Born in Bolivia, then adopted and raised in Maun, Antonina spent most of her childhood in Botswana. Her introduction to safari life came with weekend trips and school holidays spent exploring Botswana’s diverse landscapes, such as when her family packed up the Landcruiser with wood, food, and a tent, and headed straight to the Okavango Delta. At other times, Antonina and her family would take light aircraft flights across Botswana’s waterways, experiencing the region’s famous mix of dry and wet camps. With Savuti, Moremi, Chobe, and the spectacular Victoria Falls forming Antonina’s playground, the bush really is her second home.
Following her time in Botswana, Antonina spent a year in India and she was exposed to one of the world’s most colourful continents. She studied in South India in a local school, and whenever she had a break she got out of the classroom to roam both the southern and northern parts of the country. Antonina then continued her schooling in the Maldives.
Briefly, in 2006, Antonina swapped island paradise life for the African bush and moved to South Africa. She lived there for two years and completed her schooling before heading out to the wildlife-rich archipelago of the Seychelles. Here, she took a course in Tourism and Guiding, and applied her wanderlust to exploring Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.
Antonina began university in the Netherlands in 2008 and by this time she knew she wanted to pursue a career in Travel. She achieved that goal when she moved to London, and for the past three years she has sold tailor-made holidays to Southern Africa.