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Maureen Stover - Welcome to my profile!

About Me

Growing up we constantly had to relocate to different towns within the Western Cape due to the nature of my dad's work. It gave me the opportunity to explore the Garden Route, the Winelands and Cape Town and its surrounding areas in depth. We eventually settled in a small town on the Cape coast and since then I have vowed to never relocate to anywhere where I do not have the ocean on my doorstep.

I wanted to explore more than just my own country and decided the best way to do this is to study Tourism. My first taste of international travel was going to Mauritius for my honeymoon. The excitement of jumping on a plane and exploring another country got under my skin and I had to get more! My other passions in life are shopping, pamper sessions at the spa and a night out on the town with close friends.

Where have I travelled

I have travelled all over South Africa, visiting all the major cities, the Garden Route, KwaZulu Natal, Johannesburg, the Kruger Park, Sun City and even as far as Madikwe Game Reserve. African countries remain my passion and I have been fortunate enough to visit Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mauritius and for the past 10 years have explored Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and its surrounding islands from top to bottom.

My favourite travel moment

My most memorable trip is when I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the extremely remote Mahale Mountains in Western Tanzania combined with visits to Selous, Ruaha, Mafia National Parks plus Pemba Island. This was wild Africa at its best - one of Africa's best kept secrets!

The Mahale Mountains rank among the most beautiful and remote destinations that I have ever experienced - it was hard to leave! It's truly one of Africa's most extraordinary wilderness areas and definitely a place to put on your bucket list.

What I love about Africa

What I love about the continent I call home is that many see it as their 'dream destination'. Once people visit, they are usually overwhelmed (in a good way!) and Africa often exceeds expectations. It is a life changing experience and most yearn to return. I count myself lucky to have such a wonderful part of the world at my doorstep.

Some African travel advice

Make sure you visit the right place at the right time: this can make or break a trip.

Where I'd love to go next

I would love to explore the vast open spaces of Namibia, visit all its hot spots and experience its staggering natural beauty first hand. The islands of the Seychelles are second on my list!

Maureen Stover

Africa Safari Expert

'If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa, twice' - R Elliot

Read what our Travellers have to say

I would like to thank Maureen from the Go2Africa team for all her effort and expertise in booking our trip. We booked the trip only 1 month before we departed and by far the service, as well as the price was the best we received compared to a few other vendors. My husband and I didn’t have much time to research and orgnaise our honeymoon, however, we did know that we wanted to go to Kenya and Tanzania on safari and to also have a rest at a beach resort at the end of our trip. One email to Maureen and she was on it! With our price range in hand, Maureen contacted her vendors and managed to book it all. We finalised all the details and payment within the first week we made contact, which was a real ease considering we had been very stressed beforehand.  Payments were also processed through a secure online system, which was very user friendly. Maureen also received emails and phone calls throughout the lead up to our trip, as well as on the night before we departed, with lots of silly last minute questions. Her advice was spot on, and she was more than happy to assist. The transfers to and from the airport were well organised and the safaris were amazing! Maureen planned our trip perfectly! She knew exactly the right amount of time to spend at each location and each lodge, making sure we didn’t miss out on a tourist attraction such as Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater etc. I was a bit sceptical in the beginning, we researched the hotels that Maureen had booked for us and they were all rated quite high from people on TripAdvisor and from there we had confidence that Maureen knew what we wanted from our honeymoon. I feel as though I have experienced everything that the Masai Mara and Serengeti have to offer in the most efficient and thought-out way possible. I would not hesitate to recommend Maureen and the team from Go2Africa to anyone especially my friends and family. Thank you again we had an amazing honeymoon.

Steve & Silvana who worked with Maureen Stover on their September 2013  honeymoon.

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