Heather Saunders is Eco Travel Africa's in-situ Cape and Wine aficionado. She is based in Somerset West, in heart of the Cape Winelands, and having been a wine enthusiast and a guide in the Cape Region for many years, she has an intimate knowledge of the gems, secrets and elegant places that characterize, not just Cape Town itself, but also the wider Cape region.
From historical manor homes to farm houses restored to their former glory, and from august wine estates to smaller boutique growers, traveling with Heather will afford you access to all of the superb sights and sounds that make this particular part of South Africa such a unique and beautiful destination, as well as the interpretive guiding that bring it all to life.
Heather will take you through the breathtaking scenery, fantastic properties and many of the sights and sounds that few visitors to the Cape get to see. This, of course, is not confined to the human environment, but also the celebrated Cape Floral Kingdom, which comprises so much of the natural splendor of the Cape, as well, of course, as the unique fauna and birdlife that is abundant throughout the region.
As a South African, and having traveled widely in the region, Heather Saunders offers a taste of South Africa that will fascinate and endure. The elusive treasures of the Cape will be yours to see and enjoy, and remember for years to come.
Peter Baxter is a writer, traveler, Africa enthusiast and guide. His career in African travel began in 1984 when, with an old Land Rover, he began working with film crews moving through the drought stricken regions of south and central Africa reporting on the difficulties experienced by rural communities in the Zambezi Valley and on the southern shores of Lake Kariba. This transitioned into bouts of overland travel, interspersed with more general travel in Europe and the Americas, culminating in a specialization in African mountains that remains, to this day, his primary travel interest.
During the 1990s and early 2000s Peter was based in the small Zimbabwean town of Chimanimani, in the beautiful Eastern Highlands bordering Mozambique. Here, he, and a number of friends, pioneered professional guiding in the Chimanimani Mountains, roving between the Chimanimani National Park in Zimbabwe and the extensive sections of the range that bordered the National Park in Mozambique. Based in the nearby, and internationally famous, Heaven Lodge in the Chimanimani Village, the Chimanimani Bushwalking Company grew to respectable size, employing and training a number of young and enthusiastic local guides, and developing an international reputation for superb eco guiding in this unique natural habitat.
In the midst of this Peter began work on his critically acclaimed history of Rhodesia, a definitive, 300 thousand word study of the events of the crucial century prior to the independence of Rhodesia and the birth of Zimbabwe. This was Peter’s fist published book, which has since been followed by a number of studied of African military history, including the wide ranging history of the Rhodesia Regiment, one of the most detailed British imperial military studies to emerge from the military history of this unique colony.
In between writing, guiding over-50s groups up Kilimanjaro, and exploratory personal travel, peter regularly lectures on African imperial and imperial military history in various venues, including on the MS Cruises and other expedition ships covering the coasts of Africa. A journey through Africa with peter Baxter is a multifaceted experience covering the natural and political history of one of the most fascinating travel regions of the world.
Your safety and satisfaction are of primary concern to me. Growing up in a small town in New Hampshire, I was always drawn to the outdoors. I started hiking and camping in the White Mountains in high school. I have over 45 years of experience in the backcountry from the Sierra Nevada, the Shenandoah, the Pacific Northwest, Mt Olympus, and two successful climbs of Mt Kilimanjaro.
My technical experience is based a month long Outward Bound program, attending multiple mountaineering schools and trainings, rock climbing schools and practice, managing an outdoors high ropes course, and managing a climbing wall.
As far as risk management, I have passed Wilderness First Responder training, American Cross First Aid and CPR instruction, and ACCT Site Certification. I am a Leave No Trace Master Educator and regularly speak to groups about minimizing their impact in the outdoors.
I have a degree in Hotel Administration and worked in the hotel and restaurant industry. As the PC era developed, I chose to make a career in the technology industry with companies like IBM and AT&T. After my family grew up, I decided to focus on working with people in a more personal way. As a facilitator and program manager, I helped community and corporate groups to improve communications, build self efficacy, and develop leadership skills. I am back in the tourism industry now working in northern New Hampshire to help people experience and enjoy the incredible beauty and diversity of this area.
In 2010, Peter Baxter and I managed the opening of a luxury, tented safari camp near Serengeti National Park. While managing the logistics of opening a facility in a remote area, we consistently delivered first class wildlife safaris. My love of the outdoors and passion for helping others achieve their dreams is what motivates me.
Our goal with Eco Travel Africa, LLC is to deliver to our clients a combination of excitement, education, challenge, and comfort as they explore Africa. Our experience and focus on small group travel combined with the knowledge of the destination brings a unique opportunity to the discerning traveller.
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This Sequence was filmed at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa
By chimanimani In Travel News, Uncategorized July 14, 2012
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