Maria O’Sullivan

Head of Africa Travel Design
Plan with peace of mind

I have always loved and longed to travel; to explore new places and discover foreign lands. My wanderlust was fueled by postcards and gifts sent by older Irish cousins exploring far-flung places, and copies of National Geographic which I treasured until they fell apart.

I am always planning my next big adventure or impulsively booking an exciting break away. Whether it’s wandering through a muddy Fronsac vineyard chatting with the winemaker or camping on the grounds of a remote monastery in the Zanskar Valley, the authenticity of the experience for me is key.

With over two decades of working in luxury travel and tailor-making trips spanning the globe, I now specialise in Africa, a continent that continues to wow me each and every time I visit. My first taste of Africa was visiting Diani Beach in Kenya and Tsavo National Park with friends. That particular beach resort is now long gone and Tsavo is a very different place but the Kenyan hospitality and East African charm that first captivated me still remains.

My favorite experiences are a sunrise balloon safari over Serengeti National Park, closely followed by a helicopter flight over Victoria falls.

Top tip – invest in a good pair of binoculars, your guide will always have a pair but having your own to hand ensures you never miss out.

Next stop for me, Rwanda

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