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The Expert Team

We believe that to get the best from a trip to Africa, you need impartial advice from people who know Africa well, have actually been to the places where you are thinking of travelling and can advise you from first-hand experience – like our team!

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Sabina Hekandjo


Sabina Hekandjo - Africa Specialist

Specialist countries:

Namibia

I was born in Windhoek Namibia and I am of Ovambo descent. I attended primary school in Oranjemund – a 'closed town' in the Namib Desert's restricted Diamond area – the Sperrgebiet.

My love for nature and the outdoors grew at a very early age while attending holiday camp during school holidays. I have great memories of camping trips in Richtersvelt and swimming in the Orange River. This encouraged my appreciation for nature and the outdoors.

I remember many weekends spent camping first as a brownie and then as a girl guide.

After high school I headed off to Cape Town for two years to study a Travel and Tourism course at Varsity College. After which time I joined The Namib Travel Shop, a Windhoek-based travel company - which later became Wilderness Safaris Namibia. It was during my time there that I was able to travel extensively all over Namibia, with the occasional trip to Botswana, acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience about my home country. I visited many of the tourist area staying at lodges, camps, hotels and guest farms that we recommended to our travellers. This allowed me to accumulate an in-depth understanding of what each area has to offer, to learn the different routes to get around, the distances between areas, the roads and generally how to advise our travellers on all aspects of their trip when they arrive in Namibia.
It was also during my time at Wilderness Safaris that I worked closely with the Expert Africa team for a number of years. Later I was offered the opportunity to move to the UK to join the Expert Africa team in their London office.

A couple of years ago I relocated back home to Namibia to be closer to family and I continue to work for Expert Africa from our satellite office in Windhoek. I feel very fortunate that I able to work from Namibia, while staying in close contact with our London team every day. I feel very lucky to be based home as is many ways this is the ideal job as it enables me to stay current with new developments in Namibia so that I am even more equipped to advise our travellers coming out to Namibia.

My profile picture was on one of my most memorable trips at Nhoma Camp - where I was attempting to start a fire.

Sabina's most recent Africa trips

Dec-2019
3 nights
“Hakusembe River Lodge, a little oasis with beautiful lawns, tall shady trees and bursts of bright flowers - set on the banks of the Okavango River. We joined the afternoon boat cruise which was great fun, saw birds and some crocs. The next morning we visited the Mbunza Living Museum which offered great insight into their culture, treated to wonderful dancing and singing, which I loved and joined in. Our third day we went into Rundu for the morning to look around - it was very busy and chaotic. ”
Aug-2018
3 nights
“The Strand Hotel is a beautiful, smart hotel situated right on the beach - I enjoyed a delicious breakfast out on the sunny patio, with the views of the Atlantic. It was also great to be able to include another visit to Okonjima, a great overnight stop on your way to or from Etosha with an opportunity for some well guided leopard tracking activities.”
Namibia
Jul-2018
0 night
“Being based in Windhoek made it possible for me to visit Omaanda soon after it opened. An exciting new lodge situated a short drive between Windhoek and the airport. Great for anyone looking to splurge at the start of their trip or towards the end of their main holiday for some relaxation in a beautiful tranquil setting. ”

Sabina's previous Africa research

Namibia
Apr-2018
0 night
Dec-2017
4 nights
Sep-2017
2 nights
Namibia
Dec-2014
3 nights
Nov-2013
6 nights
Oct-2002
2 nights
Apr-2002
3 nights
Jun-2001
1 night
Apr-2001
1 night
Sep-1999
4 nights
Namibia
Apr-1999
4 nights
Sep-1998
2 nights
Mar-1998
1 night
Namibia
Jul-1997
2 nights

Latest reviews from Sabina's travellers

“Expert Africa were fabulous. Thank you Sabina!”

Excellent

Namibia

13 Nov to 26 Nov 2019

“Expert Africa (Sabina) were very responsive, attentive, and did a great job”

Excellent

Namibia

6 Oct to 10 Oct 2019

“Keep going as you are. Happy to return for our next trip”

Excellent

Namibia

2 Nov to 8 Nov 2019

“brilliant time, wonderful weather, stunning locations, beautiful drives wildlife”

Excellent

Namibia

24 Oct to 4 Nov 2019