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Kate Holmes

Southern Africa Specialist

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Kate’s first real experience of African culture was when she was 19 during a post-school gap year. Her plans were to travel through the continent, but she fell completely in love with South Africa and didn’t get any further. After graduating from university, Kate returned to South Africa where she worked at one of the first safari lodges in Mmupulanga, before moving to the Okavango Delta in Botswana to manage a group of four safari lodges across the Okavango – which she describes as “a staggering opportunity for a girl from Berkshire, and one which cemented my deep love of Africa, its wildlife and its people". Twenty years later, as well as managing and operating many lodges across Southern Africa, she set up a horseback safari lodge in the northern region of the Okavango, before coming back to England with her two teenage daughters for their schooling.

Despite living in Botswana for many years, Namibia captures her imagination. She once flew the entire length of the Skeleton Coast from the dunes at Sesrium, where the vast Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, to the Kunene estuary where Namibia borders Angola. She says the views were breathtaking, with whales out to sea to the one side and the largest desert in the world to the other.

Kate's Favourites



Welcome to the vast and untamed wilderness of Botswana. If you are craving escapism coupled with inspiration, Botswana has both in abundance. As you journey through its open plains beneath endless skies and glide through the Okavango Delta in a ‘mokoro’ (a traditional dug-out canoe) you will feel a sense of peace and tranquillity. Add to this the opportunity to...



Kate's favourites include Cape Town's flagship, the Belmond Mount Nelson and Camp Okavango in Botswana...

Belmond Mount Nelson View here
Camp Okavango View here
Zarafa Camp View here
Victoria Falls Hotel View here
Sindabezi Island View here



16 days from £4,100

One of the best ways to get to know South Africa is by sampling its local specialities and remarkable wines...

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Kate's Photo Album

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