Sabi Sand Reserve
Africa and The Middle East
Welcome and thank you for visiting my leisure travel web page.
My name is Willemien and I am a personal Travel Counsellor based in Pretoria with 25 years experience in the travel industry.
I have a passion for experiencing new destinations and cultures and have travelled extensively. I have worked in Belgium as an au pair for two families for a year. My goal during this time was to; see, feel, taste, smell and to experience as much of Europe as possible. Through this, I have obtained valuable experience and knowledge that I would love to share with you.
I have visited the following countries, some more than once: Reunion, Croatia, Mexico (Cancun), Egypt, India, The United Arab Emirates, Madagascar, Mauritius, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Gibraltar, The UK, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Swaziland, Mozambique Islands, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, cruised the Caribbean, the USA and our own beautiful South Africa. Please don’t ask me for my favourite destination as each one is unique in its own way!
If your dream is skiing in the Alps, Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, buying shoes in Buenos Aires, barging in France, bungi jumping at Vic Falls, gambling in Vegas, biking in Austria, walking the Great Wall of China, cruising in Alaska, snorkelling in the Maldives, eloping to Bali, swimming with dolphins in Australia, meeting Mickey Mouse with your kids at Disney, bargaining with the Thai, admiring the Egyptian Pyramids, island hopping in Mykonos, drinking beer in Germany, watching the Grand Prix in Monaco, visiting Diana’s memorial in London … whatever your dream is, give me the opportunity to arrange it all for you! This might just be your best holiday ever! I might not be able to arrange the weather but I might get you that emergency exit seat (with that all important additional legroom) or the vegetarian meal that you have requested.
I can save you both money & time from endless searching across internet sites. I can even meet you at your favourite coffee shop as I am not bound to a traditional office.
I look forward to being of service to you. Call me, email me, skype me or send a pigeon.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
22 August 2020
After being confined to our house during lockdown I decided a day trip would do wonders to recharge our batteries. Just a few kilometres from Pretoria, in Broederstroom is the South African version of an Upside-down house. FEEL FUN * FEEL DIFFERENT * FEEL THE OTHER WAY AROUND Did you know that there are 22 ‘upside-down-houses’ around the world? I visited one in the North West Province. It is a two-story house. It is very disorienting walking through the rooms. We had lots of fun taking some awkward photos. There is also a cafeteria and...
28 September 2016
Bonjour, Comment allez-vous? Tres bien merci… I have been to Paris a couple of times. You would think if you have seen the Eiffel Tower once, you don’t need to see it again. But for some reason every time I return, I can’t help myself but to visit my favourite places again and again. I am fascinated by this city. I just love the cobblestone streets, the French language, the hustle and bustle, the parks and monuments, the cosmopolitan cafe’s etc. You do not want to drive in Paris. The Metro system is very convenient to use and is apparently the 2nd...
26 September 2015
I was very fortunate to visit Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, during a Travel Counsellors Gold Awards Weekend. We stayed in the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort, one of the Leading Hotels of the World. Tenerife Island has the look and feel of a desert and has nothing in common with islands like Mauritius, The Seychelles or Maldives. It is a year-round destination and very popular with European and British holiday makers. For us travelling from Africa, it makes sense to combine a trip to mainland Spain or Portugal with the Canary Islands. I would recommend at least...
20 June 2015
Reunion Island is found on the coast of Africa, only a 4-hour flight with Air Austral to Saint Denis. Even though it is a French overseas island, South African passport holders don’t need a visa. The official language is French, and Creole is also widely spoken. (a pocketbook French dictionary will come in handy). The currency is Euro. Reunion should not be compared with sister islands Mauritius or Madagascar. The 210 km coastline is mainly made up by cliffs and rocky beaches. There are about 35 km of sandy beaches to the west and south coast of the island...
10 September 2012
Have you ever seen turquoise waters? I can assure you, you have not seen the different shades of turquoise if you have not been to Cancun. In my opinion I had the opportunity to visit one of the most romantic destinations in the world: Cancun, Mexico. Put on your bikini or swimsuit, it's time for fun under the sun! The most direct route from South Africa is with Delta Airlines, via Atlanta. It takes 24 hours to get there but it is definitely worth the distance. The Cancun airport handles...
