I was born in Cape Town where I have lived all my life. I have two young children - Kaila and Keanu - and have travelled extensively around Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. I took my daughter on her first safari experience when she was just three years old.
I have travelled often since a very young age as my father, who has an absolute passion for being in the wild and going on safari, taught me to appreciate and embrace the beauty of our country and continent.
I love being able to share my knowledge and experience with my clients to ensure they plan and book an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime and I share this passion with my children, too.
Where have I travelled
I was fortunate to visit the luxurious Singita Lebombo and Sweni lodges in the Kruger National Park, which is now one of my best safari experiences.
I also really enjoyed a 10-day scheduled safari in Botswana. I visited Chobe National Park and enjoyed cruising along the Chobe River, as well as seeing Savute, Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta.
I have also travelled with my family to Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Marataba Safari Lodge and Sun City - Kaila absolutely loved every minute of her first safari experience!
One of my very first luxury trips with Go2Africa was going on honeymoon and staying at Thonga Beach Lodge and Phinda Forest Lodge in kwaZulu-Natal, and then enjoying a relaxing rail journey back from Pretoria to Cape Town on one of the most luxurious trains in the world – Rovos Rail.
I have also travelled to Mozambique and visited Massinga Beach Lodge and Azura Benguerra where the highlight was singing and dancing with the children on the beach and enjoying a true ‘barefoot luxury’ experience!
One of the most unique and different safari experiences I have enjoyed and highly recommend to any returning clients wanting something different is Motse Lodge at Tswalu in the Kalahari Desert. You are allocated your own private guide and vehicle; a highlight was getting off the vehicle to track aardvark and walking among foraging meerkats. On our short stay we even spotted a pangolin, which is a very rare sighting.
On one of our wedding anniversaries, I arranged for my husband and I to return to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where we enjoyed stopping along the Panorama Route. We stayed at Exeter River Lodge and Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, which received a luxurious refurbishment recently.
For my husband’s 30th birthday we travelled to Victoria Falls and stayed at Sussi & Chuma before relaxing in Mauritius, where one of my favourite highlights was a sub-scooter experience.
I have been fortunate to overnight at various city hotels in Cape Town and the Winelands. I have travelled on a number of occasions along the Garden Route and stayed at Grootbos Nature Reserve enjoyed a shark-cage diving experience and even got engaged while staying at Schulphoek Guest House in Hermanus.
I have also enjoyed staying at Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, which included a horse-riding experience as an additional activity. Victoria Falls and the Sabi Sands (where I have visited most of the lodges such as Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge) are an absolute ‘must’ if you are travelling with young children. I have also visited all the Thornybush Game Reserve lodges and my favourite remains Thornybush Main and River Lodge!
Madikwe Safari Lodge was my first safari experience with my daughter. She enjoyed the kids’ programme, which included a backpack, and the Eco House was certainly a great highlight. I have experienced flying between the Sabi Sands and Madikwe and it’s certainly the way to go! It saves you on travel time and on landing you have the most breath-taking aerial view of the bush.
Internationally I have travelled to Malaysia, Madeira, Portugal and London.
My favourite travel moment
Visiting the local village in Mozambique while staying at Azura, a boy playing on the beach asked me for a pen, so he could draw pictures for his friends. It has taught me to value the small things in life and to see life through the eyes of a child now that I have my own.
What I love about Africa
The diverse beauty of the continent and being able to experience so much in one place where every experience is unique.
My best African travel advice
On booking your holiday, check the validity of your passports, immediately purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy within 14 days and check your visa requirements. Always also 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.