I believe travelling and immersing yourself in different cultures and destinations is the most enriching experience you can have. I have been lucky to have visited over 45 countries across the globe. Having travelled extensively through Asia, I have enjoyed soaking in the unique local cultures, taking part in the festivals of Thingyan in Myanmar and Loy Krathong in Thailand, and even helping local fisherman in Java.
With family living in South Africa, my knowledge of the country and what you can experience makes it another one of the top destinations that I can plan for you. I would love to discuss your travel ideas and dreams and create a bespoke itinerary that’s tailored to all your wishes.
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My favourite holidays…
My favourite experiences…
Favourite local food from a destination I love
When visiting the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa over Christmas, our family were on a game drive on Boxing Day. We stopped in the early evening and led to a private area in the bush, surrounded by trees, lit up by candles and sat around the fire to enjoy a potjie.
Favourite wildlife encounter
Getting up close to the Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. This was in the mid 1990’s when you could walk on the beach with them with a guide.
Favourite cultural experience
Taking part in Loi Krathong (Festival of light) in Thailand with a local family and additionally having a huge water fight at Inle Lake in Myanmar to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival)
I'll always remember when…
One of my earliest travel memories was staying at Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Aged 8 years old, I witnessed how families could harmonise with nature and wildlife as the accommodation was home to five of South Africa’s seven biomes. We stayed at tented accommodation with diverse landscapes, outstanding wildlife and unforgettable encounters. Shamwari translates to ‘Friendly’ and I still recall the moment where a bush guide handed me a pair of binoculars, it was Christmas Day and we were on a game drive witnessing the incredible wildlife South Africa has to offer. It set the scene for a lifelong love for travel.
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