PEOPLE AND STORIES

WHY WE DO IT?

“TAKE ONLY MEMORIES, LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS.”

Africa is a destination filled with breathtaking scenery and rewarding wildlife encounters. The look, the feel the dusty smell of the African bush seeps into your soul, and long after you’ve gone you will find yourself missing it with an almost physical longing. Being the second largest continent makes it overwhelming to decide where one should start exploring and discovering this unique destination. Passionate about Africa and creating a memorable Africa vacation for you let us help you experience this magical continent. Born and bred in Africa and having traveled extensively through her countries, we will go out of our way to give you advise on where, when and how to travel in Africa. Live 4 Africa.com is an independent and privately owned company. Owned and managed by Gelle Ritchie who started her travel industry career in 2003 .Together with our carefully selected business partners/suppliers we will tailor-make your African vacation according to your travel needs or we will help you choose the best suitable LuxuryAfrica Safari or African overland tour . If you have decided that it is time for your own adventure, your very own African Safari, or just that you need to explore more of this incredible place we call home; we are here to guide you and help you plan the ultimate Africa experience.

WHY WE DO IT?

“TAKE ONLY MEMORIES, LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS.”

Africa is a destination filled with breathtaking scenery and rewarding wildlife encounters. The look, the feel the dusty smell of the African bush seeps into your soul, and long after you’ve gone you will find yourself missing it with an almost physical longing. Being the second largest continent makes it overwhelming to decide where one should start exploring and discovering this unique destination. Passionate about Africa and creating a memorable Africa vacation for you let us help you experience this magical continent. Born and bred in Africa and having traveled extensively through her countries, we will go out of our way to give you advise on where, when and how to travel in Africa. Live 4 Africa.com is an independent and privately owned company. Owned and managed by Gelle Ritchie who started her travel industry career in 2003 .Together with our carefully selected business partners/suppliers we will tailor-make your African vacation according to your travel needs or we will help you choose the best suitable LuxuryAfrica Safari. If you have decided that it is time for your own adventure, your very own African Safari, or just that you need to explore more of this incredible place we call home; we are here to guide you and help you plan the ultimate Africa experience.

September 23, 2019

Extraordinary Experiences in Africa


Shipwreck Lodge
Shipwreck Lodge officially opened in June and is the only lodge situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park. Uniquely designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. It’s a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness.
September 23, 2019

Extraordinary Experiences in Africa


We have been exploring Southern and East Africa’s Extraordinary Experiences and inspirational destinations for almost 10 years. As part of our Extraordinary Experiences in Africa bucket list, we would like to introduce you to 7 of our most favourite, awe inspiring and off the beaten track experiences.
September 23, 2019

A few hidden gems in Kenya and Tanzania


East Africa is an incredible destination ...in fact your ultimate wildlife viewing destination. Kenya and Tanzania boast a diversity of wildlife habitat with opportunities for wonderful sightings of the animals. The Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti and Ngorongoro is some of East Africas finest safari areas
September 9, 2019

SAA Airlink Introduces an Additional Flight Between Johannesburg and Pemba


Hi- I had a great time. The safari and accommodations were top notch. The drivers, hotel staff, etc were all very welcoming and helpful.
I’m very happy we were able to make this trip happen.
Thanks for all your help organizing and coordinating. Everything was well planned.
Sean (USA )
August 20, 2019

Tanzania Visa requirements

With immediate effect, and with no warning, Tanzania Immigration Authorities have changed their way of handling visas on arrival. Previously, visas could be issued online or on arrival by waiting in a small queue. As from today, visitors arriving in Tanzania through via airports and land borders without having secured their visa in advance online will have to undergo an extended procedure. We recommend that travellers apply for an e-visa in advance online at www.immigration.go.tz for all trips, starting immediately. Online visa applications will require more information than the one asked for on arrival and will be issued within a few days. For those travellers that do not wish or do not have enough time to apply for an e-visa, the new process to get a visa on arrival will require these steps: • Queue for a Government Control Number • Queue to pay for this at the bank • Queue to have the visa issued • Queue for Immigration to check the visa The new process can be quite lengthy and take clients up to two hours to complete. We understand that this is not the best way to start a holiday and the industry is working with the Government to make this process more streamlined. Given the short notice received about the above measures we strongly recommend that all clients traveling to Tanzania apply online for an e-visa. This is especially important to travellers with onward connections both by air or road after arriving to Tanzania. We are in contact with industry and government bodies and we shall inform you of any relevant update on this matter.
August 12, 2019

