Aneen Neethling

Aneen Neethling – Private Travel Concierge, Madikwe Safari Lodge

Aneen is your Private Travel contact at Madikwe, working behind the scenes to make your safari experience here everything you thought it would be and more. And she understands what this entails from more than just a hospitality perspective.

Aneen is a qualified field guide, as well as Musical Theatre graduate for who the call of the wild was impossible to ignore. After her time as a guide ended with an injury, she took up the Concierge position in early 2019 and says it has led her down yet another exciting path.

Meet Aneen…

  1. In my carry-on bag I always have wet wipes and a buff, especially useful when travelling to a game reserve. It’s windy on the game drive vehicles and can be dusty, so you’ll need something to clean your hands and cover your face against the dust and the chill. 
  1. I never leave home without sunglasses and sunblock with high UV protection – the African sun is harsh, especially if you are not used to it.
  1. The best souvenir I ever brought home was a print canvas, with an impression of an old newspaper article about the elephants of Kaokoland and a rough sketching of them, from a second-hand shop in White River, South Africa. It’s old school and I love vintage things with character. 
  1. My favourite thing to do in a new place is to make where I’m staying feel more homey and Aneen-like by packing out all my toiletries, for instance.
  1. When I arrive in a new place, I find out where the best local eateries are – I love food. But I also love experiencing the vibe of a new restaurant – if the view, service and music are something special, the meal is even more enjoyable! 
  1. The question I’m most often asked is: “Would you suggest visiting the Kruger National Park region?” Definitely! The park and its surrounding concessions are some of the most beautiful places to see wildlife and just enjoy being in nature. Choose a lodge with a riverfront view – you’ll be blown away.
  1. My best piece of travel advice is try everything and save just enough money to get you back home. Work, save, travel, repeat…
  1. I got my love of travel from my parents – they did it with three children in the backseat of their car. Respect!
  1. In my suitcase you’d be surprised to find lots of shoes – a pair for every terrain and weather.
  1. One moment from my travels I will never forget is finally coming upon the rock pool oasis we’d been searching for after hours on a Magaliesberg hike. It should have been a 12km trail, but we got lost and it ended up being 17km! I’m so glad we didn’t give up, though.