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Let me introduce myself as Zahara, born and raised in Kenya, educated in Europe, worked in North America and now living in the UAE for the past 13 years.
My hospitality career began 24 years ago in a little town situated in the Swiss Alps and this is where my love for travel began. Travel is my passion, so you are knocking on the right door! A foodie at heart, an adventure enthusiast and a mother of 2 kids under 5, I am able to tailor your experiences to whatever you are looking for. Child friendly vacations are my forte as you can imagine- be done with trips where all you do is babysit, dads and mums you need the break too.
From the highest peaks to the lowest beaches I have seen it all and I am so excited to continue living this through the eyes of my clients.
Have you ever thought you could sleep under the stars in the wilderness of the Masai Mara reserve? Or go on a safari in the Serengeti and see a lion so close you could almost touch it? How about a breathtaking bubbly breakfast after a sunrise balloon safari, smelling spices in the old market of Zanzibar, or waking up on a serene beach where your feet can touch clear blue waters as you step out of the door? Well you can do all that and more!
If you are looking for something different perhaps there's London or Paris for shoppers, skiing as close as Prague and Armenia, golfing in Spain and of course there's always the UAE and its fabulous staycations. The list is endless!
I am your personalized Travel Counsellor, I can do it all for you. Why bother with all the hassles of constantly spending hours on the internet or following up with others? This is your chance to sit back and relax, leave it all to me to take care of. So, for your next vacation or business trip call me or e-mail me and I look forward to creating lasting memories for you.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
06 December 2020
So, what’s it been like for me as a Travelcounsellor during this Pandemic? It has been almost a year since we have been living with the virus now and i have to say i have been through my worst and my best! In March to May 2020 as a travel advisor/booker it was initially all about cancelling bookings and postponing holidays for my customers. Over the summer months as people began to gain more confidence with going on local holidays- i had a sudden influx of bookings for the staycation market which was great! My existing clients, not only did they book...
16 June 2019
If you’re planning a July getaway, here’s my pick of some top holiday destinations that you should definitely consider. Canada With a wealth of world-class attractions and sensational sights to discover, Canada has so much to offer whatever the season. However, perhaps the perfect time to visit is the summer months when this vast country is hot and lush. Nature lovers will be in their element in the beautiful provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, where you can enjoy everything from hiking and biking to kayaking and canoeing on the shimmering emerald lakes. If you prefer the bustle of urban...
30 May 2019
I am passionate about the restorative benefits of all holidays, but a growth in wellness-break bookings this year has encouraged us to showcase some of our hotels and resorts boosting mind, body and soul through activities, meditation, outstanding spa treatments or simply offering the opportunity to get away from it all. The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels, Saint Lucia The one-, two- and three-bedroom villa suites at this tropical oasis of Saint Lucian hospitality are the height of luxury island living, with private terraces, four-poster beds, luxury linens and top-notch toiletries. All villa suites offer the services of...
23 December 2018
There has been so much interest this season on Christmas Markets, it has motivated me to write a blog. This should give you an overview of the most popular Christmas Markets in Europe. When I was studying in Switzerland, I took the opportunity to visit these markets and this is something that has stayed with me forever. I hope this will give you a little bit of an insight on each of the destinations. 1. Sofia Sofia’s Christmas Market, referred to as Kolidariya or Koledaria, is held in Borisova Gradina Park and runs from the end November until early January, taking in...
14 February 2018
Having lived in Nairobi, Kenya for most of my life, albeit just a stone throw away I had never been to Zanzibar. So, when Ray and I got married in Mombasa, Kenya we thought there was no better place to have our honeymoon than in Zanzibar and this decision we never ever regretted. We fell head-over-heels in love with this otherworldly island. The beaches are right up there with the best we had ever seen, an we found so much more than sand and sunsets and cocktails. Most people come here for the pristine white sand, calm waters and dazzling...
14 February 2018
Giraffe Centre Nairobi The Giraffe Centre was founded in 1979 by Jock Leslie- Melville, a Kenya citizen of British decent. Jock and his wife began the giraffe Centre after discovering the Rothschild giraffe were drastically depleting in numbers. The Giraffe Centre is the only wildlife sanctuary in the world within a capital city that enables you to come into very close contact with the world’s tallest yet endangered animal, the giraffe. As a child growing up in Kenya the giraffe Centre never failed to be on the yearly school trip list. And no matter how many times we went there we never...
Sent in by Donna Whyte
Dubai, 16 September 2021
Hi, I always recommend Zahra to all my friends and family as every time I've booked she has always made the process effortless, and smooth .
Sent in by Amodha Shenoy
Dubai, 08 August 2021
I had a fantastic experience going through the entire booking process with Zahara right from making sure we picked the right destination to get the rooms and the resort that we were happy about! I appreciated the fact that she did realize the choice of resorts that we were leaning towards and tried her level best to get us those within our budget! Happy Customers!
Sent in by Narmeen Nanji
Kenya, 08 August 2021
Our booking experience was seamless with Zahara, She gave us options that fit our needs without an overwhelming selection to chose from. We went with her recommendation and it has ticked all our boxes. Thank you Zahara!
Sent in by Sharifa Alaawali
Dubai, 08 August 2021
Thank you for being such an awesome Travel Counselor, really appreciate your help. My family and I would like to thank you for your service
Sent in by Ola Arafeh
Dubai, 08 August 2021
Thank you Zahra, you’re the best!
