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.

Let us craft a personalised trip for you through the endless plains of the Serengeti, the remote waterways of the Okavango, the unforgettable wildlife of the Masai Mara, the breath-taking landscapes of Namibia, the mighty Victoria Falls, the untouched beaches of Mozambique, the majestic mountains of the South African Winelands and the world-class city of Cape Town with their world-class wines.

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. 

Let us craft a personalised trip for you through the endless plains of the Serengeti, the remote waterways of the Okavango, the unforgettable wildlife of the Masai Mara, the breath-taking landscapes of Namibia, the mighty Victoria Falls, the untouched beaches of Mozambique, the majestic mountains of the South African Winelands and the world-class city of Cape Town with their world-class wines.

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 may think I’m an Aussie, but I’m really a South African girl who is deeply passionate about creating unforgettable journeys into Africa for my clientele.

As a child I grew up intrigued by the stories my father told after the filming of his wildlife movie in the early 70’s. It was because of his love for Africa that I started my career in travel.

I spent many years in the hospitality industry in Sydney, Australia before returning home to South Africa when I joined an award-winning safari operator in 1997. Over the next two decades, I worked for several different tour operators creating life-changing journeys to destinations throughout Africa, Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands. The vast experience I gained and the many valuable connections I made, together with my ever-increasing passion for exposing guests to the priceless experience of Africa, prompted me to open Africa by Heart.

I have travelled extensively through Africa and continue to do so in order to find Africa’s best lodges to add to our 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.

Have you ever had the privilege of experiencing true wilderness? Or is your soul in need of rest that only nature can bring? Then get in touch and we’ll design a holiday for you that will be truly life-changing!

Dion Kreusch – Operations

A super-organised guy who is a team player and gets things done. He is also a great motivator who can get you over the line. He is an adventure biker at heart who loves the outdoors, whether it is out at sea or overland, as long as there is breath-taking scenery along the way.

Jean Barboure – Accounts

Jean has more than 20 years experience in accounting. She is a devoted mother and grandmother and loves to travel to unique and exciting locations.  

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

– R.Elliot

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