Samantha Curgenven - Welcome to my page!

About me

I have lived and travelled all over Southern Africa and have experienced everything from relaxing under millions of stars in a game vehicle in Zululand, to stalking rhinos to get the best close up picture I could possibly get. I have wake-boarded on the beautiful Umtamvuna River on the Wild Coast and dived the warm waters of Sodwana in kwaZulu-Natal. Knysna and Jeffreys Bay have been the true pinnacle of my travels on in the Eastern Cape. On the West coast I have indulged myself in scrumptious seafood in Lambert’s Bay and Langebaan and even travelled to Port Nolloth where you will find a little bit of unexpected history.

I have recently moved to Cape Town and I love visiting the coastal towns like Hout Bay, as well as the beautiful beaches. I have visited the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach and been hiking at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. In 2016 I went paragliding off Lion’s Head, which is a thrilling experience and where you will have the best view of Cape Town. I would recommend anyone coming to South Africa stay over a few nights in Cape Town to indulge in all the wonderful activities this amazing city has to offer.

Apart from South Africa, my travels have taken me to Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia and Victoria Falls. One of my favourite lodges in Southern Africa is Pamushana in beautiful, culture-rich Zimbabwe. I have done a self-drive 4x4 trip into Botswana which was exhilarating. With a rooftop tent and my Nikon camera I was ready to explore and capture everything that beautiful country has to offer. On my last trip to Victoria Falls we went white-water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, which was on the top of my bucket list.

This is what drives my passion to travel, not just the experience, but the stories I get to tell afterwards. I have many special travel memories, from visiting the Pamukkale salt pans in Turkey to getting up close and personal with an elephant on a mokoro in the Okavango Delta.

My favourite travel moment

I have a bucketful of treasured travel moments and it is hard to choose my favourite one. It is always exhilarating for me travelling to new destinations. Not knowing what to expect is one of the best feelings in the world, which no words can adequately explain. If I have to choose my favourite travel experience then I would say it was the Walking with Elephants encounter at Sanctuary Stanley’s in the Delta. Not only is the Okavango one of the most beautiful destinations I have ever seen, but meeting the three orphaned elephants at Stanley’s just made my heart melt. You can check out my Facebook travel pictures here.

What I love about Africa

I love Africa because it is not just a continent; it is a culture, a lifestyle, a journey which you get to walk every day. I got to grow up living among wild animals; waking up to lions lying on my veranda when I wanted to go to school in the mornings. I get to have a different adventure every day and experience all the thrills of life in one continent.

My best African travel advice

I have simple travel advice I follow every time I travel: Talk to a local travel agent to assist you with their knowledge so you can have the best travel experience possible.
Always make time for a little bit of relaxation, so you don’t get exhausted within the first few days of your trip. Always pack one warm jacket and a pair of trousers, even if you are going on a beach holiday. My most important travel tip, however, is: always have a good bug repellent and sunscreen.

Where I’d love to go next

There are so many destinations that are still stacked at the top of my bucket list. A few dream destinations include Tanzania, Uganda and the Seychelles. To see the Wildebeest Migration is one of my biggest photography dreams.

Samantha Curgenven

Africa Safari Expert

The earth inspires me to travel, what I can see and what I can touch, smell and hear.  Follow your heart and be true to what you want to experience.  That way you will never be disappointed. 

Read what our Travellers have to say

Thank you for helping us to put together this incredible honeymoon. It far exceeded our expectations. Everything is awesome. There were pleasant surprises at all our accommodation.

Living in urban Singapore, the highlight for us are the safari game drives. We simply cannot describe enough in words how amazing they are. Taking in the sound, the smell and the sight is really something that you can only truly experience for yourself when you are there. Our guide in Kirkman’s Kamp, Wayne, was really knowledgeable and Elvis is an excellent tracker. The most memorable game drive was the morning one before we had to catch our flight. We saw a male lion (his sister was scared and ran away) and a crocodile fighting over a buffalo. The accommodation is really beautiful and the food is very delicious.

We can’t stop talking about the trip now that we are back in Singapore and Jane has been following the updates of the animals on Facebook and Instagram. We can’t wait for our next trip to Africa and will definitely contact you then.

Alex and Jane - January 2017 View more reviews