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Kate Manners

India & Africa Specialist

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Family holidays for Kate mainly consisted of windswept weeks in North Cornwall, so international travel came as a more mature passion. Having spent a year surfing her way up the east coasts of both South Africa and Australia aged 18, a genuine interest in seeking out far flung corners of the earth began. In 2016, as part of her Masters programme Kate spent 6 months living in Aceh, Indonesia, researching female religious teachers in this strongly Islamic society. Through her natural curiosity to learn and understand other cultures and viewpoints, she developed a diverse range of friendships which left a lasting impact and encouraged her to pursue a career in travel.

Kate’s main passions include cooking and hiking, which have come to her through travel. Her interest in food really started whilst backpacking through Malaysia and Indonesia - attempts to emulate the perfect Sambal Oolek and the street food of Georgetown are ongoing! Hiking has taken Kate to the volcanic mountains of Indonesia and to the dizzy heights of Everest Base Camp.

Life for Kate is divided between ‘before and after’ India as it is (one of) her most favourite destinations, purely for its vibrancy, eclectic cultures and unashamed madness! She has had a busy past few months travelling around Rajasthan and North India, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and most recently Nepal.

Kate's Favourites



Welcome to South Africa, a land of colossal contrasts and eye watering beauty. On a luxury South Africa tour, be prepared to be completely over awed by this epic country which gives you thronging cosmopolitan cities, incredible game viewing, an unbeatable food and wine scene, and world class beaches. It is a country that gets under your skin, enticing you...



Kate's favourites include the achingly chic Amanbagh, and the ultra-luxe Duba Plains in the Okavango Delta…

AmanbaghView here
Duba PlainsView here
Matetsi Victoria FallsView here
RAAS DevigarhView here
The Oberoi New DelhiView here



15 days from £7,500

Ladakh and Rajasthan are a match made in heaven – the contrast makes for a wonderfully varied and well-paced trip....

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Kate's Photo Album

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Client Testimonials

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
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, 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
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
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
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, 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

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