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Ramona Rubach - Welcome to my profile!

Blog Post & Recent Travels

I recently visited Malawi for the first time - what a destination! Have a look at my Facebook Photo Album for all the snaps.

About Me

I will never forget my first trip in an aeroplane. I was seven years old and we were embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Our family was emigrating from a small village in Germany to the wilderness of Africa. I was, falsely so, under the impression that we would have a lion as a pet and ride elephants to school!

The thrill of untold adventures and a Jungle Book-style life that lay awaiting us on the African shores was almost too much for my young mind. I developed an incredible sense of adventure and urge to explore and experience everything - this was most certainly a turning point in my life, and yes, the adventures did unfold (and still do) although I never did get the Jungle Book living experience nor have I had a lion as a pet (I have ridden an elephant though, but not to school).

From this early time, my dream had been to become an air hostess and travel the world but instead I became a travel agent which is much more exciting and rewarding!

Where have I travelled

I get to live my dream everyday and feed my adventurous spirit by creating the most amazing and unforgettable itineraries for my clients. Every so often I also get to experience these amazing places and have over the years covered almost every corner of my ‘backyard’ – South Africa.

I have bungee jumped off the Gouritz River bridge on the Garden Route, micro-lighted over the KwaZulu Natal coastline, walked in the tracks of lions in the Kruger, whispered to elephants at Hartenbeespoort, dived with great white sharks on the Whale Route, hiked the rugged terrain of Table Mountain, and observed southern right whales cruising the Atlantic waters from a helicopter.

Further abroad I have sipped cocktails whilst watching the African sun set over the ocean in Mauritius, searched for elusive lemurs in Madagascan rainforests and sailed the seas in a traditional pirogue.

Some of my travels have also taken me back to Europe to explore countries like England, Holland, Belgium, Poland and Czech; my heart however now lives in Africa where I have further adventures planned to Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zambia and Malawi.

My favourite travel moment

My most special experiences in Africa are without a doubt from my many safaris across South Africa; nothing compares to how humbled you feel on this extraordinary activity. So many of my inspirational travel memories find their root in a game drive, unexpected bush dinner or interpretive bush walk.

The amazing people that dedicate their lives to offering unforgettable wilderness experiences, the skill and knowledge of the rangers and trackers, hospitality of hosts and support staff, and the obliging nature of the wildlife are all a surefire recipe for a truly once-in-a -lifetime experience - and that is what I strive to achieve for each of my guests.

What I love about Africa

Even after so much travel, Mother Africa never ceases to amaze: watching a pack of wild dogs chase on the hunt, a leopard mother and cub in playful banter, ellies taking a shower in the river or buffalo taking a wallow in the mud, no two sightings are ever the same.

My African travel advice

My advice to any traveller to Africa would be to expect the unexpected and enjoy every single moment, squeeze every drop of glory out of every moment. Take pictures, lots of pictures! You can never capture the essence of the moment in a photograph but they sure do help to relive and recount them. Never go on safari without binoculars and a birding book – even if you are not a keen birder!

Ramona Rubach

Africa Safari Expert

What I love about Africa the most are the sights, sounds and smells of the African bush – they are addictive and it does not take long for the African Bug to get you!

Read what our Travellers have to say

Greetings from Luanda, I just want to send a quick note to thank you for arranging our SA trip.  Wow, what a trip it was! We didn't make it to the top of Table Mountain because of weather, however we did make it to the top of Lion's Head thanks to the wonderful, knowledgeable guide Dominic.  We toured Robben Island, drove to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope via Simon's Town and back along the coast and Chapman's Peak. Loved our stay in Hermanus...shark cage diving was fun and we also drove to Cape Agulhas and got some great pictures there.  We loved our accommodations and especially the owners. We drove the coastal route to Stellenbosch which was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful!  My only regret was that I had to keep my eyes on the road! We arrived in Nelspruit without a hitch and found our way to Perry Hollow Lodge.  The Elephant Whispers experience is one I will never forget.  The drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit was also stunning.  It was a relief to drop off the car and get picked up and driven to our next stop.  Ramona, I had no idea what kind of luxury we were in for.  I cannot say enough about our safari experience and the wonderful staff at Shumbalala Lodge.  I felt like I was saying good-bye to family when we left.  We met the owner and went on our first game drive with them seeing 4 of the Big Five our first night.  It seemed like everyday we had a new adventure.  We asked for a 'good taste of SA' and I feel we got more than a good taste. Thank you for all the work you put into arranging everything for us!  I look forward to booking our next holiday with you (Namibia next month)

Margaret Schofield - February 2013 View more reviews