An African safari has always been an elusive dream for many in Asia. No one knows this better than former bankers and A2A Safaris founders Jose Cortes and Victor Dizon. As avid safari enthusiasts, they experienced the challenges of organizing their own trips to Africa. This gap in the marketplace led to the launch of A2A Safaris (formerly Asia to Africa Safaris) as Asia's first Africa safari specialist in 2002.
A2A Safaris specialises in bespoke, luxury safaris to Africa. We have deep and longstanding relationships in Africa and work with a carefully curated portfolio of luxury safari properties and handpicked safari guides across the continent's most pristine wilderness areas. We are excited to be able to share our passion for Africa with our clients and other discerning travelers in Asia.
We offer a personal touch and specialise in a highly individualised service. Our clientele consists of entrepreneurs, senior executives, professionals, honeymooners, retirees and their families who are keen to experience an authentic safari and go on an exciting 'adventure' without sacrificing their creature comforts. For most people, a trip to Africa is a once in a lifetime experience and our clients know we are always ready to go the extra mile for them and their families.
We don't take a one-size fits all approach. We offer full flexibility when planning a trip. Every single safari we arrange is designed with our clients' preferences in mind including the length of their holiday, the type of scenery, culture, wildlife, food and wine and other experiences they are after, who they are travelling with, and lastly their budgets.
Since opening our doors in 2002, A2A Safaris has grown and we now have offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila and New York City. We also have representatives in China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as in Paris, Santa Fe and Cape Town.
Jose cut his teeth in the jungles of Wall Street and eventually hung up his gloves as managing director of a global investment bank in Asia. He is a keen photographer, usually documenting the forests, deserts and windswept plains of Central Africa, South America, South Asia and into and around otherwordly Antarctica. When not out exploring and researching new destinations for A2A's clients, he spends his time around Asia and in Cape Town with his wife Kitty and their hounds Bella and Lucca.
Victor is an ex-investment banker who has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia. He has always had a passion for travel and that is what led him to co-found A2A Safaris. He has experienced all kinds of safaris including one as a solo traveler on his early safaris, a honeymoon safari with his wife and lately family safaris with his two children.
Faith began her career nearly 20 years ago as a travel consultant at one of Africa’s renowned safari companies. She now calls Hong Kong home where she moved in 2004 to gain international work experience while immersing herself in Asia’s historical and cultural scene. While working in Hong Kong for a leading destination management company Faith’s sales and marketing position took her frequently to parts of Europe, the States and Asia. Apart from travelling, she loves hiking the challenging trails around Hong Kong. Some of her favourite memories include spotting the elusive leopard on safari and watching the sunrise over the Gobi desert on camel safari.
A2A Senior Travel Consultant Kevin grew up watching David Attenborough's early wildlife documentaries on black and white TV, dreaming of one day travelling to Africa. Since then he has spent years living in Kenya and Cape Town and travelled extensively through some 17 countries in between. He now calls Hong Kong home, but Africa is always a close second.
Cherine has worked in the corporate world for many years before turning her passion in travel into a career. She has travelled extensively around the globe and loves the experience of seeing new places and understanding diverse cultures. Cherine is an expert planner who is meticulous to the finest details in designing custom safaris and thus creating life changing experiences for her clients.
From an early age, Michael would spend hours poring over the family atlas planning his future travel plans - and travel he did! He has visited over 85 countries as well as having lived in Melbourne, Tokyo, Madrid, New York and now Hong Kong. In all his travels, it is the unique and diverse experiences to be had in Africa and Latin America which have really captured his imagination, and sees him returning to time and time again. This passion for travel has extended to his love of designing tailored made, bespoke travel experiences for his clients, whether they be street food tours in Peru and Mexico, authentic cultural exchanges in Bolivia, or horse riding safaris in Kenya.
From a young age, family travel to lands far and near were an annual ritual which piqued Nellie's interest in venturing and discovering new places. Determined to uncover more, she specialised in Tourism Management and joined the travel industry where she enjoys enhancing holiday experiences of fellow travelers. A trip to Botswana opened her eyes and heart to the colours and creatures of Africa. Since then she has trekked to observe mountain gorillas in Uganda, witnessed a lunar rainbow at Victoria Falls, glamped in Serengeti and rubbed noses with giraffes in Nairobi.
