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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Africa & the Middle East

Africa

Bob Berghaier *
Insider Clout: Berghaier, a wildlife specialist before becoming a travel consultant, has been following the Great Migration for more than three decades. He’ll examine your travel dates and budget to book you the best possible camp for seeing it.
Years as Agent: 11.
Other Specialty: Wildlife tours.
Fee: Varies.

Katie Cadar
Special Booking: Cadar recently sent two couples to Rwanda for gorilla tracking at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge; then to the Serengeti in Tanzania to ride horses with zebras, followed by a hot-air-balloon ride at Singita Sasakwa; and ended the trip with a stay at the Palms Zanzibar.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialty: French Polynesia.
Fee: $100.

Sandy Cunningham *
New Favorite: Campi Ya Kanzi’s Ithumba Camp and Elephant Sanctuary, at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, in Kenya, where guests can adopt and bottle-feed foster elephants and witness their reintroduction into the wild.
Years as Agent: 17.
Other Specialty: New Mexico.
Fee: None.

Phoebe Weinberg
Insider Clout: Weinberg’s connections reach far across South Africa. Examples: on Robben Island, she can arrange a meeting with a former ANC official who was incarcerated during the same period as Nelson Mandela; and at Le Quartier Français hotel, in the Cape Winelands, she’ll set up a private cooking lesson with the hotel’s renowned chef, Margot Janse.
Years as Agent: 40.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: Varies.

Dana Welch
Special Booking: For a small group on a monthlong journey through Africa, Welch arranged a climbing expedition on Mount Kilimanjaro, a safari in the Serengeti, and scuba diving off Zanzibar.
Years as Agent: 19.
Other Specialty: Adventure.
Fee: From $100.

Botswana

Craig Beal +
Special Booking: It helps to have entertained the GM’s of many of Southern Africa’s top hotels and camps in your own house. Beal recently organized a 30-day African honeymoon with stays at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor; Botswana’s Mombo Camp; Azura Beach Lodge, on the Bazaruto Archipelago, in Mozambique; and Cape Grace, in Cape Town.
Years as Agent: 6.
Other Specialty: Zimbabwe.
Fee: Varies.

East Africa

Jeanie Fundora *
Insider Clout: For VIP American clients in need of top security for a trip to East Africa, Fundora arranged to charter the private helicopter of a prominent politician in Rwanda for their use. “It’s the best one in the country,” she explains.
Years as Agent: 12.
Other Specialty: Indian Ocean islands.
Fee: None.

Egypt

Malaka Hilton
Excited About: Post-revolution Egypt and what it means for her clients—incredible value, fewer crowds, and access to new sites. Thanks to Hilton’s connections, she can set up meetings with key revolutionary figures.
Years as Agent: 17.
Other Specialty: Jordan.
Fee: From $250.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2011
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