Sarah was raised in Durban, South Africa, by expat parents. It was no surprise, that after graduating from University of Natal, she left her native shores to live and work overseas. Her travels brought her to the UK, where she joined Mahlatini in its start-up phase over 15 years ago.
Her initial role was in travel planning, when she enjoyed numerous educational trips back in her native land, traversing nearly every Mahlatini destination across Southern and Eastern Africa, including the Indian Ocean islands.
Sarah's extensive first-hand knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Mahlatini product portfolio proved to be the ideal foundation when she transitioned to her current role. Sarah is responsible for ensuring all product detail is current, seeking out emerging properties and destinations for our discerning clients; as well as training the latest recruits to our Travel Expert team.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda - seeing these endangered primates at such close proximity was breath-taking. There's a natural affinity, an almost human-like interaction with these fascinating creatures, which makes the wildlife experience just a little more special than a standard Big 5 safari.
I relish the unusual, multi-centre itineraries. I'd love to combine a walking safari in Zambia with a beach stay on Lake Malawi. Two very different destinations, and a somewhat unexpected coupling, but a surprisingly easy transfer via light aircraft. Walking safaris give you a different perspective, allowing you to tune in to your senses and pick up the sounds of the birdlife and the smells of the earth. Lake Malawi would offer the ideal beach stay afterwards. It's an intimate, exclusive location - perfect for serene sailing at sunset; but also brilliant for snorkelling and scuba diving.
The Oyster Box in Durban. I have wonderful childhood memories of visiting this exquisite hotel with my grandparents for special family occasions. It's so special and nostalgic when I revisit now with my own family and relive those memories through my kids.
Gorilla - they are critically endangered. We actively support conservation programmes designed to protect them and ensure their survival for the next generations.
It's so rewarding seeing newer members of the Mahlatini team develop specialist knowledge and a genuine love and passion for Africa. In most cases they have extensive experience within the travel industry but will then develop highly specialist product knowledge aligned with our niche offering.
I will never forget planning a genuinely once-in-his-lifetime trip for a local client in the early years at Mahlatini. Going on an African safari was his childhood dream, but one that he thought would always be out of his reach. Working with some of our key suppliers, we pulled a few strings to make his dream a reality. He felt like he'd won the lottery; I felt like a million dollars to have played a part in his happiness.
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