Based in Krugersdorp

Marianda Maritz

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It's Nice To Meet You

Welcome to my holiday travel web page. I trust that after you have read my introduction, you will feel confident to leave your holiday plans, whether for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday or your annual family get-together, in my safe hands.

I am based in the Krugersdorp area, but thanks to the phenomenal backup and support from Travel Counsellors, I can work on any request, anywhere at a time that suits you. I have a family, and understand how precious it is to spend a holiday with them, get away from your daily routine, and enjoy the wonderful sights this world has to offer.

After I graduated in 1993 from the Technicon in Pretoria with a National Diploma in Tourism, I took a gap year in the UK on a working holiday. I returned to South Africa and entered the leisure and corporate travel market. During my career, I have been fortunate to travel extensively through the United Kingdom and Scotland, visit Europe on a Contiki Holiday, the United States on an adventure holiday which included hiking the Grand Canyon, Malaysia, Georgia, Mauritius, Thailand, and a cruise in the Caribbean. I also attended the Global Travel Counsellors conference in Manchester in 2019.

I joined Travel Counsellors in 2013. Travel Counsellors is a global company which is IATA (International Air Transport Association) accredited and a level 4 B-BBEE contributor. Their Financial Protection plan guarantees your holiday payments against supplier failure, and their global buying power allows me to offer you a wide variety of holiday options within your budget.

Serving my customers is my top priority. Because of the exceptional service I offer my clients, they book with me time and time again, and refer me to their family, friends, and business associates. I have frequent travellers that have booked their annual holiday trips with me for years.

I hope you and your family will become one of my frequent customers I can spoil! I would like to make every one of your holidays the best holiday.

For any questions, contact me at any time.

Regards

Marianda

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My Videos

A rare siting in Madikwe

4/14/2021

This video was filmed in Madikwe Game Reserve.

World of Good

2/2/2021

It’s no secret that getting away from it all, even for a few days, can do wonders for our mental health.

Leopard sighting in Kruger National Park

10/23/2020

Leopard spotted close to Skukuza camp.

Lions in the Kruger National Park

10/23/2020

Lions spotted close to Skukuza Camp.

