Tracy Payne

Head of Operations

About Me

I am a born-and bred-South African and grew up on a farm two hours outside Cape Town. I attended school in Cape Town and now live full time in the city. I have lived abroad in both the United States and the United Kingdom and have travelled extensively around Southern and East Africa as well as internationally.

Travel is something that's in my blood and I just love it! I grew up in a family of adventurers and we travelled often, so the travel bug bit early on and I have continued to visit new and exciting places. As much as I love travelling, I love the fact that I can play such a big role in making sure my clients have unforgettable holidays with lasting memories.

Where I have travelled

I had the opportunity to visit Zimbabwe on a 10-day trip and got to experience Mana Pools, Kariba, Hwange and Victoria Falls.  This is a hidden gem of a country which is perfect for the adventurer and second-time safari goer – I loved it!

I undertook a 3-week visit to Uganda and Kenya and what a trip that was! I had many highlights but the two that stand out have got to be tracking the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and doing a hot-air balloon safari over the Masai Mara.

I have also travelled all around South Africa including the Garden Route, the Kruger National Park, Madikwe Private Game Reserve and kwaZulu-Natal. In Southern Africa I have travelled to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Mozambique and Mauritius. I have also had the opportunity to visit Tanzania.

My international travels include the East Coast of the USA, the UK, Europe, Argentina, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

My favourite travel moment

I have been fortunate to experience so many special and unique travel moments but I would have to say one of my most memorable moments was flying over the Okavango Delta in a helicopter. It was spectacular to view this iconic travel region from above and see hippo playing in the water down below. Very special and a memory that will stay with me for a long time to come!

Gorilla trekking was one for the bucket list and explaining the feeling is just impossible.  To be in the presence of a gorilla family was just one of the highlights of my life!

What I love about Africa

I love Africa because it has so much diversity. It is such a large continent yet so easy to get from one iconic region to the next. One minute you can be enjoying a game drive in the famous Kruger National Park and the following day you are standing on Table Mountain admiring the city of Cape Town! I keep returning to Cape Town after my travels abroad and maintain that I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

My best African travel advice

When travelling to Africa there is so much to consider and so many hotels and lodges to choose from, that's why my advice to you is, trust an expert to compile the perfect holiday for you! I have been working in the travel industry since 2001 and have travelled to and experienced the properties and regions that I sell.

Where I'd love to go next

There's still so much of Africa to see! My next trip will most certainly include a visit to the idyllic islands of the Seychelles and perhaps some more of Namibia.

You can connect with Tracy in LinkedIn, or delve into her Tourism Update interview and find out what her packing tips for self-drive safaris are.