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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.

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

Sorry I am just now getting back to you. Have been so busy since returning from our fabulous adventure. It was all I had hoped it would be..and more. I loved it all but especially the Delta, Savute and Elephant Camp. The accommodations were great but have decided that I definitely like the private concessions better than the National parks. The guides were great and very accommodating to meet all our desires and needs. Chobe Game Lodge was beautiful and the staff was wonderful but the smaller tented camps were our preference. Met some wonderful people and took over 800 photos. The photos are just beautiful! I’m so glad you recommended Elephant Camp. Loved the tent we stayed in, everyone was great and we went on the walk with Sylvester, which was truly a highlight of the trip. He is so beautiful and his caretakers are great. Also took a helicopter ride over the Falls which at this time of year was the best way to see it and feel the true majestic beauty of the falls. It was Betty’s first time over there and she can’t wait to go back. The parts of Africa that I have been thus far are all fabulous... I loved East Africa in 2006 but this one also will always be dear to my heart also. I want to go to Uganda and see the gorillas one day so maybe sometime in the future. Anyway, thanks so much for your assistance. Everything turned out perfectly. What a wonderful adventure! Just wanted to let you know that it was all perfect and many, many thanks to you and your staff for putting it all together. Hope to be back one day. Best wishes always.

Carra Elkins - April 2013 View more reviews