Kirsten is one of our most experienced safari consultants. She is confident and knowledgeable designing trips across the whole of Africa, but her knowledge of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia is especially good.
Born and raised in South Africa, Kirsten is one of our most experienced safari consultants. Her knowledge of ground operations across Southern Africa was the reason we hired her at Yellow Zebra; she has over ten years experience in South Africa alone.
Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Recent travel experience
Kirsten returns to South Africa every year to see her family; however, her most recent trip had her returning to Kenya, this time as a solo traveller. Here's her guide on what you can expect when travelling by yourself on safari.
Other recent YZ trips have seen her return to South Africa's Kruger and its private reserves, explore Mauritius again, take an extensive trip to Botswana for the second time, and visit Tanzania twice exploring the north, south, and then Zanzibar.
Kirsten's most memorable experience
“My most memorable safari was in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique – a remote and truly wild park that very few people ever get to visit. I can never convey the feeling of being the only guests in a park of this size – a park adored by safari enthusiasts! We were out on our afternoon game drive and it started to pour with rain so we found shelter under a large tree and waited for the rain to stop. Once the rain had stopped the sun came out and with it a porcupine and its baby came out from a bush to dry off in the sun. For me safari is all about magical moments like this. Safari is not all about the Big Five!”
Kirsten was born and bred in Durban on South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal coast. After studying Travel and Tourism, Kirsten worked for a ground agent in South Africa, running the main safari accounts. In March 2010 Kirsten moved to the UK with her husband and was snapped up by one of the UK’s leading safari operators. After four years working as their head of Southern African operations, Kirsten joined us at Yellow Zebra.
Kirsten has extensive knowledge of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Mauritius – all are destinations she knows inside out and are the areas she focuses on at Yellow Zebra. Her knowledge of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Kenya, and Tanzania is also extensive, having visited each country whilst working in the industry, and as a child growing up in Southern Africa.
Her experience working on the ground in Africa is invaluable as a sales consultant – very few specialists worldwide have this kind of experience. This in-depth knowledge of some of our main destinations makes her invaluable to Yellow Zebra and separates her from the vast majority of Southern Africa ‘experts’ out there. She is incredibly thorough with a real focus on the detail of her clients' trips. The best safaris are all about the detail…!
“Yellow Zebra planned an amazing safari for my husband and I! Kirsten worked with us to develop an itinerary that had lodges that complemented each other and provided a diverse experience... We definitely wanted to go and Kirsten made that happen. She answered all of our questions and scheduled our Covid tests in our lodges so they were convenient. Our safari far exceeded our expectations!"
SKC - October 2021
"Kirsten listened to what we wanted in the trip and revised the itinerary a few times before confirming the booking to make sure we had the best experience possible. Her planning was thorough and all we had to do was literally show up in South Africa! Everything was arranged for us."
Jeff - South Africa, September 2021
"I have booked holidays through Yellow Zebra every year since 2015 (and already booked for 2020!) travelling to Zambia, and can say that my bookings and requests have all been excellently handled by Kirsten... and the rest of the team who I have spoken to, nothing is too much trouble and I was kept fully informed through the booking process, and follow ups."
"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
"Yellow Zebra provides truly amazing service. From the initial email to the final booking, everything was handled with the utmost care and professionalism. Both Olivia and Catia were exceptionally prompt and thorough in their responses. The ZOOM calls with Olivia were particularly helpful in hel..."
"Trip of a lifetime! Yellow Zebra booked fantastic lodges with great guides. Arranged all our transportation for travel once in South Africa. Great communication with us leading up to the trip and after we were there. Would absolutely use Yellow Zebra again and would recommend using them to ev..."
"We had an amazing time in Zambia and Flat Dogs safaris camp was perfect for our family . I would have felt daunted booking this without Yellow Zebras expertise"
"Second time to Africa with Yellow Zebra and both trips were great, largely as a result of my trip planner, my guides and the support "on the ground".
On most recent trip to Uganda YZ connected me with Experience Uganda (EU). They were amazing. Africa is not someplace you want to feel "abandoned"..."
"We were so grateful for the help we got from Yellow Zebra in planning our safari trip. Having never been to Africa before all the information and literature received from Yellow Zebra and Sebastian's suggestions and personal knowledge of the area was such a great help and so valuable to us. Sebas..."