Why NWS?


Why choose us

New World Safaris is deeply committed to the curation of unique travel packages and safaris that bring you closer to the magical destinations found throughout Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

At New World Safaris it's all about the details.

Professional Team

Our team of highly skilled travel consultants have impressive accumulative expertise based on years of travel experience. Let us ease the process of planning the perfect African holiday, using our knowledge to guide you to the best destinations, hand-picked accommodations and first-class tourism service providers.

We Speak Your Language

Our multilingual consultants speak Spanish, Portuguese French and Russian,  whichever you prefer. Our client base is traditionally mostly from the Americas; North, Central and South – as well as Europe and the UK. Although we are enjoying expansion to other markets.

One-Stop Shop

One-stop in-depth communication means each itinerary is tailored to your preferences, and interests and to meet your expectations.  All properties, experiences and services are personally vetted by the NWS Founder.

Expertise and Experience

New World Safaris has both in abundance built over more than a decade of travelling the length and breadth of Africa, forming invaluable partnerships and learning the lay of the land.

Wheels Operator

As well as being an inbound tour operator and DMC, New World Safaris has its fleet of luxury vehicles and offers transfers, shuttles, excursions and day tours. Logistics experts, New World Safaris ensures that all journeys are planned to ease movement. With our vehicles, we are not reliant on 3rd parties but handle all arrangements in-house.

On the Ground Support

Meet & Greet and fast-tracking of all clients on arrival, as well as their receiving a Simcard loaded with data, which eases their arrival and provides immediate ease of communication. We can assist with travel insurance, car rentals, restaurant reservations and a range of other tourism services.

We take pride in setting the bar high with our
exceptional standard of personal service.

Expertise. Interaction. Communication. Streamlining.

Meet the
Dream Team

Under the leadership of Mariano Cuervo, New World Safaris’ team is dedicated to delivering exceptional service. A close-knit family of talented colleagues who live, breathe, eat and sleep African travel – each team member holds their area of expertise and all have a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of African travel. 

This authority and know-how underpin every New World Safaris travel package, assuring absolute professionalism and quality in everything we do, and in every nature-positive experience we create.

Mariano Cuervo
David Smit
Jordi Flaqué Font
Kate Nebalzina
Laura Mey
Ishmail Khan

Mariano Cuervo

Founder & CEO

Argentine-born Mariano Cuervo fell in love with travel at an early age. Born in the town of Rufino in the southwest of Santa Fe province in Argentina, he always wanted a career in tourism. In 1999 after leaving high school moved to Buenos Aires to do a degree in hospitality and tourism at the prestigious Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. In 2005 Mariano travelled to South Africa and was captivated by its wildlife and stunning natural beauty. He settled in Johannesburg and build his knowledge and understanding of African travel, enrolling in the Wits Language School and undertaking further studies in business administration through the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria.

‘Learning and studying accentuate your commitment to what you are doing," he says. "It also builds expertise and appreciation of the industry you are working in, developing your professional and enabling you to effectively respond to the needs of your clients,’ Mariano adds. He added to his formal studies with hands-on experience spent exploring Africa and slowly developed his passion for the safari sector and his expertise in its leading safari destinations. In 2010 soccer Mariano founded New World Safaris, bringing together a highly specialised team that shares his unbounded enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of African nature and culture.

David Smit

Operations Manager Africa
FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY: Botswana, specifically the Savute  AREAS OF SPECIALTY: Multi-tasking (like a champ). Product knowledge.  LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, Spanish, Afrikaans

Jordi Flaqué Font

Sales Manager Africa

Jordi is a career tourism professional driven by a deep-seated enthusiasm for discovering unique destinations and curating unforgettable travel encounters. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, a vibrant city that ignited his love for the industry, he embarked on a journey in pursuit of his dreams. After studying tourism, Jordi relocated to East Africa to immerse himself in the industry first-hand. For three years, he resided in Nairobi and Arusha, gaining invaluable expertise that has made him a trusted authority in the region. His scope of knowledge extends beyond East Africa, encompassing South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, as well as India and the Indian Islands.

Tanzania and the Indian Ocean Islands hold a special place in Jordi’s heart, and he has developed expertise in these areas over the years. Whether it's organising thrilling safaris in the Serengeti, arranging immersive cultural experiences with the Maasai tribe, or planning luxury beach getaways, Jordie takes great pride in creating unforgettable journeys for our New World Safaris clients. For the past couple of years, Cape Town has been home, but that doesn’t mean the desire to travel and expand his knowledge, as well as to appease his passion, has abated. An additional advantage is Jordi’s exceptional communication skills, meaning he’s. making dreams come true in your language of choice.

Kate Nebalzina

Journey Specialist

Our journey specialist Kate grew up in a small remote town in Siberia, not too far from the beautiful city of This Krasnoyarsk, where she spent much time. A move to work in the ever-charming St Petersburg opened her eyes to the world of travel and hospitality. Naturally drawn to learn more about the diversity and beauty of the outside world – and as a sun seeker, Kate went on to spend a few years travelling – and living in South East Asia, expanding her knowledge of different cultures far from home.

From there her life would allow her to discover the magical charm of South Africa’s Cape Town, which she immediately fell in love with. The natural beauty, warm-hearted people, and endless possibilities drew her in, and she stayed. From the tip of. Africa, Kate began her exploration of the unique continent which holds a special place in my heart. Her discoveries extend across Zimbabwe, Botswana and the wonderful Maldives, which she knows best. Kate is passionate about learning, discovering new destinations and the best logistics that guide her to create unforgettable experiences for our clients.

Laura Mey


Our travel consultant Laura is originally from Misiones, Argentina – where many of the New World Safaris clients come from. A homoeopathic veterinary doctor by training, and an intrinsic nature and animal lover, creating itineraries that contribute to the protection of wilderness areas has become a calling for her. Laura came to South Africa before the Covid pandemic on a volunteering program. She fell in love with the country, its magic, and its diversity during lockdown and I decided to stay. Laura met her South African life partner during this period, got married and is now happily settled in Cape Town. Lucky for us her contribution to the New World Safaris team, fuelled by her passion to explore, venturing outdoors and going on safaris is all enhancing her and our offerings. Laura’s passion lies in environmental conservation and creating awareness about it, and her background guides us well as we align with these principles.

Ishmail Khan

Tourism Professional
Ishmail, an experienced tourism professional, brings unwavering support to the team and a deep passion for South Africa and its exploration. With a background in Business Management and a heartfelt commitment to the tourism industry, Ishmail has honed his skills to create memorable travel experiences, primarily focusing on his home country of South Africa. Born and raised in Cape Town, Ishmail's expertise and enthusiasm shine through as he assists travellers in curating remarkable journeys. While he cherishes his beloved Maldives for its picturesque Indian Island beaches, warm waters, and protected reefs, his ultimate goal is to leave a lasting impression on every traveller he has the pleasure of assisting.

We make conscious, sustainable choices

We firmly believe that there is only one way to run a business, and that’s the right way, with a triple bottom line approach to ensure the value of what we do, and how we do it, is shared along the entire value chain.

The principles of sustainability are part of the New World Safaris makeup.

This approach begins within the New World Safaris office with our team, who share our ethos for fairness in trade and respect for people and the planet – and extends to lodges, camps and hotels we use in our itineraries, their staff, their staff’s families and the communities they live in. This amazing trickle-down effect of sustainable tourism sees every tourist dollar spent have a direct benefit at each stage of its journey, from the moment a tourist leaves home to the moment they return – by choosing to travel with New World Safaris a direct contribution is made to the protection of endangered species.