Mary Keet - Welcome to my page!
Having grown up in a village beneath the majestic mountains of the Northern Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal, a passion for Africa and her beauty was instilled in me from a young age. Moving from one World Heritage Site to another - Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park - a career in tailor-made African holidays was a natural choice for me.
My passion for travel started with our annual family road trips from KZN to the Western Cape. It's really not only about the destinations that you travel to, it's the whole journey and the things you get to experience along the way. I love good food, good company, campfires and a wide open sky!
Where have I travelled
All over South Africa - KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and North West Province. In Africa I've visited Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. Internationally I've been to New Zealand, Canada, America, Caribbean, Russia, Western Europe, the UK and Scandinavia.
I worked on a cruise line for a few years so I was fortunate enough to travel to six continents and more than 40 countries.
My favourite travel moment
Recently when travelling to Addo Elephant National Park, I came around a bend in the road only to be confronted by a herd of elephants. Before I could reverse to get out of their way, I had a few cars backed up behind me! With the sides of the road being thick with bushes I had nowhere to go. So I pulled my car as much over to the side as I could and they all walked right past us.
I think we were all collectively holding our breaths while we watched in amazement as these massive towering creatures glided passed, some a mere arm's length away.
What I love about Africa
For me, Africa has a pull unlike any place I’ve been to - it's a melting pot of people, cultures and diverse landscapes. I believe that anyone that visits the continent's shores finds their own unique pulling point that will give them the overwhelming desire for a return trip.
Some African travel advice
Besides the smell of rain, billions of stars in an endless sky and wildlife in their natural habitats, embrace the feeling of just being in Africa. Leave your watch at home - you are on African Time now.