Sandi Bird

Africa Travel Expert

Sandi has worked in the hospitality and inbound travel industry for over 10 years. Before joining Giltedge Africa in 2008, she worked in some of the world’s top hotels in London, the USA and South Africa. Sandi has an incredible passion for people and for making their dream holidays come true. She focuses on inbound individual travel and enjoys putting together unforgettable honeymoon itineraries.

Sandi's Favourite Properties

Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge

Zambia’s first (and only) Relais & Chateaux property, Royal Chundu River Lodge has 10 luxurious suites on a private stretch of the Zambezi River. The lodge lies about an hour’s drive upstream of Victoria Falls and offers a host of activities including tiger fishing, canoeing, sunset cruises and an island…

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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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Sandi's Favourite Destinations

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Reserve borders the southwestern part of the Kruger National Park and is arguably South Africa’s most exclusive private reserve. There are no restricting fences between this 65,000-hectare reserve and the Kruger National Park, allowing the game to roam freely between the two.

Known for its…

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Southern Africa’s most remote safari destination – where you won’t see other travellers for miles – is Zambia. It’s home to Livingstone’s Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes, wetlands, and an abundant bird- and wildlife. But just because it’s remote, doesn’t mean it lacks luxuries….

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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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Sandi's Favourite Tours

Best of Southern Africa

This Southern Africa safari delivers on beautiful beaches, Big Five game viewing and a city-to-bush experience. Kick off your 11-day stay at the Waterfront in Cape Town before heading into the bush to the famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Timbavati shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, and game…

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Sandi's Reviews

' Very responsive and helpful '

Pamela - Fri, 8 Mar 2019

Sandi was extremely helpful and responsive to all of our questions, adding recommendations based on her personal experience. We look forward to our upcoming Safari in June!

' A fantastic safari advisor and planner! '

Bob - Wed, 20 Feb 2019

We were planning a safara trip to Africa -- our first -- and despite a bunch of reading and checking around, we definitely need a good trip agent and advisor. Sandi at Giltedge was perfect: She was completely responsive and helpful, very friendly, most knowledgeable, gave us lots of good advice and prepared proposed itineraries that were right on target with what we were asking for. Then, once we were ready, she booked everything promptly and accurately. We'd recommend her and Giltedge without reservation!

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Sergio - Wed, 26 Dec 2018

Could not fault the complete experience. Seamless connections, wonderful camps and great communication throughout the entire process.

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Richard - Tue, 25 Sep 2018

Sandi was great to work with. She was very helpful setting up the entire trip--which camps, how much safari, logistics. The hotel selections were wonderful--Livingstone, Le Residence, and Cape Grace. The tour guide, Jamie, was excellent. The planned activities were very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend her.

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John - Mon, 20 Aug 2018

This was our first time in Botswana. We had an excellent itinerary proposed by Sandi Bird for our Botswana safari vacation. All arrangements at the camps and lodges including the charter flight transfers went without a hitch. We were warmly welcomed by everyone at the camps and lodges. Animal sightings were amazing thanks to our guides. Our thanks to Sandi for putting together this excellent Botswana itinerary for us. It has been a pleasure dealing with her.

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Anonymous - Wed, 25 Jul 2018

The entire trip was wonderful, everything was put together perfectly. I had a last minute glitch in my itinerary that was fixed almost immediately. Everything exceeded my expectations.

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Karlene - Fri, 15 Jun 2018

We were never contacted on our trip, we did have issues with vouchers,that we still have not received,we had to pay for en trance to Table Mountain, we use taxi service, because the tour company Giltedge subcontractor were not available, I spend my hard earned money for a once in a lifetime and feel discarded once I was there,amazing place to visit, but would not recommend Giltedge Africa!

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Laura - Tue, 8 May 2018

Everything was spectacularly organized and they worked with our budget. It was truly a wonderful experience. The restaurant choices were fantastic and the hotels met our expectations!

' Great service '

Anonymous - Tue, 17 Apr 2018

Sandi was attentive and efficient. She was quick to organise our requirements and kept us up to date at all times.