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Over the past 20 Years, KrugerBookings has grown into one of Africa’s leading safari specialist. We take pride in delivering a world-class service combined with the best safari experience on offer.

 

This is made Kruger Bookings the choice for celebrities like Salma Hayek and Ed Hubbard.

Meet your dedicated safari specialists

Meet Tanya
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Tanya Kotze

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 50 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 600. Her husband, Hilton, is an award winning wildlife photographer, and Tanya has arranged numerous wildlife photographic safaris for numerous clients wishing to capture that perfect shot!

Tanya believes in tailor making every itinerary according to every client’s specific needs. Most people travel a very long way to get to Africa, and she believes in giving priority to your specific needs and interests, to ensure that your vacation is the best it could possibly be! Contact Tanya today, so that she can start tailor making your vacation of a lifetime!

Meet Mike
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Mike Karantonis

As well as being part of the tour operating team at Africa Direct, where he is famous for planning spectacular journeys around Africa, Mike Karantonis heads up the Specialist Safari division. He is a specialist game ranger that has been guiding for 21 years in all parts of Africa and is now dedicated to privately hosting safari tours around Africa with his guests.

He was based at Phinda Private Game Reserve as a Specialist Ranger for CCAfrica/andbeyond until the end of 2008.

Mike has wanted to be a game ranger since the age of eight! After school he obtained a prestige diploma in game ranging and private lodge management. He slowly worked his way through the ranks and qualifications and after four years’ of guiding he was appointed Head Ranger of Phinda Forest and Vlei lodges.

His qualifications also include being a trails guide, bird guide, canoe guide, evaluator, mentor and trainer for the CCAfrica/andbeyond group. Mike also has FGASA qualifications. Some of the Specialist Safaris that Mike conducts are leopard research, white rhino darting, photographic safaris, specialist birding safaris, big cat safaris, predator safaris, bush skills and 7 wonders in 7 days (Phinda only). He won the Munyawana Ranger of the Year award in 2004 and the CCAfrica Ranger of the Year award in 2007.

These prestigious awards of course made him the CC Africa/andbeyond Ranger of choice to conduct the safaris of any high profile clients. He has also had a long standing relationship with the local community hence his in-depth involvement with the communities.

Mike has also experienced parts of East Africa such as Kenya and Tanzania, exploring the wonders of the great migration and the magnificence of Ngorogoro Crater. He has conducted ranger training at Matetsi in Zimbabwe and at Sossusvlei in Namibia. One of his favorite pastimes, is enjoying sundowner drinks on the banks of the Khwai River in Botswana…..

Mike has recently been sponsored by Nikon SA to be an ambassador for the brand because of his photography and passion for the industry of guiding.

Meet Eloise
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Eloise

After spending a couple of years abroad, Eloise knew one thing for sure: THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE AFRICA! Eloise, her husband Francois and their two sons recently moved to the beautiful town of White River, on the doorsteps of the Kruger National Park.

 

She has been passionate about the safari and travel industry for the past 15 years and has been fortunate to visit a large majority of the top safari lodges and other accommodation establishments in Africa. She has joined the KrugerBookings team as a wedding planner and tour operator. With her husband being a professional wedding photographer, she has a deep understanding of the intricacies through experience, of what it takes to create the perfect wedding. Her love for the bush and planning of safaris, weddings and honeymoon journeys are two of Eloise’s great passions in life and KrugerBookings has brought these two together.

 

Eloise takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm and always sees to it that all her guests have the perfect once in a life time tailor-made experience. The fact that she loves what she does is strongly evident in her work and her immaculate attention to detail places her head and shoulders above most other tour operators.

 

Contact Eloise today and start planning that trip of a lifetime to Africa!

Meet Marc
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Marc Lindsay-Rea

Marc Lindsay-Rea, who is from the little town of Empangeni in the Kwa Zulu Natal area of South Africa, already has extensive experience in the African bush. This allows him to be a professional in both tour operating and field guiding divisions.

When he was 11 his father went on a business trip to Phinda Private game reserve and returned home with a brochure of the Company CC Africa. Marc was amazed by the images and quality of the lodges. From that day on he knew he wanted to work in the bush and become a Game Ranger. So it was a natural choice for him to do a Game Ranging and Lodge Management Diploma after school, which he passed with an overall distinction.

After completing his studies, Marc approached And Beyond and passed their selection phase and relevant training and was offered a job at Madikwe Safari Lodge, in Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province. Since starting his guiding career in early in 2006, he has steadily climbed the ranks becoming a senior ranger, mentor, assistant head ranger and was then appointed as head ranger in October 2008. Marc was one of the youngest head rangers the company had ever had over the previous 21 years.

In 2009 he won the overall And Beyond employee of the year for Madikwe Safari Lodge and then in 2010 won the overall Best employee for Andbeyond Madikwe Safari Lodge for the period 2004-2010. For most of 2011 he spent his time working in Namibia at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Marc also spent time working in Botswana at Nxabega and Sandibe lodge in the Okavango delta for AndBeyond. In 2012 whilst working as a ranger and a specialist guide at Phinda Game Reserve he was nominated by his peers to compete in the Safari Guide of the year 2012 Competition. Marc made it into the top 8 rangers in the country and in the finals he won 2 out of the 6 categories they were all being assessed on.

Marc has completed his Fgasa(Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) level 3, which is the highest guiding qualification in South Africa and has also recieved his Fgasa level 2 trackers qualification. Marc also has his full trails guide walking qualification with hundreds of hours of walking experience and dangerous game encounters on foot. This is one of his favourite ways of experiencing the bush and encourages all his guests to do tracking big game on foot with him.

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