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Monique Roden - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

I was born in the 'City of Gold' - Johannesburg - but spent my school years growing up in the friendly city of Durban. It was only on arriving in Cape Town some 12 years ago for a short holiday that I realized that I'd finally 'arrived home'. And what an amazing and exciting 12 years it's been!

I'm passionate about people and animals and love being 'out and about' exploring all those magical wilderness areas and scenic attractions on offer both in and around Cape Town and beyond. I'm particularly keen on great food and wine so it's always a treat for me to spend a day with friends and family sampling award-winning wines and delicious cheeses at one of the many picturesque wineries located on our local wine routes.

Where have I travelled

My passion for being on the go and travelling as much and often as possible drives me and I'm so appreciative that I've had the opportunity to travel extensively within South Africa and up to Kruger eight times.

I've also been fortunate enough to have been on safari in Botswana on over four different occasions - this remote and exclusive safari destination is my ultimate favourite! I've also travelled around Kenya and Tanzania, lapped up the sun in both Mozambique and the Seychelles, and I'm lucky enough to say that I can also tick Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides! Internationally I've also visited the USA, Mexico and France.

What I love about Africa

Everyday I feel blessed that I'm able to combine my two loves of people and travel into my profession. I'm so happy to be able to share my love of our spectacular African wildlife and wilderness, shorelines and cosmopolitan cities and people - not forgetting the most splendid sunsets I think anywhere in the world!

My favourite travel moment

It's truly amazing to hear how my favourite travel moment mirrors that of one of my clients, a traveller who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of his corporate life and routine. Standing in the middle of Dead Vlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia: it's a pristine region of bright orange sand dunes and the only place I've ever experienced true silence.

It's these moments that I realize I'm creating dream experiences for my travellers, moments they will likely never forget as long as they live.

Some African travel advice

Just enjoy the sights, sounds and experiences of Africa without analyzing beyond what's required and bear in mind that the vast majority of Africa does run on 'African Time'!

Where I want to go next

I'm hoping to conquer the magical countries of Zambia and Namibia and beyond that, I'm keen to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek in Bwindi, Uganda. Outside of Africa I'm really keen on ticking Thailand, Vietnam, Greece and Spain off my travel wishlist.

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

Monique Roden

Africa Safari Expert

Africa is a destination that creeps into your heart, usually quickly & unexpectedly. In the ever-changing, fast-paced & pressure-driven world we all live in today, Africa is medicine for the heart & soul.

Read what our Travellers have to say

Hi Monique,

I won’t do a novel like I did last trip but am sure you will like to hear how much we enjoyed each place we visited.

Ruckomechi Camp was fantastic and we were very lucky, as for the first night and next day we had it all to ourselves so were thoroughly spoilt by the delightful managers and staff.  Our guide, Honest, was a gem and found all that we could have hoped for, i.e. lion (females and cubs), hunting wild dogs, elephant, giraffe, etc. The birdlife was beautiful too. On our last night we were treated to a surprise sundowner with the setting sun and withseveral of the staff meeting us on a hill to watch the sun go down. Honest and the other guys did a very funny dance for us and of course we had to join in.  It was a hoot.  We were all sorry to leave and thought that Ruckomechi had to be the best place we were going to visit.

We were to realise that every camp was wonderful in its own right and each was very different which was exactly what we wanted. The managers and staff at Davison's Camp were gorgeous as well and we had another lovely guide, Brian, who found great wildlife including leopard which we didn’t see in Mana Pools so that was exciting.  Every day was a new experience and once again our tents were great and the food gorgeous.  The pants seemed to get tighter daily!  At night after dinner we would sit around the fire and chat and sing so it was a lovely way to end the day. After four nights you really feel like a happy family so I definitely think it is worth the extra nights. We were very pleasantly surprised as we had an executive plane from there to Vic Falls - leather seats, lovely boxed gifts with a bow and goodies inside.  Very flash.  We just said “Monique has done it again”!

We were met every step of the way and arrived on the ‘Zambezi Queen’.  Wow what a beautiful boat and the perfect way to have a bit of a wind-down in between camps.  Everything was wonderful and once again we were very lucky and had the best cabins up at the front with two balconies and we all said – "Monique has done it again!" (we seem to say that a lot). The food and surroundings were fabulous and just tonking up the river was amazing. We did a safari drive in the Chobe National Park and that was really good and then the best of all was when the manager took us on a small boat to Elephant Cove and pulled up to the shore and we just sat for over an hour watching so many elephants running down to the water and the young ones swimming and frolicking in the water.  We had them just metres away and it was just a dream for me as elephant are my first love.  Kept having to pinch myself that it was really happening!

 

 

Tina Metropolis - May 2014 View more reviews