About Travel Abroad

As Travel Designers we connect the discerning traveller with luxury accommodation, providing unique experiences with unrivalled personal attention. Whether these are bespoke or pre-designed trips that catch your eye, we would love to hear from you.

We listen carefully to our clients’ wishes, and help guide and inspire them towards creating the holiday of a lifetime. Stop dreaming and start travelling!

Our experience and contacts in the industry allow us to access the most competitive rates which we negotiate on your behalf. Our knowledge of southern Africa allows us to offer you the very best locations out there.

Our core strengths are Creativity – Execution – Value.

Sally Haines

Co-Founder: Cape Town

I was born in Johannesburg, although I have lived most of my life in Cape Town. I have worked as an entrepreneur for 21 years, all of which have been within the Travel Industry.

My experience lies in southern Africa, designing detailed travel programmes for individual clients travelling locally and regionally, such as Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, to name a few.   I have built up a formidable portfolio of venues and supplier contacts over the years, enabling me to source the best deals for my clients.

On a personal note, I am married with 3 daughters and 2 dogs.   I love to travel, especially enjoying a sunset at a safari lodge.   If I am not travelling I’m designing trips for other people!

Jacqui Renirie

Co-Founder: London

I had a somewhat nomadic upbringing, which afforded me the opportunity to live in 9 cities across 4 countries, including South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

This, together with a degree in winemaking, has fed my love for food, wine and travel.   Although London-based, I have strong ties to southern Africa – South Africa in particular – and nothing makes me happier than designing holidays for my clients where they will yearn to come back for more.

I strongly believe that life is all about creating memories through unique experiences – some of my fondest memories include white-water rafting down the Zambezi River;  watching the solar eclipse at the turn of the millennium on the border of Zimbabwe and South Africa;  seeking out Bushman paintings and the petrified forest in northern Namibia;  and listening to the purr of a cheetah as I walked alongside it at Tenikwe Wildlife Centre.

Travel is travel, but it’s whether that adventure leaves a lasting impression on you that really makes the difference.

Mahle HELLER

Consultant: Zurich

As a Zimbabwean lady now based in Switzerland, it has given me the African-European balance of knowing how to fulfill the individual needs and wants of clients.

Traveling became an obsession soon after I met my husband. He has enriched my life with the drive to travel and explore the world! Exploring countries in Africa, Europe & Asia has broadened my perspective.

My travel experiences in Africa has given me the zeal and passion of wanting others to experience and learn about the continent’s history, culture, and it’s astounding beauty, and thereby creating memories of a high-end, luxury travel experience. Having a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, I have acquired collaborative skills in planning, organizing, marketing and time management.

Outside traveling, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.