11 July 2012
I promised to show my children snow during the July school holidays! On the 11th of July, we left Pretoria and travelled to Fouriesburg where we would be staying for the next three nights. With an easy 3 and half hours drive (350 km) we finally arrived in the small border town of Fouriesburg. A mere 10 km drive to the Caledonspoort Lesotho border. We stayed in the “Wegkomkans B&B”. It is a charming old sandstone house which sleeps 6 people. The house, dating from the early 1900’s is beautifully restored. The guest house is owned by Paula Greyling, what a friendly...
17 May 2012
What is it about Mauritius that keeps me coming back time and time again? * Is it the great all-year summer weather? * Is it the natural beauty with coconut trees and the most beautiful sunsets? * Is it the rich and diverse culture? * Is it the Mauritian cooking? * Is it the wide selection of water sports? * Is it the popular white sandy beaches? * Is it because one can be busy all the time, or just do nothing at all? I don’t know. It could be any of the above, or it could be any other aspect of the Mauritian way of life… I recently...
16 September 2008
Ancient history, amazing culture, spicy food, colourful saris, a nation obsessed with cricket, more than 15 national languages and thousands of dialects, the cultural phenomenon of Bollywood, the smell of street food, chaotic traffic, religious festivals, poverty vs. tremendous wealth… We embarked on a tour of the “Royal Rajasthan”. The journey started off in the bustling port city of Mumbai (Bombay). Stepping out of the plane into the sweltering heat, we were immediately whisked off on a horse-drawn “Victorian buggy” tour of the down town area, passing through the imposing Gateway of India. Then it...
Sent in by Elretha Gersbach
Stillbay, 03 August 2021
I have worked with many travel agents in the past. I have never came across a more sufficient, reliable and friendly agent in all of my years travelling. Thank you! I hope you stay in the travel industry for many years to come, as I would never want to use anybody else to arrange my travel plans.
Sent in by Jeanine Issa
Suriname, 31 May 2021
I am giving Willemien a score of 9/10 for outstanding service.
Sent in by Jackie Malga
Pretoria, 31 May 2021
Willemien is one of THE MOST EFFICIENT AND FRIENDLY travel consultants that I have ever had the privilege of getting to know and work with. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her. She is ALWAYS willing to assist in any small or big way where she possibly can. Willemien deserves a medal for her wonderful work ethic! I wish her everything of the best and more!
Sent in by Leon Louw
Morocco, 31 May 2021
Willemien delivers excellent service and she goes the 'extra mile' for her clients. From advising on the best route and the best flight options to her doing the online check-in as well, plus she always follows up afterwards. Great job!
Sent in by Selma Everts
Pretoria, 05 October 2020
Ek was benoud van vrees toe ek besef my huweliksherdenking kruip nader en ek het nie 'n idee waar om te begin kyk. Met die hele jaar wat op sy kom is agv die pandemie het ek nie geweet of ons 15 jaar huweliksherdenking sal kan vier met 'n wegbreek nie. So gebeur dit darem dat ons op kan weggaan en die soek begin na iets spesiaal. Ek het Willemien dadelik gekontak en verduidelik dat ek iets spesiaal wil bespreek. Ek en my man is baie lief vir die bosveld en hoe minder mense hoe beter. Binne 24 uur het sy vir my 6 ongelooflike opsies gegee wat almal verskil van mekaar maar elkeen presies is waarvan ons hou. Nou kom die moeilike deel, ons moet besluit watter opsie ons kies. Ek besluit op Kwafubesi tented camp in Mabula, en wat 'n ongelooflike ondervinding was dit nie. Die mense het ons op ons hande gedra en selfs verras met 'n privaat ete die aand van ons herdenking op ons stoep. Ek vermoed dat Willemien 'n paar toutjies getrek het om dit te laat gebeur, en daarvoor is ek ongelooflik dankbaar. Ons herdenking was nie net spesiaal agv die hoeveelheid jaar saam nie, maar ook omdat Willemien die ekstra myl vir ons as kliente geloop het om die klein dinge te reël. Van die begin af het haar professionele manier waarop sy ons hanteer het ons reeds laat voel ons is belangerik en nie net nog 'n klient nie. Sy het vinnig teruggekom as ek vrae gehad het en 'n dag voor die tyd weer met die plek en met ons bevestig dat alles nog is plek is. Op die dag van ons vertrek het ons ook 'n boodskap ontvang van haar af. Na die tyd het sy ook opgevolg om te hoor of ons tevrede was. Weereens puik diens!!! Ons sal verseker weer in die toekoms vir Willemien gebruik om 'n wegbreek te bespreek. Weereens baie dankie Willemien dat jy in hierdie onseker en moeilike tye dit steeds reggekry het om ons huweliksherdenking spesiaal te maak en die ekstra myl te loop.
