Hills of Africa Travel is a boutique firm specializing in customized African safari vacations.

We don’t simply book trips; we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our clients. We believe that attention to detail and providing the highest level of luxury is paramount to creating an experience that will stay with our clients for the rest of their lives.

As a multimillion-dollar company with more than 55 trips booked each year, we pride ourselves on our vast knowledge of southern, central and eastern Africa.

We have team members based in each destination, and personally selected tour guides, accommodations, activities, and destinations to provide our clients on an African safari vacation with the highest level of service possible.

So whether you’re taking a romantic honeymoon safari or a fun-filled family safari, or have always dreamed of experiencing the natural beauty of Africa and its wildlife, we are thrilled to share the magic of Africa with you.

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About Us:

Sandy Salle, Founder & President

A native of Zimbabwe, Sandy was born and raised in southern Africa and was fortunate to travel to many places in the southern part of the continent. While she is now happily an American citizen, she does miss Africa—the smell of the first rains, the beautiful sunsets, and the magic of the people. Believing the next best thing to living in Africa is sharing it with others, in 2002, Sandy founded Hills of Africa travel. Sandy is Hills of Africa’s personal escort and takes great pride in giving her clients the once-in-a-lifetime, magical African experience they’ll remember forever.

Amy Green, Director of Client Services

Knowing that she possessed a deep passion for exploration, and helping friends plan exciting outings and adventures, Amy Green left a 19-year career in teaching to pursue opportunities in the travel industry. Amy joined the Hills of Africa Travel team in the fall of 2010 as Director of Client Services, and has been an extremely valuable asset to our team ever since.

“I absolutely love spoiling our clients and assisting them with everything from itinerary updates to trip preparation, and answering client questions to arranging special treats and surprises for travelers, including surprise bush baths with champagne, accommodation upgrades, and more. I am delighted to say that I’ve been lucky enough to discover and pursue my life’s passion!” – Amy

Britt Urbach, Marketing Director

With a passion for travel, wildlife, and exploration, Britt Urbach joined the Hills of Africa team as our Marketing Director, managing the Hills of Africa marketing campaigns and materials, and public relations efforts. Britt works to position Hills of Africa as one of the leading African specialist travel firms in the world. “Being able to help transport individuals to Africa through the written word, graphics, photographs, and visuals is one of my greatest passions. Even though I don’t live in Africa, I get to ‘visit’ it everyday through my work!” -Britt

Britt is originally from Connecticut and received her Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism at James Madison University in Virginia. She now resides in Charlotte, NC.

Solomiya Pyatkovska, Client Services Administrator

Born and raised in Ukraine, Solomiya’s love for travel developed early on, experiencing new cultures and adventure. This passion led her to join Hills of Africa in February 2015 as Client Services Administrator.

Solomiya has been fortunate enough to travel to and live in many parts of the world including Greece, Italy, and South Africa, among others. “I believe in the transformative power of travel. My goal is to provide exceptional service to our clients so their every travel experience with us is a memory that will last a lifetime.”

After receiving her Master’s Degree from Notre Dame in 2012, Solomiya gained valuable management, planning, and customer service experience working in New York. Now residing in Los Angeles, Solomiya spends her free time training for marathons and endurance biking events.

Laurel Shea, Travel Experience Concierge

Born and raised in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Laurel has always been captivated by maps, languages, and foreign cultures. Her passions led her to join the Hills of Africa team as the Travel Experience Concierge.

Laurel attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a double major in Travel and Tourism and Event Management.
Her career whisked her through all aspects of the travel world. Laurel was involved in researching and planning many events for the Pittsburgh Regional Visitor’s Authority and was also a successful agent for a Virtuoso Company, where she was published in Travel Agent Magazine for her insight on new travel trends.

With an infatuation for the unexplored, she brings the world’s most enriching and far-flung destinations to the most discerning travelers. With years of experience planning world wide private journeys, Laurel has connections in the furthest corners of the globe, allowing her to craft truly revitalizing adventures for her clients.

Sussi Galley, Safari Coordinator

Sussi is Hills of Africa Travel’s trusted partner in Cape Town and is committed to providing you with the trip of your dreams. She works closely with our U.S.-based team to plan your itinerary from the beginning. While you are in southern Africa, Sussi will work to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime.

Pam McOnie, Cape Town-based Tour Guide

Equipped with an endless knowledge of Cape Town, its suburbs, the winelands, and the Garden Route, Pam is a treat to anyone’s itinerary. With an obvious passion for food, wine, and her lovely city, Pam ensures her tours are culinary affairs, which are often the highlight of our clients’ itineraries.

Natasha Iles, Johannesburg-based Agent

Natasha is our trusted agent in Johannesburg. She will meet you at the airport on your arrival and will host you for the duration of your stay. Natasha will show you the magic of Africa while you are in Johannesburg.

Russell Gammon, Victoria Falls and Livingstone Historian

Russell Gammon is an exceptional historian with a special interest in African heritage. Russell conducts The Mists of Time heritage tour in Victoria Falls. While with Russell, you will explore the origins of the waterfall and the people who have lived in the land anointed by its mists. Russell has a strong affiliation with the local Africans, and you will have the privilege of visiting Monde Village and / or Mkuni Village to experience how the majority of people in Africa live their daily lives. Hills of Africa Travel is very fortunate to be able to call upon Russell for his extraordinary guide services.