Daphne Wijnveldt

Hi, I’m Daphne – half Dutch, half Indonesian! I was born and raised in the Netherlands, but my heart took me to Germany as I got to know my partner in crime…

As a child, I was always passionate about animals, especially horses. Later, I also developed a passion for foreign countries and languages.

It was this combination of interests which finally brought me to Africa, a place that has now become my No.1! You could say that I am a passionate person…

I remember watching a documentary about horseback safaris, which made me realise that this was my calling. A perfect combination of my interests. So off I went, into a great horseback safari adventure! It was the experience of a lifetime and one which has touched my heart. Three months later I returned and since then, at least once a year, I travel to South Africa to explore more and more of this beautiful and exciting country.

On one of my return trips, I bumped into Anthea and we connected right away. We have the same passion for animals, horseback riding and a love for Africa’s raw nature and wildlife. She is the one that introduced me into the Fleewinter Team. And here I stand today!

Friends always ask me, why I return every year to the same place? And I understand, because I used to be the one who said that there was so much to see and do in this world that there would never be time to visit the same place twice.  However, although I was raised near the big city of Rotterdam, I’ve discovered that I am a true “Bush-Baby” and South Africa feels like home. I’m seriously thinking about moving there in the future.

South Africa has SO much to offer… it is beautiful, stunning, exciting, adventurous, and ever so relaxing. The nature is out of this world too, and the serenity of the wilderness (bush) is incredible. The wildlife just swept me off my feet, from the moment I stepped off the plane (well almost!). Not to mention that the people are so kind and wonderful.

But what are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself… you will find out exactly what I’m talking about. So when you are ready to change your life, email me and I would love to share my passion for South Africa with you and help you plan your dream holiday.

Anthea & I, enjoying our morning coffee in the bush
My first photography workshop, got some great footage!
Waterberg region, my favorite horseback safari
Hiking in the Royal Natal NP, Drakensbergen
The late afternoon sun is great for amazing pictures
Sunset at Muizenberg, Western Cape
From the lighthouse at Cape Point, you have an amazing view
Me and my partner in crime & some sundowner company
Close encounters with elephants during a game drive
Sundowners in the bush with a beautiful sunset
View down into the Winelands from Franschhoek Pass
Panorama Route, looking down at the Blyde River Damm

A Word of Wisdom...

..Waking up at 5am, doesn’t get better than in the African Bush! Waking up to the sounds of the wildlife, the smell of fresh coffee and the knowledge that soon you will see amazing things during a morning game drive” – Daphne, South Africa Safari Specialist

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