Patrick enjoying a relaxing mint tea in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Patrick began his travels in Southern Africa in 1989 and for a number of years worked in roles as diverse as a mining geologist in South Africa and as a film extra in Zimbabwe. After witnessing the historic release of Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, February 1990 he spent a year travelling in a VW campervan across Southern Africa before returning to the UK, re-training with a postgraduate diploma and joining the travel industry.
He soon returned to Africa leading numerous tours for a leading UK adventure travel company and quickly re-discovered the heritage and beauty of the continent. Patrick went on to establish his own travel consultancy in 2002; Syder Travel, planning and leading trips throughout the world, for 20 very successful years. He is also a keen travel photographer and his work is regularly featured by Lonely Planet, Getty Images and the Royal Geographical Society.