Travel experts

Our team of Africa travel experts eat, sleep and breathe Africa. Between us, we’ve been everywhere you could ever want to go. Every year, we visit the best new destinations – and check in on the fixtures of the safari scene – so that our knowledge stays current.

That means that we’re always able to answer your questions and create perfect African tours – just for you.

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Our Travel experts

Phillip Lategan

Founder, Owner & Chief Explorer

Best Africa travel memory: Every time I am blessed to experience the dawn while on safari in Africa.
Favourite African destination: Anywhere in Africa where I can experience magnificent sunsets. With the appropriate sundowner – a G&T, naturally!
Bucket list destination/next trip: Somewhere in Africa that I’ve not yet been to and anywhere that I can experience that fabulous golden light.

Zelda Bisschoff

General Manager

Best Africa travel memory: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and attending Kwita Izina – the annual baby gorilla naming ceremony.
Favourite African destination: Namibia, for its people, fascinating cultures, huge open spaces and the beauty of the towering dunes – not to mention the wonderful isolation of the Skeleton Coast.
Bucket list destination/next trip: It’s quite a list! Congo, to see the lowland gorillas, plus a trip to Uganda in search of a shoebill stork, and Ethiopia for its rich cultural heritage.

Elizma Fourie

Reservations Team Leader and Training Manager

Best Africa travel memory: Sandboarding and diving in Mozambique or staring out over the vast plains of the Serengeti.
Favourite African destination: Uganda – there is so much more to do than just visiting the gorillas (although that is, of course, amazing!)
Bucket list destination/next trip: A hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti during the Great Migration or seeing the Sossusvlei dunes at sunrise.

Chantal Adsetts

Team Leader and African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: Oh, so many – from sleeping under the stars in the wilderness to diving with sharks!
Favourite African destination: My favourite parts of our country are Cape Town and the Garden Route.
Bucket list destination/next trip: A day trip to Antarctica from Cape Town would be right up there.

Irene Boyle

Quality Control Manager

Best Africa travel memory: I can honestly say that every memory is the best memory when spent in Africa
Favourite African destination: It’s so hard to pick but I think Kruger National Park takes the prize.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Witnessing the migration in Tanzania or Kenya.

Christin Baggott

Sales and Marketing Executive

Best Africa travel memory: Snorkeling in Lake Malawi – like being in a huge aquarium with more than 1 000 fish species.
Favourite African destination: South Africa is on top of my list. Its landscapes and people have fascinated me from the first day I arrived in Cape Town in 2014.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I’d love to travel to the Indian Ocean Islands and see the lemurs of Madagascar.

Lauren van Zanten

Sales and Marketing Executive

Best Africa travel memory: I swam above a family of dolphins and next to a whale shark in Mozambique – all in the same day! Dreams really do come true.
Favourite African destination: Botswana comes out tops for me. It is such a gem and there is no place like it! The serene wilderness is truly soul-cleansing.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I would be honoured to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Melinda Inward

Sales & Marketing

Best Africa travel memory: Significant, life-altering moments include the first time I poled in a mokoro through the papyrus lined channels of the Okavango Delta and my up-close and personal encounter with the majestic elephants of the Savuti.
Favourite African destination: Zimbabwe and Botswana remain my biggest passion.
Bucket list destination/next trip: So much to see, so little time… From the Skeleton Coast to the lemurs and other wonders in Madagascar, there is much on my bucket list… Time to start exploring!

Astride Mfika

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: Wonderful game drives and bushwalking in the famous Kruger National Park – a true place of sanctuary.
Favourite African destination: Cape Town and the Garden Route – such a scenic and beautiful place with loads of adventure activities.
Bucket list destination/next trip: As a travel lover, the bucket list will never end… but I’d love to visit the majestic Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Emma Jonker

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: Canoeing through the Richtersveld on the Orange River or travelling by mokoro through the channels of the Okavango Delta.
Favourite African destination: As a keen birder, I really enjoy spending time in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Exploring more of the North-Western region of Namibia to see desert-adapted lions, black rhinos and elephants.

Lianke Holtzhausen

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: Watching the beautiful sunset at the new Tuludi Camp is something I will never forget.
Favourite African destination: Flying over the Okavango Delta almost every day for a week was one of the most stunning things I have ever seen: vast open landscapes, full of life.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I wouldn’t mind getting to know my own lovely country better: exploring Cape Town and Stellenbosch is on my list!

Louisa Sephothwane

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: A family drive through the Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof roads all the way up to the mountains was my window into what became a career in travel and touring.
Favourite African destination: As a lover all things natural, Mpumalanga has to be my favourite place to be.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Tanzania, the country with the highest mountain in Africa. I would like a chance to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro.

Motshidisi Mphago

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: My first ever trip was to Timbavati and Sabi Sands – the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild.
Favourite African destination: My Favourite destination is Botswana for the diverse cultures and endless possibilities when it comes to landscape, wildlife and nature.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Namibia – I would really love to experience the rich indigenous cultures and climb the giant sand dunes.

Nadia Viljoen

Island Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: Hands down my favourite travel memory would have to be my visit to North Island in the Seychelles. What an incredible adventure indeed!
Favourite African destination: The Seychelles is the perfect choice for an island-hopping adventure or relaxing beach vacation. The islands are simply beautiful with amazingly soft powder sand beaches, lush tropical rainforests and a welcoming Creole charm.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Maldives, to swim with the manta rays and whale sharks or Madagascar, to see the unique fauna and flora.

