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MEET THE LEADERS OF THE AFRICA DIRECT TEAM

Nicole Justus is running the European Agency of Africa Direct. After finishing her degree on Landscape Architecture and adding a business specialist degree she moved with her family to the USA. During her years in the U.S. she made numerous self organized trips through the U.S. and Canada.

As the next step the family moved to South Africa and lived there for several years. Also during this period Nicole organized different trips, partly already dealing with Africa Direct, to discover South Africa and Botswana. Based on those trips she got infected with the ‘Virus’ Africa and now truly loves the country and people. In addition Nicole became an enthusiastic hobby photographer. The experiences in the African bush were unique and the endless variety of animals and birds sold her totally to Africa. Especially coming from Europe the bush represents something very special since most of the animals are only known to Europeans out of wildlife documentaries or the zoo. How different is the experience if a lion or an Elephant approaches without a fence in-between. Sitting on an open Off-Road vehicle one gets quite an adrenaline rush if looking into the eyes of a lion or the car nearly getting touched by the trunk of an elephant. It is a very unique experience and we hope to enable as many people as possible to feel it by themselves. Based on the very positive experiences with Africa Direct in organizing her private trips through Africa the idea was born for Nicole to open an European Agency of Africa Direct after her return to Germany. With the support from the South African side our outstanding service will be guaranteed. Just send an e-mail to nicole.justus@africa-direct.de and we will start planning your “Dream Vacation”.

Benno de Klerk is a travel consultant stationed at Africa Direct's office in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, merely two hours' drive from the Greater Kruger National Park. Benno is a qualified attorney and in addition to degrees in Law, he also holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. Despite all these qualifications, Benno admits that the greatest two passions in his life are TOURISM and AFRICA!

His wanderlust has taken him to the remotest areas of Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and of course, South Africa! Most of these places have been visited on a self-drive basis, using a capable off-road vehicle or motorcycle, thus presenting the opportunity to really go off the beaten track and to capture the very essence of these beautiful countries. In addition to being an amateur travel writer for a local newspaper, Benno's other hobbies are exploring, frequently visiting areas to view the "Big 5", mountain biking in a nearby game reserve, bird watching and fly fishing.

For many years Benno has been arranging successful trips to places all over Africa for both local and international clients. All of his clients agree that his exceptional attention to detail is of the finest that they have encounted in their world of travels! Whether you are looking for a luxurious fly-in safari or a "wilder" self-drive experience through the continent, you won't find anyone with a greater passion than Benno to assist you with professional advice!

Tanya Kotze is a safari specialist from our head office in Bloemfontein, a city almost in the centre of South Africa. After completing her honours degree in Sociology, Tanya soon realised that it was time to follow her heart, and become part of Africa's growing tourism industry.

To her there is nothing as special as the African Bush with its unique fauna and flora, and to say that she is passionate about Africa's Big 5 would be an understatement! She has personally visited more than 40 of Africa's "Big 5"lodges during the past few years. There is no one with more personal experiences of luxury game lodges in South Africa than her. Tanya is a very keen birder - with her personal list exceeding 500. Her husband is a keen wildlife photographer, and Tanya has arranged numerouw wildlife photography safaris for numerous clients wishing to capture that perfect shot! Her goal is to expose as many fortunate people as possible (South African residents, as well as international guests) to Africa and its Big 5 game lodges.

Africa Direct was established after realizing that although most people would love to visit South Africa and go on a safari, they don¡¦t know how to choose the right lodge for their specific needs. We pride ourselves in sending clients to lodges and other establishments that cater for their exact needs (whether it be camping or ultimate luxury).

Although Africa Direct specializes in safaris, we would gladly assist you with advice and reservations for the rest of your vacation in Africa. We offer expert advice on where to go and where not to go when you visit our beautiful continent and will always offer you the best rates possible. Come on, contact us today so that we can start arranging that vacation of a lifetime - whether it be for a special occasion like a honeymoon, or for a large corporate event.

GENERAL SAFARI GUIDELINES

The golden rule here is to pack as lightly as possible.

You don't want to be stuck with a lot of heavy baggage that you might not use anyway.

Space will be at a premium in the safari vehicle and also if you are going to be using a light aircraft to get to the camp.

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