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In the world of travel, recognition is a powerful currency. It's not just about experiencing new destinations or indulging in luxurious accommodations; it's also about the professionals who curate these extraordinary journeys. Maija de Rijk-Uys, Managing Director of Go2Africa, with her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft, has recently claimed a coveted spot on the Travel & Leisure A-List as a family safari expert. But what exactly does this accolade signify, and why is it so important in the travel industry?

Understanding the Travel + Leisure A-List

The Travel + Leisure A-List is an annual compilation of the top travel advisors in the industry, vetted from applications globally. Compiled by the Travel + Leisure editors, this list serves as a beacon of excellence, highlighting individuals who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, insider access, and unparalleled dedication to crafting transformative travel experiences for their clients.

To earn a spot on the A-List is to be recognised by both peers and clients as a leader in the field. It’s a testament to one’s knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to delivering personalised and transformative services in an industry known for its discerning clientele.

Words can hardly capture the depth of gratitude for being recognised on the Travel + Leisure A-List, and to share this accolade due to the incredible team at Go2Africa. This achievement is a testament to the collective passion and dedication of everyone who pours their heart and soul into crafting unforgettable journeys for our clients.

Each journey we embark upon together is a shared experience, a bond forged through exploration and discovery. This recognition reaffirms our commitment to delivering excellence in every aspect of what Go2Africa does, from the moment our clients dream up their travel desires to the final farewell at journey’s end. Go2Africa is honoured to be entrusted with our clients’ travel dreams, and we’re eager to continue pushing boundaries, making a positive impact on the continent, and crafting transformative travel experiences.

– Maija de Rijk-Uys, Managing Director | Go2Africa

Maija de Rijk-Uys – A Family Safari Expert

Maija de Rijk-Uys visiting one of Go2Africa’s Positive Impact partners | Maunga Village.

Maija, an esteemed authority in the realm of family safaris, epitomizes the ethos of Go2Africa: “We know because we go.” Her fervor lies in the transformative potential of African safaris to weave rich tapestries of familial history, indelible memories, and profound life lessons. Venturing forth into the wild, she took her eldest born on safari at only seven months old, a spirited road trip through the captivating terrain of Namibia. Since then, her family has been blessed with the privilege of exploring a myriad of Africa’s greatest destinations, spanning the breadth of East to Southern Africa.

Through her seasoned expertise, Maija has not only navigated the vast expanse of Africa with her own family but has also served as a guiding beacon for countless clients. She reshapes their perceptions and expands their horizons about the possibilities that abound across the continent. With a remarkable repertoire that encompasses traversing over 17 African countries, her profound understanding and first-hand experiences serve as a wellspring of inspiration and insight.

The Importance of the Travel + Leisure A-List Recognition

1. Trust & Credibility

In today’s era of limitless travel possibilities, establishing trust has become an essential cornerstone of the travel industry. With an overwhelming array of destinations, accommodations, and experiences to choose from, travellers often find themselves navigating a maze of options, seeking guidance and assurance in their journey decisions. Herein lies the significance of being featured on the Travel & Leisure A-List: it serves as resounding credibility.

Inclusion on the A-List signifies not only a mark of professional distinction but also a seal of approval—a testament to commitment to excellence and proven ability to deliver unparalleled experiences. Clients can rest assured that when they entrust their travel aspirations to an A-List advisor, they are placing their trust in capable hands.

2. Access and Insider Knowledge

Maija on a trip to the Kruger National Park.

The A-List designation encompasses far more than a mere title; it signifies a gateway to a world of exclusive experiences and coveted insider knowledge, particularly resonant in the realm of African travel.

Through their extensive networks and deep-rooted relationships with local communities, A-List advisors unlock doors to authentic cultural experiences and bespoke itineraries tailored to each preference, ensuring that every journey is imbued with a sense of exclusivity and discovery. In the hands of an A-List advisor, African travel becomes not merely a destination but a transformative expedition, where every step reveals a new facet of the continent’s rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

3. Industry Recognition

This accolade not only celebrates individual excellence but also symbolises a collective recognition of the highest standards of service and expertise. For travel advisors like Maija de Rijk-Uys, inclusion on the A-List opens doors to a myriad of invaluable networking opportunities, fostering connections with like-minded professionals who share a passion for curating exceptional travel experiences.

It solidifies an advisor’s reputation as a trusted authority in the field, paving the way for future collaborations, endorsements, and opportunities for professional growth and advancement. In essence, inclusion on the Travel & Leisure A-List is not merely an individual achievement but a testament to the collective excellence of the travel industry’s finest professionals – united in their commitment to elevating the art of travel to new heights of sophistication and distinction.

4. Client Satisfaction

Ultimately, the A-List recognition reflects client satisfaction. By consistently delivering exceptional service and unforgettable experiences, advisors like Maija de Rijk-Uys cultivate loyal clientele who are eager to sing their praises.

This commitment to exceeding expectations fosters trust and loyalty among clients, who enthusiastically endorse and recommend their services to others. Ultimately, while awards are certainly appreciated, the true measure of success lies in the lasting impact and happiness experienced by clients whose journeys have been expertly orchestrated.

Go2Africa Exceeds Expectations

I have booked 3 trips with Go2Africa so far and, each time, they have knocked it out of the park. Each vacation has been seamlessly planned from beginning to end, all I have to do is show up and be informed. I highly recommend Go2Africa!

- Cheryl

We Know Because We Go – Ready to Start Planning?

The next time you’re planning your dream getaway, we’re sure to craft a journey that exceeds your wildest expectations. After all, when it comes to travel, why settle for anything less than extraordinary?

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