Sandra was born and raised in Switzerland where she developed a love for mountains, snow, chocolate and cheese. After completing her studies 20 years ago, she set out to explore Africa. Travelling in Cameroon, working on eclipse festivals in Zambia, diving in Malawi, kayaking in Mozambique and boat building in Cape Town marked the start of a new life for Sandra. Madagascar came next, here Sandra spent a decade developing a rainforest lodge on the Masoala peninsula where her love for sea kayaking and ocean life flourished. Paddling, snorkelling and exploring the fantastic forests kept her busy until a new forest called. The Congo. Here she developed and opened camps in Odzala National park. Opening operations and camps in challenging remote environments became a speciality and since then she has done similar projects in Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania.
Always the adventurer, one of her life defining experiences was taking a year off to explore the coasts and Archipelagos of Panama. This epic adventure covered more than 3000km of unsupported kayaking in stunningly remote waters. Time in the neotropics gave her time to indulge her love of forests. Birding and wildlife watching in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andean cloud forests are cherished memories.
Sandra is passionate about nature and people. She has unrivalled energy and a sunny attitude to life that shines through in everything she does. Her extensive operations and travel and ecotourism experience are put to great use at Anderson Expeditions where she manages and creates unique wildlife and wilderness experiences. Sandra now lives in a nature reserve close to Kruger National Park with her two crazy dogs and husband and best friend Fraser. When not working on expedition business she spends her time enjoying living in nature, camping, hiking, gardening and training her dogs to be a little less crazy.