Our people

"Get to know the Family & Team..."

OUR FAMILY

safariFRANK stems from the Steenhuisen family. Johan and Welna, with children Frank and Karin, are South African born and brewed – and now live in Australia. Our African heritage and close knit family have seen us travel overland through the African bush for over 30 years. Every family member is ‘instilled’ with a great love of the African land. Going on Safari in Africa for us is not a holiday, it is lifestyle. We want to share these real Safari experiences with you. We champion the wilds of Africa, educating, conserving and supporting as we do so.

We can’t wait to share our wild Africa with you!

The Steenhuisen Family

safarifrank team johan
  • CEO turned SEO (Serial Explorer and Overlander)
  • Real deal Afro Aussie, addicted to Africa
  • Adventurer at heart
  • Active conservationist
  • Hates unexplored spots on the map
  • Loves exploring Africa
  • Passion for startups, small business and personal service
  • Bino’s the ‘weapon of choice’

Based in Africa and Australia

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  • Heart of the team and a hippy in the city
  • Never leaves home without waterproof mascara
  • Loves snakes
  • Creative soul inspired by the beauty of Africa
  • A foodie with kick ass cooking skills around the camp fire
  • Once an athlete, but has learnt that in Africa – only food runs!
  • The best wildlife spotter of us all

Based in Africa and Australia

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  • Grew up in South African bush, schooled in Australia
  • Prefers tracking lions to city life
  • Botswana obsessed
  • Professional wildlife photographer
  • Qualified walking and vehicle guide
  • Passionate about sharing the complexity of the African bush
  • A super bird nerd who is fascinated by the smaller things
  • Believes a campfire is an essential part of life

Based in Africa & Australia

safarifrank team karin maritz
  • Afro Aussie, whose heart lies in the African bush
  • Loves rhinos and is passionate about their conservation
  • Degree in Business and Property
  • RHINOS RHINOS RHINOS!
  • Favorite sound is a lion roaring in very close proximity
  • An adrenalin addict who is a teensy bit scared of elephants
  • Proud mommy to beautiful baby Marissa
  • Did we mention Karin loves rhinos?

Based in Australia

safarifrank team jan maritz
  • Switched on electrician who is happiest when he’s ‘off-grid’ in the African bush
  • A warrior when it comes to conservation
  • Lover of… and fighter for rhinos
  • Travelling is his addiction as long as great coffee is also in the back pack
  • Exercising makes Jan feel alive, but as a serial bookworm, so does a great read

Based in Australia

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  • Changed her career from tv-producer to guide, to full-time writer
  • wrote two German bestsellers
  • Loves elephants more than anything… except maybe husband Frank

Based in Australia

The Team

The safariFRANK expert team is led by Johan and Frank, bringing with them a shared love of Africa and years safari travel experience. But the success of safariFRANK lies in the cohesion of our team. By working together we share our safari knowledge and are best able to serve our customers, design incredible safari itineraries and ensure a flawless travel experience. Get to know each of us better!

The safariFRANK team

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Johan has spend the majority of his life living in South Africa. He has explored Southern Africa extensively over the years while overlanding. As a result he knows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe inside and out! With his vehicle the BEAUTY, he continually explores the wilds of Africa determined to leave no spot on the map unvisited.

Johan has also visited Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania on multiple occasions, exploring new amazing safari destinations for our clients.

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Frank is our resident safari guide and wildlife photographer. Much like Johan, Frank has explored Southern Africa extensively over the years and knows safaris in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe like the back of his hand. He’s our Zambian and Botswana safari specialist!

Frank has also spent a great deal of time on safari in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Nadine SF
  • Currently based in East Africa
  • Has developed a passion for Southern Africa and especially Namibia through various travels
  • Loves: sunsets in the Erongo Mountains, the incomparable starry sky of the Namib, walking in the bush – preferably with the migration in the Serengeti
  • There is nothing better than sitting around the campfire after an exciting safari day
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  • 2023 marks my 30th year in the travel industry!
  • Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • My first trip as a travel consultant was to Zimbabwe.  The moment I dipped my oar into the Zambezi River as we drifted upstream from the Falls, I fell in love with Africa and knew that the travel industry would be my home
  • I have travelled extensively throughout my career and highlights for me include hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara; trekking the gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda; sleeping in a tent on the banks of the dry Endabash River in the Lake Manyara National Park; a walking safari in the Ruaha National Park; and rafting the Orange River with my family
  • I have found a natural affinity with East Africa and am passionate about this destination, not to mention the friendly people, incredible wildlife and beautiful, unique accommodation
  • I love swimming and always pack my “cozzie” in case the opportunity for a dip presents itself!
  • I am married to the man of my dreams and celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary in 2023
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  • Born and raised in Australia
  • Spent a gap year living in and travelling throughout South Africa
  • Has also travelled to Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, and Mozambique
  • Been a part of the Travel and Tourism industry since 2005
  • Passionate about sharing my African travel experiences
  • Enjoys the excitement that every game drive or game walk offers as you never know what you will see
  • Nothing beats a G&T around the campfire after a game drive
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  • Born and raised in Switzerland
  • Lives in South Africa
  • Her passion for the African bush led to her safari training. Today she loves to be in the bush on foot
  • The Okavango Delta is one of her absolute favourite places, besides that she has traveled to other regions of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Kenya
  • Nothing makes her heart beat like an encounter on foot with a black rhino, and nothing is as memorable as an encounter with elephants.
  • Born and raised in Australia
  • Lois has been with safariFRANK since the start of our business!
  • She handles all the accounts and accounting.
  • The backbone of the company!

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