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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

We arrived home a few days ago from the most wonderful trip of a lifetime! The safari you arranged for us through Kenya and Tanzania was even more spectacular than I had hoped for. The lodges we stayed in were very nice, with staff who were so very welcoming at each location. The drivers we had were awesome and we got to see so much it was really overwhelming. We did have an issue in Tanzania when my husband got sick (we think he was severely dehydrated) and another man in our group fell and injured his hand. Our driver, Alfred, was so very caring and concerned, and he took us to a local hospital for treatment and followed up by requesting care from the doctor at our lodge. For the remainder of the trip he took great care to ensure that everyone was safe and comfortable. And even though it was scary when it happened, we feel like we got to experience the local culture and lifestyle in a way that we never would have been able to otherwise. Thank you again!

Sharon Nelson - February 2013 View more reviews