Hurry, boy, she’s waiting there for you ~ Toto: Africa
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Ute Sonnenberg is a consummate Africa travel specialist. She has been planning and implementing successful safari tours, retreats and wildlife photography experiences for decades. The fine detail of planning and logistics are quickly and easily resolved by Ute, presenting clients with a detailed itinerary, fully costed. Hailing from a background of psychology and economics, she is graced with a sympathetic and well-organised mind that focuses on her client’s safari wishes. Ute will help you create your perfect African safari. She has considerable first-hand knowledge of all the safari regions and loves to get behind a camera to capture special wildlife moments. For Ute, every safari is personal and unique. Ask her to help you plan; she is happy to share. Based in Johannesburg, she has a networking team in Europe, the USA and Australia.
John Grant is a Cape winelands specialist with a stellar reputation for bringing South Africa’s well-established wine estates to life. HIs fascinating insights and knowledge translate into highly enjoyable tours from Cape Town to Hermanus and beyond. Consequently, he is highly sought after for his small group wine tours in South Africa’s lyrical wine growing area. As a child growing up in Zululand, Natal province, he experienced the Kruger Park as many South African families do. Frequent holidays in the Park were enjoyed ‘en famille’ and this, after all, is one of the reasons the Kruger Park was established. It is a people’s park, originally created to conserve dwindling numbers of the so-called Big 5, those five iconic creatures most shot by trophy hunters. Seeing the synergy in his wine touring expertise with his African bushveld passion, John and his wife Sherri-Linn added a safari element to their enterprise. Their focus is on wildlife experiences for discerning clients, offering quality safaris whether budgets are at mid-range or luxury levels. They have partnered with lodges where service delivery “goes the extra mile”. This is John’s own ethos, ensuring his clients keep returning for more.
Marianne Birrell is an ex-teacher and journalist who wandered into a “right time, right place” moment which led to a year of working in a Sabi Sand Game Reserve lodge. This period was an awakening, which fostered a profound appreciation of the bounteous nature of Africa and its fascinating creatures, of nature in perfect balance. “When I finally understood what was in my back yard, I just couldn’t keep it all to myself. It had to be shared.” She lived in the Kruger area for almost a decade and it was there that she started her safari service in 2001. Marianne and her husband visited dozens of private reserves and safari lodges in the area, and beyond. Extensive international travel, plus a 5-year corporate stint in Geneva helped her to gauge the expectations of international travellers. Her advice to first time safari visitors to Africa? “Leave the digital world behind for while; it’s not going away. For pure inspiration, breathe in the wildness and freedom, here. Smell it. Feel it. Touch it. This is a real-time, all-senses-in encounter, where you feel at one with beauty, balance and unhindered abundance. It will make you want to dance and sing and laugh again. And you’ll find wonderfully interesting people here, too!”