20 Questions with Brian


Mango Safaris - Africa Expert & Token Guy in the Office
Team member since 2006

What’s your hometown?
Hillsboro, OR

What’s your favorite thing about working at Mango?
Helping folks realize their travel dreams and working with the Mango team to create these amazing experiences.

Why do you love to travel?
I am open to all experiences. I love to learn about and interact with other cultures, see the natural facets of a destination, take it all in.

What’s your favorite destination in Africa and why?
Greystoke Camp for the very special chimpanzee trekking you can do there. I have never felt more up close with nature.

What’s your favorite destination outside of Africa and why?
SE Asia, all over. For the people, culture, cruise, weather, diving and much more.

What’s your dream trip for 2020?

What’s the best thing you ever ate while traveling?
Many small street food items in places like Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang, Mui Ne, Hat Yai, Geroge Town, etc.

What’s the most memorable wildlife sighting in Africa?
Hard to narrow to one. I’ll go for the time we saw a large lion pride hunt, capture and eat two buffalos while on the Selinda Reserve in Botswana.

What’s the most unique souvenir you’ve ever brought home from a trip?
I tend to look for small little things that catch my eye or have a meaning so I have things like a small sculpture, or carved bowl, even a cheesy small key chain or other little items that can spark memories of adventures passed.

What 5 things are always in your carry-on bag?
Phone, book, glasses, headphones, sleeping pills.

What’s the foreign currency you have the most of floating around at home?
Probably Vietnamese Dong. But in African currencies, for sure ZAR.

What’s your top travel tip?
Try to keep an open mind.

What’s your favorite animal?

What do you love to do outside of travel?
Friends, family, movies, reading, eating at fun spots.

What’s your go-to drink for sundowners?
Used to be a G&T or two, but these days I go for sparkling water.

What’s your favorite movie or book?
To many to choose from, so let’s just say The Alchemist for book and The Reservoir Dogs for movie.

What’s your favorite food?
My absolute favorites are very simple…eggs over medium on top of steamed rice with chili sauce and scallions.

What pets do you have?
The office cats love me for some reason, but sadly I have allergies so have zero pets at home.

What’s your perfect summer day?
A nice hike along the Willamette, breakfast with some friends, farmer’s market stop, back nine at Heron Lakes Blue, cook out under the stars.

What’s your guilty pleasure movie?
Pitch Perfect.



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