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The owners and staff of Wild Frontiers have operated safaris in Africa since the early 1980's, as such can offer first-hand advice to passengers. We are continually trying out new destinations or visiting existing operations to ensure that they are still up to our high standard. It is company policy that all consultants should personally visit all the areas we market regularly. We also ensure that our operations are run in an environmentally aware manner, and contribute to the well being of the region and its inhabitants. Wild Frontiers has offices/representation in South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and now also in Zimbabwe.

From Uganda through to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, to the west of Gabon, Sao Tome and Congo, as well as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa - a broad range of products from luxury lodges to camping, diving, climbing, bird watching, adventure activities and special interest safaris are available. Tailor-made FIT, groups, escorted safaris, incentives and conferences as well as set departure dates are available. As well as these, we can arrange ANYTHING in our areas of expertise.

We have run trips and hosted film crews for such celebrated media as BBC, National Geographic, Conde Nast, Getaway Magazine, M- Net, Discovery Channel etc, and for major wholesalers from USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, France, Japan and Denmark

Wild Frontiers are active members of SATSA (South African Tour & Safari Association), our Uganda operation belongs to AUTO (the Association of Uganda Tour Operators), and the Tanzanian operation is fully registered and belongs to TATO. All operations have full public and passenger liability insurance.

The Johannesburg Head Quarters
Management
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  John Addison
Director
Born in SA , but grew up from the age of 9 months in Zimbabwe.

 

Did many jobs, a bit of varsity, bit of military service, before running first safari in Kenya in 1984 while hitch-hiking through Africa - only job I could get without a work permit. After guiding in many countries, started WF with Debbie in 1991 and immediately set off on a recce trip by road to DRC. Business has grown from one typewriter, one landcruiser and one telephone to employing close to 200 people in Africa.

Over 30 African countries, have climbed mountains, rafted rivers, walked the Serengeti, canoed the Zambezi, had just about all the African diseases possible, eaten plenty goats and met people from many cultures and countries ..and still love it and have plenty more to do.

Wild Frontiers Leopard

Leopards, gorillas, elephants, kudu,
dik-dik
Eritrea

Eritrea and Southern Sudan

  Debbie Addison
Director
Rather a long time ago - born in England (Gloucestershire), in the heart of the countryside. I came to SA some 30 years ago.. and fell in love with the bush shortly after that.. and have never looked back !
Strangely, my background is advertising and marketing - and I had no desire to get into the travel business at all!

However, paths changed, I met John when on a rather long sabatical in Botswana / Zimbabwe, and kind of fell into the safari industry cutting my teeth with a Namibian operator.

We started our business 20 years ago... after spending nearly 6 months bouncing around Africa in "Betsy" our trusted old landcruiser (and our home for a while!) exploring East and Central Africa- and then we started Wild Frontiers!

Travelled a lot of Europe as a child and when I was still living in England, and since then explored South Africa from coast to coast, including Swazi and Lesotho - plus Zim, Zambia, Bots, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Libya & Egypt! Further afield the USA, Canada and China.



Wild ones...elephant, cheetah, wild cat, zebra and anything young!

On the domestic front, horses, dogs & cats - of which I have plenty!!
Wild Frontiers Debbie Addison

The Polar regions, Latin America - and I would like to get back to some of the mountaineous areas in Europe.... preferably in the snow!

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  Laila Darley
Office Manager
Born in the UK

I have lived in Khartoum Sudan, Tripoli Libya, UK and for the past 30 years South Africa

I joined Wild Frontiers in 2002 and seem to have my feet glued to the floor.

I am proud to say that I have summited Kili, quite a suprise to my friends!!! I have had the unbelievable experience of meeting a silver back gorilla up close and personal and have also trekked the chimps in Uganda. My travels have taken me far and wide, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Egypt and many other African countries together with Europe and North America and China.

Sarah

Sarah

I am not sure that I can call my 2 beautiful daughters critters!! but closely followed by my 3 pooches and very dominant cat Brie.

On my bucket list was Singapore, Thailand and Bali but I had the pleasure of crossing that off the list. Now I dream of visiting Antartica, lowland Gorillas, Madagascar, Australia and New Zealand.

