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Upmarket UK operator Scott Dunn is expanding into the US with the takeover of Aardvark Safaris.

Based in San Diego, California, a new business has been created under the Scott Dunn USA name. No price was put on the deal.

The new venture is being led by Aardvark president, John Spence, who now reports to Scott Dunn chief executive, Simon Russell.

Russell said: "We're excited to be taking Scott Dunn's renowned service into the US and believe our high-end customised vacations will really appeal to discerning US guests looking for incredible experiences all over the world.

“John Spence and his team at Aardvark have built a successful business and an enviable reputation for African travel. The addition of our worldwide experts will ensure the business continues to grow strongly under the Scott Dunn brand."

Spence, who becomes president of Scott Dunn USA, added: "I'm proud of what we've achieved with Aardvark in the US and excited about the future with Scott Dunn.

“There's no doubt we share the same service culture and commitment to quality. The ability to service our US guests with a complete range of worldwide destinations for their vacations is the logical next step for the business here."

UK-based Aardvark Safaris Ltd continues as an independent specialist tour operator specialising in African holidays as it is not involved i