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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!


Rika Groenewald


Rika is passionate about sharing all that Africa has to offer. Her career in tourism started in 1996, specialising in trips to Mount Kilimanjaro from where her true passion for African tourism only grew and expanded.  On a beach, in Zanzibar, a dream to develop a specialist African safari travel company was born, and in 2004 that dream came true when Rika became the co-founder of eXplore Plus Travel & Tours.  Rika was born in South Africa and has 20 years of travel experience, with many more years to come.

Mariska Griffin


Mariska is a South African born entrepreneur with a true passion for Africa, especially for Africa's wildlife.  She has more than 18 years’ experience in the African tourism industry and before establishing eXplore Plus Travel & Tours she spent a couple of years in the hospitality industry, managing game lodges in Southern Africa.  Mariska is exceptionally passionate about all Africa has to offer, which also lead her to complete her FGASA field guide training.

Annemarie Olivier

Travel Consultant

Annemarie loves the bush, and she likes to think of herself as a people’s person.  The travel industry has a lot of challenges, and she loves to excel in the challenges presented to her.  Before starting her adventure at eXplore Plus Travel & Tours, she used to be in the restaurant business and after that worked as a travel consultant for tours to Mozambique.  She started working full-time in the travel industry in 2009.


Travel Consultant

Lilla is always busy planning for the next best holiday. Her bubbly personality and her love for Africa and its people have served her and her clients well. She strives to make her customers' travel dreams come true.  She completed a travel and tourism diploma, and she lived in Finland for over two years which is how her real passion for travel began.  Before joining the eXplore Plus Travel & Tours team, she worked as a Travel Agent booking holidays all around the world and in marketing.

Social Responsibility

eXplore Plus Travel & Tours support Ellel Ministries in Rwanda.  It is now many years since the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 which killed up to one million Tutsi’s.  For many survivors, the crisis continues.  With so many people traumatised (many had suffered rape, and many had witnessed the killing of family members), the journey of reconstruction, healing and reconciliation is an ongoing process.  After visiting Rwanda, Rika & Mariska decided to get involve and play their humble role in making lives better, thus choosing to support Ellel Ministries Rwanda.

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