WHO WE ARE
Founders and friends, Rika Groenewald and Mariska Griffin, both adore travel but were frustrated working with people who did not share the same ethical values that they are so passionate about. While Mariska was employed at a game lodge based in the Madikwe Game Reserve, Rika was working in the travel industry. It was during this time that Mariska and Rika identified a gap in the African travel destination market when they came to realise that there was a strong need for high-quality itineraries filled with in-depth knowledge, cultivated by a strong attention to detail.
This presented them with the perfect opportunity to create a travel company which can combine excellent service and knowledge of the highest international standards, establishing eXplore Plus Travel & Tours as a leader in groundbreaking African travel. Not only do they share 35 years of industry experience, but they have also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro 11 times!
This just goes to show how adventurous and passionate they truly are! With extensive first-hand knowledge of the destinations on offer and their respected reputation in the market, Mariska and Rika can design tailor-made African holidays and can provide trustworthy suggestions according to each client’s specific requirements. They have also built leading industry relations which provide them with great contacts who offer excellent service, quality, hospitality and charm.
Annemarie and Lilla are also part of the eXplore Plus Travel & Tours office team, and we are looking forward to taking you places which you’ve never seen before!