Melissa OberholzerTravel Expert

Melissa bound into the travel industry in Cape Town over 15 years ago and has never looked back. Nicknamed the 'animal guardian' by her family from a young age, her first safari was a journey of a lifetime and had her completely enthralled! Since then, she has made it her mission to support conservation efforts by sharing her love of the wilderness with guests all around the world.

Starting off all those years ago in operations, Melissa found her 'ecological niche' providing her clients with exclusive travel and authentic safaris. The 'perfect safari' means something different to everyone, and Melissa strives to create the perfect safari for each individual guest. When not making African dreams come true, Melissa can be found on safari, or in her garden with her own pride of cats.

African Countries Visited

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia

Most Memorable Travel Experience

There are so many. My two most memorable safari sightings would have to be witnessing a wild dog kill in the Timbavati Game Reserve and seeing a practically unheard of 'leap of leopard', 4 of them, at Londolozi Game Reserve.

Travel Wish-List

Seeing the silverback gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. They are just waiting for me to visit them! Patience, gentle day!

Favourite Property

Duba Plains Camp. Located on a 33,000-hectare private reserve, this camp offers some of the most authentic and pure wildlife experiences. Started by the pioneer conservationists, Beverly & Dereck Joubert, they discovered the awe-inspiring lion on buffalo interactions. Every potential safari goer should watch their 'Relentless Enemies'.

Favourite safari animal

Wild Dogs are intelligent, highly social and their antics can keep you entertained for hours. Wild dogs are expert hunters, built for endurance with smart hunting tactics as the main members lead the hunt, they are predicted to have an 80% success rate in their hunting attempts.

Best #MahlatiniMoment

Getting the much-awaited phone call to advise that I had been selected to join the exclusive and esteemed team of Travel Experts at Mahlatini Travel.