Monique Dean

Senior Travel Consultant

Monique has been with Giltedge Africa since 2004 – almost since the company’s founding days! With years of experience at Giltedge behind her, she still loves being part of an excellent team that keeps growing from strength to strength. Before joining us, Monique worked in the airline industry with Italian, Turkish and German inbound incentive groups as well as in the hotel and hospitality sector.

With her vast experience in all facets of the tourism industry, having visited many countries in Southern and East Africa, Monique has found her niche in inbound individual travel. She still thoroughly enjoys putting together extra-special itineraries for honeymooners and luxury travel plans for small groups.

Monique likes to make the most of Cape Town’s outdoor lifestyle. She loves cycling and seeing the coastline by road, which gives her a different perspective on South Africa’s beauty! She’s proudly South African and feels that a safari is an instant fix to modern-day stress. The smell of the African bush, that early morning coffee surrounded by silence, and being away from technology is a true escape.

Monique's Favourite Properties

Dulini Lodge

Dulini Lodge has a peaceful riverine setting in a game-rich private reserve in the Sabi Sands. This small luxury lodge has six exquisite stone cottages each with plenty of indoor space, and French doors leading onto a private deck with your own heated plunge pool. The main lodge has a…

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Zambezi Queen

Cruise the Chobe River in style aboard the Zambezi Queen. This luxurious 45-metre vessel feels more like a floating boutique hotel than a houseboat. The 14 air-conditioned suites each have their own balcony so pull back the shutters and take in the ever-changing views from the comfort of your king-size…

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Forest Lodge

Looking out over Walker Bay, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers luxury accommodation amid indigenous fynbos and trees  – a stunning natural location! Grootbos is unique in providing luxurious, yet environmentally sustainable, lodge accommodation within South Africa’s world-famous Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as being in a coastal area that boasts…

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Monique's Favourite Destinations

South Africa

Situated at the tip of the African continent, South Africa is the top vacation destination of a lifetime. A South African safari offers experiences ranging from exquisite landscapes, captivating wildlife, and amazing culture. Offering five-star luxury accommodations – ranging from top game lodges to bespoke boutique hotels – it’s a…

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Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, the coral reefs of Zanzibar, the migration on Serengeti’s savannah (in the Southern and Northern Serengeti), Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater, as well as the Great Rift Valley. With spectacular scenery, cultures and…

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The Jewel of Africa, Botswana is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. The country is renowned for its large, inland river delta, the Okavango Delta. Botswana is also home to the earth’s most impressive salt pan, The Makgadikgadi, and the largest continuous desert, The Kalahari. …

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Monique's Favourite Tours

Untamed Botswana Fly-In Safari

Perfect for those looking for a bird’s eye view of Botswana, this 11-day safari combines Chobe River and National Park, the Okavango Delta and the unique Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Explore the untamed bush of Botswana, see the Big 5 and enjoy a comfortable commute and amazing views in light…

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Monique's Reviews

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Robert - Wed, 20 Feb 2019

Exceptional service from and exceptional company. Monique at Gilt Edge was fantastic from initial contact to providing us with our finalised details. The travel suggestions, quality of organisation and level of professionalism are superb as are the friendliness and feeling of warmth you get from Gilt Edge. They are as good as it gets.

' Amazing customer service and life changing experiences guaranteed! '

Elise - Thu, 24 Jan 2019

Giltedge has been my best and most reliable African traveling partner for 5 years now and I couldn’t have hoped for better (knowing I have a true passion for the African continent). I had the chance to travel to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia with the support of their wonderful team, and I am very excited about my coming trip to Uganda and Rwanda they all recently arranged for me for June 2019 :-) It’s not only the qualitative service they offer at booking stage that impresses me and makes me contact them every time I want to go back to Africa (which includes their strong knowledge of the African continent, their patience, flexibility, kindness, empathy and their strong listening skills!). It’s also all the people they work with onsite/3rd party companies/guides/drivers/ hotel & lodges staff (places they carefully select for you based on your wishes, needs and budget) that makes a huge different, compared to other tour operators I used before or for other continents. I can literarily say they’ve made my African dreams come true and I will never be able to thank them enough. I strongly recommend them to anyone who wants to feel the same way! A big and very special thank you to Monique who has been by my side from the start :-) but also to Nikki who looked after my trip to Uganda and Rwanda while Monique was away this January.

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Mrs. - Tue, 22 Jan 2019

The was our first trip to Africa and we had the most incredible time. The process was smooth from start to end - everything was taken care of and went as planned. Monique helped us customize the itinerary to our liking, to make sure our honeymoon was just what we wanted. The trip was the perfect blend of city and historical attractions, wine :), nature, and of course safari adventures. Honestly, the trip of a lifetime. We can't wait to go back!

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Pam - Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Monique's recommendations for hotels and safari lodges were just exceptional. We had an excellent guide with Anthony in Capetown and on to the winelands. And we had just an amazing experience while on safari at Madiwke Hills and Savanna in the Sabi Sans. Knowledgeable and personable guides and trackers while the lodges were beautiful and the staff attentive. I would recommend Giltedge to friends and family

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Anonymous - Mon, 8 Oct 2018

My family and I just returned from a trip to Cape Town/Sabi Sand which was planned through Monique Dean at Giltedge. Everything was perfect and went off without a hitch. Monique was open to listening to my needs and staying within budget and planned the perfect trip for us. I would highly recommend Giltedge!

' Great Service! '

Anonymous - Fri, 31 Aug 2018

Second time booking with them, fantastic service!

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Sarah - Sun, 26 Aug 2018

My sister and I enjoyed the trip and had a lot of fun. Accommodation recommendations were great!

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Anonymous - Thu, 16 Aug 2018

Excellent trip. Very well planned. All of the transfers, hotels, day trips, and general overall schedule of the trip was very well done. Would use Giltedge again.

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Anonymous - Tue, 7 Aug 2018

We used Giltedge Africa to book our safari on our trip to South Africa. Monique was very accommodating with our requests and booked all our accommodations promptly! From the moment we arrived in South Africa we felt the countries hospitality, and did not want to leave. We had an excellent safari at Kareiga River Lodge, and even witnessed 2 live lion kills! Unfortunately there were no leopards on the reserve, but we saw everything else! Thank you Monique for arranging our experience!

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Stephanie - Tue, 24 Jul 2018

Everything went very smoothly. We Loved the places we stayed and the trip was an excellent mix of adventure and relaxation which is exactly what we wanted. The process before the trip was also excellent. Monique was very responsive and patient with answering all of our questions. Thank you for making our Honeymoon awesome!

' Really professional and great service '

Robert - Mon, 9 Jul 2018

Guilt Edge really know their stuff! We’ve used them 3 times from the UK and they’ve always been incredibly responsive, actually listen to your needs and come up with great suggestions that translate into fabulous holidays. Their price is always fair and payment is so easy with their new system. Monique has organised our last two trips and has done brilliantly!

' My Tour with Giltedge Africa '

Jonathan - Tue, 3 Jul 2018

Monique from Giltedge coordinated an amazing month in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Every aspect of the trip from the accomodations, the activities, the guides, transfers and all logistics was perfect. I've now been to all seven continents and this was the best trip of my life.