A destination that proudly positions herself in the centre of the world and pompously shows off her vast natural landscapes that have developed over centuries to create an abundance of wildlife havens, ancient cultures integrated into all corners of the continent offering colourful and distinctive traditions, cities blended with the remains of European touches, amalgamated with African flavours and styles; a cosmopolitan mix, as well as white sandy beaches - Africa, has it all! This extraordinary continent is a wealth of delightful contradictions that form the inspiration for Personal Collection by Thompsons Africa – our unique tribute to the land we call ‘home’.
Derived from the word “safari” is a Swahili word which means “journey” - everything that a trip to Africa encompasses. Africa creates unforgettable memories in all it offers and at Personal Collection by Thompsons Africa, we aim to ensure we create journeys that deliver beyond expectations.
At Personal Collection we offer a Luxury Tailor Made service that always includes outstanding, enriching experiences. We are passionate about conserving our planet for many centuries to come. To pave the natural course, we always use authentic and sustainable tourism services and products. We are specialists in the Southern African regions of Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, and South Africa.
Africa’s destinations in Southern Africa are endless and exciting. Personal Collection will take you wherever you want to explore, from the thrill of the mighty Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe to the floodplains of Botswana’s spectacular Okavango Delta and the magic of Namibia’s stunning Skeleton Coast, You can soak up the sun on one of the exquisite Mozambique beaches, or delight in the spectacular scenery of South Africa and its Mother City, Cape Town. It’s all there waiting for you to discover.
Personal Collection Staff
Janine Southwood, who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, heads up the Personal Collection team. Janine and her team will customise exclusive, creative travel itineraries, all imbued with distinctive traces of Southern Africa.
‘Born in Africa, I am blessed to part of a continent like no other. For so many arriving into Africa for the first time, you almost immediately feel like your soul belongs here, and during the course of your journey, she will steal your heart as you fall in love with her. Our history is intriguing…. from the mysterious rock churches of Lalibela, the ancient pyramids of Egypt, to the reshuffling of the earth’s plates to create Ngorogoro Crater, Great Rift Valley, the Okavango Delta, to name just a few. All of this creates a natural oasis for wildlife and their migrations across terrains.
And then, of course, there are the colours and sounds of our many cultures, each with their own traditions that will leave you on edge of your seat, eager for more of their captivating stories. Combine this with breathtakingly beautiful landscapes that haven’t changed at all over centuries, and you will start to understand my love of Africa and why it is most definitely worth visiting, not just once, but over and over again.
Africa won’t let you forget her gentle sounds of tranquillity and serenity and her absolute beauty. Africans won’t let you forget how friendly and accommodating we are. And our wildlife… there is simply nothing more beautiful than the sight of wildlife on the great plains roaming free.
To fully describe my love of Africa and how it captivates me would be the start of an incredibly long story. Instead, within the pages of this book, we have attempted to capture just a snapshot of this glorious destination. Let Africa touch your soul.
Janine Southwood – Head of Personal Collection
I was fortunate to grow up with parents who had a passion for travel which helped me to realise what I wanted to do with my life. I studied hotel management and then worked in 5-star hotels in Durban, Cape Town and London. It was during my three years in the United Kingdom that I travelled so much of the world and on return to South Africa, I knew I had to see more of my home country. And, wow, what an incredible country we have! I had to share this with the rest of the world and so here I am, working with a small dynamic team of ladies, sharing our love of Africa with those fortunate enough to experience it.
Once you’ve heard that lion roar or watched the sunset over the grasslands, Africa will capture your heart forever.
Africa is waiting for you – what are you waiting for?
Senior Tour Consultant with over 15 years of travel experience staring in a small retail chain in the UK- she has a hunger for the industry - it’s not just a job to her - it’s her life. Her son grew up in the Mara Shannon is personally familiar with all of the deluxe secrets into making the magic moments of your personal itinerary including wedding planning on the Mighty Zambezi River. "she thrives on the little special personal touches to making the WOW in someone's day"
Her career started with her being born into her family's safari lodge in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. She then followed the family footsteps and worked and lived in 5-star properties all through Africa. Travel is now her speciality and she excels as a Travel Counsellor. Her vivaciousness and caring dedication to her clients are invaluable assets to our Personal Collection Brand.
Shannon has designed individual tours and arranged escorted tours to Southern Africa for many clients from all over the US to Europe, Israel, Australia/New Zealand and Africa. She is also passionate about “giving back” and works closely with local orphans in and around Southern Africa.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights, it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” - Miriam Beard, an American writer