Adelle BellTravel Expert

Although born in Johannesburg, Adelle was raised in the Mother City and always considers Cape Town her home. Her early career years were spent in the corporate world but a switch to the travel industry was a turning point when her job became her passion. With almost ten years' experience working for a number of safari specialist tour operators, she has definitely found her 'calling' in life.

A natural people person, Adelle thrives in building personal relationships with clients, and excels in creating fully customised trips that fulfil so much more than their initial list of needs and wants. She also prides herself in ensuring clients' budgets are used most effectively to ensure the best possible travel experience with special add-ons and surprises along the way. Her absolute belief in ensuring each and every client is 100% delighted with their itinerary is reflected in the Mahlatini vision and she feels that she has now found her 'home away from home'.

African Destination Specialisms

  • South Africa (all regions)
  • Botswana

Most Memorable Travel Experience

Safari trips are always unique but my first trip to the Okavango Delta in Botswana stands out as a special highlight. It was a water-based safari, so I felt more tuned into the land and wildlife than viewing from a game vehicle. As we were putting up the Delta, we turned a bend and right in front of us a huge herd of elephant decided that they were going to cross the river metres in front of us. It was the most magnificent sighting of these beautiful creatures, against a perfect pink sky at sunset...I love to recall that blissful moment on days when the stresses of city living take their toll.

Travel Wish-List

I love a bush and beach combination as the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation within one trip. Mahlatini's 'Tanzania and Zanzibar Experience' itinerary is top of my list at the moment.

Favourite Property

So many to choose from but I personally love the Lion Sands properties in the Sabi Sands - it's the best part of the Kruger for ubiquitous wildlife and the Lion Sands team deliver unbelievable customer service, every time.

Favourite safari animal

Absolutely the leopard. Not only are they aesthetically stunning, but as the most shrewd and elusive of the large carnivores it is always thrilling when tracking and following them.

The best bits

It's a genuine pleasure making dreams come true for clients who feel like friends. I love working in high-end, tailor-made travel as there is simply no time limit in crafting and perfecting the itinerary for my clients' 'once-in-a-lifetime' trips. Africa and her stunning landscapes, wildlife and hospitable people always deliver!

Best #MahlatiniMoment

A memorable client was a celebrated New York physician who was raised in South Africa. He wanted to bring his nearest and dearest (all 14 of them) on a multi-generational family vacation back in Africa to explore his roots and revisit his homeland through their eyes. Their extensive itinerary covered Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Kruger and Victoria Falls. He shared wonderful stories and pictures of their amazing trip which portrayed the joy and emotion of this special home-coming journey.