Profile photo for Jamie Ingram
671 messages

Jamie Ingram

I am one of the travel agents within the ELGIN AFRICA family. I am based in Elgin itself so I specialised in the Elgin and Southern Africa based packages. I am an adventure lover and cuisine/ wine enthusiast, which is why I base myself in this part of the world. Travel is the best form of education, which is why I take your travel plans very seriously. I'm very creative and I pride myself on using that to your benefit when planning your trips. Life is too short for boring copy and paste travel plans.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Elgin, Cape Town, Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa, Garden Route, Johannesburg, Safari's, Mountain Biking, Adventure tours, Cuisine tours, Wine tours, Artistic tours, Photography tours, River Rafting, Hiking trips, Cultural tours, Travel like a local tours. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Born and bred in Cape Town, South Arica, I've always been drawn to experiencing nature at its' fullest - from Seaside to Winelands, from Cultural to Adventure. I'm always looking for the next best experience to share in! My parents are from Zimbabwe and New Zealand so the love for travel is deep rooted in me. My family have run a Travel and Events company for over 30 years, so it's second nature to follow suit, in a more modern way, bringing people to experience the charm of Africa, that I am so lucky to call home! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Traveling across Botswana on a three weeks self drive trip for my 30th with a bunch of friends was truly exceptional to say the least. From salt pans to flowing river crossings, from river island bird hides to baobab tree houses, from warthog potjie dinners to vegan river boat breakfasts, from lion cubs playing at sunrise, to hyenas feeding at sunset, the only common thread was a consistent blissful Botswana smile on everyone's dial - what a treat!"

Jamie is part of the following groups: Zimbabwe Travel Agents, South Africa Travel Agents
Mountains of Ethiopia
Best of Ethiopia - 8 Days

During this eight-day exploration of Ethiopia, you'll discover ancient history, endless landscapes, artistic riches, and delicious cuisine. Starting in Addis Ababa, you'll meet 'Lucy', one of the oldest human skeletons found on earth. Traveling further afield, explore the incredible churches at Lalibela and the remains of millennia-old kingdoms at Axum and Gondar. Visit Simien Mountains National Park, with some of the highest peaks in Africa. You'll soon understand why Ethiopia is nicknamed the 'Land of Origins'. 

Namibia Photography Tour: Windhoek, Sossusvlei Dunes, Etosha Game Reserve
Namibia Photography Tour: Windhoek, Sossusvlei Dunes, Etosha Game Reserve - 10 Days

"Chasing the light", a photographer's true calling, has never been this invigorating as you explore mesmerizing dunes, rivers, coastlines, and rocky plateaus across the sandy lands of Namibia. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, start with an urban exploration of Namibia's capital, Windhoek, before capturing sunrises and sunsets in front of quiver trees and deep in canyons. Explore eerie ghost towns, enjoy several safaris, photograph rhinos, and discover your inner child as you roll down the tallest dunes in Sossusvlei.

Table Mountain at sunset
South Africa Photography Adventure: Cape Town, Garden Route, Cango Caves - 7 Days

"Chasing the light"—a photographer's true calling—has never been this invigorating as you explore the most mesmerizing mountains, rivers, coastlines, and plateaus across the Western and Eastern Capes in South Africa. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, photographers will explore the shadows of Cape Town's colorful neighborhoods, capture stunning sunrises atop Table Mountain, and cruise the Stanford River in search of glistening sunbeams. End your trip by heading east along the coastal Garden Route for even more photographic scenes of nature and wildlife, including rare rhinos and meerkats in their natural habitats.

Penguins aplenty
South Africa Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, & Eastern Cape Safari - 9 Days

Follow the winding road to some of South Africa's most popular spots on this nine-day itinerary. You'll take a sidecar tour up the coast to the Cape of Good Hope, go on a cage dive next to great whites, and cross Table Bay before you keep going up to a bike tour of the Winelands and then out to a safari along the Eastern Cape.

Victoria Falls
Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, & Chobe National Park - 8 Days

Eight days of elephants and expansive views are yours to explore on this itinerary. Begin in Cape Town, where you'll enjoy tours both within the city and out into its surrounding areas to see the sights and sample the cheese, wine, and chocolate of the Winelands. Continue to feel the rush of Victoria Falls, followed by a river cruise down the Zambezi to scope out the wildlife of Chobe National Park.

Recent trip reviews for Jamie

My trip to Zimbabwe!The trip over all was g... · Zimbabwe - Nov 29 - Dec 5, 2019

Traveler: Manita S. - Local specialist: Jamie Ingram

My trip to Zimbabwe!

The trip over all was great! I was able to complete every activity mentioned in my itinerary and my favorite moments during this trip was the Devils Pool Swim and the 2 day camping Safari in Chobe National Park. We spotted well over 150 elephants and a whole pride of lions in their natural habitats! Truly an experience I will never forget.

There were however, some hiccups in that every activity I attended (helicopter flip, devils pool swim, boma dinner) asked me for a... read more

My trip to Zimbabwe!

The trip over all was great! I was able to complete every activity mentioned in my itinerary and my favorite moments during this trip was the Devils Pool Swim and the 2 day camping Safari in Chobe National Park. We spotted well over 150 elephants and a whole pride of lions in their natural habitats! Truly an experience I will never forget.

There were however, some hiccups in that every activity I attended (helicopter flip, devils pool swim, boma dinner) asked me for a voucher number to track my booking however I was not provided this information and was unable to help them find my specific booking, in one such case the activity was booked under the name "Elgin Africa" the company name instead of my name. Thankfully, the facilitators were quick to respond and were able to figure out my booking details. I was in regular contact with Jamie and Deb (Kimkim Agents) to voice any concerns I had and they were very quick to respond.

When traveling to Zimbabwe, keep at least $300-$400 USD cash on you for transfers and visas, this of course depends on how long your trip is. I was advised to keep $200 USD on hand for visas and transfers (for a 6 day trip) and burned through that quickly on visas alone. As a Canadian traveling to Zimb, our visa fee is $75 USD for a single entry. During my time at Victoria Falls I had gotten a KAZA visa as well ($60 USD) to travel to Zimb. and Zamb. for the devils pool swim with the assumption that this visa will also allow you into Zimb. from other neighboring countries. This is not the case, if you travel to Botswana (Chobe National Park) with the plan to get back into Zimbabwe, you will have to get another single entry Zimb. visa ($75 USD). They also do not accept USD at the Botswana border, only pula. The drivers are very helpful and will take you to an ATM to extract however much you'll need in pula, but it's something to be aware of.

Over all, despite the bumps along the way, I had a great experience!