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Helen Marais

I started my journey in the travel industry with outbound travel years ago. Eventually inbound travel found me and I realised that this is where my passion lies. I love Africa and the routings and products we offer. I love creating unique once in a lifetime experiences for travellers.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Botswana safaris, Victoria Falls (both Zim & Zam side), Zimbabwe, South Africa as a whole with every kind of activity you get, Mauritius, Seychelles & recently East Africa high end safaris - Kenya & Uganda."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started off working for a timeshare type company in the admin office. The travel side of things really attracted me and once I started I was hooked."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I went on an educational doing KZN (Drakensberg, Battlefileds, Thanda Game Reserve, Hluhluwe & Durban), Swaziland & Lesotho. By far the highlight of my trip was the experience we had at Fugitives Drift Lodge. The best place I have ever stayed - beautiful, welcoming, interactive, simply amazing. This is family owned lodge that offers Battlefields tours. Their late father David Ratteray was an historian and so was his father before him and they have such a personal investment in the history, simply amazing! Especially if you love history, as I do."

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