Anza Snyman - Welcome to my profile!
I grew up in Cape Town, then lived and worked in Holland for a year after school and travelled throughout Europe during that year. I studied Public Relations and Tourism at Stellenbosch University on my return to South Africa and started working in the travel industry in 1998. Since then, I have worked for several inbound tour operators, managed a lodge in the Okavango Delta and owned a small tourism business. One of my career highlights was living on an island in the Delta - I loved it!
I moved to New Zealand with my family in 2016 and still enjoy sharing Africa with travellers all over the world. Africa is in my blood so I’ll always be an Africa Safari Travel Expert, no matter where I am in the world.
I love running, yoga, playing the piano and singing, travelling and meeting new people. Most of my time, when I’m not working, is spent with my husband and two children. We love adventures like camping and ‘tramping’ (it’s the New Zealanders’ term for hiking) and currently live at the seaside so enjoy long walks on the beach and spending time in the sun with our children.
My passion for travel started in Europe but my true passion for Africa started on my first game drive in South Africa in 1999 when I stayed in the Timbavati Game Reserve. I can still remember getting up close to a pride of lions and since then I've been hooked!
Where I have travelled
All over South Africa: Cape Town, the Garden Route, the West Coast, the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape, kwaZulu-Natal, the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga.
In the rest of Africa I've visited Botswana and have also been to the Seychelles.
In August 2016 I went on a trip to Benguerra Island and Vilanculos in Mozambique. Besides lovely suites right on the beach with our own plunge pools, private butlers, great service and excellent food, my highlights were the helicopter flight from the mainland to Benguerra Island and my snorkelling excursion with a picnic lunch.
In November 2015 I explored Zimbabwe and visited Matobos National Park, Hwange and Mana Pools. Mana Pools was my favourite - I’ve never seen something like it and I’ve been on safari in virtually every African safari country you can think of! It is absolutely spectacular with areas of big trees with no low-hanging branches so you can see elephants walking in the far distance. We also had the extremely rare sighting of a pangolin that was very special.
In November 2014 I enjoyed an extensive 4-country trip through East Africa, visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda and Rwanda, which was an exceptional experience. From gorilla trekking to flying over the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, I certainly fell in love with this part of Africa! Please be inspired by the highlights of my trip in my Go2Africa Facebook album.
Earlier in 2014 I also visited Zambia for the first time. It was such a special trip - you can read about it in this travel blog post or view photos of the places I stayed at in this Pinterest album.
In 2013 I had the opportunity to visit Namibia with my colleagues Liesel, Madelein and Joanne. Read all about our trip in our blog post, 'Our Recent Travels in Namibia: A Desert Adventure' and check out our amazing photos in our Google+ Album.
I've also travelled to Holland, Belgium, Germany, Paris, London, Switzerland and Spain.
My favourite travel moment
Walking with three elephants named Tembi, Jabu and Marula in the Okavango Delta. It was absolutely magical. After travelling to Zambia, I also adore Livingstone Island, which is right on the edge of the Victoria Falls.
Another one of my most memorable travel moments was spending time with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda - a unique experience!
What I love about Africa
The sounds and the smells of the African bush, specifically falling asleep with the sound of hippos in the background and waking up to the sound of birds singing in the Delta. And not forgetting our beautiful African sunsets.
I also love to hear from my travellers, especially when they've had incredible African experiences. Read some of the stories from my client, Prakash Bang's Namibian travels:
• On Safari at Ongava in Etosha
• Searching for Desert Elephants in Damaraland
• Exploring Swakopmund