Earth Icon EN (UK) / USD
98% Client Satisfaction Rating
98% Client Satisfaction Rating
Apple Watch 40mm Created with Sketch.



Team Leader

Claire Picknell

Claire, an African native, grew up in Malawi, known as 'The Warm Heart of Africa.' Inspired by frequent visits to Lake Malawi, she developed a passion for marine life. Starting her career as a scuba diving instructor in tourism, Claire blended her love for water, marine animals, and connecting with fellow explorers. Over time, she worked in diverse roles across South Africa and Mozambique before relocating to the northern hemisphere to be closer to family.

Claire P profile
Favourite Safari Animal Icon

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 Icon

Sundowner Of Choice

"You cannot beat a gin and tonic, but for me is has to be garnished with fresh cucumber."

Favourite Property Icon

Favourite Property

"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."

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.
Combined Shape Created with Sketch.


BEST TRIP EVER. Life changing experience planned to perfection

"Claire is INCREDIBLE. She helped us plan every detail perfectly and stayed with us every step of the way. I would recommend working with Claire to anyone interested in the safari of a lifetime."

Ted Hobart, USA
Family Holiday to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, 2024

This was truly the trip of our lifetime

"Claire was so attentive and communicative during the entire process. We have recommended her to several friends and hope to use her again for future trips."

Liz Barbour, USA
Honeymoon to Rwanda and South Africa, 2024

I truly can't believe how brilliantly it all went - it was truly magical!

"I really can't say enough about how wonderful Claire was. I've honestly never had such a positive experience with any travel-related professional. She is a gem, and I'm telling everyone I know to go on safari and have Claire plan it!"

Laura Pochup, USA
Multi-gen family holiday to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, 2023

The trip was incredible!

"Claire and the Mahlatini team were excellent. Claire arranged this seamless, excellent experience for us, got us excited about the places we'd visit, and gave us all the information we needed well in advance of our actual needs. All we had to do was show up."

David Teter, USA
Honeymoon to South Africa and Mozambique, 2024
Combined Shape Created with Sketch.
Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Ready to
explore more?

Our travel experts are ready to start creating your tailormade trip.