Robyn-Lea Van Houten - Welcome to my profile!

My recent travels

I have had the privilege of travelling to Johannesburg, as well as Madikwe and Pilanesberg Game Reserves. I have also had the opportunity to travel around Cape Town, the Whale Coast, the Cape Winelands as well as go on a tour of Cape Point and the surrounding Peninsula.

About me

I grew up in the small town of Nelspruit (it was small), having the advantage of spending almost every long weekend and school holiday in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve at a place called Ingwelala. So, you could say I was born with a piece of safari life lodged in me.

After I finished university I had a desire to go explore the world and see what it had to offer. I worked on the cruise ships for eight months, discovering the Caribbean and all its gems. I returned home to Africa for a vacation and realized that this is the only place that I can call home, so I decided to resettle in South Africa.

After a year of working at a safari lodge I found my passion for helping travellers plan their dream vacations. I decided that I would love to be able to share my love for Africa with the rest of the world. I moved to Cape Town to work in a beautiful city and help people plan their travels to Africa.

Where have I travelled

Being South African and having been ‘bitten by the travel bug’ at a young age I have seen a large portion of South Africa, including Mpumalanga (God’s Window, the Kruger National Park, Hazyview, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, The Three Sisters, Graskop and Bourke’s Luck Potholes); the Northern Cape (Upington, Kimberly and Kalahari Gemsbok National Park), and kwaZulu-Natal (I had the opportunity to work at Nambiti Game Reserve in Ladysmith).

I am from a family that loves to travel and we have been privileged to go on vacation together. On these holidays, we visited Namibia (Etosha National Park, Luderitz, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay), Botswana (Gaborone and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve), Mozambique (Maputo, Vilanculos and Ponta de Ouro) and Swaziland.

After finishing four years at university, I decided that I wanted to see more of the world. I got a position to work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. While there, we went to Texas, Fort Lauderdale, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and many more magnificent islands and countries in the Caribbean. When I returned home, I was able to travel to the African island of Mauritius and experience its beauty.

What I love about Africa

What I love about Africa is its diversity and its picture-perfect sunrises and sunsets.

Some Africa travel advice

Take a moment to absorb your surrounding and the beauty of every destination you are in before taking a picture because the memory will last for a lifetime.

Where I'd love to go next

I would love to be able to experience the Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara, see Victoria Falls in full flood and visit the gorillas in Rwanda.

Robyn-Lea Van Houten

Africa Safari Expert

"Take a moment to absorb your surrounding and the beauty of every destination you are in before taking a picture because the memory will last for a lifetime."