WE HELP YOU SELL AFRICA BETTER

WHY WORK WITH US?

Simple. We help you sell a better safari, and you will have happier returning clients. Benefit from our established presence in East Africa. Choose from full-service out-of-Africa experiences for your customers throughout Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Zanzibar and Uganda.

“We provide support services for buyers at every stage of the customer journey,” – Meliza Karmiris, African Safari Excellence

We have been operating in the region for over 10 years and provide support services for buyers at every stage of the customer journey. A trip to Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We make it easier for you the agent to sell East Africa with confidence and share the passion we have for East Africa with the world. Meet our team.

Guides & Vehicles

We use only the best. African Safari Excellence manages more than 1,000 safari days every year, using only expert guides and well-maintained, luxury vehicles, purpose-built for the terrain in East Africa.

HIGHLY TRAINED GUIDES

Benefit from our highly qualified network of expert guides, rangers and drivers, who contribute to-wards customer satisfaction and provide memorable customer journeys. We also contract with special-interest and foreign-language-speaking professionals.

LATEST VEHICLES

Safari vehicles feature mobile refrigerators, pop-open hatches for enhanced wildlife viewing, radios, repair kits and safety equipment. Flexible add-ons include vehicle Wi-Fi and luxury amenities. We also have luxury vehicle options for in-town transfers.

Meet The Team

Lynn
Lynn Middelmann

General Manager

ASE Team
Lynn Middelmann
Lynn Middelmann is proud to be a key part of the vibrant team at African Safari Excellence (ASE), where she holds the position of General Manager. Born and raised in the heart of the Great Karoo, in Graaff Reinet, Lynn has always been a farm girl at her core. Her formative years were spent in the Hex River Valley, immersed in the day-to-day life of a table grape farm. While she pursued an academic path in Business Management, her entry into the tourism industry was as unexpected as it was fateful. Despite a brief detour into a different career path during the challenges brought on by the pandemic, Lynn's 14 years of experience and her deep-seated passion for travel and tourism eventually guided her back to the industry she loves.

Lynn sees her journey with African Safari Excellence as more than just a career—it is a conscious choice. The opportunity to unveil the unparalleled wonders of Africa to the world is what excites her the most. She is driven daily by the belief that tourism is not merely about creating unforgettable experiences but also about fostering a greater understanding and appreciation for the continent's diverse and magnificent cultures and landscapes. Lynn finds the pristine beauty of places like the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique and the landscapes of Tanzania particularly captivating, with their azure waters, powdery beaches, and rich cultural tapestry.

Through her extensive travels across Southern and Eastern Africa, Lynn has gathered countless memorable experiences. However, it is the overwhelming sense of awe and tranquility she feels for Tanzania's natural beauty that stands out the most. Whether it is the majestic wildlife encounters or the warmth of the local communities, each visit leaves an indelible mark on her soul. She is continually drawn back, time and again, to experience the pure contentment and peace that, in her view, only Africa can offer.
Kashief Savahl
Kashief Savahl

East African Travel Expert

Kashief Savahl
Kashief Savahl
As an East African Travel Expert & SA Specialist, this born and bred Capetonian started his career as a Travel Desk Consultant before gaining a wealth of experience across various departments within the industry. His journey through the operational side, product development, contracting, sales & marketing, and eventually leading his own direct sales team, has endowed him with extensive knowledge. Additionally, completing a course on South African tourism earned him the title of SA Specialist. The excitement for his profession ignites with a client's vague inquiry, outlining only the available days and interests. It's in the plotting and planning of an itinerary, tailored to perfectly match the client's request and enhanced by personal suggestions to make the experience unforgettable, where his passion truly shines. The fulfillment comes when the meticulously crafted itinerary, once just a concept on paper, materializes into a life-enriching experience that clients share with their loved ones. This, he believes, epitomizes his fervor for tourism and travel.

Living by the motto, “Creating memorable experiences that people can share with friends and family,” whether it's around a barbecue or over drinks, he finds profound satisfaction in his work. While the Great Migration and the Serengeti hold a special place in his heart, the Ngorongoro Crater, with its stunning views, especially from a property on the crater rim, is a personal favorite.

Among his most memorable experiences is witnessing a lion kill in the Kruger National Park, followed by the sight of four little cubs joining the feast. This was soon topped by a leopard sauntering by their vehicle close enough to touch, before settling on a massive sand hill for about 30 minutes—a moment so captivating that they remained transfixed the entire time.
Shana van Zyl

East African Travel Expert

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Shana van Zyl
Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, Shana brings her expertise and enthusiasm to the team. With a deep-seated love for animals, her path into the safari industry seemed predestined—a perfect blend of personal passion and professional pursuit. Her commitment to African Safari Excellence is significantly influenced by the remarkable team dynamic, which she finds both inspiring and supportive.

