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About Us

 

We Have Grown…
Partners in Travel & New Faces at Intriguing Africa

We began our online travel journey with Intriguing Africa 3 years ago, during the depths of a world recession and a rather alarming situation at the time (although we felt it was a kind of a 'now-or-never' situation, and we believed our specialist knowledge of travel in Africa coupled with personalized attention would grow the business).

We are delighted that business has come through from all corners of the globe, first as a trickle as we frantically worked to raise our Google rankings and then as enquiries and conversions have improved month on month and year on year, and our excitement and enthusiasm mirrors this growth, we now welcome on board two new faces to Intriguing Africa.

Nicky Duffy who is based in Brisbane, Australia and Caroline Mason, based within the United Kingdom, who will both assist with marketing as well as bookings from both Australia and the UK.

Fiona Gordon and Mellissa Williams, partners in travel - Intriguing Africa Holidays and Safaris

Meet Mellissa Williams- South Africa, partner

Mellissa's the straight talker in the office and seems to get so much done in almost impossible time frames – she pumps out the work! Mellissa is also the intrepid (fearless) sales person, always with her radar for business tuned-in to opportunities.

Mellissa started her travel career in car hire, she then moved onto airlines, then into retail travel, then she joined a tour operator dealing with inbound sales to Africa. This extensive knowledge of 'all the parts' of a travel package is a great asset when dealing with travel enquiries. Mellissa has sold the world whilst in retail travel, and has also focused on Africa when selling inbound holidays and safaris. 

"It's really a pleasure to put people's holidays together for them – it sounds cliche, but it is so satisfying to literally discuss people's holiday dreams and get it right. I have a passion for Africa and love selling the destination."

"Off the top of my head I'd say a Serengeti safari in Tanzania has been my most memorable African travel experience. The huge expanse of wilderness and abundance of game, was quite mind blowing."

"I love to camp with my family, and explore local."

Chat to Mellissa

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Fiona enjoys active holidays with the kids whether it be hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains or mountain bike trails.

Meet Fiona Gordon
- South Africa, 
partner
.Fiona's the 'jack-of-all-trades' in the office, and she likes to think 'master-of-some' (and not none) – marketing, social media, blogging, booking enquiries, advertising, flyer and newsletters all enter into the job description. Web design and content are the creative areas that Fiona enjoys.

Fiona hitched back pack six months after leaving school and headed out in anticipation of travel and adventure. After a number of years of a yo-yo lifestyle of home and abroad, she naturally followed a career in travel, but mostly remained within the creative areas of travel, from travel writing, advertising and marketing, as well as product development and supplier contracting. For this reason, Fiona and Mellissa's skills and knowledge areas are complimentary.

"I love active holidays with the kids, hiking in the wilderness, bike trails, diving – not that I'm the fittest in the group generally, but I try my best, and always pack the pain killers!"

"My favourite holiday at home (well in Africa) was when we travelled via car – in those days it was an 1100 Toyota Conquest – fire-engine red – from South Africa to Zimbabwe, into Zambia – the highlights being Masivingo (The Great Zim Ruins), the Chinoyi Caves, a house boat on Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park. I also have to mention my safari in Chobe and the Okavango Delta a few years later. This was definitely a bucket-list experience as the wildlife and open wilderness of these wild places took my breath away."

Chat to Fiona

Nicky Duffy marketing and bookings representative for Intriguing Africa Holidays and Safaris

Meet Nicky Duffy – Australia, 
marketing & bookings

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A 'born-and-bred' Durban girl with a love of travel, warm climates and the outdoors!
"After 'escaping' school I studied travel and tourism and shortly thereafter began my career in inbound tour operating. After a few years of gaining experience and travelling locally through South Africa, I decided it was time to spread my wings and travel internationally. First stop was Dubai, then onto Miami, where I would spend the next year working as a stewardess aboard a luxury sail boat whilst traversing the East Coast of Florida and The Bahamas. During this time, my family had made the decision to immigrate to 

Australia and when I got back onto terra firma, I decided to join them and 'check-out' this Kangaroo capital! It is here that I met my husband, and have welcomed my daughter into the world and this is where I now call home – a leafy suburb west of Brisbane, not unlike the one I grew up in." 

Chat to Nicky

Caroline Mason marketing and bookings for Intriguing Africa Holidays and Safaris, based in South Africa.

Meet Caroline Mason – United Kingdom, marketing & bookings

"Having been brought up on a diet of Peter Scott, Gerald Durrell, David Atenborough and their wildlife films, by parents who valued our environment, it is hardly surprising that I am interested in wildlife conservation and have a love of Africa. 

I have a first class hons in Garden Design and worked in the horticulture industry for about 10 years. It was during this time that I made my first trip to South Africa – and true to the adage – it really gets under your skin – I have returned to this country on a number of occasions. 

I think South Africa is one of, if not the most beautiful countries in the world, rich in so many ways. And so… here I am… working with great enthusiasm, to bring people to his wonderful land which really does have something for everyone; stunning scenery, many rich and varied cultures, a climate that supports outdoor living and a huge variety of fascinating, beautiful and awesome wildlife.

Once bitten, forever smitten! South Africa – come and see for yourselves and you'll see what I mean."

Chat to Caroline

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When we first launched our website, we carefully considered what we wanted to convey to our online viewers about who we are and our commitment to creating holidays that leave a lasting impression. We want our clients to return time and again.

It is a wonderful thing to see a business grow, from hands-on hard work – our passion for Africa and our attention to detail, along with our specialist knowledge are our strongest assets. 

Find out more 'About Us' in the beginning – Intriguing Africa 2010
*  Industry Experience
* A focus on family safaris & travel
* A focus on destination weddings & honeymoons in Africa
* We are serious about what we do & we listen – WHY US
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Thank you for taking the time to find out who we are and we look forward to discussing your African holiday with you soon!

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SAFARI DESTINATIONS OF MERIT

South Africa: Madikwe / Addo Elephant / Kalahari Gemsbok / Timbavati / Sabi Sands / Hluhluwe

Botswana: Okavango Delta / Chobe

Zambia: South Luangwa

Namibia: Etosha / Sossusvlei

Tanzania: Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater

Kenya: Masai Mara