An ex-fashion buyer, entrepreneur and indoor cycling instructor when she’s not designing trips, Yessa is not one to shy away from adventure and pursuing the road less taken. Her philosophy in travel is to get out of your comfort zone, with luxury and style.
Growing up in Qatar, Japan, and UK, traveling has been a part of Chelsea's life ever since she can remember. After working for a travel agency in Japan and chasing winters in Canada, Australia and Japan, she has moved to Singapore to pursue her passion of traveling through a career at A2ASafaris. She truly enjoys assisting her clients in turning their dream holiday into a real holiday.
Michelle began her career in travel 20 years ago as a leisure and corporate travel consultant. These roles allowed her to enjoy her passion for travel while planning holidays filled with unforgettable memories and experiences for her clients. Michelle grew up in Cape Town and now calls the Garden Route home and here she gets to enjoy hiking, kayaking, exploring forests, lakes and spectacular scenery. She is always looking for memorable activities to share with her clients.
Claire's passion for Latin America was awakened when at the age of 12 her father was relocated to the Dominican Republic and she fell in love with the vibrant, colourful nation. Hooked on the region, she travelled through Central America and spent time volunteering in Ecuador. Later, she found her home in the north of Chile where she lived for two years. Claire worked for a leading Latin America tour operator in the UK for six years, travelling from Mexico down to Patagonia, exploring the Andes, Amazon and most bits in between. She loves using her knowledge to work together with A2A's clients to design their perfect trip.
Kelly grew up in Singapore and has lived and worked in both Europe and Asia where she brings with her almost fifteen years of marketing and business development experience in lifestyle, art and fashion. Kelly has always had a passion for travel and adventure as well as an affinity with foreign continents like South America and now Africa, which is why she jumped on the opportunity to join A2A Safaris in order to know more and connect with these magical territories. Also a big animal lover, Kelly loves to be exposed to conservation causes, which she happily gets to support and market as part of her role. She’s fluent in almost five languages and aside from travelling, she loves long nature walks, cultural experiences, horse riding and music.
An art director, artist, and former Manhattanite, Tracie thought New York City was the center of the universe, until she went on a honeymoon safari to Africa with her husband. As A2A's creative director, she still wears black, but never on safari.
A banker in her past life, Penny took a break from her fast-paced lifestyle to re-assess what career she wanted to pursue. Her passion was to talk about her travels - how she is captivated with history and culture, inspired by beautiful sceneries and just happy to experience the vibe amidst locals. The opportunity to share her enthusiasm in helping friends and family plan trips of a lifetime always enlivens her.
Jeremy is A2A Safaris' bachelor businessman cum travel junkie and foodie. Passionate about his restaurants and other enterprises, he says there is nothing he loves better than seeing his clients' faces light up when they come back from their safaris.
It took Rob 12 long years to realize that he belongs to the great outdoors and not in the concrete jungle of the corporate world. A safari experience is like eating a box of chocolates... you never know what you’re gonna get.
Edwin was an avid client of A2A Safaris before joining the team in 2013 and he is spearheading its expansion into New York City where he has lived for over 20 years with his wife and daughter. Like Jose and Victor, he has traded Wall Street for wildlife. Previously voted by institutional investors as a top-ranked equity salesperson, Edwin’s new goal is to be a top-ranked safari specialist!
Nicole’s lifelong passion for globetrotting began early. As the daughter of a diplomat, Nicole was brought up living and traveling between the US, Brazil and Portugal. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Biology she spent a semester in Kenya. During this time she became passionate about the continent, its people, wildlife and wide open spaces. Since then Nicole has devoted almost 2 decades to creating life changing journeys to Africa for her clients. She lives and breathes safaris and has a diehard loyal following of clients (now friends) because of her highly personalized, detailed and knowledgeable style. Nicole is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lieze joined the A2A team with a slate of diverse work experiences and was ultimately drawn to eco-tourism because of her passion for nature and exploring new places. A native of Cape Town, Lieze looks forward to planning unforgettable safari experiences for clients, and hopes that they enjoy the magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views that her home continent has to offer. Lieze has traveled around the United States and currently lives in New York, a city she loves for its vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene.
