Sikeleli Safaris is a family-founded and run business that specializes in individually tailored luxury travel in Africa. Sikeleli’s professionalism, our deep historic roots in Africa, and our unrivaled expertise in creating exclusive safari experiences are just some of the many reasons why you choose us for an amazing safari experience.

Our Commitment to You

Have you ever dreamed about experiencing the wonder and excitement of an African safari? Look no further than Sikeleli Safaris. Our commitment will always be to provide you with an unforgettable safari adventure, filled with inspiring and transformational experiences. Add our love for Africa and our incomparable local knowledge, to our expertise at crafting exclusive safari vacations with a personal touch and the result is the perfect, tailor-made adventure.

Tailor-Made Safaris Crafted to Your Needs

We understand that you want a truly unique journey that you can cherish for a lifetime. That’s why all our trips are meticulously tailor-made to meet your specific needs and expectations. Whether you are travelling on honeymoon, taking a family safari, or vacationing with a group of friends, our team will handle all the itinerary details, ensuring you get the best possible holiday experience.

Can you imagine the tranquil bliss of a private sunset game lodge in the unique beauty of the Okavango Delta in Botswana? Would you like to stroll along the vast and pristine beaches of Mozambique? Or how about following the magnificent wildebeest migration across the endless plains of the Masai Mara? Perhaps the excitement of tracking the rare black rhino in Zimbabwe? When it comes to made-to-order, luxury vacations in Africa, we go above and beyond to create a safari adventure as individual as you are. This is the Sikeleli difference that will give you to the moments and memories you’ll treasure for years to come.

Our Executive Team

When you book your holiday with Sikeleli Africa Safaris, you can rest assured you’re working with leading travel specialists, trained and qualified to make your dream vacation come true. Our team has travelled extensively throughout the African continent, allowing us to have unrivalled experience and local knowledge of every destination we recommend.


Daniella Ponter

As a co-founder and Director of Sikeleli Safaris, Daniella personally oversees our operations on the ground in Victoria Falls. A proud fourth-generation Zimbabwean, she has a close knowledge of all of the key properties and activities in Southern and East Africa.

Daniella’s professional experience, previously spent managing the most select and elite camps and lodges in Southern Africa, has given her an eye for detail and a clear understanding of what our clients expect at premiere properties.

Director & Senior Travel Consultant
Location: Victoria Falls Office
Call: (+263) 78 279 9697 (Zimbabwe)

Karen Dewhurst

 Karen is our Senior Travel Consultant at Sikeleli Safaris, working hand in hand with Daniella to craft client itineraries. Her long term experience in the bespoke segment of the safari industry, as well as sharp attention to detail, has been a huge addition to our team knowledge base.

With over a decade of experience working in the hospitality and travel and tourism industry, Karen’s wealth of knowledge, caring dedication to her clients, and engaging personality have made her the perfect fit for our team.

Senior Travel Consultant
Location: Victoria Falls Office
Call: (+263) 78 310 6561 (Zimbabwe)


Mark Ponter

Mark is our Managing Director here at Sikeleli Safaris, overseeing all legal, financial, regulatory, and accounting aspects of the business. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, and going on to graduate with a degree in law in the UK, Mark’s skills make him an invaluable asset to the team. We are very lucky to have him!

Managing Director
Location: Vancouver Office
Call: (+1) 604 338 5044 (Canada)

Melanie Hamilton-Evans

A core constituent of our team, Melanie keeps everyone in check! From office administrative support, to event organisation, to complex travel scheduling (amongst many, many other things!), Melanie is the backbone that ensures that operations keep running smoothly across offices on both continents.

Executive Assistant
Location: Vancouver Office
Call: (+1) 604 281 3274 (Canada)


Maddelena Ponter

Simply fabulous human being. (Section under construction.)

Director of IT & Operations
Location: Vancouver Office
Call: (+1) 778 237 7107 (Canada)