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Ashley Gerrand - Welcome to my profile!

Blog Posts & Recent Travels

One of my favourite trips with Go2Africa included a safari to Kruger and Madikwe Private Game Reserve. Read our blog post here: 'Our Latest Travels: Kruger & Madikwe Safari'.

I also recently visited Chobe & Victoria Falls - such a highlight. In July I was lucky enough to travel to Mauritius where I got engaged! Have a look at my romantic photos here.

About Me

I was born and raised in Johannesburg but when I was 11 years old, I moved with my family to Cape Town. I have spent the majority of my life in Cape Town and couldn't have asked for a better place to call home. I am so passionate and proud to live in such an incredible city.

As a family we went on holidays together to Swaziland and Zanzibar when I was very young - amazing experiences - and we also used to spend a lot of time at Sun City. I absolutely love being outdoors and exploring nature. I am very much into being with friends next to a dam or the sea and water-skiing plus I really enjoy hiking, with the Otter Trail being one of my best hikes yet.

My passion for travel began shortly after high school when I started working at a villa rental company and from there it just grew day by day and still continues to grow. I love dealing with people from all walks of life and from all over the world. I am passionate about Africa in particular and inviting people to come and experience everything that this amazing continent has to offer! Africa and South Africa are like no other place in the world and you have to see it to believe it :)

Where have I travelled?

I have travelled along the Garden Route and around Cape Town and the Winelands, enjoyed many great weekends away in places such as Hermanus and Knysna. I know Sun City well, spending time on safari in both Madikwe Game Reserve as well as the private reserves next to and within the Kruger National Park.

More recently I travelled to Kruger again, visited Victoria Falls and Chobe, got engaged in Mauritius and just returned from an amazing two weeks in Botswana's Okavango Delta.

When I was younger I went on a 3-week vacation to America where I stayed in San Diego and spent a couple days in New York. After high school, I also spent six months in London.

My favourite travel moment

Getting engaged at sunset on a beach in Mauritius; scuba diving and snorkelling in the azure Indian Ocean; bridge swinging and zip lining at Victoria Falls; walking with lions and rhinos; going on my first elephant-back safari and sunsets on the Zambezi River.

The list is endless as to how many amazing experiences I have had over the past two years! I am extremely fortunate and blessed!

What I love about Africa

South Africa as a country and Africa as a continent are completely different from anywhere else in the world. The beauty is just breathtaking and the experiences one can have in all different parts of Africa are like no other.

I love the diversity of this continent. The people are amazing, the cultures are fascinating and the places are mesmerising. Africa is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lives because it truly is life changing! I'm so proud to be African.

Some African travel advice

Come to Africa with an open mind, be ready to experience things that you will not experience any where else in the world and remember and cherish every moment spent here! If you are unsure, talk to an expert to reassure you and give you the confidence to come and really enjoy every possible aspect of this amazing destination! It really is spectacular - don't let the negative news stories and rumours stop you from having the holiday of a lifetime!

Where I'd love to go next

I dream of going to the other Indian Ocean Islands (Seychelles and Mozambique). After that, I would really love to experience Thailand - I love beach and island destinations - and I'd also really like to visit Holland and explore Europe, where my father is from!

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

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Ashley Gerrand

Africa Safari Expert

Africa captures your soul & it may even change your life! This is definitely a destination that cannot be missed - let me help make your African Dream come true.

Read what our Travellers have to say

We are just recovering from a trip of a lifetime! The planning could not have been better. You were right about staying in two separate lodges - we had different experiences in both. I cannot begin to tell about all the excitement and adventure! We saw the Magnificent 7 and a lion kill! Just wanted to let you know we arrived home safely... tired but exhilarated. Thanks to you for making it all possible. We gave your name out to all who asked how in the world did we get such a trip organized! Our experience going to the devils pool was something else. What a way to end a trip! 

We never had a down day... always one with excitement and anticipation of the the unknown. At the end of the day it was hard to sleep even though we were exhausted because of the wonderful unexpected surprises. It was a trip of a lifetime, never to be forgotten. We have wonderful memories and pictures or others would not believe what we experienced! Thanks again for looking after us so well.

Liz Thomson - September 2014 View more reviews