Africa Product Manager

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.

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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.

Recent travel experience

Kirsten returns to South Africa every year to see her family however her latest YZ trips have seen her return to South Africa's Kruger and its private reserves, explore Mauritius again and make an extensive trip to Botswana for the second time. In 2017 Kirsten visited Tanzania and Botswana.

Expert destinations

South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

African countries visited

Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Kirsten's biography

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 focusses on at Yellow Zebra. Her knowledge of Zimbabwe, Mozambique 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…!

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! 

"We looked at 15 Safari companies to start. Yellow Zebra was responsive and available. Our personal manager, Kirsten, made it seem like we were her only clients. We had several conference calls on which she answered our many questions and gave us her thoughts based on her extensive travel in Africa. She was available and accessible but not overbearing! I received call backs or emails promptly. She LISTENED to what we wanted to do and see and responded with the best options."
"YZ will recommend the camp that fits the needs you explain. Location, size, price, category. Regardless of ownership. So many other operators (most?) Only put you in the camps their company owns. Huge difference. If we ever go back again to Africa YZ will handle our trip. That’s high praise from an ex-airline employee and corporate travel agent. I cannot recommend Kirsten and YZ more highly. If you’re going on safari go with them."
"We had no experience of visiting Africa when we approached Yellow Zebra. Kirsten soon put us at ease and made suggestions from what was obviously first hand experience... Every connection, both in arriving in the country and between camps in very small aircraft went so smoothly, we felt really well looked after. We have come home with unforgettable memories, and very many photographs, thank you Yellow Zebra."

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