Monica grew up in Kamanjab, in the heart of Damaraland, and spent most of her free time on her grandfather’s farm on the outskirts of this small town. This is where her love of the outdoors began and later developed into a passion.

At the end of 2002, fresh out of school, Monica started her career in tourism, working at a privately owned lodge on the western border of Etosha. This is where the travel and tourism bug bit hard, and what was supposed to be a temporary summer job turned into a career.

In 2007 she joined Wilderness Safaris and worked at some of the most exclusive lodges throughout the country, from the Caprivi strip to the isolated Skeleton Coast. Whilst working at these lodges she had the opportunity to get involved in some of the amazing conservation projects that are taking place in Namibia, including Desert Lion Conservation and the Desert Elephant project.

After Wilderness Safaris, she decided to take a chance to see what “town” life is all about and moved to Swakopmund, before she finally moved to ‘big city’ and joined the team at ATI in November 2013.

What is your ‘must have’ travel item: Sunglasses and a box of wine.

What is your favourite holiday destination: Bhutan or Thailand.

What is the most unusual request/question you have had from a client: Do Giraffe eat meat? It was American clients at Hobatere while on a game drive.

What is your favourite book and/or movie: Dan Brown & Jonathan Keller Thriller Novels. Movies? There are too many to name.

A quote to live by: Thoughts become things.

What meal could you eat everyday: Sushi & pasta.

Tell us something that not everyone knows about you: I have worked with Flip Stander of the Desert Lion Conservation, as well as Keith Legget of the Desert Elephant project.

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