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"Creating unique, out-of-this-world experiences on the world's most enchanting continent is our passion and drives us in every aspect of our work. Everyone should experience the energy of Africa at least once in their lives"
Rachel Kyle
General Manager
Rachel began her working life in the wildlife film industry, managing shoots throughout Africa for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and the BBC Natural History Unit. She has travelled the world but her deep passion is Africa and takes every opportunity to travel, explore and surround herself with it's untamed beauty and wildlife. She has worked with big cats in Limpopo, dived with whalesharks in Mozambique, climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked to see the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She worked in London in brand consultancy & marketing before returning to South Africa to work with one of South Africa's leading safari industry training providers. Her safari industry knowledge and passion for travel and sharing the beauty and hidden delights of Africa brought her to Africa&You in 2014 as Marketing Manager and has risen through the ranks and now leads the team as General Manager.
"I don’t think you ever come to Africa once – it’s impossible. After years of living in some of the most beautiful places in the world, moving back here made me realise that Africa really does steal your heart."
Nicla Fiorentino
Luxury Travel Consultant
Nicla started out in the travel industry by being approached on a beach in Zanzibar, to work in a luxury beach resort on the idyllic island, where she stayed for 4 years. Since then, she hasn’t looked back and loves to discover new places as much the clients she now helps! Gaining further experience in the luxury travel industry in Thailand and New Zealand, she then moved to the UK to be part of the opening team of The Dorchester’s; 45 Park Lane. Missing her South African homeland, she moved back in 2012 to launch her career working in the life changing African Bush. She has managed some of the finest luxury safari lodges in Africa, including the Andbeyond & Singita lodges in the world-renowned Sabi Sands. After 5 years living the luxury safari experience, & gaining indepth knowledge of the luxury safari world, she moved to Cape Town to join the award-winning Africa&You team as Luxury Travel Consultant.
"Africa, the birthing ground to incredible wildlife, blissful beaches & indigenous fynbos, something you’ll find nowhere else in the world! We live and breath this beautiful continent"
Deanna Hess
Accounts & Reservations Assistant
Deanna is born and bred in Cape Town, where she lives with her husband and two little boys. With an academic background in Business Management, she joined Africa&You in 2016 after 5 years with our sister company, African Impact, working on wildlife conservation, teaching and healthcare projects across Africa. Her knowledge of Africa, its wildlife and its people, plus her impeccable business and accounting skills, drives her passion for her work with this award-winning team.
"Having travelled the world for 11 years, the longing to return to my birthplace drew me home. Africa is my home and I want to share it with the world."
Heidi Thormählen
Reservations Assistant
Heidi travelled the World for 11 years after gaining her Post Graduate Degree in Hospitality Management in Switzerland. Known for her keen eye for detail and organisational skills, she managed various hotels and beach resorts in South Africa and the Seychelles before her love and yearning for Africa called her home. She wanted to bring her beautiful daughter Maya up in South Africa to have a wonderful childhood like she did. She now happily spends her days immersed in the details of clients bookings to make sure our clients have a wonderful seamless holiday.
"The warmth and hospitality of Africa is something to be treasured. A timeless safari in enchanting Africa should be on everybody's bucket list"
Kylie Thornley
Reservations Assistant
Kylie was born and raised in Zimbabwe. In 2001 she went to work, travel and study in the United Kingdom until she decided to come back and live in Africa at the beginning of 2008. Kylie was really excited to be back in Africa and started working for a Voluntourism Organization, helping place volunteers on various Community and Conservation Volunteer programmes in East and Southern Africa. In July 2017, Kylie started working with Africa&You (a partner company of the volunteer organisation), and is excited to be working more in the travel industry and arranging amazing travel experiences for clients looking to visit Africa - I love this continent, and want as many people to see the wonderful beauty and experiences that Africa has to offer!!
“I am ever more passionate about discovering ways to offer an excellent service and great experiences to visitors, and to show travellers our beautiful continent that seems to welcome every guest with the same warmth I’ve experienced.”
Michael Massingham
Business Director
With a background in Business Management from the University of South Africa, Mike left behind a managing position at a successful chain of restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal to pursue his love of people and tourism and over the last 15 years has helped start and build a successful group of niche tourism brands, most recently the addition of Africa&You. Being a registered and qualified South African Tourist Guide, he loves seeing people change and grow, and is passionate about making a lasting impact in communities whilst contributing to the protection of the spectacular environment and wild places Africa is blessed with. Mike lives in Cape Town with his wife and 3 young daughters.
"The difference between an average holiday and an amazing holiday is all about the detail. We get a kick out of turning our clients’ holidays into outstanding life-changing experiences which will stay in their memories forever"
Greg Bows
Marketing & Sales Director
Greg has travelled the world, from trudging through jungles with bat-eating guides to being charged by lions in Kenya. Born in Yorkshire, Greg fell in love with Africa when on safari in 2000. In 2003 during a gap year he travelled from Ethiopia to Cape Town and enroute met who turned out to be his co-founders of the ground-breaking volunteer organisation African Impact. His visionary ideas have brought African Impact to where it is today and were the foundations for the creation of Africa&You. He lives in Cape Town with his wife and 2 young sons.
"Holidays in Africa offer some of the most breath-taking experiences to be had on Earth. I love helping people plan their dream African holiday".
Michael English
Luxury Travel Consultant
Born and raised between Zimbabwe and South Africa, Michael has extensive experience of the African bush. He has gone on safari in Kenya, trekked to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda where he had a very up close encounter with the largest Silverback Gorilla; sought lemurs in Madagascar and enjoyed many beautiful wilderness areas in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He loves to plan the perfect holiday for clients tailored to their needs. He currently also assists with some marketing for Africa&You and will be working closely with local and international wedding planners.
"I love nothing more than creating tailor-made experiences for my clients and sharing my love for this diverse and beautiful continent!"
Felicity Grassi
Luxury Travel Consultant
Felicity started out travelling Africa implementing risk and audit solutions. This is where she fell in love with Africa and all the experiences to be had there, so after meeting her husband and having 2 beautiful sons, she decided to follow her passion into travel where she could share her love of the continent with others. She loves nothing more than creating perfect experiences for families and making dream holidays and experiences come true.

