Sam grew up on a small game farm in Johannesburg, where the bush was her playground and her love for nature began. With lions, buffalo, and all sorts of wildlife on her doorstep, it was the best childhood. At a young age, she was lucky to have opportunities to travel to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia with her family on long road trips in their VW Combi. Sam has also enjoyed some great opportunities with her work, sky diving over the dunes in Swakopmund, white water rafting on the Zambezi, bungee jumping the highest in Africa, and camping under the stars in the Makgadikgadi Pans.
At 19, Sam studied at a private travel college, where she got an early foot through the door of the working world. Starting off in retail for a few years, she moved into overland tours, which is where her love for Africa and specialised safaris began. After 9 years, she has achieved a lifelong goal of moving to her mother’s birth country. Now at YZ, she joins Operations to make sure the tours will run as smoothly as they can.