Candice Buchan

Africa Product Manager


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Candice Buchan

Candice Buchan

Africa Product Manager

  • Botswana
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

I was born and bred in Johannesburg and have spent much of my time travelling and working in Africa. Johannesburg is a bright, vibrant, busy city which gives you a different outlook on life and the feeling of endless possibilities. South Africa has so many different cultures and has 11 official languages, having grown up here, it is no wonder that I enjoy discovering different cultures and languages.  

My interest in travel began in high school when I decided to go to France as an exchange student. Having travelled around most of France and learning French as my 3rd language, my travel and tourism enthusiasm really started here. I started working for the French Tour Operator African Eagle in 2006 – 2011. This involved working with French, German and European markets ground handling for incentive and group tours. This allowed me to travel around South Africa extensively. I visited Cape Town, Garden Route, Durban, Hluhluwe, Swaziland, Kruger, Sabi Sand, Madikwe and so many other fascinating places. Sometimes I travelled with my guests and really got to experience Africa

From here I moved to AndBeyond and worked in their reservations, tour operating teams for a year. The involvement within conservation is now a big part of what I believe in. Protecting the wildlife, environment and people within communities is very important to me.

I am at my happiest when in the bush; nothing beats an African Sunrise while drinking a hot cup of coffee with just the sounds of nature around you. I love spotting animals on safari, a particular highlight for me included riding an elephant in Zambia, unforgettable!  

I recently returned from a trip to Namibia where I saw a huge variety of wildlife, climbed dunes in the Namib Desert and journeyed along the skeleton coast. The thing which struck me the most about Namibia is the vastness of the landscape. There are kilometres upon kilometres of landscapes -  from towering mountains and plateaus to great stretches of lonely plains.

My favourite part of the trip was seeing the huge variety of animals that gather at the Etosha waterhole, here you can spot flamingos, ostriches, springbok, eland, zebra and giraffe – the landscape is so densely populated with wildlife it is possible to fit all these species into one photograph. In Etosha National Park I also saw elephants, rhino, lion, cheetah and hyenas. Other highlights for me include seeing a shipwreck along the skeleton coast and climbing Dune 45, in Sossusvlei - which is not as easy as people tend to think. I was also the hottest I have ever been and I was there during the Namibian winter. 

I specialise in Travel to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and East Africa which means I can share my knowledge and enthusiasm with people every day. With the wealth of culture and history not to mention the wildlife, there is always something to interest everyone in Africa.

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