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Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury safaris and self-drive tours. I excel in handling complex itineraries in a professional and dedicated manner. I am passionate about travelling; has travelled extensively throughout South Africa, and visited Botswana, the Victoria Falls, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Madagascar. I live on a farm outside Clanwilliam in the Western Cape with my husband, two children and a variety of animals.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury safaris and self-drive tours and excel in handling complex itineraries in a professional and dedicated manner. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Some would say, by chance. I choose to believe Travel has chosen me."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are too many to list, but if I have to choose a unique experience, it would be the interaction with elephants in Zambia - it left me in awe of the gentleness of those huge animals."

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.

Desert adventures are plentiful in Namibia
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 8 Days

Often called 'Africa for Beginners', this 8-day road trip is a great introduction to the otherworldly landscapes, activities, and culture of Namibia. Kick off the trip in Windhoek, the modern capital, before delving into the Namib Desert for massive dunes, rivers, canyons, and gorges. From here, continue west towards the Atlantic coast for two nights of seaside splendor. Circle back to Windhoek by way of Spitzkoppe—the 'Matterhorn of Namibia'—for some hiking and rock art to finish the adventure.

Giraffe in the bush
Best Time of Year for a Safari in South Africa

South Africa, with its expansive size, varied topography, and coastlines bordering both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, conjures diverse weather patterns. While summer sun shines on the cloudless Cape Provinces, rain deluges the safari parks of KwaZulu Natal and Greater Kruger. As a consequence, with game reserves scattered throughout the country, the choice of where and when to visit can leave you scratching your head. The following information will help you weigh your priorities and determine which season and destination is right for you in this country of many climates.

Victoria Falls
How Many Days Should You Spend At Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, attracts more than one million visitors each year. To make the most of your time here, you will want to visit for at least two days. Even if your time is limited, you can make your trip to the falls an exciting memory that will last a lifetime. To enjoy Victoria Falls to the fullest, plan a 3-4-day trip. If you want to explore the surrounding areas as well and embark on a Southern African safari, then we recommend that you visit for at least one week.

Cape Town and Table Mountain from the air
Best Time of Year to Visit Cape Town

Planning your trip to Cape Town requires flipping your mental calendar, as the southern hemisphere’s seasons are a reverse of the northern hemisphere. South Africa’s hot, dry, and popular summer (December-February) corresponds to North America’s winter, and vice versa. However, you should also factor in when best to avoid the crowds and find the most reasonable rates. Depending on how you weigh these factors, the following information will help you decide which season is right for you.

Aerial view of Victoria Falls
Explore Victoria Falls - 5 Days

Travelers who want to soak up the beauty of Victoria Falls will love this short itinerary that can be booked on its own or tacked onto a longer trip. Begin with a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River, then take a short helicopter flight where you'll get an impressive bird's eye view of Victoria Falls before heading into Chobe National park for a safari drive and a boat cruise. To top off your visit, you'll also have a full guided tour of the falls themselves before your departure.

Recent trip reviews for Petru

Hooked on Safaris & South Africa · South Africa - May 21 - May 31, 2021

Traveler: Claire J. - Local specialist: Petru van Zyl

Our honeymoon to South Africa was truly unforgettable, and we are already dreaming of our next safari trip. We wouldn’t change anything about the itinerary Petru helped us put together, other than adding more time! We can’t wait to be back and would use Petru again, especially with how communicative she is and how easily she helped us navigate having to delay our trip by 8 months due to Covid. Thanks for helping us create the best memories!

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Petru van Zyl, local specialist, responded to this review:

Claire, I am delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience.
To receive feedback like this makes such a huge difference, thank you very much!
Making memories is what it is all about and happy to assist you in the near future.
Keep well and until next time.
All the best,
Petru

James

The Perfect Mix of Adventure and Comfort · Namibia - Apr 30 - May 10, 2021

Traveler: James S. - Local specialist: Petru van Zyl

As someone who usually prefers to make all of my own travel arrangements, I was hesitant to use Kimkim for my recent trip to Namibia. The Kimkim team and Petru in particular quickly proved that all of my biases against travel agencies were wrong. Petru was extremely knowledgeable about the lodges, parks and related travel information in Namibia, and was able to help me successfully navigate the difficulties of COVID-era travel. The lodgings and travel arrangements Petru selected were exactly... read more

As someone who usually prefers to make all of my own travel arrangements, I was hesitant to use Kimkim for my recent trip to Namibia. The Kimkim team and Petru in particular quickly proved that all of my biases against travel agencies were wrong. Petru was extremely knowledgeable about the lodges, parks and related travel information in Namibia, and was able to help me successfully navigate the difficulties of COVID-era travel. The lodgings and travel arrangements Petru selected were exactly what I requested, a perfect mix of luxury and adventure. Transfers to and from the airport in Namibia were seamless, and the team on the ground in Namibia was also extremely helpful. Whether you are a family looking for a luxury safari or a single traveler looking to get off the beaten path, Petru and the Kimkim team will find the itinerary for you.

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Petru van Zyl, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear James
Thank you kindly for your positive feedback, very much appreciated.
I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Namibia.
Hope to hear from you again in the near future.
Keep well.
Best wishes, Petru van Zyl