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Troy Smith

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Originally from Australia and having worked in the bush in both Kenya and South Africa, Troy now heads up the team and is based in our Cape Town office. With vast experience across the continent – everything from a ‘close encounter’ with a hippo while in a mokoro in the Delta, to exhilarating walking safaris…

Natasha Rautenbach

Natasha Rautenbach

Born and raised in the “Mother City” (ie, Cape Town), Natasha has been curating safari experiences throughout Africa for more than 16 years. Natasha has journeyed across the continent and not only brings a wealth of knowledge of hundreds of properties and areas, but also has strong operational knowledge in terms of tailoring the “best…

Lucy Blunt

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Scottish-born Lucy has lived in South Africa for almost fifteen years. Her passion for the African bush and relationship-building skills was an obvious combination to lead her into the African travel and tourism industry. Crafting bespoke trips for TrueAfrica’s clients, she always listens to their every need ensuring memorable trips for everyone.  Her favourite safari…

Agatha Reid

Agatha Reid

Born and raised at the foot of a mountain in an interesting, charming and historic little town of Somerset East in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, deep in the heart of the Karoo, has naturally instilled a deep love for the bush, mountains and being surrounded by nature. A true spark was ignited when given a book…

Clare Vigus

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Having worked in the safari industry for more than 15 years, Clare is very much an expert with the logistics and operational aspects of an exceptional safari. Based in our Cape Town office, Clare manages the finer points of putting a safari together – double and triple-checking that all the airlines connect with the transfers etc…

Saada Kylula

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Saada is our trusty Operations Manager based in our Tanzanian office. After completing her studies she joined the tourism industry and she hasn’t looked back! Saada is responsible for organising all of our on-the-ground activities in Tanzania and has an absolute wealth of knowledge. Saada has probably spent more time in the bush than the…

Marleen Haverkamp

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Marleen was based in Cape Town for almost 5 years, working for an East African safari operator. She travelled extensively through East and Southern Africa; from luxury lodges in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara to basic canoeing adventures on the Zambezi river and camping on top of a Landrover from South Africa to Zimbabwe, Malawi,…

William Banda

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Spending most of his life living on the periphery of the South Luangwa National Park, tourism and wildlife have always been William’s passions. Originally William panned to pursue a career in either law or journalism, however (like for many of us!) things turned out somewhat differently…! In 1996 William joined Norman Carr Safaris and spent the…

Francisca Gesimba

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Fran is our Kenyan operations guru and is based Nairobi. Having spent her schooling years in both Nakuru and Nairobi, Fran holds a Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management and currently studying her Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Tours and Travel Management. Fran has more than 10 years operational experience in East Africa’s safari industry and…

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