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Michelle Astbury
Product Manager

Michelle is our Product and Reservations Manager. She is friendly, outgoing and makes sure that the team has what they need to create amazing safaris' for our guests.

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Why I Love Going on Safari

There is nothing better than being out in the bush where nature surrounds you and all traces of modern life disappear. The plethora of sounds that you find in the bush becomes a soundtrack to game watching. The anticipation of what you could possibly see on a game drive is almost as exhilarating as seeing those phenomenal sightings. I love to visit new wildlife destinations and experiences, consistently amazed by the diverse wildlife and countries to visit in Africa.

My Best Sightings

The best sighting was of a young leopard in the Timbavati Game Reserve. She was spotted in a tall tree clearly on the hunt. Our guide and tracker took us 4x4ing in the bush to follow her while she hunted. We watched as she climbed up and down trees, made a few attempts and stalked through the bush. Early morning lighting made it even better! Just before this I had spent ages at a water hole while upwards of 30 elephants drank their fill, had a bath and spent time playing with each other. Magical! Another recent, once in a lifetime experience, was coming face to face with a large Silverback gorilla of Bwindi in Uganda. Their sheer size and gentleness with each other was amazing to witness.

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Regions / Game Reserves I Have Visited


Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Selinda Spillway , Linyanti, Savute Marsh, Savuti Channel, Chobe National Park


Victoria Falls


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale National Park.

South Africa

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Klaserie Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Thornybush Game Reserve, Balule Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, Garden Route, Cape Town, Winelands, Whale Coast and the Kgalagadi National Park.


Orange River valley, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Windhoek, Tsumeb, Okahanja, Otjiwarongo and Etosha National Park

Sun Safaris

Sun Safaris organises African & South American safaris, holidays and honeymoons. We are based in Cape Town, South Africa. Both continents are specialized and complex, yet exciting destinations. For this reason, Sun Safaris aims to help you make well-informed travel decisions by calling on our extensive knowledge and first-hand experience, providing you with up-to-date travel information, and to ensure all your enquiries and bookings are handled efficiently.

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