Tracy Payne - Welcome to my profile!

Blog Posts & Recent Travels

I've just travelled to Tanzania for the very first time - what an amazing country. My absolute highlight was viewing the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa's most iconic destinations. Have a look at my on-page gallery to see some of my photos!

I also recently discovered the magical Okavango Delta in northern Botswana - it truly was the trip of a lifetime! Here's a photo of my colleagues and I at Chief's Camp in the Delta.

About Me

I am a born and bred South African and grew up on a farm two hours outside Cape Town. I attended school in Cape Town and now live full time in the city. I have lived abroad in both the US and the UK and have travelled extensively around Southern Africa as well as internationally.

Travel is something that's in my blood and I just love it! I grew up in a family of adventurers and we travelled often, so the travel bug bit early on and I have continued to visit new and exciting places. As much as I love travelling, I love the fact that I can play such a big role in making sure my clients have unforgettable holidays with lasting memories.

Where have I travelled

I have travelled all around South Africa including the Garden Route, Kruger, Madikwe and KwaZulu Natal to name but a few. In Southern Africa I have travelled to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Mozambique and Malawi.

I also recently visited East Africa where I explored Tanzania and had the opportunity to view the iconic Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

My international travels include the east coast of the USA, the UK, Europe, Argentina, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

My favourite travel moment

I have been fortunate to experience so many special and unique travel moments but I would have to say one of my most memorable moments was flying over the Okavango Delta in a helicopter. It was spectacular to view this iconic travel region from above and see hippo playing in the water down below. Very special and a memory that will stay with me for a long time to come!

What I love about Africa

I love Africa because it has so much diversity, such a large continent but yet so easy to get from one iconic region to the next. One minute you can be enjoying a game drive in the famous Kruger National Park and the following day you are standing on Table Mountain admiring the city of Cape Town! I keep returning to Cape Town after my travels abroad and maintain that I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Some African travel advice

When travelling to Africa there is so much to consider and so many hotels and lodges to choose from, that's why my advice to you is, trust an expert to compile the perfect holiday for you! I have been working in the travel industry for twelve years and have travelled to and experienced the properties and regions that we sell.

Where I'd love to go next

There's still so much of Africa to see! My next trip will most certainly include a visit to Kenya and perhaps a few nights on the idyllic islands of the Seychelles...pure bliss! Gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is also certainly on my bucket list...

Internationally, I would love to explore more of Asia or maybe even spend a fortnight in a villa in Tuscany!

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

Tracy Payne

Africa Safari Expert

Africa is a truly special place, it will creep into your heart and I assure you, you will be back for more!

Read what our Travellers have to say

Hi Tracy, thank you so very much for all your help for our trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls trip. We had the best time. I will try and do a review on Trip Advisor, as I certainly always read their reviews before booking. I have also recommended you to other travellers. You did an excellent job for us. All went completely smoothly and all the places we stayed, The Peech, in Johannesburg, Queen Victoria in Cape Town and The Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls, were perfect for each of those part of our trip.

Next year we were planning to take our four children to Europe. I have already booked 3 nights in Dubai on the way home in July. However after falling in love with Africa, we are half thinking of taking them there instead. I know that Emirites flies from Melbourne via Dubai to a few places in Africa. Thanks again for our last trip. Hopefully you'll be able to help with another!

Rebecca Dann - June 2015 View more reviews