Faye Steenkamp

Faye is one of our senior Africa Travel Experts at Giltedge. Over the past 18 years, she has developed a passion for travel and gained a wealth of product knowledge. Her experience ranges from group to family travel and compiling tailor-made itineraries in Africa for clients to meet their specific needs. It’s her goal is to ensure that clients have an unforgettable holiday and that they leave with a longing to return to Southern Africa to explore it further!

What’s been your favourite safari experience?

It would have to be on a safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. I was on an early morning drive near a wild dog den; the wild dog puppies were waiting for the pack to return to feed them. Then they arrived back, many still had blood on their faces from a night of successful hunting. The screeching and excitement is unreal as the adult dogs regurgitated the food for the pups. Was pretty amazing to be in the middle of that … I’ll never forget it!

Pick one place in Africa that’s forever in your heart?

It’s definitely Tswalu for me. Having been on many safaris in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, Tswalu in the Kalahari has a special place in my heart.  It’s a mixture of the red sands, the wide-open spaces as far as the eye can see, crystal clear skies, the remoteness and just the beauty of the reserve. Also, the opportunity to spot smaller and unique species such as pangolins, meerkats, bat-eared foxes, and I even spotted an Aardvark on our evening game drive! Amazing stuff.

Top tip for clients?

Take a moment to stop, and just take it all in! Put down your camera and just be in the moment, especially on safari. There is something amazing while you’re out in the bush that’s so good for the soul.

 

Featured Accommodations

Tswalu Tarkuni

Tswalu Tarkuni was originally built as the private residence of the Oppenheimer family. This 5-suite homestead can be booked for exclusive use, and has as understated elegance and intimate family home fee. You’ll have your own private chef, safari guide and secluded piece of the Kalahari to explore.

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Sable Alley

Sable Alley is a complete rebuild of a favourite old bush camp. Overlooking a lagoon that’s connected to the Khwai and Sable Alley rivers, it’s just a stone’s throw from the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve. Colin Bell, who’s opened many successful lodges in Africa, is the owner of this lodge….

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Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane is a haven of luxury offering the highest levels of guiding and personalised service. This award-winning lodge has 2 accommodation offerings: Main Lodge is classic and grand in style, while The Farmstead at Royal Malewane has a more intimate and contemporary feel.

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Featured Destinations

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve is regarded as one of the oldest and finest game reserves in southern Africa. Located in the southwestern corner of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The reserve shares a 50-kilometre unfenced border with the Kruger National Park which means the thousands of animals that live in…

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Namibia

Namibia is a magical country in Southern Africa – and it captures the soul. It’s a land of endless horizons, contrasting landscapes, the oldest desert on earth and starlit skies (see our 10 most romantic lodges here).

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is a striking,…

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Botswana

The Jewel of Africa, Botswana is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. The country is renowned for its large, inland river delta, the Okavango Delta. Botswana is also home to the earth’s most impressive salt pan, The Makgadikgadi, and the largest continuous desert, The Kalahari. …

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Okavango Delta

Journey to the Okavango Delta, and experience a few magical days exploring this vast and extraordinarily beautiful oasis. Located in the north-west of Botswana, the Delta is made up of floodplains, waterways, forested islands and lily-dotted lagoons. A true wilderness of green and blue fanning out of…

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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park lies in north-east Botswana, bordered by the mighty Chobe River. A superb safari destination, Chobe is best known for its elephants. The park has a shifting migratory population of more than 50 000 elephants! And, during Botswan’s dry season, vast herds of elephants gather at the Chobe…

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Featured Tours

Best of Southern Africa

This Southern Africa safari delivers on beaches, Big Five game viewing and a city-to-bush experience. Kick off your holiday at the Waterfront in Cape Town before heading into to the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Your journey ends off on a high note at the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe….

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