Destinations Africa was established in 2007 to allow John Mitchell-Adams to share his love of Africa with others. John and/or one of his team travel to Africa each year to seek new lodges, activities and African safari trips. We also ensure that all properties and services on our preferred list continue to meet our exacting standards. Those that do not are withdrawn and never used again. Destinations Africa focus on delivering only the very best personalised services to ensure your personal safari tours/holiday will be both exciting and memorable. Client safety, comfort, care and a promise of a holiday that will inject the excitement and mystery of this magical continent and its people into the heart and soul of our clients, is the uncompromising core of our philosophy.
Meet The Team
John grew up on a farm in what was then Rhodesia and still speaks fluent (though somewhat rusty) Shona – a local dialect. His love of Africa, its wildlife and the bush was developed from a very early age. Having left his farm in what is now known as Zimbabwe, he still maintained his passion for Africa, its wildlife and the bush. From farming he went into other occupations such as crop dusting and even aircraft sales and demonstration, which brought him to far flung corners of Africa. Following those adventurous times he retreated to the corporate world only to find that it held far fewer attractions than the natural world. So after a number of years in that man-made world he decided to pursue his passion for Africa and set up a dedicated African travel business to introduce others to this amazing continent in safety and comfort. John now enjoys the best of both worlds living in Australia but with ample excuses to return to Africa regularly.
Hilary (John’s wife) grew up in Ireland and when introduced to Africa in 2003 became enthralled with the place, its people and especially the wild life. She is an integral part of the team and she uses her wordsmithing skills to write about Africa in blogs on our website and elsewhere. As a Director she is a great sounding board for all the new destinations that we visit to determine whether or not they should be on our recommended list as she is able to see and experience the many places from a completely different perspective!
Sandie has been part of the team since February 2009. She was born and educated in Zimbabwe and also lived in Namibia for four years. She has lived in Australia since 1988 when she came here back-packing and met her husband Bruce. Africa is in her blood and her love for the continent is as strong as ever. So she is thrilled to be able to introduce other people to the delights Africa has to offer. She returns regularly to vet the various properties and ensure that the lodges we approve maintain our exacting standards. Her clients are all most complimentary about Sandie and her approach to arranging travel. She now resides in Sydney and is our new face in the city.
Tracey has been part of the team since the inception of the business. She has a thorough knowledge of all our process and procedures and is now responsible for all financial transactions and accounting. She now works remotely as she is now based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Based in Perth, Christa is no newcomer to the travel industry. With over 14 years’ experience in African tourism at many levels, her passion is creating lifetime experiences for her clients. She was born and grew up in South Africa and travelled extensively within the Southern African region while living there. In 2006 she relocated with her husband to Australia and is now a proud mother of two beautiful little girls. Being a parent, she enjoys designing itineraries especially for families as she believes that offering children the opportunity to view the continent’s amazing wildlife is a truly magical experience that will influence them forever.
Faye joined Destinations Africa early in December 2009. She has lived in South Africa for most of her life. Her love of African wild life has enticed her into the travel industry where she is be able to share her enthusiasm in organising wildlife safaris. She has a BSc. (Hons) majoring in animal behaviour. She has also completed a course in International Wildlife Rehabilitation. Her work experience includes that of Pachyderm Keeper at the Johannesburg Zoo. She resides in Brisbane.
Having recently relocated to Port Stephens, from Melbourne, Craig has an extensive background in travel, a lifelong passion for Africa, and it’s amazing and diverse wildlife. His passion for Africa was only enhanced after travel there in 2007 where he met his wife (Alicia) in Eastern Africa whilst travelling to see the gorillas. Alicia and Craig are now proud parents to two beautiful young girls. Craig brings a diverse business background to the group.
Cathy was born in Cape Town South Africa, and immigrated to Australia with her immediate family in 1980. With many return trips to Africa to visit extended family and friends and experience the unique landscape and inhabitants of Africa, her connection to Africa and her passion for the people that reside there, has not diminished. It is her belief that every person should experience the wonder of an African safari at least once in their lifetime.