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Stephanie Louw

I am a junior consultant at African Travel Gateway. Where we plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays of all sorts, for all sorts, with all sorts of budgets... Our recipe for client satisfaction? Speed, thoroughness and value for money. With over 20 years experience in planning African travel, we know we offer our clients a seamless planning experience and a once in a lifetime African safari experience

What places and activities do you specialize in?

""We specialize in 10 Southern & East Africa countries, namely: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya & Zanzibar. Our activities range from various types of safaris to the more regular tours to cities and non-safari adventures in the region like Cape Town, train journeys, beach holidays and horseback safaris.""

How did you get involved in travel?

"After 5 years in the food styling, content writing and media industry, I got the opportunity to join the tourism industry. I've got an eye for detail and enjoy planning and organizing! Outside of work I love adventure sports and playing tourist in my own city, Cape Town!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Recently I traveled to the Okavango Delta, Botswana where I experienced the most amazing safari. During my trip, I had the opportunity to listen to elephants and hippos around my tent at night, take evening bush walks, and enjoy beautiful morning mokoro excursions. While having coffee and biscuits on an island during our mokoro excursion a hippo appeared from the water, made a few loud sounds and swam the other way! It was beautiful to see and hear!"

Lioness and her cub near Kruger
South Africa Safari & Cities: Johannesburg, Kruger Private Reserves, Cape Town, & Winelands - 13 Days

Experience the best of South Africa on this two-week itinerary, from the privately owned game reserves of the north to the internationally-acclaimed wines of Franschhoek. Fly into Johannesburg, then spend a week on safari at looking for Africa's Big 5 near Kruger. Continue to Cape Town where you'll rent a car, allowing you to drive along the Atlantic Seaboard and take an overnight trip to the Winelands. This itinerary combines a variety of activities with enough free time to explore at your own pace.

An evening view of Table Mountain in Cape Town
South Africa and Mauritius: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Safari, & More - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary combines the highlights of South African travel with the chance to relax on the white sand beaches of Mauritius. You'll arrive in Cape Town, where you'll discover the Cape wine region and explore the city's top scenic and tourist spots including Table Mountain and Robben Island, before traveling to Manyeleti Game Reserve, which shares an open border with Kruger National Park. Over four days, you'll spot the Big Five and other species during game drives or guided walks, and then depart for Johannesburg where you'll catch a flight to Mauritius.

An aerial view over Cape Town
Highlights of South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, & Safari - 10 Days

This itinerary will start in Cape Town, where you will have a few days to explore the culturally-rich and scenic city, including a visit to Robben Island as well as a cable car ride up to Table Mountain.  You will then drive through the Cape to the quaint town, Caledon, before exploring the Klein Karoo and spending a night in Oudtshoorn. Over the next few days, you will discover the famous Garden Route while staying in Knysna before heading to Amakhala Game Reserve for two days of safari.

A view of Johannesburg's skyline
Authentic South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route, Safari, and Johannesburg - 15 Days

Over two weeks, you'll do everything from touring Cape Town's top tourist destinations to eating lunch in a local tavern in the township of Soweto. The trip will start with five days discovering the best spots in Cape Town and its vibrant city life before flying to the Eastern Cape where you'll spend four days in Knysna and Jeffreys Bay exploring the Garden Route. For two days, you'll get up close with the big five while staying in a tented camp in Manyeleti Game Reserve before heading to South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, where you'll have a full city tour.

Zebras often roam through the NamibRand Nature Reserve
Namibia Self-Drive Adventure - 16 Days

Chock-full of otherworldly landscapes, exotic wildlife, starry skies, and friendly locals, traveling through Namibia is unlike anywhere else on the planet. Make the most of the vastness and spend at least two weeks exploring the country at a slower pace. This epic 16-day road trip kicks off in the capital and makes its way to Gamsberg, the Atlantic coast, the Namib Desert, the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Naukluft Park, and the Kalahari Desert before returning to Windhoek where you'll complete the adventure.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Stephanie

Brianna

Great Local Specialist - Disappointing reaction and accomodation to global COVID-19 emergency · South Africa - Mar 8 - Mar 21, 2020

Traveler: Brianna D. - Local specialist: Stephanie Louw

I was very impressed with Stephanie. She was wonderful and i would reccommend her and book with her again. We were loving our trip but then the Government of South Africa declared a national disaster and the Canadian Government ordered all Canadians abroad to come home so we needed to leave our trip early and forego our 2 nights at Addo Elephant park, our 3 night safari at Hlosi and our flight on safair back to Cape Town. Given the circumstances, I am extremely shocked and upset that we... read more

I was very impressed with Stephanie. She was wonderful and i would reccommend her and book with her again. We were loving our trip but then the Government of South Africa declared a national disaster and the Canadian Government ordered all Canadians abroad to come home so we needed to leave our trip early and forego our 2 nights at Addo Elephant park, our 3 night safari at Hlosi and our flight on safair back to Cape Town. Given the circumstances, I am extremely shocked and upset that we have not been refunded for the portion foregone. I am also still waiting on paperwork to show what we lost having to leave early so that i can at least try to make a claim through travel insurance. Please advise. Thank you, Brianna Davies

Stephanie was great, really helpful · South Africa - Jan 12 - Jan 21, 2020

Traveler: sam h. - Local specialist: Stephanie Louw

Stephanie was great, really helpful, knowlegable and able to work within our modest budget. Thoroughly recomend Stephanie and kim kim

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Stephanie Louw, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sam
Thank you kindly for your positive feedback.
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip.
Hope to hear from you again in the near future.
Keep well.
Best Wishes, Stephanie