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Gelle Ritchie - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

I grew up in Richard's Bay in Zululand, and moved to the Western Cape as a student and decided to make this place my home. I love the outdoors, adventure travel, nature, photography, reading autobiographies and travelling - my favourite is going to the bush!

There is nothing like sitting around a campfire under the African skies and talking about the day's experiences or lying in your tent and listening to the calls of the wild. My passion for travel has always been a part of me. What a honour and privilege to help clients experience the magic of Africa for the very first time!

Where have I travelled

Locally - Kruger Mpumalanga, the Garden Route , KwaZulu Natal and around the Western Cape. In Africa I've visited South Africa, Nambia, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. I've also travelled to Europe and the USA.

My favourite travel moment

Coming face to face with the mountain gorillas; seeing the Ngorongoro Crater for the very first time; and swimming in the ocean in Zanzibar. Also, driving in a Land Rover with some friends from Cape Town to Tanzania. (We survived!)

What I love about Africa

The people, the wildlife, scenery and we really do have the most amazing sunsets.

Some African travel advice

Soak up the sun, sea, and beauty and enjoy the incredible wildlife and people. Let things run on African time and allow the African sunrise and sunset determine your day. Take loads of photos!

Where I'd love to go next

Easy: Mozambique!

Gelle Ritchie

Africa Safari Expert

Africa changes people's lives and makes you come back for more; you just can't get enough of it!

Read what our Travellers have to say

Gelle helped us organise a safari tour and an overland expedition on two separate occasions. Her indepth knowledge of Southern Africa never cease to amaze me. Knowing how things work in TIA style in Africa ("This is Africa" - a term I picked up during my time there), she always triple confirms everything for us and is often going out of her way to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. I am very thankful and count myself lucky to have found such a good agent.

Dorothy Fung - October 2012 View more reviews