Safaris in Southern Africa and East Africa are Marsha Carroll’s specialty at Travel Beyond, where she generated $1.23 million in sales last year. She’s planned weddings in the African bush, honeymoons, multigenerational travel, couples celebrating a milestone anniversary and more.
“Marsha typically doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. She will do everything she can to clear space, especially for the festive season in Cape Town or making a dinner reservation at the top restaurants,” says Craig Beal, owner of Travel Beyond.
Carroll, a travel advisor for 14 years, has visited 13 African countries. She’s known for developing strong personal relationships with camp managers and local safari guides; that helps when it comes to finessing itineraries. Case in point: Carroll loves to surprise her clients with a helicopter transfer to the next camp or by arranging for local staff to serenade guests on their birthday. Her strong logistical knowledge of African aviation helps her coordinate private charters to link some of the top wildlife areas in Africa.
“The biggest piece of advice I can give is ‘know your destination,’” says Carroll. “I specialize in African safaris, so I am constantly staying ahead of trends in Southern and East Africa — new camps, new requirements, new flights and more. That level of knowledge helps me provide immense value to my clients.”
South Africa is a great honeymoon destination, she says, because couples can combine a safari and wildlife experience with Cape Town’s cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife. Her favorite personal recent trip was to Shinde Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. “The safari camp resides in a lovely setting along a permanent channel of the Okavango Delta, and has amazing animal viewing, excellent food, comfortable tented accommodations and fantastic safari guides,” she tells us.