Tanya Ellis - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

I was born in Cape Town where I have lived all my life. My father has an absolute passion for travel and instead of watching cartoons we would watch National Geographic Steve Irwin, 'The Crocodile Hunter' and Animal Planet. At the young age of four I already had my very first passport and since then have travelled every year.

School holidays was all about looking forward to our next travel adventure and till this very day not a year has goes by that I don't have a short stay or holiday planned to somewhere I have never been before in Africa! Therefore, reading my clients' reviews and seeing them sharing their holiday photographs will always remain the highlight of my day.

Besides travelling, I try and tick something off my 'bucket' list every three months. I enjoy setting short term goals for myself and learning something new everyday. I also enjoy helping others and being asked for advice. Watching competitive sports is an absolute must on weekends and I play netball once a week.

Where have I travelled

I have been fortunate to overnight at a various city hotels in Cape Town, the Winelands and travelled on a number of occasions along the Garden Route. Locally, the best form of travel I enjoy is camping near the sea for a weekend with friends and enjoying a barbeque under the African stars.

I have also enjoyed travelling on the luxurious Rovos Rail and visited a number of must-see highlights and attractions in Africa like Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands, Kruger, Panorama Route ( where a stop at Harrie's Pancake's is an must!) Madikwe, KwaZulu Natal, Mozambique and Namibia.

In the past year I also visited Mozambique's Bazaruto Island - a really beautiful place, true barefoot luxury! Have a look at my on-page gallery to see some photos.

Internationally I have travelled to Malaysia, Madeira, Portugal and London.

My favourite travel moment

There are a few: waking up to the thundering sound of the Zambezi River; sitting at the edge of the Sand River at Lion Sands and watching the hippos just a couple of metres away; being hugged and thanked by a group of children for visiting their village and school is a feeling I will never forget.

What I love about Africa

The diverse beauty of the country, being able to experience so much in one continent where every experience is unique.

Some African travel advice

Purchasing 'safari' clothing such as khaki jackets and pants is not a must. Ensure you have covered clothing if you have booked a safari and always pack in a hat, sunscreen, sun glasses and your costume. Always check that you know the must-see attractions of the city or area you are visiting to ensure you make the most of your experience.

Where I'd love to go next

Greece, Italy and Switzerland

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Tanya Ellis

Africa Safari Expert

Travel to Africa will refresh your soul and you will leave with an appreciation for the beauty of creation as well as memories that will last a lifetime!

Read what our Travellers have to say

Our family joined our son who was studying abroad at the University of Cape Town for a 10 day vacation in South Africa. Normally I plan vacations myself but for this I thought we needed a savvy South Africa travel agent. Through a close friend we found Tanya Ellis at Go2Africa. She was so wonderful. Thorough, attentive, kind, polite, and responsive. She put together a simply amazing adventure for us in her beautiful city of Cape Town, the wine country, and especially the superlative luxury safari at Lion Sands in Kruger National Park. It was most certainly a "bucket list" trip which we have been raving about to all of our American friends. This trio has whetted our appetite for more travel in South Africa and other parts of Africa. And hopefully on a future trip we will finally get to meet our delightful Tanya in person for that long overdue drink!

Tami Amiri - March 2016 View more reviews