WHY LIVINGSTONE SAFARIS?
Our founder and Managing Director, Sussi Galley is not only the strategic core of our company, but she leads her charismatic team personally and finds intense satisfaction in hand-crafting imaginative itineraries herself every day. Positioned by authentic passion and priority to relationships with our key clients and trade partners, every product decision is made with the traveller in mind. Livingstone Safaris invests heavily in its team’s knowledge, and our progressive offering of unforgettable, experiential itineraries are always based on our own first-hand experiences and passion for sustainable travel. Every trip we arrange carries the Livingstone Safaris fingerprint, yet each as unique as the traveller themselves, consistently providing "Inspired Journeys, Timeless Moments"!
CEO & Founder
Having grown up in Sweden with a Swedish father and English mother, I didn’t have my first introduction to Africa until 1989 when I visited Zimbabwe. That was ‘it’ for me and after ten years running Livingstone Safaris in Zimbabwe, I moved to Cape Town in 2000. I was genuinely bitten by the “Africa Bug” and want to share this experience. I am passionate about the African bush, the wild animals and, most important of all, about hospitality and people. My daily challenge is to perfect the art of preparing highly personalized travel plans. Each itinerary is an individual; a personal creation and a genuine expression of my own exploration of African travel and adventure. I love interacting with my clients and taking them on a journey of discovery with every Inspired Journey we plan together, with my aim to bring to others the pleasures of the safaris that I have been privileged to enjoy. I love receiving feedback from my clients once they have travelled – good or bad… there is always an opportunity to learn. One of my ‘insider-track’ tips for your travels in Africa is to always pack 10% less than you think you need, leaving room to buy an item or two at your destination. It is so lovely to return home with items of clothing you can wear. They are a reminder of your Inspired Journeys, Timeless Moments spent in Africa
A Capetonian by birth and totally proudly South African, I have been in the hospitality industry since 1982 (I started when I was fifteen years old!) and have always enjoyed a challenge. During my time as a personal assistant to a Managing Director of a successful publishing company, I felt the hospitality bug bite, and I joined the exciting tourism industry using my organizational skills to help run the nicely busy Livingstone Safaris office. My focus is on all things operational which enables the Inspired Journey Experts to focus on the dream weaving process, resulting in beautifully crafted itineraries that show off just how exquisite Africa is!
Product & Marketing Manager
Being part of piecing together travel dreams has been a deep passion since returning to African soil after a post-high school gap year in Canada. I am a born and bred Capetonian, who loves Africa and exploring it. I have spent most of my employment in the travel and hospitality industry, privileged to work for many well respected, high-end safari brands and tour operators, and I found my home at Livingstone Safaris in 2016. Here, I have been able to grow my passion for authentically designed experiences, and that appreciation of Africa through amazing opportunities awarded to me to explore the wilderness and wildlife areas of Southern African. I love showcasing the wildlife and diverse cultures of our subcontinent through our marketing channels, while consciously and enthusiastically maintaining and growing valued relationships with product suppliers, and agents in my role at Livingstone Safaris. I really do have the best job!
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take”, which is a motto I live by, with my top travel tip to always take the opportunity: do that sleepout under the stars, go for that walking safari or canoe trip, take your shoes off, and let the water of the cold ocean and sand of the beach wash between your toes. We only live once!
Inspired Journey Expert
I grew up in Nelspruit where I spent a lot of my childhood visiting the Kruger National Park and this is where my passion for wildlife first started. Family holidays were spent exploring the bush and road tripping throughout South Africa. After graduating from University, I spent the first part of my career working in luxury safari lodges in the Kruger and Kalahari where I met guests from all over the world and experienced first-hand how Africa grabs a hold of your soul and continues to tempt you back. Breaks away from work offered me the incredible opportunity to travel and explore Southern Africa extensively and adventurously in a 4×4 and rooftop tent before ultimately choosing Cape Town as my home. My love of travel and my passion for Africa crafted the path to Livingstone Safaris where I’m given the opportunity to tempt travellers to Africa, to share this amazing continent and all the best it has to offer and ensuring that they leave not only with timeless memories that have exceeded their every expectation, but also, a yearning to return.
