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Michele Harvey

Of Africa and Adventure

With 200 B&R trips in the books, calling this South Africa native "impressive" is a criminal understatement. Just one of her claims to fame? Spontaneously conspiring with Nepali locals to surprise her American B&R travellers with Thanksgiving turkey—at an altitude of 9000 feet.

Regions of Expertise

  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • BOTSWANA
  • NAMIBIA
  • MADAGASCAR
  • ZAMBIA
  • ZIMBABWE

NEED TO KNOW

  • B&R's first-ever guide in South Africa, then went on to guide in Europe.
  • Put "speaks Dutch" on her resumé when she applied; neglected to mention it was 17thC Dutch, aka Afrikaans.
  • Was so damn charming, we hired her anyway.
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On family holidays in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, we would travel in convoy with the army because the civil war was at its height, and all civilian movements were under armed convoy.

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Accolades

Our trip to South Africa with Michele was easily the most rewarding trip our family's ever taken. We knew we'd get to see some interesting wildlife and sample some excellent wine, but we didn't expect to find such a bustling, lively and absolutely vibrant city in Cape Town! From the hotels we stayed at to the (many) great restaurants, it was a total revelation.

— Maria Gabbiano

I barely have the words to describe the trip Michele planned for us to Botswana. My biggest fear was that a trip to a safari camp would feel like a glorified petting zoo, but from the first-rate lodging to the amazing stories of the locals we met, I don't even think the word "authentic" quite covers it. Maybe my daughter put it best when she simply said "Wow! "

— Michael Nelson

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