The success and reputation of African Portfolio is attributed to our hands-on experience in Africa. All but one of us is native to Africa. Combined we have lived in Africa for more than a 50 years, visited over 300 safari camps, lodges, hotels, met with dozens of guides, trackers and camp managers, and undertaken just about every imaginable adventure activity from bungee jumping to elephant back safaris. Most importantly, we know many of these safari guides and camp managers on a first name basis: the good, the excellent and the average! If a guide, lodge, camp or adventure company is on the African Portfolio list of reliable vendors, it means they are the best in their class. That does not automatically translate into most expensive, however. They are just the best at what they do. Others might feign quality by overpricing service, but we know that sooner or later - youll know if you did not get the best value for your money on what might be have been a once-in-a-lifetime trip! We strongly believe that African Portfolio distinguishes itself by the quality and professionalism of our staff. We all share a common passion for Africa, which motivates us to want to share our unique experiences with you. We guarantee you'll come to trust and rely on our years of experience and expertise as we work with your to plan your special trip to Africa.
Diane Ebzery Lobel
Stepping off the corporate treadmill and on to an African safari proved to be a life changing experience for Diane. Her commitment to stay involved with Africa was the catalyst behind the creation of African Portfolio. She continues to be compelled to share the magic and mystery of this fascinating continent with others. As a bi-continent commuter, Diane spends time overseeing operations and investigating new and exciting destinations in Africa as well as participating in marketing and business development activities from our Connecticut office. However, the most satisfying reward remains the enthusiastic feedback received from clients whose dreams of Africa have come true on an African Portfolio journey.
Yvette De Vries
Yvette was born and raised in the beautiful Stellenbosch winelands of South Africa. With a background in public relations and communications, Yvette decided to spread her wings by moving to the United States and settling in Connecticut. She has combined both her travel and communications skills to expertly assist our clients in planning tours to her beloved South Africa – as well as to the many other destinations in Africa in which she offers her significant expertise. As the senior consultant at African Portfolio, Yvette has developed a loyal and dedicated following of very satisfied clients, some of whom travel to Africa every year! We think you’ll find her unique perspective, extensive knowledge and years of hands on experience to be of great value to you in organizing your African adventure. Qualifications: ICTA Certified CTA - Africa Destination Specialist, Kenya Tourism Master KATS Consultant, APTA Northeast Chapter – Vice President
Susan Friedland was born in Brooklyn, New York but grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa from the age of two months old. As a result, she traveled extensively around Southern Africa from a very early age. Susan worked in the travel industry in Johannesburg for 4 years before moving to the United States in 1997. On arrival in the United States she spent seven years working for New Canaan TravelWorld as their Africa Specialist and was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as a specialist for Southern Africa. Susan's extensive travel experience has provided her with the unique opportunity to gain a thorough knowledge of the "African bush", the lodges, hotels and wildlife found in East and Southern Africa. Susan has spent the last eleven years planning customized itineraries for special interest groups, families and individuals. She has also acted as tour leader for small groups on trips to Southern Africa. Qualifications: ICTA Certified CTA, ATC - Adventure Travel Specialist, South Africa Tourism FUNDI Specialist, APTA – Board Member
Shelley McLaughlin is a entrepreneurial minded professional who is well respected in the travel industry for her leadership in securing client loyalty and forging strong relationships through her knowledge, experience, passion and insights with regards to African and worldwide travel.
Formerly employed with Sanctuare, Quintessential Hideaways since 1999, Shelley managed the US Sales and Reservations for prestigious boutique resorts, private islands and villas, including Richard Branson's Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa, Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco, David Copperfield's private island Musha Cay and the exclusive villas of Mustique, in the Caribbean. Shelley is dedicated and committed to identifying and understanding each clients unique interests and travel needs thus creating a personalized and complete experience rich with culture, adventure, education, serenity and lasting memories.
Moses Nyamasoka was born in the northern part of Zimbabwe and grew up there before moving to Harare where he attained his high school education. After leaving high school, he joined the tourism industry and worked for a number of tour operators including Wilderness Safaris Zimbabwe. He also had a short stint in Tanzania and Zambia working in the tourism industry for leading safari operators based there. For the past 16 years in the tourism industry he traveled to United Kingdom, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. Moses strongly believes that Africa has the world‘s best tourist destinations and is dedicated to providing his clients with the holiday of a lifetime. With his knowledge and experience in tourism, African Portfolio is proud to have him as part of its team. Qualifications: Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Certificate in Marketing.
COME SEE US!
We extend an open invitation to you to visit us in our office at 146 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT during normal business hours or by appointment on the weekend. We would be delighted to talk with you in person about your travel requirements. We have a library of videos as well as stacks of brochures so feel free to take advantage of these resources.