Mariana Bolzan

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A bit on Mariana

Mariana is the newest and most energetic addition to the South American team. When one reads through Mariana’s top travel moments one thing stands out: passion. She is passionate about travel and experiencing new things - something everyone at Ker & Downey Africa is just as passionate about.

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Top Destination

Botswana

Top Activity

Game drives

As my father is from the Brazilian Army, I grew up moving from city to city. I think this made me a person that can easily adapt anywhere. It also gave me a sense that I belong everywhere! That is why I decided to study Tourism and life led me to the amazing world of travel agencies, which I'm crazy about! Helping people to make their dream trip is one of the things that makes me happiest!

Just a few travel highlights

Top travel moments


A quick Q+A

Mariana shares some tricks of the trade

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  • Favourite lodge/hotel in Africa?

    “Singita Lebombo“

  • Favourite African experience?

    “Seeing Table Mountain everyday from my balcony.”

  • I travel because…

    “Getting to know new places and cultures is what feeds my soul.”

  • When I'm not planning adventures for my clients...

    “I am at home or with my friends.”

  • Best piece of travel advice?

    "If something goes wrong, don’t panic.”

  • Where would you like to travel to next?

    “Tanzania”

  • What gear do you never travel without?

    “My open heart to new experiences!"

  • Favourite quote?

    "Take a chance and don't ever look back!"

  • Favourite drink?

    “Beer”

  • Favourite Adventure type?

    “Waterway”

  • What one thing do you want to do before you die?

    "I want to skydive in Dubai!"

  • Top Wildlife (favourite wild animal)

    "Lions"


Mariana's top trips

LuxVenture® Trip

Across Africa Experience

Experience the very best of Southern Africa safaris as you visit South Africa, Victoria Falls + Botswana in one trip.

Duration 13 Days
Price from $10,355 - $12,720
When All year round
LuxVenture® Trip

Sub Saharan Kenyan Experience

Experience Kenya's top reserves in one LuxVenture® expedition.

Duration 9 Days
Price from $6,999
When Jun - Oct
LuxVenture® Trip

Victoria Falls and Botswana Safari

An adventure-heavy safari to Botswana + Victoria Falls.  

Duration 10 Days
Price from $5,325 - $7,315
When All Year Around

Meet our LuxVenture® Designers

Meet Emma

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Emma is a passionate travel designer who is dedicated to detail and service. By working with Emma it will mean finding a travel partner who will give an in-depth consultation to truly get to know you and your interests.

I have a bachelor's degree in Business with a specialty in Human Resources but used all of my elective subjects to study tourism and fell in love with the subject and made it my life's passion.

Meet Razaan

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Head of our dedicated concierge team. Razaan has a passion for looking after our clients. As concierge she ensures that she is one step ahead of every one of our guests to make sure every LuxVenture® trip goes down without a hitch.

"With good email communication from Razaan, our personal concierge, they held our hands all they way, and we were so pleased we booked with them."

Meet Patrick

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Patrick is one of our most experienced LuxVenture® Designers. Working in the German division, Patrick creates and delivers five star FIT experiences to primarily South Africa.

Meet Johanna

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Johanna is a positive and hardworking member of our German division. Being both well travelled and a people’s person Johanna puts together incredible trips for her German clients.

Meet Marcelo

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The Managing Director of Ker & Downey® Africa DMC has over 15 years of experience operating as a product, operations and training manager within the luxury tour operators in São Paulo, Brazil.

"Marcelo Novais of Ker & Downey Africa organized a superb safari for us this past May/June 2017" - Peter King, USA

Meet Mariana

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Mariana is the newest and most energetic addition to the South American team. When one reads through Mariana’s top travel moments one thing stands out: passion. She is passionate about travel and experiencing new things. Mariana is a portuguesse

Meet Sarah

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Sarah is potentially our most epic adventurer. If there’s something adrenaline pumping, she’s done it or planning to do it. Sarah’s a world travelling adventurer that’s all about the experience and the ride.

A designer of luxury travel to Africa. Sarah aims to create magic memories, adventure and once in a lifetime experiences — may you have many of them.

Meet Lee

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Lee Kelsall is our CEO, although he prefers the title Chief Adventure Officer internally - the perfect illustration for the strategy and direction he is currently enabling Ker & Downey Africa to pursue and perfect in the age old safari industry.

“Lee was incredible to work with” - Mary, UK