Ahhhh the mystery and allure of Africa – what an enticing, exciting and interesting continent…..

For the majority of visitors the “Africa bug” is contagious and they return again and again to their yearning for our great open spaces, friendly people and diverse creatures – great & small!

African Secrets Travel is born out of a passion for this special place we call home, and to share our experience with adventurous travelers from all over the world, in addition to encouraging conservation awareness & uplifting communities.

To those who have been bitten by the African travel bug and wish to return, you will not find a group of more well traveled & enthusiastic explorers to suggest new remote corners of Africa for your next trip.

We are a dynamic team of specialists from every aspect of the travel industry; boasting a combined and impressive knowledge.

Our operations & consultancy teams are based on the ground in South Africa and our head office & finance department is in Mauritius. We are proud to offer our clients a bespoke travel planning experience with 24/7 contact on the ground in Africa – available to all our guests before and during travel.

Leigh-Ann Panos heads up this passionate team of travel experts. Born in Cape Town she has been travelling into Africa since she could walk. Part of her education included learning how to navigate a mokoro in the Okavango Delta, tracking with the San Bushman in the Kalahari, walking with elephants in Zimbabwe and identifying different animal spoor in the Kruger National Park. After her university studies & travels abroad, Leigh-Ann returned to her beloved Africa joining one of the Africa’s largest award winning online tour operators. Honing her skills over her 16 years professional tour planner career, she has visited nearly every corner of Southern and Eastern Africa, and continues to this day.

At African Secrets Travel Leigh-Ann and her team share their collective experiences and knowledge with their guests, constructing itineraries that suit each individual perfectly and are meticulous in their planning. Leigh-Ann is supported by a tremendously hard working product & sales manager who has several years working in and with world class lodges as well as a background as an exceptional field guide. Together, along with mentors with over 25 years of experience in the travel industry itself, we all fully understand the guest experience and how to deliver on that promise. We partner with service providers that go above and beyond for our guests and give back to their own communities, ensuring sustainable travel. Add to that our top class marketing & design manager and her team, we are ready to bring you to Africa

There is absolutely no charge for our services, our passion is to bring you to Africa to experience the magic for yourself!

Get in touch with a personal expert travel planner today and let us assist you in making your travel dreams a reality.


All clients must supply a copy of passport to confirm package. This is also necessary to book flights.
Payment options by secure online credit card facility or direct deposit.
More than 60 DAYS PRIOR : 30% deposit on ground services and all flights prepaid in full
Balance due 60 days prior to travel
Less than 60 DAYS PRIOR : Full prepayment to secure


Trip cancellation varies from service provider to service provider and each cancellation case is handled according to the service provider cancelation policy. It is important to note that most lodges will charge 50% to full cancellation up to 2 months prior to travel in high season, while hotels are a little more flexible.
To take the guesswork out of cancellation policies we insist our clients take out comprehensive travel insurance, particularly over peak season, and will assist with contacts for quotations where necessary