Nikki Theron

Nikki is a Senior Travel Consultant at Giltedge. She fell into the Tourism Industry by chance some 9 years ago. After having returned home from a couple of years spent living abroad in Ireland, being the outdoor enthusiast she is, Nikki worked as a surfing instructor. But it wasn’t long before she was convinced to go for an interview in the travel industry and has never looked back.

What’s been your favourite safari experience?

There are too many to choose from, but one of the funniest and most memorable was at Samara Private Game Reserve, with my now-husband having just proposed, and directly after saying yes, a clan of hyenas “laughing” in the background.

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

This is a tough question, but a country that is forever in my heart and I’d love to return to is Uganda. The friendly people, breath-taking scenery, gorilla trekking (standing within metres of these gentle giants), white water rafting the Nile (adrenaline rush of note), great game viewing (especially seeing Queen Elizabeth National Park’s tree-climbing lions) – it’s such a diverse and exciting country to explore.

Top tip for clients?

Always pack ziplock bags (bonus points if they’re eco-friendly). They help to protect your camera and lenses during the dusty game drives.

Featured Accommodations

Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp is situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park. It’s 10 spacious en-suite safari tents which include 2 family units. Overlooking the Zambezi River, the camp is set under ana trees that are frequented by elephants who love the rich…

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Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

If you’re looking for a malaria-free safari experience, then the Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge is for you! This 75000-hectare reserve offers 5 five private villas overlooking the reserve. Each villa has large bathrooms, a private rim-flow pool, and all meals are prepared by the award-winning chef Nico Verster. Madikwe…

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Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge has a peaceful riverine setting in a game-rich private reserve in the Sabi Sands. This small luxury lodge has six exquisite stone cottages each with plenty of indoor space, and French doors leading onto a private deck with your own heated plunge pool. The main lodge has a…

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Featured Destinations

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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Zambia

Southern Africa’s most remote safari destination – where you won’t see other travellers for miles – is Zambia. It’s home to Livingstone’s Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes, wetlands, and an abundant bird- and wildlife. But just because it’s remote, doesn’t mean it lacks luxuries….

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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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