Sent in by Melissa king
Dubai, 28 May 2021
I have used Zahara for many family staycations and more recently a vacation to the Maldives. She has delivered perfect customer care on every occasion and nothing is too much trouble for her. I have for this reason recommended her to various colleagues who I believe have also worked with her when booking staycations and I'm sure who will in the future also use her for vacations further afield. Thank you Zahara for your constant help!
Sent in by Michelle King
Dubai, 09 April 2021
Zahara arranged a staycation to Fujairah for us in 2020 which was amazing. For this reason, when we decided to go further afield for a 5 days break in March we went back to Zahara and she didn't disappoint. She arranged an amazing trip for myself and my husband to OBLU by Atmosphere by Helengeli in the Maldives. From when we contacted her for options as to what we wanted, the customer service was second to none. From reminding us 24 hours before departure about completing the Immigration forms to WhatsApp messaging us once we had arrived to ensure that everything was as we had expected. For all future staycations/vacations she will most definitely be our go-to person. Thanks so much, Zahara, we had an awesome time in the Maldives and were even thinking of changing our flights to stay an additional couple of days! Roll on the Summer for hopefully more trips!
Sent in by Jennifer Bishopp
Dubai, 16 March 2021
Zahara found the perfect staycation for a group of friends with lots of children. She was able to offer numerous options to suit our needs and took all the hassle out of searching, booking, dealing with group/splitting payments. I’d definitely use Zahara for future travel needs. Fantastic personalised, efficient service and a fantastic break, we couldn’t be happier.
Sent in by Shreekesh Karia
Tanzania, 08 December 2019
Outstanding and awesome !
Sent in by Fiona Samuel
Dubai, 14 November 2019
This is possibly the first time I have booked a holiday stress free! I love the fact that she understood my needs & limitations quite quickly and drew up a plan that perfectly fit my needs.
Sent in by Maria Giumelli
Dubai, 14 November 2019
Zahara has been very responsive and helpful. we will definitely use her expertise again, it has been a pleasure to have her supporting us in planning our week end staycation!
Sent in by Lara Hudson
Dubai, 15 August 2019
Fantastic service and we had an incredible staycation! Thank you!
Sent in by Sonal Shah
Dubai, 31 July 2019
Sent in by Rupali Chopra
Dubai, 26 July 2019
Zahara was so helpful from start to finish. Seamless booking process. Will definitely book with her again for our next break.
Sent in by Steve Price
Dubai, 18 June 2019
Great experience throughout the process, would recommend Zahara to anyone.
Sent in by Bhavna Devani
Nairobi, 01 April 2019
It was a pleasure using your services and working with you Zahara. Your personal touch was very much appreciated. The information was shared in full detail and that saved us time from going back and forth asking for clarification. Looking forward to making other bookings with you in the near future.
Sent in by Rhyn McCutcheon
Dubai, 15 March 2019
Zahara was amazing, contacted her on Thursday she gave some great recommendation of places I had not even considered and help discount other places based on her wide experience and the time I had available for the trip. Everything was booked by Friday and I flew on Saturday morning, I had the most amazing 5 days in Mauritius. I was traveling alone, the destination was perfect, felt safe and was what I was looking for in terms of rest relaxation with activities available. Zahara was integral part in ensuring that I got the holiday that I was looking for based on my brief and all done so swiftly. Thank you so much. I highly recommend Zahara and Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Anne Axford
UK, 06 March 2019
helpful and good communication.
Sent in by Andrew Mogford
Dubai, UAE, 14 December 2018
I've already begun advocating Travel Counsellors to friends and colleagues. My answer of 10 is based on the ease, helpfulness, responsiveness and information provided during the booking process. I have yet to take the holiday.
Sent in by Bindi Shah
Nairobi, 19 October 2018
Great on time service, customer preference adhered to and on time delivery. Thank you Zahara D'Souza
Sent in by Shreekesh Karia
Tanzania, 19 October 2018
Zahara is extremely well organized, she went out of her way and beyond normal working hours to ensure all our bookings were done and everything was well organized before we got to Dubai Excellent service from you and would recommend her services to all my families and friends.
Sent in by Shiraz Daya
USA, 20 September 2018
Zahara was very prompt on responding to the many alternatives - both that I requested and she suggested.She tailored our trip to what we wanted and within the constraints we had.
Sent in by Michael Paddon
Bahamas, 10 September 2018
Great and honest service friendly m the minute we spoke to moment we arrived at our destination. We will be back :).
Sent in by Saira Kim
Hong Kong, 20 July 2018
I deeply appreciate Zahara's help to organize 3 tours and she was so helpful day and night.
Sent in by Karla Pleasance
Dubai, 21 June 2018
After I spent hours trawling the net looking for our ideal holiday I equipped Zahara with an exceptionally tight budget and brief, she found exactly what we were looking for in the space of an hour! The entire booking process was quick, easy and seamless, and the app with all the travel documents to hand is also fantastic. Zahara will from now on will always be my first 'go to' for anything travel related. An absolutely outstanding service, thank you! Karla
Sent in by Arman Dostmohamed
Nairobi, Kenya, 31 May 2018
Very helpful and flexible! Made planning my trip fun and exciting, minus all the hassle!
Sent in by Michael Paddon
Bahamas, 13 May 2018
Attention to detail and care has been second to none...
Sent in by Zoe Downes
Dubai, UAE, 09 May 2018
I’m excited to go on the trip, let’s hope it’s all that I expect it to be. Zahara has been very efficient and been more than happy to help and look at a number of different options until I fixed in a specific place. Nothing is too much trouble.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on +971 503968220