Our Consultants        
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  Dewald Snyders Consultant
Born and bred in the fairest Cape but I couldn't resist the goldfields of Johannesburg. I moved to Gauteng in '95 and have been living here since, happily ever after.
I joined the Wild Frontiers team in 1998. I am the cunning warthog of the office... brings a character by the name of Pumba to mind...... I have treaded all over Southern and Eastern Africa and have also travelled to Thailand, USA and Great Britain.


My footprint is all over southern and eastern africa. I have also travelled to Thailand, USA and Great Britain.

I conquered both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya and was also privileged enough to trek the mountain gorillas in Uganda.

My favourite destination is the Serengeti with its abundance of wildlife. A few other highlights are Zanzibar, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zambia, Botswana and the Vic Falls.


Warthogs, elephants, and antelope
Beach Dewald

South America, Himalayas, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Europe

  Karen Duvenage Consultant

 

I joined Wild Frontiers in 2004 but have been in the industry for numerous years exploring different options from Tour Operator to Corporate to Groups.

Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Madagascar, numerous states within the USA, numerous countries within Europe and there are numerous footprints I still intend to place all over the globe.



Giraffe, lions and Elephants


Fiji, Mauritius and my ultimate dream would be to buy a camper van and travel through the United States with my husband and children.

  Vanessa Bell
Consultant
Born in Zim but grew up on a farm near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. And yes, I can milk a cow!!

After studying and working a bit in the tourism industry, I decided to join the Wild Frontiers gang as the word "WILD" sounded right up my ally.

All over S.A, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, Libya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Swaziland.



Dolphins and baby Elephants
Italy

Italy & Switzerland

  Tammy Moir
Consultant
I am proudly South African. Born in Durban! Moved around differents parts of SA and finally settled in Johanesburg!

I joined the Wild Frontiers pack in 2008 after Living in the UK for 7 Years - loved it there but there is no place like home!

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda - loved Rwanda and would go back 1000 times!!!

 

Leopard, Elephants, Dolphins, Rhino



Ethopia and Brazil







 

Corné Duvenage
Consultant

I fist saw the light in Pretoria, South Africa and it doesn't matter how far and wide I've managed to range, I seem to keep going back there.
I joined the Wild Frontiers pack in 2000 – so I’m officially now part of the furniture after being here for more than a decade!

I’m the 'mountain nut' in the office & have summited Kilimanjaro many times.

I’ve also summited Margherita Peak in the Ruwenzoris (Mountains of the Moon in Uganda), and done extensive trekking in the Himalayas.

I generally conduct the information evenings at our offices.

Travelled to places like Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Nepal, India, United States and Mexico. Rafted the Zambezi and did the Bungy as well as the gorge swing in Zambia, tracked gorillas and wild chimps in Uganda and swam with the dolphins in Mexico – I generally try to stay busy and out of trouble!



My kids! And then a few of the others are: hyrax, nyala, elephant, dolphins, penguins, preying mantis, and quite a few more!


Antarctica, Petra, Tibet, Vietnam, Cuba & Chichen Itza


  Sarah Soldevila - O'Mahony
Consultant
I was born and brought up on the beautiful Isle of Wight, South of England.

My maiden name is Catalonian so have been very lucky to spend lots of my holidays visiting my family in Barcelona.  After university lived in various cities in the UK and met my husband in London.  We moved to South Africa two years ago and we just  love our new life full of sunshine! I was very fortunate to get a position at Wild Frontiers I love every minute! I completed my BA Hons Degree in Tourism Management at Cheltenham University in England and since then had various careers in the travel industry working as a travel agent and for different tour operators in the UK.


My passion is travel, that’s what I live for! I have been extremely fortunate to have travelled extensively to six out of seven continents. I have just recently got back from my South and Central America tour climbing Machu Picchu and visiting the Amazon was a dream come true.  Wild Frontiers also sent me to Uganda to go and see the Gorillas which was a once in  a lifetime experience. I have travelled Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and in and around South Africa.  I have to admit my favourite continent is Africa and I am so lucky to be living here now and look forward to seeing many more fascinating places! I have summited Mt Kilimanjaro - which I would want to do again!

Gorillas, Sloths, Elephants, Pandas, Zebra, Lemurs, Giraffes and Dolphins.

