Monique Dean

Monique has been with Giltedge Africa since 2004 – almost since the company’s founding days! With years of experience at Giltedge behind her, she still loves being part of an excellent team that keeps growing from strength to strength. Before joining us, Monique worked in the airline industry with Italian, Turkish and German inbound incentive groups as well as in the hotel and hospitality sector.

With her vast experience in all facets of the tourism industry, having visited many countries in Southern and East Africa, Monique has found her niche in inbound individual travel. She still thoroughly enjoys putting together extra-special itineraries for honeymooners and luxury travel plans for small groups.

Monique likes to make the most of Cape Town’s outdoor lifestyle. She loves cycling and seeing the coastline by road, which gives her a different perspective on South Africa’s beauty! She’s proudly South African and feels that a safari is an instant fix to modern-day stress. The smell of the African bush, that early morning coffee surrounded by silence, and being away from technology is a true escape.

What’s been your favourite safari experience?

Wow, there are so many to count but two of the most incredible experiences would be tracking and following wild dogs (who are very fast!) in the Madikwe Game Reserve. The other very unique experience was seeing approximately 50 hyenas at a kill in the Ngorongoro Crater – the noise and banter between the animals was incredible!

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

Without doubt that’s the Sabi Sands for me! It’s always offered outstanding game viewing and I have always seen the elusive leopard on my game drives. I know that when I go to the Sabi Sands I can truly connect with nature and daily life will feel like a million miles away.

Top tip for clients?

Personally, I am not a fan at flying in small planes. It’s taken me years to work out the perfect remedy to surviving a  small aircraft flight with ease: sip ice cold water with fresh ginger during your flight, and eat ginger bon bons and peppermints! It’ll do the trick!

Featured Accommodations

Dulini Moya

Dulini Moya sits sheltered amongst the trees in a Sabi Sands private reserve. This small luxury lodge has just six suites, each opening onto its own deck with a heated plunge pool. Game viewing is famously good, while warm hospitality and faultless service complete the safari experience.

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Zambezi Queen

Cruise the Chobe River in style aboard the Zambezi Queen. This luxurious 45-metre vessel feels more like a floating boutique hotel than a houseboat. The 14 air-conditioned suites each have their own balcony so pull back the shutters and take in the ever-changing views from the comfort of your king-size…

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

Looking out over Walker Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxury accommodation amid indigenous fynbos and trees  – a stunning natural location! Grootbos is unique in providing luxurious, yet environmentally sustainable, lodge accommodation within South Africa’s world-famous Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as being in a coastal area that boasts…

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Featured Destinations

South Africa

The compelling destination of South Africa offers visitors a wide range of experiences ranging from exquisite landscapes and captivating wildlife.

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Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, the coral reefs of Zanzibar, the migration on Serengeti’s savannah (in the Southern and Northern Serengeti), Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as the Great Rift Valley. With spectacular scenery, cultures and…

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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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