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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

Tamsyn Fricker

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