Christine's passion for travel started in the late 80's when she took up a position as an au pair in New Jersey, in the USA. She spent two years with a family who loved to travel — and luckily for her — required her services on their many trips across the country. Ever since this experience Christine's wanderlust has never wavered.
Of all the countries she has visited over the years there is just something about South Africa that keeps drawing her back. They call it the land of contrasts — and that's so true: beautiful contrasting scenery, fascinating culture, compelling history, friendly people and some of the best quality accommodation money can buy. Then there's the amazing food and fantastic wine — oh, and the wildlife.
Having worked as a Country Specialist at Audley several years now, Christine has revisited South Africa annually, extending her knowledge of properties as well as less travelled areas such as the Madikwe Game Reserve.
I'll never forget when…
Tracking wild dogs at Savanna Lodge, Sabi Sands, close to Kruger National Park was really something special to remember. Having only just set off on a morning game drive we very quickly came across several wild dogs — sometimes referred to as African hunting, or African painted dogs — who were vocalizing to let their movements and location be known by the rest of the pack. They made a really unusual chirping or squeaking sound, similar to that of a bird. It was fascinating to see their behaviour and watch the pack grow in size. We tracked them for quite some time. The 4x4 off-road experience in itself was exhilarating enough and then to top it all off the dogs found a leopard which they then chased up a tree. Luckily, the leopard lived to see another day.