Rui was born and raised in South Africa, and although he moved to the UK over 20 years ago has managed to keep hold of his imitable accent. His far-reaching travel experience – over 18 years – encompasses the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, the Far East and North America. His native love for South Africa has made him a font of knowledge and advice on the best places to visit and stay. The neighbouring nations of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are all firmly amongst his favourites, though his love for the USA and Vietnam make it impossible for him to pick a standout country.

Standout experience

Spotting the Big Five in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Top recommendation

Driving through Namibia’s deserts and vast breathtaking landscapes

Ask me about

  • Best wine farms in the Cape Winelands
  • Game viewing in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
  • Private dinner on a sandbank on the Zambezi River with the rumble of Victoria Falls in the background
  • Magnificent culture and Island hopping in Northern Mozambique’s remote Quirimbas archipelago
  • Incredible scenic drives between the USA’s national parks

My travels


My stories

Oyster Shucking at Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania

What is Luxury Travel in 2018?

How do you define ‘luxury travel’? We’ve found that one person’s description is likely to be very different to another. In recent years, ‘luxury’ has become a well-worn phrase, too readily bandied about and applied to things that aren’t. We take a look at what it really is.

Male and female Bengal tiger playing in the Ranthambore National Park

Spotting India's tigers in the wild

This guide will introduce you to the best destinations to maximise your chance at spotting this elusive big cat, while pointing you in the direction of the finest accommodation. With jungle-clad spas and luxury tented camps, going on safari takes on a glamorous air.

Kalahari lion male in the afternoon sun

African adventures from Cape to Kalahari

Take a tour of Africa's storied regions, from the vast Kalahari Desert to Mozambique's little-know Mount Mabu, along the way discovering Namaqualand, the savannahs of east Africa, and the legendary Sahara.

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