Marc has been working at A2A Safaris since early 2013 and it’s been a blast. Travelling and football are two of his passions. However, he's no Lionel Messi so he did the smart thing and chose the travel industry instead!
To travel the world has been one of Karel's biggest dreams since her teenage years. To explore God's breath-taking creations and to help others visit a paradise like Africa is a source of great satisfaction for her.
I’m an aspiring traveller who wants to explore the world. I want to know and experience different cultures, food and places for adventures. I believe that every place we go has hidden gems that they want us to unravel. I have the passion and love for travel because it give us the opportunity to live our life to the fullest. And I believe that you need to fill your life with adventures and not things.
Laarni grew up in a family who worked in the airline and travel industry. Inspired by the people around her, she pursued and attained a degree in Bachelors of Science in Tourism Management. She shares a passion for travel with her family, exploring different places together and growing their relationship through travel. She also loves music and musical instruments as these keep her calm and relaxed.
Chico was a barista before pursuing a career in the travel industry. His current role as Operations Consultant at A2A complements his insatiable addiction to iced coffee and to travel the world. His ultimate dream is to be friends with the zebras in Africa and to take selfies with the llamas in Peru. He lives in Manila with zero pets and a whole floor of thrifted clothes.
A2A's resident CPA, Mark is always mesmerized everytime he watches wildlife in their natural habitat showcasing their survival skills. And being with A2A gives him an extra ordinary shot of adrenaline as merging work and encounters with wildlife and other stunning gifts of nature is such a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Ruth is a driven and off the wall person. A wanderer, nature seeker, delinquent forest visitor, animal keeper and a ‘mom’ of various pets. She loves hiking, invading the sea, swimming with no tail, soaking up the sun, rain and wind. Joining the A2A Family had given her an opportunity to explore the beauty of nature.
Jeff is A2A's data and tech guru with his decades of experience as a full time systems analyst, particularly as a network specialist in the luxury travel industry. He is an adrenaline junkie who loves adventures and challenges from scaling tall mountains to free diving on the ocean floor.
Knowledge & Experience
We have extensive knowledge and first-hand experience gained from planning our own safaris and arranging several thousand safaris since the 1990s. We have planned many of our own safaris using trusted safari specialists around the world so we know what to look for and expect from high quality safari lodges and camps, activities and guides. Several members of our team have lived in Africa and all our travel consultants visit Africa at least once a year to ensure their knowledge is always up to date.
We Specialise in Africa
We specialise in luxury safaris to remote African wilderness areas and we are very familiar with the products and services we recommend. We have been to all of the safari camps and lodges in our portfolio numerous times and during different seasons, so we know all these properties intimately. We keep up to date – on a daily basis – on developments in the various countries, game reserves and safari lodges in our portfolio. A2A Safaris co-founder Jose Cortes is currently based in Africa scouting for new destinations and experiences for our clients and strengthening our longstanding relationships with key players on the African safari circuit.
We are headquartered in Asia with a presence in most of its major cities. We offer our clients the convenience of dealing with a local company in the same country or, at the very least, the same time zone. We are familiar with the unique needs of our Asian clientele, from visa requirements and optimal flight routes to current conditions in Africa, including weather and wildlife movements. We understand concerns from an Asian perspective, such as safety, sanitation and hygiene, as well as shopping and dining. We also provide full service for all aspects of a safari, including extensions to Cape Town, Victoria Falls and the island resorts of the Seychelles and Zanzibar.
Given the complexity of organising a high quality African safari, we provide FREE advice to our clients, drawing on almost two decades of experience in planning and arranging safaris. We are independent and are therefore not obligated to recommend certain safari camps and lodges, allowing us to focus on building the best possible experiences for our clients according to personal travel preferences. Due to our deep relationships with our African partners and our proven business volume, our prices are lower than booking direct.
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We do not subscribe to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy. Sample itineraries and cost estimates are meant purely as a guide. To find out more, please contact one of our expert travel consultants to plan a customized itinerary based on your budget and interests.