Inspired Journey Expert
Born and raised in California, I bring the American “flare” to the Livingstone Safaris Team. Growing up in the Golden State, I spent my childhood camping with my family, exploring the vastness of America, which is where my sense of adventure and travel first arose. I decided it was time to “fly the coop” after graduating from college, and moved to Dubai, pursuing a job in dolphin training, where I met a South African man, who was an ex-safari guide, proving that don’t need to be on safari to get “Khaki Fever”!
Fast forward our enchanting journey together, we moved back to Southern Africa managing safari camps in South Africa and Botswana, and then later settled in Cape Town and started a family. Taking the skills and knowledge I learned on hand in the bush, I become a travel consultant, and have been with Livingstone Safaris since 2014. I’ve loved being able to explore more of what Africa and its people are all about, to then introduce guests from around the world to this exceptional continent that I now proudly call home!
Inspired Journey Expert
Having grown up on a farm in Zimbabwe, I have had the pleasure of living the ‘African Life’ exploring Southern Africa from a young age. I have always had a passion for people and entertainment which led me to studying hospitality and events in Switzerland. After graduating I couldn’t wait to get back to my home in Africa, and decided to start a new adventure in Cape Town, South Africa where I joined Livingstone Safaris. I have been incredibly fortunate to have been afforded so many amazing opportunities to discover the beauty of our continent. When on safari, I love to be able to get out of the vehicle for a different perspective. I am passionate about my photography, I love meeting people from all different walks of life who are equally passionate about the bush, and being able to sit around a campfire and share stories about our travel experiences is a perfect way to end the day when on safari! It’s not just about the safari for me though; I am a qualified scuba diver and love beach holidays.
Inspired Journey Expert
With my deeply rooted love for South Africa where I was raised, I can’t help but share my passion for Africa with every person who has the desire to travel here. I’ve worked in inbound travel for over 25 years, and joined the Inspired Journey Expert team at Livingstone Safaris in 2016, experienced and ready to design bespoke travel itineraries to places on everyone’s Africa bucket list. I love that I’m surrounded by like-minded colleagues who share a wealth of knowledge and personal travel experiences daily, and I’m extremely grateful for the endless opportunities I am given to visit the incredible products that we share with our clients. Some of the best travel moments I have enjoyed since joining Livingstone Safaris include catching Tiger fish in the Zambezi River, flying over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in a helicopter, sipping on a cocktail while standing with my feet in the water in the Okavango Delta, and quietly sitting down-wind from a herd of buffalo on a walking safari in Hwange National Park.
My top tip for travel to Africa would be to make a conscious effort to get to know the warm and proud people of the country you are visiting. They love sharing their stories and knowledge, which will add that extra flavour to your African experience.
Shirley Van Dam
I’ve always had a passion for nature and grew up exploring the coastline of South Africa with personal highlights being Plettenberg Bay and the blissful Breede River. The travel bug bit at 18, when I embarked on a life-changing adventure which involved backpacking and working abroad. When Africa drew me home, I started a career in finance, but after a few years, my adventurous spirit yearned for a change and I set off to explore the worlds of film and hospitality. I was lucky enough to experience countless African sunsets and sunrises, worked on a movie set in Namibia, but the ultimate privilege was training as a game ranger and sharing with others the magnificence and wildness of the African bushveld at Londolozi Game Reserve.
I am a beach baby at heart, so it was the call of the ocean and family that drew me back to Cape Town, where I entered the corporate world again. I now feel grateful and excited to be part of a dynamic team of travel experts who are driven to create extraordinary holidays. It’s the cherry on top for me as I’m able to combine all my finance management skills I’ve acquired along this journey, together with my passion for nature and travel.
I joined Livingstone Safaris on a temporary assignment in April 2008. I was not expecting to stay for longer than 3 months, but I am thrilled to still be a part of the LivSaf Family. Thanks to the encouragement from Sussi, an extremely successful entrepreneur, I have settled into the role of Debtor Controller, where my analytical side is put to good use every day. The flexibility and ever-changing industry stimulates and challenges me. Through my journey here I’ve been given the most incredible opportunities: To travel on safari to the Kruger, the Kalahari and to Zimbabwe, and even take my family to Mauritius for the most memorable beach holiday when I celebrated my 10 year anniversary with Livingstone Safaris. My soul is constantly awakened to the exciting world that is the travel industry, and I truly love what I do. I am so grateful for these experiences and I look forward embracing all new encounters on my continual journey with Livingstone Safaris..