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Lisa Nel, Group Head of Product 

With 24 years of experience in the travel industry, Lisa’s Southern and East African product knowledge is second to none. She is also our go-to expert on sustainable travel practices and African family travel.

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Born and Bred

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where she completed her 3-year National Diploma in Tourism and a Diploma in Sales & Marketing.

Highlight of her time at Ker & Downey® Africa

Launching a new family safari division within the Ker & Downey® Africa Group (Jumbari Family Safaris) and helping clients on the path to sustainable African travel.

Lisa’s favorite destination in Africa

Botswana – there is nothing like witnessing the Okavango Delta floods and the surreal landscapes of this untouched destination.

Lisa’s travel expertise

Although Lisa is an expert in all Southern and East African destinations her expertise lies with South Africa, Zanzibar, Namibia, Mozambique, Kenya and Botswana as she has traveled extensively to these destinations.

Lisa’s Top 3 Recommended Safari Lodges & Hotels

Shamwari Eagles Crag Lodge, Shamwari Private Game Reserve

&Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Game Reserve

Leopard Beach, Mombasa

Client Review

“Lisa was super helpful during this entire process! We were booking quite close in and Lisa gave great suggestions, modifying our itinerary to see more sights. I was especially impressed by holding the rooms prematurely and the quick responses even at late hours. I’ve never had someone be this proactive; thank you so much!”

Jason, USA

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