An African national, Claire spent her formative years in Malawi, 'The Warm Heart of Africa'. Her passion for marine life was ignited by frequent visits to Lake Malawi - renowned for its crystal-clear waters and home to the highest number of fish species of any lake in Africa. Her first job in tourism, as a scuba diving instructor, combined her love of water, marine animals and connecting with people who love to explore. Her progression in the travel industry saw her live and work in various roles across South Africa and Mozambique before a move to the northern hemisphere to be nearer to family.
Favourite Safari Animal
"Controversial maybe, but I love a huge gnarly crocodile. They are living dinosaurs as they haven't really evolved for 65 million years."
Sundowner Of Choice
"You cannot beat a gin and tonic, but for me is has to be garnished with fresh cucumber."
"Elsa Kopje in Meru National Park. I travelled there with my partner on his first safari adventure and it was magical sharing that unforgettable 'first-time' experience."
WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY
"You can tell that Claire has travelled to the region many times as her wisdom and love of the country shines through. Throughout the process, Claire was available for me with a calm voice and great tips."
"Our travel consultant Claire Picknell was outstanding and planned a phenomenal trip for us. We will use Claire and Mahlatini again for a future trip! Every aspect of our trip was impeccable."
"Claire was brilliant and it is the second time we have used her to book a safari. She joined up all the dots and came within budget. Thank you Claire for all your help to allow us to have such a memorable holiday."
Our "Trip of a Lifetime"!
"Claire really knew her stuff and led us into and planned the best trip we've ever taken (and we've taken some great trips)! Claire and Mahlatini throughout the trip made sure we were safe and taken care of the entire time."