Fricker approaches trip planning as an art form—one that involves learning about her clients’ concerns, desires, and interests before even discussing the destination. The keyed-in University of South Africa graduate has strong connections with travel suppliers (drivers, lodge owners, guides, and porters), and she also frequently taps into her network of plugged-in locals. In case of an emergency, there is a South Africa–based team to provide round-the-clock support—and Fricker herself is also available 24/7.
New Favorite: Settlers Drift, a tented camp in the private Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. The 24,700-plus-acre park sits in a malaria-free zone that spans five ecological zones, and the lodge takes full advantage of its two rivers: guests can arrive by boat and head out on cruising or kayaking safaris. The lodge also hosts game drives and bush walks.
Specialties: South Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa