Wheeler, who lived in Kenya for 20 years, has an encyclopedic knowledge of game preserves, safari camps, and wildlife-viewing seasons. Lately, she's been particularly intrigued by new options in Rwanda, including Magashi Camp, One&Only Gorilla's Nest, and Singita Kwitonda. In her role at Micato Safaris, the world's best African outfitter, according to Travel + Leisure readers, she has the reach and know-how to pull off just about anything in East or Southern Africa.
"Guests have been pleasantly surprised by the high level of protocols in place throughout Africa, finding them much more organized and user-friendly than at home," she says. "Add to that Micato's use of private vehicles, private planes, and other exclusive venues, and you've added another level of comfort to our travelers."
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"I have been traveling to Africa for over 25 years, and Liz's expert guidance and advice in safari planning is simply unparalleled, whether I'm traveling solo or with family and friends. She always has something new up her sleeve, with up-to-the-minute knowledge of East and Southern Africa's best camps, lodges, and personalized experiences. Her expertise in private aircraft travel (planes and helicopters), as well as a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of country entry and exit requirements (which are constantly changing these days!) has been invaluable in making the most of the time we have on safari. We work very closely together on every itinerary, but she still always manages to surprise us with thoughtful and meaningful touches. Traveling under Liz's guidance is the very definition of worry-free travel." - Barbara A.