Sarah

Lion

 

Sarah

Antarctica, Madagascar, Borneo, Hawaii, Argentina, Colombia and the Galapagos Island

 


  Isabel Botha
Consultant
I am a Pretoria girl; born, grew up, went to school, church and studied in P-town - and that is still where my roots are! 
I also met my husband in Pretoria (even though he’s a small town boy from North West!), and we now have 2 little girls who keep us young and humble!

I studied Bcom Tourism Management and I LOVE anything to do with travelling! I have travelled to a few great destinations, but there's still so much to do and see! I joined Wild Frontiers in 2013, and it is definitely the best place to work, as here we are more like family and everyone is so passionate about the company.

Stamp

I am so blessed to have been to so many lovely and amazing places in my life! Most of UK, Europe and some USA, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and of course South Africa has seen me, but my personal favourite is The Seychelles... I love beach holidays!

Seyshelles

Elephants, Lions, Giraffe, Dolphins, Horses... actually all the amazing animals God has created.

Kili

Lion


Stamp

Wow...where to begin? South America, Mexico, Israel, Maldives and a BIG challenge one day – climbing Kili!!


Marketing & IT        
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  Linda Willemse Marketing & Sales Manager
I'm a full blood sunny South African (real Afrikaans poppie). The East Rand, Boksburg, was my playground as a child, though later years I re-discovered my soul in the red dunes of the Namib Desert.
After living out of a suitcase for a couple of years tour and safari guiding in Africa, I stumbled accross barefoot employers (who I'm convinced up to today is a modern day David Livingstone and Karen Blixen) who were willing to try and convert me to an office bunny in 1999. Soon after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in February 2000 extreme sports and outdoor activities became a way of living.. paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking high mountains etc.. especially when combined with exploration journeys. The smells, sounds and sights of Africa is where I feel best at home.  

Africa - From the most Southern tip of sunny South Africa as far north as Ethiopia and west to Ghana. (South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana). Europe - Lived in England for a while, travelled Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria and my favorite - Slovenia. South America - Brazil & Peru as well as the Far East - Hong Kong & Bali.

Meerkats, Cape Griffon Vulture, Bateleur, Condor, Oryx, Wild Dog, Hyena, Bush Babies, Dung Beetle, Butter Fish...



Nepal's high mountains, Morocco's deserts, sipping tequila in Mexico, hiking Patagonia and cruising the Polar regions.

  Annetjie Lourens
Web Administator
I am proudly South African. I cannot elaborate much on the breeding part grrrr (-:, but I know that I organically hatched in Johannesburg.
My wheening was done in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, where I could actually watch the cows grazing across the road when homework got too much...as it always did, and there was a dirt road no matter which direction you felt like travelling in.

I joined the Wild Frontiers pack in 2005 after exploring the footsteps of William Wallace in Scotland and to see if I could still hear the chanting of the Cistercian monks at the ruins that King Henry VIII left behind and of course trying out a couple of other mad things first.

All over S.A, absolutely crazy about the Karoo, England, Scotland and Tanzania. I believe that every place you visit leaves its unique footprint on you.



Leopard, Elephants, Wolves, Tigers, Killer Wales, Dragon Flies and Butterflies




Machu Picchu and Egypt

 

Samantha
Backstrom
Web, Marketing, Accounts & Carbon Footprint Analyst


Born and bred in the City of Gold Johannesburg South Africa
My childhood dream of becoming a Game Ranger / Conservationist came true when I got the amazing opportunity to work at a few lodges. I was privileged enough to be a foster mom to young wildlife such as a giraffe named Hamley, a very special Nyala and two stubborn Zebra just to name a few. Since 2002 I have been within the Tourism Industry and joined the Wild Team in 2009.

I am a qualified Carbon Footprint Analyst and a big greenie this is my passion - Iam in the process of making Wild Frontiers even more green - one footprint at a time.

ZNZ

 

I have left my footprints in various places all over South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Zanzibar and the UK.

 

My Beagles, Giraffes, Rhinos, Dung Beetles, Seahorses (due to the males giving birth), chameleons, sloths, Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Toucans, Wild Dogs ...this list could go on forever.

