Destination South Africa

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My Story

Hello, Sanibonani, Cia, Walaykum As-salaam, Zdravo, I’m Samantha West.

South Africa Travel Travel & Tours was borne 9 years ago out of my intense love for travel to all places exotic and unusual. What many of you don’t know is that I have a fear of flying that started 20 years ago. Crazy right! I opted to venture into the travel industry sometimes embarking on close to 15 flights a year for many reasons.

I knew that I had to use my expertise in putting together not just an itinerary but an amazing travel itinerary

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  • Love of Travel

    Firstly, my love of travel and seeing the world outside of my bubble, meeting new people, experiencing a different culture, and enjoying one of a kind experiences throughout the world is greater than my fear!

    I knew that I had to use my expertise in putting together not just an itinerary but an amazing travel itinerary that is carefully thought out so that you don’t have to worry about the finer details. I take care of selecting the perfect hotel whether it be in the heart of the vineyard in South Africa, or a rustic villa in Tuscany or a Berber tent in the middle of the Sahara desert.

  • Seeing the World

    Lastly, I chose not to give into my fear so that my kids have the opportunity to see the world and have a broader world perspective.

Journey Of Discovery

My journey of discovery and love of travel started 23 years, I took a leap into the unknown by leaving my job, studies, family, and friends to leave my home country of South Africa solo for the very first time. While it was a bit nerve-wracking at the time, those feelings of doubt became history pretty fast. Before I knew it, the trajectory of my life was forever changed. With little money and no modern-day technology, I traversed my way solo through France, Germany, England, and the Netherlands — discovering new cities and connecting with people from all walks of life along the way. Life was never the same after.

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Upon returning home nearly a year later, I knew I had to apply my newfound love for travel to South Africa.

My determination took me to every unique corner of the country. I wouldn’t settle for ordinary, either.

Safari lodges, local country markets, wine estates, upmarket hotels — I conquered the famous sights and also the most secluded, remote areas of South Africa.

Soon enough, South Africa Travel and Tours was born and I began curating experiences to enable others to feel the same joy from travel that had captivated me.

From venturing on my own to vacationing as a newly married couple, followed by becoming a family with kids — my relationship with travel has evolved as much as my identity has.

I cherish the opportunity to plan itineraries for people in all different stages of life, as I can relate to most. As a South African Mamma who started traveling with my kids as young as 18 months, I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with kids in tow.

Our family has grown even closer and connected as we’ve been fortunate to navigate many different countries together. Regardless of whether you’re single, happily married, or raising a family of 5… I assure you, I can relate in some way!

I can’t wait to learn more about you and help you plan your best vacation ever!!

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Get to know Samantha!

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Love of cats

5 years ago we adopted two Russian Siberians and they have captured my heart. They have become my third child!

organized and adventurous

Loves to clean and organize

I have a slight obsession with cleaning and ensuring everything in my house is organized. My motto: everything has its place! However, my husband will agree there is one place that my cleanliness has and never will apply and that is my vehicle that I drive. I wonder if that is a woman thing !

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Dreams of retiring in Italy

Italy captured my heart like no other country has. I have often asked myself why Italy and the simple answer is that I long for the simple things in life. A cup of coffee in the piazza , watching the town residents set up their vegetable stands and people connecting with each other while they go about their business. I feel a sense of peace when I am in Italy!

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