THE PASSION, EXPERIENCE AND DEDICATION BEHIND AFRIVENTURE
AfriVenture is based on a true love story. Love for Africa and love for each other.
Born in South Africa, Stuart spent most his childhood in and out of safari and inevitably wanted a life of adventure and African experiences. But life - like for most of us, took the normal corporate turn when he enrolled to study accounting at the University of Cape Town and continued to become a qualified Chartered Accountant. He worked in the finance industry for eight years. Finance however wasn't enough for him. He knew Africa was out there and wanted to explore it. After much deliberation, he dropped out of a stable finance job and became a safari guide. The day before his safari dream came true, he met Sanja. Destiny some would say. Taking his biggest risk led him to his biggest treasure.
Born in Switzerland and living in and out of Sri-Lanka, Sanja went on to enroll and graduate in International Relations at the University of Geneva. She worked at the Swiss Consulate in Chicago before moving back to Geneva. As one does, she then decided to go corporate and work for a large international organization. Much like Stuart, she wasn't entirely fulfilled and realized the same fate: life was flashing before her eyes and she needed to make a change. She decided to embark on a wild African journey, travelling Southern Africa extensively, volunteering, helping people in need, experiencing traditional foods, discovering new cultures, wildlife and adventures. This not only gave her purpose, but also led her to meet her future husband, Stuart.
Fast forward to 2018, Stuart & Sanja got married in South Africa, living in Johannesburg and both working for the largest Tourism Group in Africa. From Safari Guiding to being a Financial Director, for him, Trip Designing and International Consulting for her, they gained a real mix of experience in the tourism industry.
During this time of learning, they got to travel to exotic locations & experience unbelievable adventures, namely:
Hot Air Ballooning over The 'Big 5',
Staring deep into a Gorilla's Eyes,
Camping Wild on a true African Safari,
Sky Diving over Sand Dunes,
Swimming with Great White Sharks,
White Water Rafting at Victoria Falls and Jinja,
Trekking Massive Volcanoes in Uganda.
. . . and most importantly creating memories together and making new friends.
Through AfriVenture, they are now on a new journey wanting to share with you an Authentic African Experience!
To them, travel is so much more than just ticking boxes. It is about the people you meet, the cultures you come across and the memories you take home.