My Blog

I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

My trip to the Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas Ship

30 March 2015

6 March 2015 – I boarded Virgin Atlantic’s flight to London with Claudine, a colleague of mine. Our overnight flight to London arrived early the following morning. 7 March 2015 – Our flight to Miami departed at noon. So we had a few hours to catch up with family and to get our cell-phones charged. A bonus: Heathrow Airport offers free Wi-Fi for 4 hours. It took us about 2 hours to clear through customs in Miami, and our transfer whisked us away to the Hyatt Regency Downtown. The Hyatt is an old hotel, but very comfortable with big rooms and very comfortable beds – we also enjoyed free Wi-Fi. 8 March 2015 - The following morning we went for a stroll to get some breakfast at a local roadside café and then we headed to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale where the Allure of the Seas Ship was waiting for us to board. We went through another security check point at the harbour before continuing to check-in and where our credit cards were scanned for all on-board expenses and our on-board identification was given to us which was our room key. All passengers were seated in a huge hall (with free Wi-Fi) and we were led row by on-board the ship. I have seen the various on-board room types available, so if you have any questions then let me know. A tip – it’s a good idea to purchase an on-board drinks package which ranges from $20 to $45 per day. The $20 packages includes non-alcoholic cocktails, bottled water and speciality coffee’s (not Starbucks) and the $45 daily packages will include all beverages. In the USA, tax is not included in any of the amounts you see. They will always add tax on top of the cost of the item/beverage even if you opted to pay for gratuities on your initial package. Wi-Fi on the ship is expensive. You can purchase an unlimited Wi-Fi package for $70 for the full period or pay $30 for 24 hour unlimited Wi-Fi or $30 for 1 hour Wi-Fi, but which you can spread over the entire period of your stay (believe me that hour goes quickly). When you stop at the ship ports most offer free Wi-Fi. We visited 2 hotels in Montego Bay in Jamaica, and in Cozumel and both offered free Wi-Fi. Only in a certain part of Cozumel in Labadee there was no Wi-Fi. The destinations that you visit whilst on your cruise are fabulous. The cruise provides unbelievable entertainment for 7 days and you get to visit awesome destinations without packing and unpacking all the time. Labadee is an island in Haiti which belongs to Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean have transformed this into a beautiful getaway for the day. Certain cabin categories get to spend the day in one of these awesome hideaways on the beach and the rest of the ship passengers can lie on the on deckchairs and still get served their cocktails as if they were on the ship. You also do not have to go back to the ship for lunch as a barbecue is prepared on the beach by Royal Caribbean. You can purchase products from the locals & participate on the world’s longest zip line over water. Falmouth in Jamaica was our next stop. No problem...ja man… The harbour Falmouth is beautiful where you can buy Jamaican Rum and Cuban Cigars…no problem… We visited 2 hotels in Jamaica, the Secrets St James and Wild Orchid. Both beautiful adult only, fully inclusive resorts, where we enjoyed some jerk chicken and cocktails whilst playing “guess the song” with the other hotel guests...ja man...no problem. Some colleagues enjoyed white river tubing down the river and a trip to the blue hole, where they went jumping through waterfalls. You can easily spend 2 days in Cozumel. The shopping is just amazing, especially the leather goods, the silver and ceramic kitchenware. The beaches in Cozumel were also awesome with beautiful water to snorkel in. Certain beaches charge a cover charge of $12 which will include Wi-Fi for the day, fresh water showers and you can use their sport equipment, like snorkelling gear, paddling and hammocks…but if you walk a few metres down the beach you can also have a good meal and an ice cold beer for no cover charge. We went quad bikes through the jungle visiting the Mayan Ruins for $45. Some colleagues went to visit Chichen Itza, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this was a 7 hour excursion, and they said it was amazing! Something to keep in mind when on a cruise regarding the excursions is, if you book a cruise excursion through Royal Caribbean and the excursion for some reason is running late, the ship will wait for you. But, if you book an excursion independently and if you arrive late, the ship will not wait for you and you will have to make your own way to the next port to catch the ship. The Allure of the Seas ship alone is just one big WOW…With 17 stories and 7 neighbourhoods accommodating over 5,000 guests and 2,000 crew and never once did I stand in a queue for anything. The ship and the entertainment is designed so well, that you never realise the number of people on-board. There is the DreamWorks parade on the Promenade and the OceanAria Aqua Show, Chicago the Broadway musical and the Boardwalk, where little ones can play on the merry go round as many times as they like and eat as many hot dogs, and hamburgers and pizzas as they like. Plus there is the spectacular ice skating show and Blue Planet aerial acrobatics show and you can also have breakfast with the Disney Characters at an extra charge. Casino Royale is also open 24 hours. There is also Central Park which is the only living garden on water. Besides the standard restaurants where you can eat daily, every day there are also other speciality restaurants, like Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table and Rita’s Cantina where you can go for lunch or dinner (at an additional charge) Although the ship can be very busy, there are certain areas on the ship where you can have calm and quiet times. In the Solarium, (an adult only area) you can relax in a Jacuzzi, sip a cocktail or read a book on one of the deck chairs. The ship also has an internationally renowned spa which offers every treatment that you can think of as well as a beauty salon. The gym is also very well equipped and they offer yoga as well as spinning classes. For the children there is Adventure Ocean and this is the only part of the ship where the staff must have a degree. The people working here have an absolute passion for children and your kids from 6 months to 18 years old will enjoy this. In fact, I do not think I will ever see my children on a cruise holiday. This is definitely the type of holiday I will recommend to anyone. Young, old, families or couples.

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Marianda always makes time for her clients, no matter what time. She has so much patience, it amazes me. She has been our travel agent for years now. Every time we book through her, she has to redo our quotation at least eight times over due to us chopping and changing. She does that without hesitating. Thank you Marianda for always being willing to accommodate the Visagies.

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Merry Christmas Marianda, and thank you for your kind and patient help on my parents' journey this year. It was a pleasure to work with you.

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Great follow-through service. We will definitely recommend her.

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In addition to using Marianda for all our business travel requirements (Primedia Instore) my wife and I have continued to use her throughout our retirement years (7 years). Her services have always been excellent (extremely professional). Trust me, if you are confronted with a travel problem when in a foreign land ( strikes, cancelled flights, insurance difficulties ) she is the best person to have on your side.

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Marianda Maritz, has once again exceeded herself. Absolutely great service. Prompt and highly professional. Thank you Marianda for excellent service.

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I have asked Marianda to help me with my travel arrangements for a number of years now. I have every intention continuing this arrangement with her. Marianda is prompt, knowledgeable answers all my questions and always goes the extra mile to help with all my arrangements.

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Even when we changed almost everything, she was happy to help!

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Marianda is a pleasure to work with. She has been arranging all our travel plans for years and we have never been disappointed. I have referred her to family and friends and they have also been completely happy. No matter the time of day or night she is always available to attend to bookings or changes required.

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Thank you so much. It was a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly. There was no problem with connecting flights and the seats you arranged were perfect. I was really impressed that you arranged a boarding pass on a weekend. Transfers to and from the hotel were efficient and on time. Many thanks for all your work, and I will never book a trip without you in the future. Regards Les