Karen Fielies

Africa Travel Expert

My first venture in the tourism industry was when I worked at the Mount Nelson Hotel in 1999 as guest liaison. Afterwards, I worked in airline reservations and then moved into a tour operator role in 2003, specialising in groups, FIT and cruise ships. Following this, I gained product knowledge and experience at several operators.

I enjoy working with different clients and nationalities. Each traveller is unique, and therefore, each holiday experience should be different. Yet, my favourite aspect is putting together honeymoon itineraries because I’m a romantic.

My favourite destinations are the Kruger National Park and the Garden Route in South Africa; I love nature, animals and scenic drives.

When I’m not spending time with my “fur babies” (dogs), husband or mom on the weekend, I am exploring the Cape Winelands, enjoying a picnic or cooking.

Karen's Favourite Properties

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Makanyane is a beautiful luxury lodge on privately owned ground in Madikwe Game Reserve. Eight secluded suite each have a glass-walled bedroom, open-fronted lounge, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Going to Madikwe you know you’ll have excellent Big 5 game viewing, and staying at Makanyane you’ll also be…

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Singita Sabora Tented Camp

With a nudge towards the 1920s and 30s, Singita’s Sabora Tented Camp is for those who love both adventure and grandeur. The camp consists of 9 luxury tents each with a private viewing deck. Imagine chandeliers and tent canvas; the finest gourmet delights and big wooden tables. It’s this mixture…

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Karen's Favourite Destinations


Namibia is a magical country in Southern Africa – and it captures the soul. It’s a land of endless horizons, contrasting landscapes, the oldest desert on earth and starlit skies (see our 10 most romantic lodges here).

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is a striking,…

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Shamwari Private Game Reserve

This private reserve is 25 000 hectares of wildlife terrain in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Perfect for malaria-free safaris, Shamwari is an excellent destination for families, groups, and solo travelers. In the local language, Shamwari means friend, and this translates into the lodges’ hospitality and top notch service. …

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Zanzibar is an enchanting paradise just waiting for your arrival. Set just off the Tanzanian coastline, it has beautiful sandy beaches, luxury accommodation, vibrant culture and some of the best diving spots in the world. Steeped in history the island has been populated over the centuries by traders from India,…

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Karen's Favourite Tours

Quintessential Kenya

Stay at eco-award winning tented camps while exploring Lake Elementeita the Laikipia region and famous Masai Mara plains. Rich and varied wildlife, and an exciting selection of safari activities make this an excellent choice for a Kenya safari.

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Karen's Reviews