Sent in by Eunice Van Rooyen
Pretoria, 09 April 2020
A very scary scenario evolved when we realized our student daughter might get stuck in the US due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We had to get her home as quickly as possible. Thanks to Willemien she immediately booked the best and quickest flights back home for our daughter. There was no time to waste and we surely would not have been able to do this by ourselves or with a call centre (especially during such panicky times). Within minutes Willemien had a solution on the table for us. Willemien was extremely professional, like she always is, and I strongly recommend Willemien Calitz if your planning any future travels. I will never try do any bookings on the internet again, because from a support point of view there simply isn't any support even close to the support you get from Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Judy Van Deventer
Middelburg, 23 March 2020
Thanks a million for all the arrangements done in such a professional way!
Sent in by Gerhard Fourie
Kaapstad, 28 March 2017
Ek wil jou bedank vir jou uitstaande diens! Jy is baie professioneel en jou persoonlike aandag en “attention to detail” is prysenswaardig. Dit is wonderlik dat jy pro-aktief alternatiewe reelings getref het toe ons vlug vertraag was, hotel-issues opgelos het en ook self die online check-in namens ons gedoen het. Dit is hoe dit behoort gedoen te word, maar ongelukkig gebeur dit nie meer deesdae vanselfsprekend nie. Daarom my spesiale dank! Nogmaals dankie en ek hoop om die toekoms weer “saam” met jou te reis.
Sent in by Ian Garden
Nelspruit, 28 March 2017
Alison and I had an absolutely wonderful and trouble-free trip to Australia and New Zealand. All the flights, seating, arrivals and departures, customs, passport controls and visas etc went off without a hitch. We want to thank you again for all your inputs that helped make our trip the most unforgettable one of a lifetime.
Sent in by Nicole Masztak
Johannesburg, 06 February 2017
Willemien, the service you provided me with was exceptional! Your professional approach to your business was evident from our very first email interaction. You took the time to understand what I wanted from my holiday and the options you provided were fabulous and varied. When I asked you about specific recommendations, you weren't afraid to give me them as you were comfortable that you had established exactly what I wanted from my holiday and most importantly you had the knowledge. Everything you organised for me happened as you said it would, from the delivery of my vouchers and air ticket, to booking my seat online for me, organising my special meal on the flight and giving me a personal phone call just before I departed. Thank-you Willemien for making my holiday experience unforgettable. I cannot wait to interact with you when I take another trip again.
Sent in by Willem Van der Merwe
Melkrivier, 19 January 2017
Thank you very much Willemien for helping us with all the arrangements on our trip to Spain. We would highly recommend your service to anyone planning a trip abroad.
Sent in by Gerhard Marais
Centurion, 09 January 2012
Willemien assisted my wife and I with booking plane tickets for a trip to the UK and US. Our flights included multiple cities which made the searching and booking of flights ourselves online very difficult. Not only did Willemien manage to find us the most convenient flights, she also managed to negotiate better rates on our multi city tickets than we could find ourselves online. Apart from assisting with this booking, Willemien was always at hand to assist us with accommodation information as well as travel tips and assisting us with our queries which sometimes entailed research on her behalf whilst not having any financial benefit to her. Willemien truly cares about clients and does most definitely more for her clients than what is expected. Thank you Willemien for your valuable contribution towards our trip!
Sent in by Jan Enslin
Pretoria, South Africa, 18 November 2011
Willemien has been arranging flights to Switzerland and France, as well as accommodation for my mother, Mrs Mariette Enslin and myself for the past eleven years. We have always received excellent and friendly service from Willemien and we have never had any problems regarding flights and accommodation. We will always rely on her professional service.
Sent in by Elize Labuschagne
Pretoria, 16 November 2011
In July 2011 Willemien Calitz organised a trip to the UK (England and Scotland) for us. It was a combination between business and leisure and she provided us with innovative options to use our leisure time to the fullest. Even when our business engagements changed at the last minute she was able to adjust our itinerary. She handled everything professionally and we had a great trip.
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