Before discovering the wonderful world of travel, Liesl worked extensively in the event planning industry where she learned how to get things done in a pressure-filled environment. Seeing the pivotal role and bright future that tourism had in South Africa, Liesl decided to launch her own travel company. It grew, merged, and is now a thriving safari consultancy, which led to her role as one of the managing partners here at African Safari Consultants. Throughout her 11-year travel career, Liesl has made it a priority to see and experience everything first-hand. She constantly receives inspiration from the people she deals with everyday and the friends that she has made across the world. It’s safe to say that Liesl eats, sleeps, and breathes travel. Watch out, because she very well might pass that enthusiasm on to you!
Get to know Liesl more after the jump!
What do you enjoy most about the safari industry? Making sure that ‘Africa’ gets under people’s skin. I love it when my clients report back after their trip saying that they have had a life-changing experience on safari in Africa. Africa does that - it is the birthplace of all of humanity. She draws people into her arms and intoxicates them with the richness of her scenery, aromas, sunlight and people.
Your most memorable moment on safari? I spent 2 weeks in Botswana visiting all the amazing camps in the Okavango Delta. I went on an interactive walk with a family of elephants. I have also been gorilla trekking in the Rwandan rain forest.
Your favorite safari destination? Botswana. For its incredibly rich wildlife and the fact that it is one of the last remaining unspoilt eco-systems on planet earth - a veritable Garden of Eden. The sublime safari camps that are so discreetly tucked away under giant fig trees with no impact on the environment are incredible.
Your favorite animal? The elephant because it is carefree, graceful and emotional. Oh yes, and intelligent too.
What sets ACS apart? We take what we do very personally, we are fanatical about detail, and we immerse ourselves into each safari itinerary. Every client who travels with us gets highly personalized loving, hand held attention.