Toucan

Machu Picchu, Brazil, Artic, Antartica, Europe, and more of Africa like hot air ballooning over the Serengeti...mmm

MachuPicchu


MachuPicchu


Product Management        
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  Hayde Van Zyl
Product Manager
Born and bred in the West Rand where I went to school. After I finished school I moved to Pretoria where I completed my degree in Tourism.

I have been in the tourism industry for many years now and have been in both Retail and Wholesale travel. I joined the WILD TEAM in 2008.

I have travelled to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Switzerland. I am proud to say that I have conquered Mt Kilimanjaro a couple of years ago.



Warthog, Leopard, Giraffe and all birds.


Antarctica, Egypt, Mexico, Peru and Kenya


Accounts        

 

Emerson
Varathaiah

Accounts

Born and bred amongst the palm trees, in Kwa-Zulu Natal Durban.


I migrated from Durban in 1990 to the city of gold, Johannesburg. I have been within the travel industry and finance sector since 1999 and joined Wild Frontiers in May 2013.

I have travelled to various places such as Europe, Far East, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

 

When going to the bush I love seeing the BIG 5!

The top of my bucket list contains Vegas and North America.


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  Margie Goldring Accounts Department
Mutare Zimbawe, surrounded by mountains - the mist of the Vumba and the freshness of the air in Inyanga - where I ran bare foot and climbed trees, and swam in the rivers - I am proud to be African.

I have been part of the team since 1997 - prior to that lived in the `bush` with my hubby being `just a mom`- having moved from Zimbabwe where I was an Insurance Broker (Farming) for many years, with Bowrings. I took `time out` for a while in my working life and spent 6 months going overland with two very special people in my life.

Zimbabwe - The Mighty Victoria Falls, Zambia, Tanzania, Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Central Africa Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Togo, Upper Volta, Niger, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, France, United Kingdom. Egypt, Libya,, Mozambique, Malawi, Swaziland, and India


Kudu...`have you ever seen a kudu cry little girl` - John Edmond
Namiba, Botswana - Ireland



  Irlene Griessel Accounts
 Lets see... I was born in Secunda (can't remember much about the place, but what can I say I was a baby). The place I have called home for the past few years is Centurion where I was bred and probably will stay forever. 

 

 

I joined Wild Frontiers in March 2011 after being with another travel company for 8 years.

MachuPicchu

 

The only place I have been is home sweet home and Mozamique.

  

 MachuPicchu

 

MachuPicchu

Dogs, Wolves, Sharks, Snakes, Tigers, Zebra's.


Italy, Zimbabwe and Paris.


Paris

Reception        
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  Tracey Salgado Receptionist
I was born in South Africa. I grew up on a plot in Midrand. After walking miles home from school everyday, I would chill by going horse riding.

I joined Wild Frontiers in 2006.
I am a single Mom with three busy young adults. I enjoy all outdoor activites and I am a keen road runner.

I have seen most of South Africa. Also been to England and France and visited Texas and Orlando in the States.

Cheetah, Lions, Elephants, Chimpanzees and Dolphins

 

Australia, Egypt and Europe


Durban Satellite Office
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  Traci Glen 
Consultant
The Bushbaby thing was deeply ingrained in me from a very young age. Being carted around on my mother's back as she traipsed through the jungles and forests of East Africa, collecting bird and small mammal specimens, my childhood was what some would consider slightly erm "different."

Born in Kenya, bred in Botswana & Zimbabwe, and finally spat out in SA, I still feel at home among the amazing "bush-whackers" who make up Wild Frontiers.

I joined the Wild Frontiers hooligans in 2002, I tend to get itchy feet and am easily bored, yet edging towards my 11th year with the company, boredom has never featured. Wild Frontiers offers a cornucopia of options,
for both culture vultures and wildlife nuts.

A few of the destinations I have visited include: Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, USA, UK, Australia and Zimbabwe.

I travelled Namibia extensivley on the Bike SA Desert Run -ingesting copious amounts of soil samples en route.

Eles, whales, otters, bugs, and a new fascination with snakes & other reptiles.

Our bearded dragon is a very special nunu.

Antarctica, Jordan, Tibet, Peru and never enough of Africa


Wild Frontiers Uganda
Paul is of English family background, born and grew up in Malawi and Zimbabwe; he speaks Swahili and some French. Paul has been guiding for over 15 years throughout Southern & East Africa, and has an extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna of Uganda as well as good general knowledge of many other surrounding countries. He continually trains our guides, and is available for guiding specialist trips. Jane, also born in Africa, lived in Europe & Africa and runs the operations base from our office in Entebbe, co-ordinating all aspects of the safari services to ensure a smoothly run operation.

