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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

This has been an absolutely wonderful trip. On most of the safari drives we saw good stuff.  The highlights at Sabi Sand were the nine baby lions, the wild dogs, the rhinos, the baby hyena, and the young leopard. We loved the first two nights of the dhow safari, the private island was perfect.  Because of the winds, we spent night three and night four on an inhabited island (Qurimizi) but we were in a bad location on that island (in the center of the island away from the coast).  We visited the little village, gave them most of our clothes, and donated the school supplies to their school (they needed it more than the Ibo Island school).  Our three nights on Ibo Island were fantastic.  Then...the highlight of the entire trip.  The Coral Lodge is AWESOME!  We had a chance to see the Villa Sands yesterday, and although it's a nice hotel, the Coral Lodge is a resort, and more suitable for our needs. You've planned out a wonderful trip for us.  Thank you.

Reeve & Alicia Battle - October 2013 View more reviews