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Gideon Cheilyk

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Gideon Cheilyk
Gideon Cheilyk

Where in Africa have you travelled?

Morocco, Egypt, most of South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda.

What is your favourite African hidden gem?

Savanna, in Kruger. The standards across the board are very high but my favourite thing is that meals are eaten collectively with other guests at one long table so that you can share stories and enjoy each other’s company. Times of meals are dependent on animal sightings which is the way that it should be.


Gideon was brought up in South Africa and lived there for 20 years. He travelled extensively throughout South Africa in his youth, visiting most parts of the country numerous times as well as Mozambique and Swaziland. In 2005, prior to joining Bench Africa, Gideon and his wife travelled on the Northern Experience safari from the Bench brochure and spent 22 days travelling from Cape Town to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in a multinational group. He was so impressed with the product that he joined Bench 3 years later! Since then he has travelled to Kenya and Tanzania and more recently to South Africa where he reacquainted himself with areas he knows well and also places that he hadn’t yet been to. He experienced the Blue Train for the first time (loved it!) travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town, and also spent 7 days in some of the magnificent private lodges of the Kruger Park. Gideon has also been to Egypt twice, but has not yet seen Abu Simbel which is high on his wish list. Africa is a wonderful destination that is always calling you back for more.

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