Janine is an Operations Manager at Yellow Zebra Safaris.
Born and bred in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa, Janine has a career that spans a variety of industries, including Hospitality, PR and Travel, and Adventure Tourism. Her attention to detail and ability to multi-task make her a great addition to the Ops team at YZ.
African countries visited
Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Janine's most memorable experience
I have recently returned from a two-week safari in Southern Africa, staying at some of the best and most luxurious camps we have to offer in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. My most memorable experience would have to be during my time spent at Mombo in Botswana. We had an incredible guide who was able to fulfill my dream of finally seeing a leopard. In all my safari excursions thus far, I have only ever seen four out of the Big Five, so I was absolutely thrilled to see not just one, but three on this trip. I was also lucky enough to witness a family of warthog exit their den at the base of a termite mound one morning. ‘They shoot out like a rocket,’ is how our guide described it. He wasn't wrong! It was definitely a trip full of memories to last a lifetime.
Janine caught the travel bug after her first overseas experience, which was literally crossing the ocean on a yacht delivery to the Seychelles when she was 21. Desperate to discover what more the world had to offer, Janine embarked on travels to the Caribbean, where she chartered yachts as a chef for three years. Over the next decade she travelled around most of the USA, visited Thailand on her honeymoon, opened and ran a successful restaurant, and received a degree in Marketing and Business Management. She donned the Public Relations hat for a few years and then made the decision to emigrate. She worked in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands for an adventure tourism company as Cruise Relations Manager before finally settling in the UK with her husband and two children.
Despite all the beauty she is fortunate to have experienced around the world, Janine’s heart will forever be in Africa and nothing will ever compare with the magnificence of a true African safari, especially at sunset! This, for her, is still the ultimate way to spend a holiday and she is blessed to have enjoyed a fair number of game drives from some beautiful lodges and reserves in her life so far.
“Look no further than Yellow Zebra Safaris for the trip of a lifetime! They did not miss a beat! I started planning this trip back in 2018 for a trip in 2021. Fast forward to 2020 and COVID. All of our plans imploded, but YZS stood strong through it all. With the uncertainty at the time, we decided to forego 2021 and rebook for 2022. Everything had to be rescheduled. Not once did YZS ever make excuses or complain. All the red tape with reservations, vouchers, e-tickets, etc., was all taken care of for us. A huge relief! We had the best time! The journey itself was exhausting, but in a good way. Finishing it all up in Zanzibar, relaxing on the beach, was definitely the way to go! Thanks Charlotte, Janine, Catherine ... You guys ROCK!!"
Lyn - Kenya & Tanzania, October 2022
“I just came back from a 3 week safari trip to Uganda and Tanzania arranged by YZ. From start to finish I was looked after at every airport, lodge and camp. It was flawless. A female single traveller on my first solo trip I did not have to think about anything and always felt safe and taken care of. YZ exceeded my expectations in every regard and I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a safari. Special shout out to Olivia and Janine who worked with me for months on putting together the perfect safari vacation. Thank you both!!”
"Yellow Zebra are genuine specialists; they know the African bush like the back of their hand."
Brian Jackman, safari expert for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Condé Nast, and the BBC
'Europe's Leading Safari Tour Operator' at the World Travel Awards
8 years in a row, since 2015
"Wies Van der Meer was very patient and answered all of our questions"
"Yellow Zebra excels at understanding our needs and proposing a fantastic itinerary. They take the uncertainty and confusion out of planning. They're super nice, easy to work with, and the trip we arranged them to Southern Africa in 2018 was flawless. We've now planned a 2024 trip through Yellow Z..."
"I haved worked with YZ 2 years in the past and am planning another trip for 2024. Emma has been responsible and flexible as needed. She provides good information and advice based on her travel experiences."
"Olivia was great at listening to my specific requests. It truly is a designed for your wants and needs tour.
The follow-up information regarding travel insurance, visas etc was top notch. You feel very prepared for your trip!"
"I have been delighted with the planning process of our Yellow Zebra African Safari in Botswana. Our travel specialist, Wies Van Der Meer, East Africa manager, was enthusiastic, helpful and informative. His vast knowledge of Africa provided valuable information and perspective about the areas bes..."