All of the hotels that we use are carefully researched and we always stay in them before they become part of an adventure
Manley Hopkinson – Expedition Leader
Ex-Naval Weapons Engineering officer Manley Hopkinson has been with Neil from the beginning of Impala Adventures. It was while they were racing their Series 2a Land Rover in Morocco that a decision was made to start Impala as soon as they got home, which they duly did. Manley has led expeditions to Morocco, England and Wales for Impala. His leadership and navigation skills are immense and over the last few years he has had an insatiable appetite for adventure. Manley skippered the yacht Olympic Group around the World on the BT Global Challenge in 2000. He was also one of the team to win the first Walking Race to the North Pole in 2003. All of his exploits are heard by many as he is an after dinner speaker of excellence. www.manleytalks.com
Louise Hopkinson – Impala Support
Louise has guided and cajoled Neil during the development of Impala Adventures as she is able to channel his exuberance for life and adventure in the right direction. Her business and interpersonal relationship skills are second to none and she is often the “Agony Aunt” for our clients if they have any concerns both before and during their adventure. Louise is a very competent off-road driver in her own right, having crossed Lac Iriki by herself once or twice! Her cooking and camp organisation skills are very welcome by all of the support because she will always have a ready meal and our tents prepared for us after a hard day in the desert.
Steve Pitt – Impala Support
Steve joined Impala 20 years ago after he and his wife Kirstie came as clients on one of our Moroccan Adventures. His quiet confident, and strong manner has calmed many a client when they have got themselves stuck in the sand or are facing a daunting river crossing ahead. He has become a great friend and an indispensable member of our support team, especially in the Ice Forest where his nickname “The Bear” fits perfectly.
James Whitford – Impala Support
James is the newest member of the Impala Support Team, who joined us after his first Moroccan Adventure. He and his wife Cat have become good friends. James is a geologist and Land Rovers have been a part of his life and he takes them to places that you would think impossible, this gives him the skills and experience that keeps our clients safe and secure in the sands of the Sahara and Kalahari. Around the camp fires he imparts some of his incredible knowledge of how the landscapes that we travel through have evolved, which delights us all. He is ably supported by his wife Cat, just as I am by Louise.
Johnny Dover – Impala Support
Johnny is one of our best friends who has become one of the irreplaceable members of the Impala support team. Johnny completed his training in the soft sand of the Plage Blanche on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast. He comes from a flying background and the discipline and quick thinking needed in the air is put to good effect as Impala Support. Johnny is always smiling and would do so to the ends of the Earth.
Robin Dalton – Impala Support
I first met Robin in Namibia at the Cardboard Box backpackers lodge whilst I was running a reconnaissance for our first Namibian Adventure. He asked if he could join us and quite frankly has never looked back. He has a quiet strength which clients find very comforting when the dunes are difficult or the day is long. His driving skills are far above his own perception.
Mark Birch – Impala Support
I met Mark in the eighties while I was instructing at Palmersport when he had just left school. He competes very successfully in Off Road Competitions all over the world. Mark has built up immense skill and knowledge in off road driving and is exceptional at extracting a stuck car with a sympathy and understanding that has to be seen to be believed. His many skills include navigation, a deep understanding and respect of the wildlife in the desert and forests as well as being an inseparable companion in the depths of the Russian forest.
Richard Parkes – Impala Support
Richard has been on many of our adventures in Morocco, Russia and closer to home in England and Wales. He has exceptional skill with computers and he is the brains behind our website and has an input in any computer related concerns. He and his wife Michele are always unofficial support on any adventure that he and his wife join us on, as they know exactly how I and Louise would like things done.
Alec joined Impala in the summer of 2001 after enjoying two adventures with us to Morocco and Libya. He has become a great friend and he provides excellent support. His expertise lies in his leadership, navigation and search and rescue skills, Alec is a trained cartographer so reading maps is second nature. His caring support, motivation and enthusiasm are skills which enhance every adventure. Alec can always be relied upon to make the right decisions when confronted with a problem En route. Alec is supported by Mel in very much the same way as Louise supports Neil.