Sangeeta S. Prasad
The Africa Guru and Safarista
As an avid safari-goer herself, Sangeeta knows first-hand the extensive research and meticulous planning that goes into the making of a memorable safari. Sangeeta has spent the last several years learning and acquiring in-depth knowledge about the parks, people and wildlife of Africa through her travels to Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and more! She is constantly learning via books, TV and movies, but most of all through the personal interactions and friendships she has forged with many Africaphiles over the years.
Sangeeta is also inordinately proud of Chalo Africa’s Master Guides Collection. This is not just a first for India, but also a first for many other countries with very mature safari markets. This idea could not have come to fruition without the help and mentoring she has received from a number of generous souls who share her love of safaris.
It is this passion for Africa, her wide-ranging contacts within Africa and CA’s sole focus on Africa that sets us apart from other travel companies. Sangeeta looks forward to sharing and communicating her enthusiasm with Chalo Africa’s guests and to continue learning about this fascinating continent.
She resides in the Washington D.C. area of the USA with her husband, a Mayo College and IIT Bombay graduate.
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Smita is a post-graduate in Zoology from Presidency University, Kolkata, with degrees in teaching from India and United Kingdom. As an academician she has taught in various schools across the world. Her career has been marked with her passion for inculcating young minds towards respecting flora and fauna, appreciating the beauty of nature, attempting to create a holistic relationship between man and environment, adopting green practices and looking towards sustainable development.
Smita has given up her full-time job as Principal, of a prestigious senior secondary school in New Delhi, to pursue her passion. She has travelled widely to East Africa and brings to the organization her love for all things living and her leadership and artistic skills.
She resides in New Delhi, India, with her husband, a Doon School and BITS Pilani graduate.
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The Creative / Tech Whiz
Tanvi was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age and has suffered the consequential ‘travel fever’ throughout her life – which reached life-threatening levels when she first travelled to East Africa.
She is a graduate in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College and has a postgraduate degree in Experimental Media Arts from Srishti, School of Art, Design & Technology. She previously worked in two technology firms, including Google, in both design and management capacities. She is also a creative writer, with works published in several magazines and literary journals.
Tanvi brings with her a love for creativity and technology, as well as an adventurous spirit that yearns for the different. Her youthful ideas and contemporary thoughts keep the company young.
She resides in Bangalore, India, with her husband, a St. Stephen’s College and INSEAD graduate.
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The Safari Guru
Some people have a passion for art, others for sports, some are foodies. Malvika is a travel junkie. Getting the best deal at that luxury hotel, or the best site for that camping expedition gives her a high just a few other things can equal.
She cut her teeth at Jetair, then worked with TUI and then worked with Kuoni. A total of 10 years of solid blue chip experience. Getting a sense of exactly what clients want and then delivering it is her forte.
So, you can enjoy that spectacular sunrise, or that once in a lifetime experience of being in a hot air balloon floating languorously getting a panoramic view of the wildebeest, without worrying about all the myriad things that go into giving you the experience of a lifetime.
Malvika resides in Gurgaon with her husband Viraj a B Com Hons graduate from St Xavier’s Calcutta and a Chartered Accountant who apprenticed with AF Ferguson before moving to EY and then Ireo.
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Writing, travel, and nature have each worked to mold Aria into the woman she is today. She has been a writer since her youngest of years, and pursued this passion as an English major at Mount Holyoke College, where her poetry and essays earned her multiple awards.
Aria selected Political Science as her undergraduate minor, and chose to concentrate on global affairs through courses such as African Politics, Propaganda and War, and Democracy in East Asia. Her inclination toward a global lens stems from her experience with travel, which began at an early age and consisted of visits to extended family around the world.
Regardless where in the world she happens to be, Aria retains a fondness and concern for animals and their natural surroundings. These three pillars form the foundation upon which she crafts nuanced and relevant web content for Chalo Africa. Aria currently resides in Virginia, USA with her family.
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A trained Interior Designer from College of Architecture, Delhi, and an educator from MMI, London, Anjali has always had an intense love for nature. Having been brought up in diverse and remote locations, Anjali believes that nature is like a painting, beautiful from afar, but its true beauty lies in the details – when one steps into its midst and opens oneself to its surprises.
In her career as an educator, she has taken it upon herself to help everyone around her, including the children she works with, to see the beauty, positive vibe and inspiration that nature splashes upon us.
Anjali brings the same love and dedication to our team as she focuses on assimilating our endless African information resources. She lives near The Green Hills of Pune, married to Ravindra, a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA), who served in the Indian Army for 10 years before stepping into the corporate world, now working for Bharti Airtel Ltd.
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Nabanita describes herself as a passionate bibliophile, a travel enthusiast, and an observer with a keen eye for minute details. Her strong belief in independence propelled her to join the corporate world at an early age. 12+ years experience in diverse industries has helped her accumulate in-depth knowledge of operations management. At the end of the day, she does confess that she loves Excel spreadsheets and charts only slightly less than her favourite books.
She is a graduate in Marketing Management from Annamalai University and has previously worked with ICICI Bank, Max New York Life, MTS Telecom and Nuvoco Vistas. When she is not lost in a good book, she dreams of writing her own travel journal someday.
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Nabanita is married to her best friend, Niladri – a Human Resource Manager at Radisson Hotel. They live together in Gandhidham, Gujarat.