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Carlynne van der Merwe

I love working in travel in Africa because just like this wonderful continent, no day is the same.  Being exposed to such diverse requests and having to manage groups coming to Africa is a rewarding experience.  Seeing guests’ faces when they spot a Lion for the first time on Safari, or to experience the majesty of Table Mountain – that makes this “job” the best!

My most memorable Grosvenor Tours experiences include handling the travel logistics for 6000 delegates of The Watchtower group in 2009; working with Host Broadcasting Services during the Confederations Cup in 2009 and the Soccer World Cup in 2010; the varied programs of some very exciting incentive groups in 2011 and 2012.

My favourite Southern African destinations are Namibia for being by far one of the most beautiful countries in the world, you will be strained to find a more diverse country, with breath-taking and ever changing landscapes; Victoria Falls, because seeing this spectacular sight always leaves me humbled by the majesty of God’s Creation; Sabi Sand where you can hear the Lion roar before you fall asleep, the Hippo grunt when you wake up, and the ‘Go away bird’ call while on Safari; Cape Town because everything about this city is vibrant – from its history, architecture, to our food that is colourful and spicy – just like the people! and the Overberg – not just because I grew up here but because of the beauty of the South Coast, with its Southern Right Whales and Great White Sharks,  and the smell of Fynbos always leaves me with the “I am home” feeling.

My top travel tip for Southern Africa is to come ready to experience a country of diversity, and a rich history – filled with people as colourful and assorted as the landscape they inhabit.  Be prepared to slow way down and just be – taking in all that is Africa.

What makes me an excellent travel consultant? I dedicate my strong organizational skills with unwavering optimism to achieve superior product value, so that my clients have the optimum experience.  I like it that we have something special and innovative that puts us apart from the rest!

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