Testimonials

"The perfect honeymoon..."

Jamie & Kate

Thank you so much for organising an incredible honeymoon for us Rachel. You were a superstar and planned everything perfectly.

"Passionate and dedicated"

Jolene du Plessis

An excellent tour operator who doesn't treat you like a number. Belinda takes the time to listen to all your concerns and interests and puts forward the best options for you. She is passionate about Africa Travel - that's what makes the difference!

"Such an amazing experience"

Lucy Trafford

We had such an awesome time. Thank you so much for organizing for us!

"Couldn't recommend better!"

Jono Durham

Amazing operator with exceptional service right from the beginning. I felt well taken care of and the lodge choice was exceptional. Couldn't recommend better!

"The experience of a lifetime"

Melanie Buren

I couldn't have been happier with the experience I had with Africa&You. Belinda was so helpful, and SO patient with me regarding all my worries regarding the upcoming trip. And the trip itself was unforgettable! Not only were the adventures I had more than I could've ever dreamed, but the organization (being picked up and taken to each destination on time and without a glitch) was extremely impressive.

"We will recommend your services.... "

Lyudmila Young

We are very grateful for your planing of the trip. We all found South Africa to be a beautiful country and will recommend your service to our families and friends. Thank you!

"honeymoon paradise"

Rachel & Anthony

We had the most magical & unforgettable 10 days in paradise. Thank you to the A&Y team for creating a honeymoon we will remember forever.

"Probably the best getaway we've ever had"

Jane McCauley

I wanted to thank you again for your great work arranging our trip. It really could not have gone more smoothly -- absolutely no issues and everyone was wonderful. Probably the best getaway we've ever had.

"The perfect honeymoon"

Kate & Steve

I can't thank you enough for putting together the perfect honeymoon for us. You really paid attention to detail and met our every wish and much more! I couldn't have dreamt of a better 2 weeks. Thank you. We'll be back!

"Amazing family holiday"

Andrew Proctor

Created a fantastic trip which felt personalized for me and my young family. Recommend Africa&You to anyone.

"Simply amazing!"

Angela Amos

Oh Serengeti, you were so good to us! Big 5 plus so much more! Simply AMAZING! Ready for the next adventure! Thank you Africa&You for putting it together so perfectly!

"Everything was perfect and memorable"

Pat Hanlon

We completely enjoyed every recommendation. Everything was perfect and memorable. We've travelled a lot but this one may take the cake. You are wonderful people whom we are very happy to know and to work with.

"Amazing value without comprimising on quality"

Jane & Nick

From a safari in the Serengeti to tropical beaches, everything was perfect. No hassles, no stress, just an amazing holiday. Africa&You gives the best recommendations and incredible value without compromising on quality. We'll be coming back to you for sure!

"An exceptional itinerary"

Darren Cooper

I can't give enough thanks for the trip that you organised for me at very short notice. You produced an exceptional itinerary that took in Cape Town, Safari and the winelands. We were blown away by the whole experience which was wholly due to the fantastic service you provided. We can't wait to return to South Africa with your assistance again.