Her most beloved destination is the Serengeti in Tanzania, a place where she finds joy and tranquility. Sitting in a game drive vehicle, she immerses herself not only in the thrill of wildlife sightings but also in the serene beauty of the vast open plains. This landscape, teeming with life and natural wonders, offers her a sense of peace and connection to the earth that is unparalleled.

Among the many memorable experiences she has accumulated, her encounter with Baraka the rhino in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy stands out as the most treasured. The opportunity to be in such close proximity to this majestic animal was not just an adventure but a profoundly moving experience. It underscored her passion for conservation and the importance of protecting such magnificent creatures for future generations. This encounter, among many others, fuels her dedication to sharing the magic of Africa's wildlife and landscapes with the world.
Abigail Lebuso

East African Travel Expert

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Abigail Lebuso
As a Senior African Travel Expert and a born and bred Capetonian, she pursued her studies in Tourism Marketing and Management at the University of the Western Cape. Tourism has always been a passion for her, driven by an eagerness to travel and explore different destinations. At African Safari Excellence, she is part of what feels like a little family, where everyone supports each other and works well as a team.

She has a particular fondness for the Serengeti National Park, which reminds her of the opening scene from her favorite movie, "The Lion King." For her, the appeal lies in the vast open plains and the immersion in wildlife—it might sound cliché, but she simply loves it.

One of her most memorable experiences occurred in a safari vehicle in the central Serengeti National Park. Their vehicle found itself surrounded by thousands of wildebeest and zebras, right in the midst of the great migration. It was an experience she will forever remember, embodying the essence of why she cherishes tourism so deeply.
Lisa Nel

Head of Marketing and Product

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Lisa Nel
Lisa was born in Durban but has lived for a number of years in Johannesburg and now resides in Cape Town, and has been for nearly 8 years. In Durban she studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism diploma and also has a number of sales and marketing courses. She has worked in the travel industry for over 24 years so you can say that travel is in her DNA. She has experience in operations, travel consulting, general management, hotel marketing, product management and travel marketing. On her bucket list is Egypt, as history was her favourite subject at school. She has travelled to Namibia, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Morocco. She would love to visit Seychelles in the near future for the ultimate island paradise escape. Lisa rates one of the best wildlife experiences while visiting Mashatu in the Tuli block, Botswana. Here they watched a female lion with her cubs under a tree sleeping and sat there until they woke up and then watched the cubs playing.
Katelyn Harvey

Marketing Executive

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Katelyn Harvey
She is a born and bred Capetonian with a deep fondness for travel and connecting with people. With a background in marketing, she has always desired to incorporate this passion into her life. Tourism provides the perfect platform where her passions and beliefs seamlessly come together, allowing her to pursue her dreams and share this incredible continent with the world. She firmly believes that Africa is not just an incredible destination but a place that offers unparalleled experiences. From its vibrant people to its breathtaking landscapes, every sight and scent is one to remember. One of her favourite destinations is Zambia. It could be due to the nostalgia, but there is definitely something to be said about experiencing Victoria Falls for the first time. From the roaring sound of tonnes of water spilling into the Batoka Gorge to the initial spray of the Falls hitting you, it is not an experience she is likely to forget any time soon.
Ricky Obiora

Finance Manager

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Ricky Obiora
Originally from Nigeria, Ricky grew up and completed his education there, earning a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting. Seeking further education, he moved to South Africa in 2003, a country he quickly fell in love with and decided to make his home. Ricky has since been an integral part of the tourism industry for over a decade. During this time, he has explored various parts of Southern Africa, including Kruger National Park, Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape, Kwa Madwala in Mpumalanga, as well as crossing borders into Mozambique and Swaziland. One of his most memorable experiences was in Cape Town, where he enjoyed a helicopter tour over the city. The flight took off from the V&A Waterfront and soared along the Atlantic Seaboard, offering breathtaking scenery that Ricky regards as truly spectacular.
Nuruma Musson

East African Travel Expert

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Nuruma Musson
As a Senior Sales Consultant born and raised in Cape Town, her passion for tourism was ignited during her college years where she studied Tourism. This passion has fueled her career, where she specializes in designing unforgettable itineraries that not only meet but exceed guest expectations. Her tenure at Protea Hotels ingrained a pivotal philosophy in her: the importance of "creating moments of magic" for her guests. This principle has become the cornerstone of her approach to hospitality. Her affinity for Kenya is profound. The humility and wisdom of the local guides, the breathtaking landscapes, and the rich cultural experiences the country offers have deeply influenced her. Building lifelong friendships there has been a highlight of her journey. Memorable encounters, such as meeting Baraka, the blind rhino at Ol Pejeta, and D2, the resident giraffe at Sirikoi, have enriched her experience and deepened her connection to this incredible destination.

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