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Lucy Berndt

Mother, wife, traveller and dreamer!

Having travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, I know the importance of logistics and selecting the right product offerings.

Southern Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I get so excited putting programs together that shows off our countries! My speciality is tailor making each tour to meet my customers expectations in order to make their dreams come true!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana
Indian Ocean Islands: Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zanzibar
South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, West Coast, Kruger, Johannesburg and Durban

Safari, wine tour, food tours, adventure, sport and fitness activities, cultural and historical tours"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started off with a National Diploma qualification in Ecotourism management, later went on to finish my Honours in travel and tourism management. Spent some time in Sales as the National Sales Manager in KZN for Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Tours, Insight Vacations and Busabout. I then decided to go behind the scenes with Thompsons Africa where I extensively grew my product knowledge and worked my way to Senior Procurement Executive. Now I am embedded in tourism and just cannot get enough. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Zimbabwe: Microlight over the Mighty Victoria Falls
Botswana: Living the dream on the Zambezi Queen
South Africa: Taking in beautiful views on the rugged trails whether it’s hiking, biking or trail running
Austria: Learning to snowboard
Las Vegas: Enjoying night life
Grand Canyon: Feeling so small in comparison
Thailand: Getting lost driving Vespa’s and finding hidden gems
Bali: Snorkelling and having fun at waterbom
Switzerland: Taking the steepest cogwheel train in the world from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm
Amsterdam: Meeting locals and joining them on their little boats in the canals for sundowners
Germany: Beer and Eisbeins at Hofbräuhaus for the win! "

Grazing giraffes in Namibia's Hardap Region
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 14 Days

Perfect for first-timers to Africa, this two-week road trip explores the wild, beautiful, and safe environs of Namibia. The adventure kicks off in Windhoek where you'll drive through two deserts (Kalahari and Namib) known for epic sand dunes, rivers, canyons, and gorges. From here, continue west towards the Atlantic coast before heading north to meet nomadic tribes. Finish with several days at Etosha National Park—as well as a private reserve—for the ultimate game-viewing experience.

Garden Route coastline
How Many Days to Spend on the Garden Route

The approximately 250 mile (400 km) stretch of coastline from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Jeffreys Bay boasts a remarkable kaleidoscope of topography, vegetation, and outdoor activities. This area provides as complete an experience as the country can offer, including Cape Town, wine tasting in Cape Winelands, Oudtshoorn (with its abundance of ostriches), nearby game parks, and even cage diving with great white sharks. The information below will help you plan an appropriate itinerary for your schedule and interests.

Elephants in front of Deteema
Zimbabwe Safari Adventure: Victoria Falls & Hwange - 5 Days

Discover Zimbabwe's natural beauty on this adventurous five-day safari itinerary. Experience outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and ziplining at Victoria Falls before spending two days at a safari camp in Hwange National Park.  If you've always dreamed of heading out to the savanna to get close to elephants and lions, then this trip will deliver heart-pounding thrills.

Rhino at sunset
14 Days in South Africa - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks, you can cover much of South Africa. Choose an action-packed adventure that takes you from the southern Cape provinces to Kruger National Park in the north. Or you can focus your energy on getting to know a particular region like Cape Town, the neighboring Winelands, and the coastal Garden Route. Safari buffs can even combine South Africa with the highlight sights of neighboring countries, such as Victoria Falls and Namibia’s Chobe National Park, or South Africa’s own Kalahari.