Sullivan connects clients with locals who can both entertain and educate, such as the Cape Town street artist she introduced to the teens in one family. She also has access to villas across Africa that are perfect for groups. High on her list is “Entamanu Private, an exclusive-use house on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater,” Sullivan says. “With abundant wildlife, stunning landscapes, and diverse cultures, this region is the perfect destination for families.” Among her other preferred partners on the ground are Bush & Beyond, Nomad Tanzania, and Wilderness Safaris, all of which offer travelers outstanding places to stay and enviable wildlife encounters. And while many safari operators have, in recent years, amped up the luxury level of their accommodations, Sullivan has seen a welcome shift in that trend. “We’ve had more people wanting to embrace the luxury of simplicity and reconnecting with nature in an authentic, stripped back way,” she says. “People are opting for tented camps and experiences that immerse them fully into the wild heart of nature, instead of seeking out lodges with amenities like Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Outdoor showers with elephants walking by or sitting by campfires under the stars, being serenaded by whooping hyenas — those experiences let people escape the pace of modern life.”
Languages Spoken: English
Minimum Daily Spend: From $750 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: None
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