Tanya Ellis - Welcome to my profile!
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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