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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

My husband and I were beginning our search for the most incredible honeymoon when we came across Go2Africa. Being Canadians, we had little advice in our area to set up the perfect getaway. We were out in touch with Monique Roden quite quickly into our search and she put together a flawless honeymoon that far exceeded our expectations. We tell people at home, until you've travelled to Africa, been on a safari, or felt that feeling when you touch down on African soil, we truly cannot explain to you in words how incredible of an experience it is. Our pictures and videos do not do it justice. The quality of service everywhere you go, the knowledge on the tours and the exceptional standards whether it be food, decor, spa service, movie night (tambo airport hotel), it far exceeds the rest of the world as we have seen. We have travelled all over Canada, the United states, the Caribbean and Europe and truly believe they set the bar the highest.

Although we talk about it everyday and look back on our travels with such fond memories, we really want Go2Africa to know how much their support and guidance meant in planning our trip. Monique's suggestions and tips were so knowledgeable and she made all of our big to do's happen. It may have meant moving tours or bookings around but she made it work. Every single part of our trip was perfect, not one error. In fact, our luggage was lost in Chicago, Illinois on our way down. Which was the airline we booked, not go2africa's fault. A gentleman (our porter) in Zambia took our personal information and looked into it and hand delivered our bags to us the next day. This was the only (and very minor) mishap of the trip, which in our view was no problem at all. In fact, it made us realize how much more the folks involved in our travels went the extra mile to help us out, truly leaving an everlasting positive impact on our view of Africans (South Africans, Zambians and Mauritians to be specific). Every single person we met whether they were a porter, tracker, butler, chef, flight attendant, server in Nelson Mandela square, luggage carrier, they were absolutely fabulous people. We know it's a late review, but we had to tell you all how incredible you are at Go2Africa. We love following the updates on tours, new baby Cubs, and all the excitement back in Africa on Facebook and Instagram and still get email updates. We think Monique was truly incredible and would love to plan a trip for her in Canada one day if she ever wants to come visit. We are saving up for our next trip to Africa and cannot wait. We will definitely be calling Monique for help again! 

Tanessa & Matthew Boutin - August 2011 View more reviews