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Tom on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Tom, South Africa Specialist

Born in Sydney, Australia, and having lived in many different places during my childhood, I’ve had a deep passion for travel for almost my entire life. As a child, I spent five years in the UK, living in Cambridge, then, as a teenager, I moved with my family to Boston.

With a desire to see the world, I spent a summer learning Spanish in Gijon, a small city in northern Spain. A few years later, as a college student, I got the opportunity to study abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, where I learnt Swahili every morning and worked as an intern at a paediatric clinic every afternoon.

I was delighted to join the Audley team and travel to Victoria Falls, Cape Town, and Kruger National Park —  a place I thought I’d see only in nature documentaries — and look forward to helping others enjoy these same incredible experiences.

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Cape Town

I recommend visiting - Cape Town

Don’t miss a trip to Cape Town if you’re visiting South Africa. It is, without a doubt, my top city in the world. Located on the coast and at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town offers dramatic scenery, excellent restaurants and scenic hikes, as well as a vibrant atmosphere. The mix of cultures and influences gives the city a distinctive take on food, art, design and music, all of which contribute to its dynamic character. Once you’ve seen the city, take the cable car up Table Mountain to look down over the coast and soak up its beauty.

Main Area, Savanna Private Game Reserve,The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

I recommend staying at - Savanna Private Game Reserve

Deluxe

The Savanna Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands area of Greater Kruger National Park offers a luxury lodge experience as well as game drives with near-guaranteed animal sightings. With some of the most knowledgeable safari guides, skilled trackers, and dedicated staff, it’s not unusual to see all the Big Five on a single game drive. There are only nine suites, so you get an intimate experience with meals under the stars in the candle-lit boma, private plunge pools, good wine and a blend of colonial charm and classical elegance that’s just right.

I'll never forget when…

I was staying at the Shamwari Game Reserve and during our morning drive, I mentioned to the driver that the black rhino is the most fascinating creature, and it would be amazing to be lucky enough to see one. Being so endangered, my guide just laughed and said that he would be very surprised if I did. Just then, in a clearing between two bushes about 20 yards ahead, a black rhino appeared. I sat in awe as a creature I never thought I’d see in my life, appeared right in front of our vehicle. It’s a memory I’ll treasure.

Photos of Tom

  • Tom at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Tom at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
  • Tom on a tour of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa Tom on a tour of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
  • Tom outside Nelson Mandela's house, Johannesburg, South Africa Tom outside Nelson Mandela's house, Johannesburg, South Africa