Nonto Dlamini

African & Island Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: I loved my time in Cape Town with the late summer sunsets and amazing views from Table Mountain.
Favourite African destination: Kapama Private Game Reserve with their five luxury lodges to choose from.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I would love to see Botswana, Namibia and the Indian Ocean islands (Seychelles, Maldives and Zanzibar).

Shirley Molepo

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: It has to be the unique river safari experience on the Zambezi Queen and enjoying a sundowner while floating on the mighty river.
Favourite African destination: Zimbabwe for Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park’s elephants and Lake Kariba, a place of outstanding natural beauty where I always enjoy the fishing, boating and sunset cruises.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Namibia, starting from Windhoek and continuing all the way to Sossusvlei and ending the trip in Damaraland.

Thatoe Molema

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: I studied at Nelson Mandela University in George where I explored the Garden Route during my free time.
Favourite African destination: The Welgevonden Game Reserve’s Mhondoro Game Lodge – an experience of the true spirit of Africa!
Bucket list destination/next trip: Definitely the Chobe and Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Viviane Santos Campanille

African Travel Designer

Best Africa travel memory: My last journey to the Okavango Delta in Botswana brought me a feeling of freedom; as though there was nothing else around me for miles, except unspoiled nature.
Favourite African destination: Botswana for its remarkable game viewing, beautiful landscape, sunrises and sunsets, people, culture and history.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I would love to visit Zimbabwe to see Matopos National Park and the balancing rocks.

Jacqueline Thirion

Reservations Support and Quality Control

Best Africa travel memory: Travelling to Tintswalo at Lapalala was one of my greatest experiences as this was my first safari.
Favourite African destination: I would have to say The Karoo, Cape Town, The Swartland and West Coast of South Africa, the Garden Route and parts of the Northern Cape.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I would love to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana and the famous Victoria Falls.

Nicole Manyora

Reservations Support

Best Africa travel memory: My best travel memory would be going to Cape Town – the experience was out of this world.
Favourite African destination: I would love to visit Mozambique to enjoy fresh seafood on the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Bucket list destination/next trip: The Garden Route is definitely my next trip due to the many activities on offer there, including the Treetop Canopy Trail.

Karen Badria

Tourplan and Systems Manager

Best Africa travel memory: The first time I went to Botswana and Victoria Falls and went whitewater rafting!
Favourite African destination: I will never tire of Cape Town and love any opportunity to go there.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I still need to see the flower season in Namaqualand, amongst many others.

Liezl Berrino

Product Manager

Best Africa travel memory: Swimming in the Devil’s Pool on the very edge of Victoria Falls, and looking down into the gorge.
Favourite African destination: Botswana has been at the top of my list for a while, thanks to the amazing experiences on offer there and the fact that it’s an awesome year-round safari destination.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Malawi to go to the Lake of Stars music and culture festival.

Yvette Goosen

Product Coordinator

Best Africa travel memory: My best Africa travel memories are visiting Victoria Falls, seeing an elephant/cheetah interaction at The Elephant Camp and spending a night on the Chobe Princess houseboat in the Caprivi.
Favourite African destination: Victoria Falls – a genuine bucket-list destination!
Bucket list destination/next trip: Witnessing millions of migrating wildebeest cross the plains of the Serengeti.

Bulelwa Khewu

Product Coordinator

Best Africa travel memory: Definitely sky diving in Carletonville. I love the outdoors and trying new experiences and we have so many beautiful places right here in our home country.
Favourite African destination: That’s a tough one – it’s hard to pick a favourite because every single African destination is a unique gem. I love every place that I have travelled to!
Bucket list destination/next trip: The tropical island paradise of Mauritius.

Birgit Lategan

Accounts Manager

Best Africa travel memory: Travel memories are like children – you love them equally but differently. If I had to choose one, it would be the Serengeti.
Favourite African destination: Tanzania – I love the variety this country offers in terms of bush and beach.
Bucket list destination/next trip: Gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda.

Nadima Hameed

HR Manager

Best Africa travel memory: Our first day in the Kruger with a sighting of Wild Dogs, a lioness with five cubs, white rhinos and a cheetah…
Favourite African destination: Morocco for its street food, night markets and Sahara Desert night skies.
Bucket list destination/next trip: The beautiful volcanic island of Mauritius would be my first choice for a family holiday: magnificent white sandy beaches and great value for money. Not to mention the chance to indulge in some superb spa treatments!

Raheesa Hameed

Creditors Clerk

Best Africa travel memory: Waking up to a magnificent sunrise in Mauritius took my breath away after the most amazing dinner experience under the stars – what more could a girl ask for?
Favourite African destination: My favourite by far has be Cape Town where I can choose to laze on the beach or get my heart pumping on a hike up Table Mountain.
Bucket list destination/next trip: One of Africa’s most popular and exclusive safari destinations: Botswana!

Roslyn Sauls

Receptionist / Office Administrator

Best Africa travel memory: My family trip to Durban. The beach was within walking distance and one of the mornings I watched the sun rise over the ocean. It was breathtaking
Favourite African destination: My favourite part of our country would definitely be the Kruger National Park; the lodges and their game drives are amazing. I love being able to get so close to the wildlife.
Bucket list destination/next trip: I would love to see the magnificent Victoria Falls.