Bianca Jordaan

Bianca Jordaan

Bianca's favourite destinations:

Definitely the remote Damaraland areas and Kaokoland where the scenery and landscapes are constantly changing from stunning to more stunning. The beauty is in the harsh wilderness.

Her areas of expertise:

Up-market, fly-in safaris & photographic guided tours.

Favourite lodges:

There are actually loads more than the ones I have listed below, very hard to narrow it down… There are lots of standard and mid-market options as well that I love, but these would be my ultimate ones.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – most amazing suites with attention to detail in all aspects.

Serra Cafema – The remoteness and the amazing setting overlooking the Kunene River and plenty of activities to keep you busy.  

Shipwreck Lodge – Uniquely built luxury cabins located inside the Skeleton Coast Park… You know when something is luxurious, but not trying to be luxurious? ( I don’t know how to explain this). What I also love here is how relaxed they are with activity timings and schedules, not just your typical 6am wake up call, early breakfast, activity and then siesta time… I love the flexibility here.  

Hoanib Valley Camp – Located in a remote setting with beautiful and spacious luxury tents.

Onguma The Fort – Amazing suites all overlooking a waterhole and loads of attention to detail whether in your suite, the main area or on an activity.

Ongava Tented Camp – The best camp in Etosha (for me personally). It's a smaller camp, very rustic and with a real safari vibe. All the tented rooms have the perfect view over the waterhole, which is literally a stones throw away. Out of all the Ongava properties, this waterhole is the busiest as well as it being located closest to the border of Etosha National Park, so all the wildlife pass through here first in order to head to the other waterholes on the reserve.

Favourite itinerary:

11 Day Extravagant Fly-in Safari (although there are still other areas and lodges I would include to tweak this one to make it my ultimate safari).

Best memory on safari:

I have many amazing memories in Namibia as well as Botswana and Zimbabwe (Okavango Delta, Hwange National Park & Victoria Falls) however, my most amazing experience would be my 3 day fly-in with Schoeman’s Skeleton Coast Fly-in safaris - one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Exploring the Skeleton Coast, Huab Valley, Hoarusib Valley and the Kunene River… The areas, the harsh wilderness, the scenery and landscape was simply surreal and unique. Something I wish that everyone can experience at least once in their lifetime.

Travel tip:

Rely on our advice and expertise. Make sure you read through your travel documents and ask plenty of questions before your arrival so that there are no misunderstandings. Always include full insurance cover on your rental vehicle. Join at least one activity with the lodge.

Best kept travel secret:

Don’t over plan your trip. It’s less stressful and letting the day just take you is one of the best ways to travel.

Favourite travel quote:

"The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa, for he has so much to look forward to." ~ Richard Mullin

Her story...

Lucky for us a holiday to her homeland in 2011 resulted in the chance meeting of her then boyfriend and with true fire-and-ice impulsiveness, she upped and moved to Swakopmund in October 2013 and has never looked back. Thanks boyfriend, ahem, now husband. Congrats you two! Or should we rather say four! We can't possibly forget about their gorgeous children Emma and Max. They're simply too cute for that. A real Namibian family.

Bianca has fallen deeply in love with the country of her birth. Of Namibia she says, "I always thought you had to travel abroad to find paradise... meanwhile it's right here in Africa."

Bianca's colourful career reflects her colourful and lively personality: from working in an old age home ("absolutely loved it") to a long and enjoyable spell in the restaurant industry and most recently as a flight attendant in search of far-flung horizons. Well, you don't get more far-flung than Namibia and we are very happy to have her back.

Although she started out with little background in the industry, Bianca soon became one of our top consultants and she still is. It's no surprise since she's dedicated, hard working and has the ability to get a lot done in record time, even we don't know how she does it. She's fly (as we like to say in the office) and therefore the perfect fit as our 'go to' for all things advice and training. She's a great addition to the NTS team, even with her strange knack for saying things in accents. We don't claim to understand it, she's quirky that way, but it certainly always gets a laugh.

Fluent in English, German, Afrikaans and of course Icelandic, Bianca joined us in July 2014 and shares our passion for the landscapes, wildlife and people of Namibia and her favourite destination being the raw wilderness of Kaokoland. So vastly different than Iceland and the rest of Namibia. "It's magical."

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