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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.
"Holidays in Africa offer some of the most breath-taking experiences to be had on Earth. Helping people plan their dream African holiday is my passion".
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.
"Africa becomes part of your soul - being out in the bush, surrounded by Africa's iconic wildlife species provides that essential balance & perspective in life"
Scott Hope
Luxury Travel Consultant
A Scotsman born and bred, Scott set foot on African soil 16 years ago and never looked back - having travelled through 5 of the world's continents, on arriving in Cape Town he decided there was no place more beautiful and no need to explore the world further - Cape Town became home. Since then Scott has travelled to every corner of Africa, making the Great Kruger & its surrounding reserves his 2nd home. Aside from his safari expertise and passion for creating outstanding Africa travel itineraries for international visitors, Scott can be found either running the trails of Table Mountain National Park or out in the bush with his wife and 2 small children, all of whom share his passion for this enchanting continent.
"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 Executive
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!!
"You can't help but leave Africa touched by its people and immense natural beauty. To share this with the world is something really special"
Tara Abrahams
Reservations Assistant
Tara was born and raised in Cape Town, after graduating from False Bay College, where she received her National Diploma in Financial Management after qualifying for a bursary for her hard work and dedication. After accepting her first job in the Travel and Tourism Industry where she worked for 5 years in the sales and reservations department, she developed vast knowledge and love for Mozambique. Tara found her passion in creating unforgettable experiences for guests all over the world which led her to join the Award-winning Africa&You Team. Tara is friendly, loyal, family orientated and absolutely adores animals! Currently living in Noordhoek where she dedicates her spare time to her two nephews and her four-legged child, a Jack Russell named Cindy.
“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.

Testimonials

"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.

"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!

"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!

"Amazing experiences in Africa that I will never forget!"

Stephanie Alexander

This safari travel company did such a fantastic job on planning this trip. It was a trip of luxury and amazing experiences I will never forget! Every place we stayed was beautiful, the transport was always right on time, and the activities were unforgettable. Rachel was always an email away to help us answer any questions or concerns we had before, during and after our trip.

" Our expectations were high and they were exceeded"

Corinne Leite

This travel agency planned the perfect trip for our party of 8, four adults and four teens. Our travel planner listened to what kind of experience we were looking for and delivered. Our expectations were high and they were exceeded by the experiences we had. It was the trip of a lifetime that will never be forgotten by all of 8 of us!

"Trip planning was effortless"

Sarah Langford

We had a fantastic trip to Zambia and South Africa. Africa&You made trip planning effortless. It was a nice touch to connect live with our agent to discuss what kind of trip we were hoping for and they opened our eyes to the many different parts of Southern Africa. We appreciated their quick response, their flexibility as we changed our itinerary a few times.

"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!

"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.

"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!

"Our trip was outstanding."

David Freeman

Our trip was outstanding. I enjoyed the level of support that our agent provided, all updates were communicated timely and the nice swag bag in Cape Town was a nice touch. All we were left with was enjoying the experience.

"Such an amazing experience"

Lucy Trafford

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

"Had the best vacation of my life!"

Andrew Berger

Amazing! Had the best vacation of my life... every accommodation was incredible, all my tours and groups were really really good and met the best people. I am really really pleased with how everything turned out!

"trip exceeded our expectations"

Robin Maslin

Our travel agent was extremely knowledgeable, had great suggestions, and took into account our special travel requirements and preferences. It was wonderful working with her, and the trip exceeded our expectations!

"Tailor-made vacation to perfection"

Eileen Cahill

From the very beginning, the team at Africa&You were extraordinarily helpful and kind, and both professional and friendly. Able to hone in on exactly the type of trip with the absolutely precise interests that I was hoping for. I have traveled the world, but they stand out as the warmest people I have had the pleasure of working with.

"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.

"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!

"Amazing family holiday"

Andrew Proctor

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

"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.

"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.