Meet the team

At Traversing Africa we pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled service for arranging bespoke trips to Africa and beyond.   We are a small family owned and run company dedicated to sharing our passion for transformational travel with our clients at a personal level.

Meet the team

Kirsty Perring

I was undecided with regards to what I wanted to do as a career when I finished high school. Choices ranged from nursing to law to teaching. So instead, I did what all level-headed teenagers do and jumped on a plane bound for the UK where I spent 2 years working as a nanny and travelling around Europe. Unbeknownst to me at the time, children and travelling became the 2 key building blocks in what lead to the launch of Traversing Africa 27 years later.

I have identified a niche in the travel market for families wanting to explore Africa with children in tow without having to compromise on luxury or cut back on their experiences but at the same time ensuring a safe, enjoyable and immersive trip for all members. The motive for this stemmed from travelling with my own child and understanding the degree of knowledge and depth of planning required to curate such a trip. After working in the industry for over 2 decades, I also came to the realisation that offering cookie-cutter itineraries lacking individuality was not the way I want anyone to encounter Africa, be it on a first-time trip or one of many. My main vision when Traversing Africa was conceived was that I wanted to be an architect in providing customised, personal, gratifying and life-enriching journeys to Africa to those who desired the same.

A bit more about me…

I am also the mother of 2 Yorkshire terriers Burt and Daisy. The only thing we dislike about travelling is leaving our pups behind. Luckily, they are so adorable that we have a number of aunts and uncles lining up to look after them while we are away. I have a thing for VW beetles and vans, especially yellow ones. My favourite animal to see on safari is wild dog, but I love all animals and have a weak spot for the underdogs such as hyenas and baboons.

Melanie Tucker

A two-week boat journey from England to South Africa was my first real travel experience,  at the age of 4.  It kindled a lifelong love of travel in me.

For 25 years, I have been a travel professional first in South Africa, then in  England and since 2010 in North America.  

I learnt the ropes of the industry selling package holidays,  before progressing to corporate travel for the entertainment industry.  But by far, the best chapter of my travel career has been using my deep knowledge of Africa, to create memorable bespoke travel experiences.

A bit more about me…

When I am not organizing amazing travel experiences for clients or checking out new destinations, I am a wife to an amazing husband.   I believe in having as many varied and enjoyable experiences as possible.  Along the way, I qualified as a dog trainer, ran puppy classes and  I stay active by doing weight training, yoga, hiking, skiing and kayaking whenever possible.   I will try almost anything legal at least once.  I even tried Morris dancing!

Darren Perring

I grew up in Cape Town, but had not left South Africa until I met Kirsty, in fact I had never even been on an aeroplane! But fast forward to today and I can proudly say I have just as many trips under my belt as my wife and have subsequently discovered my passion lies in wildlife, photography and a bit of art. Fortunately, I built a career in the IT industry and as such I am ultimately responsible for overseeing everything technical at Traversing Africa.

A bit more about me…

I am mad about cycling and try to squeeze in a ride whenever I can, even when travelling! I am trying to convince Kirsty that the next big travel trend is cycling tours. 

Travis Perring

Travis is the youngest member of Traversing Africa but probably the most important part of our team. Travis too was born in Cape Town, but has grown up in Toronto so has a Canadian accent peppered with South African slang. From a very young age, he has embarked on journeys around South Africa and has been on a number of different safaris with us but has also visited Mauritius, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Morocco. Travis does not consider it to be a vacation unless it involves boarding an aeroplane bound for Africa. We set the bar a bit high in terms of his expectations and now have to uphold this annual pilgrimage to the continent of his birth! Travis gets to test out kids clubs, kids activities, kids dining and the like and is very vocal in terms of what he feels works and what doesn’t. “This is so boring” is not something any parents want to hear while indulging their offspring on a trip they have painstakingly planned and saved for. Luckily with Travis’s vital input, we can eliminate the chance of that happening! Travis is now 9 years old and so we look forward to travelling with him as he grows into a teenager for a completely different perspective.

When asked what he wants to be when he grows up Travis answers excitedly with “a game ranger”!

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