Holly Budge was quite literally on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest. Her passion for adventure is evident with two world records under her belt so far, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and race semi-wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just nine days. She has raised over £300k for charities through her adventures so far.



Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this rate they will be extinct in the next decade. Holly has turned this disheartening statistic into a powerful and award-winning campaign, entitled 'How Many Elephants', which presents a physical commentary on the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade.



Holly is a noted speaker who has spoken around the world about design, wildlife conservation and adventure. Holly speaks energetically about the power of passion and overcoming challenges with flexibility of thought, lateral thinking, skill, confidence and good judgement. Want to book Holly for your corporate, school or event talk?


Holly, founder of How Many Elephants, is inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impacts of the elephant ivory trade.

Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this astonishing rate they will be extinct in the wild by 2025! Holly is a passionate conservationist and artist using design to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection.

She was quite literally on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest last year to raise awareness and funds for anti-poaching projects. To date, she has helped raise over £300k for a diverse range of charities through her adventures and charity work.


Frontline With The Black Mambas.

“It was an incredible experience being on the front line with the Black Mamba’s, all female anti poaching unit in the beating heart of the African bush. I gleaned valuable insight as I accompanied the Black Mamba’s in their day to day work. The shared and intense passion I witnessed was inspiring, humbling and powerful. Everyone has their own fight in this tangled web of wildlife conservation, most striving for a common goal to preserve and conserve. I feel richer in knowledge, in experience and in hope that the rhino and elephant poaching crisis can still be turned around, despite the odds.”

"Holly has a very fresh approach, with high impact"

Natural World Safaris



Holly is an energetic and engaging motivational speaker who speaks passionately about her diverse achievements in the outdoors.

Holly’s tales of adventure are told with passion, humour and humility. Having to regain composure after forward propelling herself accidentally from a plane at 29,500ft above Mount Everest to working with an all female front line anti poaching team, Holly has first-hand experience of testing her limits and overcoming challenges with skill, confidence and good judgement. Even in times of great adversity, she reinforces the importance of having a positive mindset. Her presentations incorporate a powerful collection of photographs and video from previous expeditions.

"My mission is to inspire others to daydream, meander, run, climb and jump into their own adventures."

Holly’s themes include:


Life can teach us to limit our self belief. We need to THINK BIG, DREAM BIGGER and surround ourselves with like-minded others.


Passion is the golden key to success and fulfilment. It drives us to achieve our biggest dreams.


Dance to the beat of your own drum. We are in control of our mindsets. This is one of the only things we truly do have control of.


On a mountain, good decision making could be the difference between life and death. It is important to back yourself to make good solid decisions in the outdoors and in life.


There is power and magic in turning your ambitions into destinations, starting with learning how to break down big ideas into bite-sized, manageable chunks and act on them.


To push your limits you first have to test your limits. It is truly exhilarating to push yourself harder than ever before and discover you have more stamina, determination and resilience than you ever would have thought.



Holly delivers various combinations of her talk and workshop session, depending on her audience and their requirements. She is happy to put emphasis on any of her specific themes to fit with the client’s criteria. Her costs vary depending on the distance she has to travel, the occasion and the format of the day.

Clients include:

"But the most beautiful things in life are not just things. They’re people and places, memories and pictures. They’re feelings and moments, smiles and laughter."



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Quick 24 hr trip to Zambia to speak at @tongabezischool and am being hosted by #sindabeziisland, in an open treetop…
Thanks so much for yours & ZTA’s support, I thoroughly enjoyed @SanganaiHlanga and indeed #zimbabwe ❤️🇿🇼🐘🐘
I’m delighted to be working with @WatertoGoUK, great product & company ethos! 👏
Check out the size of this elephant jaw I stumbled across in #chizariranationalpark!! 😱🐘🐘 @howmanyellies


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