Chris, Sandie and their family just love Africa!
Based in Sydney, Australia, Chris and Sandie met travelling in Africa in 1996 and between us we have travelled in the region on numerous occasions over the last 25 years. We have visited all of the countries, and visited most of the places that we sell, often more than once and often for extended lengths of time, and as such we have the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to assist you with a memorable southern African safari.
We also make sure we keep our knowledge completely up to date, both through our close contacts with operators in the region and by making sure we go back to southern Africa at least once a year.
Travel Africa is fully ATAS Accredited.
Chris & Sandie at Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa, July 2015
Travel Africa's experiences in southern Africa
The family at Van Zyl's Pass, Kunene, Namibia, 2013
Our youngest son, Cadan, making new friends with a rescued steenbok and Sharon in the Kalahari, South Africa, 2013
Chris has 20 years' experience working in the travel industry, selling and managing travel products for Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia. He first visited Africa in 1995 on the back of an overland truck, with a group of like minded travellers, travelling all the way from Europe to East Africa. Enjoying it so much he continued south via Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia arriving in Cape Town after 14 months of travelling. After finishing this trip he realised that he had been bitten by the ‘Africa bug’ and ever since has returned to experience new and exciting African destinations many times over.
Born in South Africa, Sandie spent many holidays of her formative years surrounded by the wildlife of the Kruger National Park. After emigrating to Australia the love of Africa and its amazing wildlife never left her and she spent most of her spare time travelling back to the game reserves of South Africa or hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains. In addition, a gap year before university saw Sandie working at a Zimbabwean high school from where the call of Zimbabwe’s wildlife reserves was hard to resist! Sandie has a doctorate in human geography and has been working for over 20 years with Indigenous and local communities in Australia and southern Africa, seeing how tourism can help to support their aspirations. She also loves photography and has taken most of the photographs used on this website.
Chris and Sandie pride themselves on providing personalised, quality service. We listen carefully to your needs and provide responses based on years of experience and great on-the-ground contacts. Chris and Sandie (and now their three kids) are passionate about travel in southern Africa and are passionate about working with people to help them create a fabulous holiday of their own.
As individuals, a couple and as a family we have the following experience travelling in southern Africa:
- a year travelling independently in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana in 2000;
- 8 months travelling with our three children (aged 4, 7 and 9) in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2013;
- 4 months travelling as a family through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe (before COVID curtailed our trip!);
- numerous 3 to 5 week family holidays to southern Africa taking in different and incredible regions and game reserves each time (with Sandie pregnant and with our kids as babies); and
- numerous 1 to 2 week research trips focussing in-depth on key regions of southern Africa.
With all this wonderful experience travelling with our kids one of our specialisations is Family Travel in Southern Africa.