Luxury Ngorongoro and Serengeti Fly in Safari July 2019


Hi- I had a great time. The safari and accommodations were top notch. The drivers, hotel staff, etc were all very welcoming and helpful.
I’m very happy we were able to make this trip happen.
Thanks for all your help organizing and coordinating. Everything was well planned.
Sean (USA )
August 12, 2019

Mozambique Visa Update


Mozambique Visa Update
It was recently reported that the cost of entry visas to Mozambique would increase with immediate effect.
We would like to clarify that non-SADC residents are still able to obtain visas for US$50 at the Mozambican border.
The visa fee increase will only have an affect on single-entry visas applied for at the Mozambican Consulate or Embassy in the country of origin.
For all visa requirements please go to:
https://www.projectvisa.com
August 8, 2019

Malawi’s High Court has reinstated a ban on plastic bags.

The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags in 2015 but the move was overturned by the High Court after a number of plastic manufacturers who operate in the country obtained an injunction, citing an infringement of business rights. Delivering the verdict on Thursday, a panel of seven judges dismissed the appeal. Companies who now violate the ban face fines and the closure of their factories. The decision places Malawi among a handful of African countries that have passed legislation to ban plastic bags, along with Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda.
July 9, 2019

Sabi Sand Private Kruger Family safari

Thank you for arranging a wonderful time at Umkumbe Sabi Sand with our family . We saw the Big 5 in the first day ! Our guide, Jade, was amazing and nobody missed a drive . The beds were A1 and the rooms clean . Your arrangements worked like an oiled machine - thanks again . George and family ( 17 travelers USA and SA July 2019 )
June 6, 2019

KENYA AND GORILLAS ADVENTURE -MASAI MARA WAS INCREDIBLE AND THE GORILLA EXPERINCE OUTSTANDING

We want to thank you so much for organizing such an incredible experience for us. We are having a fantastic time!! Everything has exceeded our expectations.Thank you also for the lovely gifts...
June 6, 2019

LUXURY KRUGER AND CAPE TOWN FAMILY SAFARI

Dear Gelle, Thank you so much. We loved South Africa. It is a beautiful part of the world that we never expected to see. Thank you so much for your hard work, especially when things went awry with our International Flights . I always had faith that you would see us through. And you did. We are grateful....
May 29, 2019

MOZAMBIQUE WAS AMAZING

Hi Gelle, Mozambique was amazing! The accommodation was so nice, and the package you organized for our honeymoon was perfect. Both Amy and I loved every sec..
May 29, 2019

TANZANIA PRIVATE FAMILY SAFARI- MORE THAN WE HAD EXPECTED

Hi Gelle, I just got back a couple of days ago, we had an incredible trip, the safari was more than we had expected. Our safari operator was great, our guide Enock was a super guy, great...
May 29, 2019

AFRICA IS TRULY BEAUTIFUL. I LEAVE A PIECE OF MY HEART HERE EACH TIME

Hi Gelle. Thanks. It’s been fab. I loved the Belmond eagle. Just loved the place...
May 29, 2019

EVERYTHING HAS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS

We want to thank you so much for organizing such an incredible experience for us. We are having a fantastic time!! Everything has exceeded our expectations.Thank you also for the lovely gifts...
May 29, 2019

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING. YOU’VE LEFT US WITH AN INDELIBLE IMPRESSION.

We can’t thank you enough for creating such a personalized and unforgettable experience for us. From your selection of diverse game camps, culturally-rich...
April 11, 2019

KRUGER SWAZILAND AND KZN 8 DAY ADVENTURE FEEDBACK

Hi Gelle, The trip was really outstanding! We saw lots of animals and really liked the combination of Kruger with other parks. Especially Hlane was a very pleasant surprise as you could get so close to the Rhinos, we even did a walking safari in the morning. Also Hluhluwe was great where we also saw the big 5.
April 11, 2019

LUXURY TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR FAMILY SAFARI

Tanzania was amazing ! The guide was exceptional and super nice . The Lodges got better all the time ...thank you for that . Everyting was superb and for sure South Africa is on our agenda . Thank you so much for the wonderful well planned package .
April 11, 2019

ETOSHA AND SWAKOPUND ADVENTURE

Gelle What a great trip to Namibia, I had a blast.  It was hot but then again you fore warned me!  The resorts were terrific and our guide was very knowledgeable, saw all of the big five except hippos which evidently are extinct there.
April 11, 2019

LE CANNONIER MAURITIUS HUTTON FAMILY OF 10

Hi Gelle On behalf of our family group of 10, I’d like to thank you for all you have done to book an awesome holiday for us at Le Cannonier, Mauritius. I have complete trust to book through you again in future as all my expectations were met, best prices, special room requests, last minute queries after hours...
April 11, 2019

ANANTARA MOZAMBIQUE WAS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR OUR HOLIDAY

Dear Gelle, We had a wonderful time in Mozambique. Anantara was the perfect place for our holiday. There were plenty of activities and we managed to do all of them, some twice! The horses and stables were great...

