Meet Vanessa


Vanessa is the (almost) silver-haired founder of Southern Destinations (1996) and keeps a quiet and proud eye on operations, marketing and Social Media activities. She manages our CRM efforts and keeps abreast with new tourism products and industry gossip! A passionate ambassador for everything South African, she claims that when she retires, she’s going to go back to being a freelance tour guide. She and her family spend about 5 weeks of the year in France, all the while planning trips to Botswana, Kruger and KwaZulu Natal.

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Vanessa's Favourite Destinations

Hwange National Park

Lying just south of Victoria Falls and bordering Botswana, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve and one of the last great African elephant …/

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Okavango Delta

Arguably the most well known of Botswana’s attractions, the Okavango Delta is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth. Home to all …/

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