samburu elders for over fifteen years. Linda has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a ‘Top Travel Specialist for Safaris: East Africa’, since 2003. Custom Safaris has offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Kenya. Custom Safaris has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, in Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Bethesda Magazine , and Custom Safaris has assisted NBC News while filming and broadcasting live from East Africa. Friedman was honored to participate in the “Kwita Izina” (baby gorilla naming ceremony) in Rwanda, June 2008. “If I had just one hour to spend in all of Africa, it would be with your gorillas here in Rwanda. Without question, seeing gorillas in their natural habitat is the most inspiring wildlife experience one can have.”

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