September 23, 2019

Extraordinary Experiences in Africa


Shipwreck Lodge
Shipwreck Lodge officially opened in June and is the only lodge situated in the Skeleton Coast National Park. Uniquely designed around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. It’s a raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness.
September 23, 2019

Extraordinary Experiences in Africa


We have been exploring Southern and East Africa’s Extraordinary Experiences and inspirational destinations for almost 10 years. As part of our Extraordinary Experiences in Africa bucket list, we would like to introduce you to 7 of our most favourite, awe inspiring and off the beaten track experiences.
September 23, 2019

A few hidden gems in Kenya and Tanzania


East Africa is an incredible destination ...in fact your ultimate wildlife viewing destination. Kenya and Tanzania boast a diversity of wildlife habitat with opportunities for wonderful sightings of the animals. The Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti and Ngorongoro is some of East Africas finest safari areas
September 9, 2019

SAA Airlink Introduces an Additional Flight Between Johannesburg and Pemba


Hi- I had a great time. The safari and accommodations were top notch. The drivers, hotel staff, etc were all very welcoming and helpful.
I’m very happy we were able to make this trip happen.
Thanks for all your help organizing and coordinating. Everything was well planned.
Sean (USA )
August 20, 2019

Tanzania Visa requirements

With immediate effect, and with no warning, Tanzania Immigration Authorities have changed their way of handling visas on arrival. Previously, visas could be issued online or on arrival by waiting in a small queue. As from today, visitors arriving in Tanzania through via airports and land borders without having secured their visa in advance online will have to undergo an extended procedure. We recommend that travellers apply for an e-visa in advance online at www.immigration.go.tz for all trips, starting immediately. Online visa applications will require more information than the one asked for on arrival and will be issued within a few days. For those travellers that do not wish or do not have enough time to apply for an e-visa, the new process to get a visa on arrival will require these steps: • Queue for a Government Control Number • Queue to pay for this at the bank • Queue to have the visa issued • Queue for Immigration to check the visa The new process can be quite lengthy and take clients up to two hours to complete. We understand that this is not the best way to start a holiday and the industry is working with the Government to make this process more streamlined. Given the short notice received about the above measures we strongly recommend that all clients traveling to Tanzania apply online for an e-visa. This is especially important to travellers with onward connections both by air or road after arriving to Tanzania. We are in contact with industry and government bodies and we shall inform you of any relevant update on this matter.
August 12, 2019

Luxury Ngorongoro and Serengeti Fly in Safari July 2019


Hi- I had a great time. The safari and accommodations were top notch. The drivers, hotel staff, etc were all very welcoming and helpful.
I’m very happy we were able to make this trip happen.
Thanks for all your help organizing and coordinating. Everything was well planned.
Sean (USA )
August 12, 2019

Mozambique Visa Update


Mozambique Visa Update
It was recently reported that the cost of entry visas to Mozambique would increase with immediate effect.
We would like to clarify that non-SADC residents are still able to obtain visas for US$50 at the Mozambican border.
The visa fee increase will only have an affect on single-entry visas applied for at the Mozambican Consulate or Embassy in the country of origin.
For all visa requirements please go to:
https://www.projectvisa.com
August 8, 2019

Malawi’s High Court has reinstated a ban on plastic bags.

The government imposed the ban on thin plastic bags in 2015 but the move was overturned by the High Court after a number of plastic manufacturers who operate in the country obtained an injunction, citing an infringement of business rights. Delivering the verdict on Thursday, a panel of seven judges dismissed the appeal. Companies who now violate the ban face fines and the closure of their factories. The decision places Malawi among a handful of African countries that have passed legislation to ban plastic bags, along with Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda.
July 9, 2019

Sabi Sand Private Kruger Family safari

Thank you for arranging a wonderful time at Umkumbe Sabi Sand with our family . We saw the Big 5 in the first day ! Our guide, Jade, was amazing and nobody missed a drive . The beds were A1 and the rooms clean . Your arrangements worked like an oiled machine - thanks again . George and family ( 17 travelers USA and SA July 2019 )