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Charmian Supra

Southern Africa & India Specialist

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Born in Kitwe, on the copper belt in Zambia, Charmian’s early childhood years were spent in WindhoekNamibia. She developed an early admiration of the extraordinary African wilderness when at weekends, her and her family would explore the endless reaches of the Etosha DesertSwakopmund and the Skeleton Coast in a caravan. Discovering bushmen paintings in hidden desert caves by day, and sleeping under the bowl of stars each night, this was when she found her sense of curiosity and her love of travel, wildlife and adventure was secured.

Charmian was at school in Johannesburg, where the vibrancy and evolution of South Africa from an apartheid state to a Rainbow Nation impacted greatly in her formative years. After studying Law and obtaining a Master’s Degree in English Literature, the draw of her bush roots lead her to work in Private Game Reserves in South Luangwa National ParkKafue National ParkPhinda and then the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which still holds a very special place in her heart.

Charmian’s embedded zeal for travel and responsible tourism brought her to the UK to create bespoke African and Indian itineraries. She has a deep understanding of wildlife and birdlife, the seasons and migrations, and her contacts extend to all sectors of the safari industry in Southern Africa and India, including aviation, guides and conservation. Charmian has just returned from a rigorous research trip to Rajasthan leaving no stone unturned as she travelled through UdaipurJodhpurNagaurJaipurAgra and Delhi.

Charmian's Favourites

Destination

SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to South Africa, a land of colossal contrast and eye-watering beauty. Be prepared to be completely over-awed by this epic country which gives you thronging cosmopolitan cities, incredible game-viewing and world-class beaches. It is a country that gets under your skin. Perhaps it is the unforgettable, heart-soaring colours, from the deep ruby red of the Kalahari desert as the...

HOTELS

SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE
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Charmian's favourites include ultra-luxe Singita Lebombo Lodge and sleek and sexy Cape View Clifton...

Singita Lebombo LodgeView here
GrootbosView here
Marataba MarakeleView here
Cape View CliftonView here
Madikwe Safari LodgeView here

ITINERARY

SOUTH AFRICA IN STYLE

15 days from £7,975

When you visualise South Africa, do you dream of epic star-filled skies, charming colonial heritage and unparalleled game spotting –...


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We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka

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We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
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Spot mighty lions in #SouthAfrica’s game reserves with the help of our expert guides 🐾 🇿🇦
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