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Deidre van Heerden

Im a travel consultant for SALTY.TRAVEL specializing in Authentic African Experiences. It is most important for me to help guide and support anyone who wants to visit the African countries to ensure travelers have the most authentic experiences the most convenient and affordable way. I love creating and curating tailored itineraries for all types of travel needs taking into careful consideration that I meet the exact dream by finding those one of a kind experiences to really showcase how awesome Africa really is, leaving travelers with stunning photographs, authentic memorabilia and a lifetime of memories.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Anything your heart desires. If you can dream it, we can do it!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love to travel and experience new things in my free time, this inspires me to want to share my experiences with other travelers. A career in travel and tourism enables me to fuel my passions and ultimately travel and experience for myself."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I love breathtaking scenery! It humbles me in a very profound way and can stir quite the emotion in me. Once, while traveling with a colleague around the Kruger National Park, we opted to take "a short cut". Not long on the road, we hit a gravel path, meant for 4x4 and not for our small Suzuki Economy Vehicle (Shhhh, don't tell the car rental company). We drove and drove and drove for at least an hour, not seeing the end to gravel, the scenery was really breathtaking but the sun is getting lower and we are starting to think we are going to be stuck on this dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Then suddenly, the road took us on a unexpected journey through a meadow and wow, it's was the most beautiful and gracious sight I have seen. We could not help but stop the car and get out to really take in the glorious mountains and dark green and rich flora and fauna stretching further than the eye can see with the sun slowly setting behind it. After a good leisurely hour just sitting in this meadow, watching the sun set, we gathered our things to finish the journey into the night, luckily not driving for too much longer. This was a sweet and surprising encounter with nature itself."

Young elephants playing in the water in Kruger National Park
Authentic South Africa: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park - 8 Days

After arriving in Johannesburg, you will have the chance to explore the vibrant "City of Gold" including the many art galleries, markets, and historical museums. You will also take a township tour through Soweto, South Africa's "living museum" filled with rich history, before departing for Kruger National Park. A few days in Kruger National Park will give you a full opportunity to discover the reserve's thousands of wildlife species and unique heritage spots before you depart back to Johannesburg and visit Blyde River Canyon along the way.