Wild Frontiers Uganda has been running for 12 years. We offer good quality, professionally guided lodge, camping and specialist safaris in Uganda - visiting gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as some of Uganda's pristine National Parks and forests, or climbing mountains. We also own and operate modern sport-fishing boats on Lake Victoria for Nile Perch fishing and other lake based activities. As a recent development we now also own and operate an exclusive tented camp on Ngamba Island, Lake Victoria, a tented camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and manage a lodge in Bwindi. Our operations base is in Entebbe, Uganda. Owned and managed by Paul & Jane Goldring, they head up a staff of fully trained safari & fishing guides.
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  Paul Goldring
Director
G&C Tours Ltd. Uganda
I grew up in Malawi on a tea estate and was schooled in Zimbabwe til the tender age of 13. Wild colonial boy sums that up!
Moved to Uk school and football hooligan training , until accepted into G and T club at agricultural college where a certificate in Farm Management was awarded.

After college I returned to beloved Africa to Tanzania and farming and horse riding safaris (rather funny as can't ride horses - they have bad brakes and are rather uncomfortable between full speed and walking!)

Started to guide tourists in 1986 in Tanzania and then in Botswana before moving to Uganda in 1995 to start doing trips for Wild Frontiers.

Still perfecting the art of Directing the manager Guiding and having fun ! I've been to the majority of East Central and Southern Africa, currently ensconced in the Pearl of Africa.

 



All of the real ones a bit partial to pachyderms and tree lions.
Bush
Anywhere west of the Seychelles, east of Kinshasa south of Tripoli

  Jane Goldring
Director
G&C Tours Ltd. Uganda
I was born in Cape Town, moved between there and UK a couple of times finishing with my senior schooling in the depth of North Wales and then heading out on my own to South Africa there after.

 

I lived in the three major cities of South Africa over the next 15 years and then moved to Uganda where I have been ever since.

I joined the Wild Frontiers team in Uganda - in fact I started it along with my husband Paul Goldring. I was the office lady (initially the office was the entrance hall to our house!) and he was the safari guide.

Since then it has grown slightly and so now we have a stand alone office with around 100 employees including office and workshop staff, three lodges/camps around Uganda and a sucessful boat excursion business on Lake Victoria and the Nile river.

I have done a fair amount of travelling in my time - backpacking around England, Ireland and Europe when I was young (!), The Far East to see how they live and work there, USA to see just how big and better everything is, India for some meditation and then Africa from tip to top - SA to Egypt (not all in-between but working on that!).

India

Elephant

Elephants have to be the top of my list.... all sizes I can watch them forever. Birds in Uganda also rate pretty highly these days - they are so visible, vibrant and interesting to watch

India / Nepal for the tigers, Iguazu Falls, New Zealand and maybe polar bears if I can find the right clothes to keep me warm!

Wild Frontiers Tanzania
Wild Frontiers Tanzania has been fully operational for four years. Ably managed by Max Latiankara and his highly motivated team, they are hands-on, 24 hours a day to look after all your guests needs. Based in Arusha, we have a fleet of vehicles and offer quality mobile camps, seasonal permanent camps in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, walking safaris and Kilimanjaro hikes. Our Tanzania operation is a member of TATO in Tanzania. Max is everywhere – you'll find him as much is the bush helping out his guys and looking after guests, as you will in the office.
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  Max Latiankara
Operations Manager
Tanzania
I was born in Arusha, typically African..
Wild Frontiers Tanzania has been fully operational for numerous years now. Ably managed by Max Latiankara and his highly motivated team, they are hands-on, 24 hours a day to look after all your guests needs. Based in Arusha, we have a fleet of vehicles and offer quality mobile camps, seasonal permanent camps in Serengeti and Ngorongoro, walking safaris and Kilimanjaro hikes.

Our Tanzania operation is a member of TATO in Tanzania. Max is everywhere; you'll find him as much is the bush helping out his guys and looking after guests, as you will in the office.



 

 




 
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