I first realised my passion for travel at a young age being lucky enough to visit various countries vacationing in Sardinia, Italy, the Greek Islands, France, Spain, the US and Africa. This led on to stint of inter-railing around Europe visiting 15 different countries in my late teens.
Catching the travel bug has resulted in my desire to see the world and in the last decade I have visited a plethora of amazing places some of which include Australia, Africa, America, Canada, Malaysia, Morocco, the UAE, Iceland, Thailand, Cambodia, the Maldives, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Peru. My passion for travel ultimately led me to Scott Dunn!
Although I originally specialized in Africa here at Scott Dunn, since starting a family I have moved to the Mediterranean team and have been lucky enough to enjoy the Explorers club resorts in Cyprus and Crete.
What my guests have said
"Olivia is professional, knowledgable, courteous and also very prompt to respond to requests. I am very familiar with South Africa, however, it is always good to receive recommendations and the ones Olivia made met our requirements exactly. One of our requirements was a private vehicle for game viewing. Unfortunately at the time of enquiry there was no availability. We were obviously disappointed but somehow within half an hour Olivia had managed to secure us a private vehicle which enhanced our experience no end!"
"We cannot thank Olivia, Eliza and Molly enough for all their assistance with our vacation, particularly Olivia for her recommendations! We would, and already have, recommended Scott Dunn to family and friends."
"Thanks again to you and Olivia for all your help. This was the most amazing honeymoon and truly an incredible experience for both of us. The itinerary you guys put together was perfect and it was executed flawlessly. All the hotels – from the rooms, grounds, food, service – exceeded all of our expectations. And our safari guide, Philip, was phenomenal. Really, we couldn’t be happier. Thank you for making our honeymoon such a wonderful, romantic, adventurous, luxurious, stress-free experience."
"Olivia has been very friendly and prompt with replying to emails and assisting in bookings and organising logistics of vacation. She really was excellent!"
"We have had an amazing time, thank you, we have loved every second. We have been so impressed with Scott Dunn - no hitches on vacation, thoughtful card on arrival and loved the passport case with itinerary."
"Both Olivia, who booked our vacation, and Michelle who handled the change to arrival arrangements on the Saturday our friends from Australia were due to arrive but were delayed by a day due to flight cancellation, were extremely helpful. We used Scott Dunn to plan a trip to Argentina last year and as well as our recent trip to South Africa - will definitely use again when we need travel plans booked for us! The recommendations, flexibility in changing arrangements in the planning stage, and taking the stress out of booking hotels/pick ups etc., as well as the very helpful way last minute hiccups were handled to relieve the stress!"
"Fabulous, thanks Olivia. And thanks again for all your hard work with this – you have been an absolute superstar and we really appreciate it!"
"Olivia's attention to detail and patience with us was excellent. I would highly recommend Scott Dunn for the personal relationship with your clients, attention to details and knowledge of your product. Nothing was too much trouble."
"It was truly a 'magic' vacation, and I think we have the Safari 'bug'. We look forward to you arranging another vacation for us next year."
"Olivia you've been such a great help for us! You literally saved our trip to Rwanda! ;)"
"Olivia had a good knowledge of the various resorts we chose and was very efficient in sending out quotations and responding to variations. Olivia had a good knowledge of destinations and speedy handling of enquiries."
"In my dealings with Olivia she was extremely professional and competent. You found me the vacation I wanted. Olivia gave me very good info on visas and vaccinations, baggage allowances on small planes and I was confident that she knew I would be happy at Fundu Lagoon because she had been there herself."
"We were extremely impressed with everyone we came into contact with at Scott Dunn, and especially with Olivia Hollowood, without whom we wouldn't have had a Christmas vacation!"
"We had a wonderful time, thank you so much for your help in arranging our vacation, Olivia. Next time we're arranging a trip overseas, we'll definitely come to Scott Dunn again."
"Hi Olivia – our vacation was fantastic, I would thoroughly recommend that itinerary to anyone. On the restaurant front I can thoroughly recommend the Test Kitchen and La Colombe. It was an excellently organized trip. Thanks for all your help, we are thinking of maybe Namibia next year.
"It was a vacation of a lifetime for us. We had a fabulous time on Zanzibar and we loved having everything organized by Scott Dunn as once we had decided where we wanted to go, we didn't have to do anything more other than turn up for the airport, and even when a connecting flight was cancelled at the last minute, Olivia from Scott Dunn dealt with it all so it was totally stress free. She was very helpful and answered every question patiently! We really liked the fact that she had been there personally so was able to give very detailed answers about the beach and the reef."
"We are exceptionally appreciative for everything Olivia did to book us such a spectacular vacation in such a short amount of time (relative to the date of travel)! It really took all pressure off and your recommendations were excellent."
"Olivia nailed it. All impeccable. Olivia was patient with out waffling and handled all questions quickly from several time zones away. She followed up immediately upon our return and solicited our opinions and questions multiple times."
"Olivia was fantastic - very knowledgeable, helpful and efficient. She was always there to answer any questions with hardly any delay in emails. Brilliant."
"Olivia is professional, knowledgeable, courteous and also very prompt to respond to requests. I am very familiar with South Africa, however, it is always good to receive recommendations and the ones Olivia made met our requirements exactly."
"Our honeymoon was a dream come true with Olivia listening to everything that we asked and keeping within our budget, she delivered a package exactly how we wanted it to look."
Favourite places I've been
When vacationing with the kids, don't feel guilty and do take advantage of the kids clubs to also enjoy some time to yourself, with your loved one or friends - knowing they are in the safest hands!
Always try to sample local delights where possible – you never know what you may discover you like/dislike and you’ll only kick yourself later for not trying!
Savor every moment of your vacation in whatever way suits whether it’s by taking lots of fabulous photos or writing a travel diary to keep those magical memories!
Self-driving in South Africa is a must, the roads are good and it means you can do and see everything at your own pace as you will definitely want to keep stopping to take photos of the diverse and stunning scenery! A good camera is also a must!
My hot picks
For a family friendly resort it is truly luxurious. With a stunning setting in a secluded bay on the western coast of Cyprus, Anassa is stylish and spacious. I had some incredible food here and the service was fantastic. Not to mention the spa!
The place to be in Hermanus! I have never felt so welcome or so well looked after anywhere – they really go out of their way to ensure you have everything you might want or need and as for the location – nowhere beats it to watch the whales in Walker Bay!