WHO WE ARE

WHAT WE DO

Situated on the ground in the heart of Africa, in tune with its culture, with intimate knowledge of the best of its places, Africa by Heart has a genuine passion to create personalised unforgettable vacation experiences.

With more than twenty years of ‘street smarts,’ proprietor Elise is the kind of person that will arrange that special room with an exceptional view, the bubble bath and champagne to ensure your honeymoon is a special one.

With Africa by Heart, you are never just a number, or lumped in with the crowd – whether it be transport, accommodation or any other aspect of your vacation, we make your experience unique and personal.

We take you to exciting destinations that draw you closer to the soul of Africa! We plan visits to places you may only have dreamed of, in ways that thrill and surprise you.

You will have access to our network of local experts in each of these places with a wealth of knowledge, whose stories and anecdotes will enhance your experience.

WHO WE ARE

Situated on the ground in the heart of Africa, in tune with its culture, with intimate knowledge of the best of its places, Africa by Heart has a genuine passion to create personalised unforgettable vacation experiences.

With more than twenty years of ‘street smarts,’ proprietor Elise is the kind of person that will arrange that special room with an exceptional view, the bubble bath and champagne to ensure your honeymoon is a special one.

With Africa by Heart, you are never just a number, or lumped in with the crowd – whether it be transport, accommodation or any other aspect of your vacation, we make your experience unique and personal.

WHAT WE DO

We take you to exciting destinations that draw you closer to the soul of Africa! We plan visits to places you may only have dreamed of, in ways that thrill and surprise you.

You will have access to our network of local experts in each of these places with a wealth of knowledge, whose stories and anecdotes will enhance your experience.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

I want to say ‘Thank You!’ for an absolutely stellar job planning & organizing this trip for us. South Africa has always been high on my bucket list. You helped realize a dream! I found your work on this impeccable. We are so grateful for all that you did. Kudos for a job well done!

With deep gratitude.” – Matt & Sandy Anjilivelil, USA

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

The trip was fabulous, thanks in large part to the excellent support we had from Elise. She was accessible throughout our planning, very personable and responsive to my many questions. Our travel connections were seamless. Elise made excellent suggestions about destinations, but also responded to my ideas and preferences.”

– R Geysler, USA

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

I don’t use travel agents as a rule. But when it came to our South African adventure, I decided to get some professional advice. I’m so glad that I did!”

– K McCleery, (Producer, writer and journalist PBS News Hour) USA

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

Elise set up our Botswana itinerary, which I recommend for a peak experience. The staff, the guides and trackers were superb and saw to our every need. We ended our trip at the Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, where we had an excellent trip to Victoria Falls and spent a relaxing day at the lodge enjoying its stellar accommodations, food, pool and views. It’s a wonderful place to pause and relax in the midst of a hectic trip.

– R Geysler, USA

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

“Hi Elise, we just wanted to thank you for arranging our holiday, we had a wonderful time at Thonga Beach where we saw the turtles laying their eggs, in daylight thanks to you, it was perfect timing.

Phinda Forest Lodge in the Sand Forest was fabulous, we saw plenty of amazing animals, including many rhinos, a very cute baby hyena, lions hunting and a cheetah family chase and catch a baby impala.

The accommodation was outstanding, very luxurious, the whole experience was amazing, you really excelled there.”

– S Kearsey, Australia

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

“Two and a half years on we still look back on our South Africa trip that you arranged as the best holiday we have ever had. My screensaver is a photo of the leopard cubs we saw at Kirkmans (the very highlight of our trip).”

– D Brounger, UK

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

Thanks again for your patient attention to the so many details of our trip. It was a very magical time!  And it was lovely to finally get to meet you in person in the end.”

– J Ireland, USA

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID

“Hi Elise, wow what a trip!! Barb, Ellen and I had a fantastic time. I have to compliment you and your team as everything was awesome.

We are already trying to figure out when to come back.”

– John, Barb & Ellen Campbell, USA

OUR TEAM

Elise Kreusch – CEO & Founder

From my accent, you’d be forgiven for thinking I was an Aussie but – though schooled in Australia – I’m really a South African girl who is intent on creating unforgettable journeys into Africa for my clientele.

As a child, I was intrigued by the vivid stories my father told after the filming of his wildlife movie in the early 70’s. He went off in his Land Rover and Mamma Truck (a vehicle which he kitted out and painted like a giraffe) in two six-month stints, each time eager to return to the wild. Looking back, I think it was because of his love for Africa that I started my long career in travel. I studied Tourism in Sydney, Australia and worked in the hotel and restaurant industry there, for some years, before returning home to South Africa, where I joined an award-winning safari operator in 1997.

Over the next couple of decades, I worked for several tour operators specialising in Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. During this period, I gained vast experience and made valuable connections, while my attachment to Africa grew stronger. I enjoy designing wonderful holidays, but for me, travel is about something more enduring: it’s about the joy of exposing my clients to the priceless sights, sounds and aromas of the African wilderness. Who is not moved by the cry of the fish eagle; the brilliance of an African thunderstorm; or the chance sighting of a leopard, looking down from the branches of a marula tree?

I have travelled extensively through Africa, and continue to do so, in order to find the very best lodges to add to Africa by Heart’s ever-growing portfolio. My services have been recommended in the New York Times and on Trip Advisor, and I have worked directly with people from diverse backgrounds. These include CEOs, world-renowned sports celebrities, barristers, news correspondents, and many local and overseas friends and family.

Whatever your walk of life, Africa by Heart is committed to designing an experience that will leave you forever changed by the magic of Africa. Know too, that in merely visiting these rare wildernesses, you will have played a role in conserving them – and supporting the local communities connected to them.

Dion Kreusch – Operations

With a background in Operations and management, I’m a super organised guy, and a team player, who likes to get things done. As a good motivator, I can get you over the line – especially when it comes to plotting a great off-road trip! I love the outdoors, whether overland or out at sea, as long as there’s breathtaking scenery to enjoy.

But my “drug of choice” is adventure biking, and even better if it’s dirt roads. Not only do I ride to work every day, but I’ve done a number of adventure bike-riding trips all over the country, from the Garden route to the Karoo to the spectacular Sani Pass, on the border of Lesotho and South Africa. Originally just a bridle path, Sani is an extreme ride; it’s a terrific climb with plenty of switchbacks! I enjoyed the challenge so much that I did it twice.

I am constantly on the look-out for great riding trips, and my repertoire is growing steadily. Recently I was instrumental in organising a very successful adventure motorbiking weekend to the battlefields, staying at Fugitive’s Drift Lodge, and touring the Battle of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift from there. Next on the list is a trip to the Spioenkop battlefield. In the near future, I have Namibia and Malawi in my sights. Why not come along for the ride?

“If you only visit two continents in your lifetime, visit Africa – twice!”

– R.Elliot

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