The Ponter Family

Sikeleli Africa Safaris Limited is a family-owned business that specializes in individually-tailored luxury travel in Africa. Sikeleli’s professionalism, our deep roots in Africa and our expertise in creating exclusive safari experiences assure you an incomparable African adventure.

Sisters Daniella and Maddelena Ponter, together with their father Mark, bring a personal and elegant touch to the African tourism industry. Daniella who is an owner and director of the company, is our safari specialist, with many years of experience in the bespoke safari industry. She lives in Zimbabwe and is passionate about sharing her love of the continent. Her industry experience includes senior positions in management, marketing and sales with world-renowned operators such as Wilderness Safaris. Working for these highly regarded operators gave her the insights and skills crucial to crafting exclusive safari vacations. Daniella has the worldwide experience and local knowledge essential for advising on and planning luxury safaris in Africa. 

Responsible for general operations, Maddelena works closely with her older sister to ensure that all Sikeleli clients enjoy the very best that Africa has to offer. Like Daniella, Maddelena was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. Her specialties include branding, marketing and online strategies. She too is an owner and Director of Sikeleli. Environment and sustainability consultant Grace Carsky assists with Sikeleli’s commitment to the sustainable business practices and local conservation principles. 

Mark Ponter was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. As an owner and the Managing Director of the company, he is responsible for all financial, regulatory and financial aspects of the business. 

With offices located in Vancouver, Victoria Fall and Cape Town, the Ponter family has come together to make the Sikeleli dream come alive. We look forward to meeting you!