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Blog Posts & Recent Travels

I recently visited Namibia with a few of my colleagues, and it was so fantastic to be back home! Read all about our trip in this blog post: "Our Recent Travels in Namibia: a Desert Adventure" and see all our amazing photos in this Google+ album.

About Me

A small-town upbringing in northern Namibia was never going to be enough for me and after completing my education in South Africa, I started my career in travel and - 17 years later - still love it as much as I did when I started.

I am a mother of two and often whisk my family off for holidays in South Africa (it's hard to beat the Eastern Cape for family vacations) as well as Mozambique and Namibia. I think of myself (smile) as a dream-maker and my intuition for what travellers want - destination-wise as well as experiences - translates into what I hope are more-than-you-expected holidays.

Where have I travelled

All over Southern Africa, Mozambique and Kenya as well as Victoria Falls, Austria, Germany, Italy and London.

My favourite travel moment

Sipping a gin and tonic on the banks of the Zambezi! One of my other most memorable safari experiences was flying in a hot-air balloon over the Masai Mara.

What I love about Africa

You can't beat South Africa with its amazing mix of mountains, oceans, deserts and game reserves - it really is the perfect holiday destination.

Read real traveller reviews about my service as an Africa Safari Expert, or be inspired by my recommended trips, lodges and hotels around Africa. 

Madelein Norval

Africa Safari Expert

People will always have a yearning for Africa, the huge spaces, the wildlife, its pristine environments - it affirms that life is not always about materialism. And there's nothing I like more than when my customers share the same sentiments.

Read what our Travellers have to say

Thank you so much for organising our trip Madelein, we had an amazing time and loved it! Kwandwe was fantastic and very special, thank you for chosing that game park. Would highly recommend it to anyone. We had a wonderful ranger and 'front man' who were so knowledgable and found us all the Big 5, including a leopard, which was awesome.. and many other animals too. I think we were lucky (the animals not so much so) that there had been such a drought because the grass was very sparse and we could see lots more easily. I do hope they have had some rain now as they were all very worried. St Francis Bay was fun but unfortunately we had a lot of rain. Met up with friends which was good though and played golf with them (some in the rain was not so good!). We stayed one night at Emily Moon in Plett and it was very special place - such a fantastic location and very querky! Loved the area as so beautiful - bit cold to go swimming though! Our drive along the Garden Root from Fancourt to Cape Town was fantastic, we loved the scenery and finished off driving along Chapman's Peak Drive round the coast to Cape Town - stunning! Loved our final nights in Steinberg and of course Cape Grace with that wonderful view. All in all it was great fun and thank you so much for your organisation.

Hugh Maurice - April 2016 View more reviews