About Us

Untamed Travelling is a travel designer and specialized in high-end bespoke travel experiences around the globe. When you travel with Untamed, you choose for high quality, extensive knowledge, personal service, small-scale accommodations, professional guidance and unique travel experiences. Where the world can’t find you…

We regularly travel to our destinations to experience the latest changes in person. This way we can inform you from our own experiences and knowledge. For over 19 years.

HOW DO WE DISTINGUISH OURSELVES?

  • Untamed stands for out-of-the-box travel. We offer authentic experiences to the important sights at a destination, but can e.g. also arrange a meeting with the local tribe.
  • We are independent and not bound by predetermined routes or accommodations. Together with you, we design a tailor-made travel proposal, based entirely upon your wishes and needs. 
  • Not only the day program, but also the nights are adapted to your wishes. Wherever you stay, in the desert or in a metropolis, we offer a range of accommodations from 3-star to top class.
  • We aim for a tailor-made offer within two working days.
  • Once at the holiday destination we have not forgotten you! We are therefore 24-hours available for your questions.
  • We only work with local agents for whom service is most important. They will do everything in their power to make your stay a great success: you can also contact them at any time in case of questions, or in case of breakdown.
  • We are a member of the Dutch Calamiteitenfonds. It is not to be hoped, but if your holiday does not go as planned due to a local calamity, you will be insured for this. In addition, Untamed is a registered member of ANVR, SGR and SGRZ.
  • Because we value both sustainability and ease of travel, we provide your travel data digitally. With the possibility to download the travel documents on your mobile device, you always have access to your travel details offline and online, travel light!
  • Untamed Travelling was awarded by consumers as ‘Best Travel Provider Far Destinations’ in 2015
  • We have been awarded ‘Best Travel Provider Far Destinations’ by the Dutch travel industry in 2019 and ‘Best Travel Provider for Adventure Holidays’ in 2020
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holiday award-2019
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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT UNTAMED

Employees

Director

Jozef Verbruggen

I started Untamed with passion and love for the unknown. I am still enthusiastic about the unknown, new accommodations, pushing your boundaries. I regularly travel to our destinations to taste, experience and discover for myself. 

Traveling is looking at what is happening around you, but also discovering yourself. It doesn't stop, the more you discover the more you want to know.  Everyone prefers to travel in their own way.  People, animals, landscapes, cultures; meet and discover.  We are all different, which makes it so interesting to share “adventure of a lifetime” with others.  

Operational manager

Joyce Janssen

I observed gorillas in Uganda, spent time in South Africa with my family, learned to dance tango in Argentina, was enchanted by the underwater world of the Maldives and let me take my breath away from the landscapes of Antarctica... My love for travel and africa in particular brought me to Untamed, where I have gained experience in various departments with the growth over the years. By connecting the departments together we realize together the most beautiful journeys in which nothing is impossible, where everything is arranged down to the last detail. All you have to do during your trip is enjoy!
 

Marketing Manager

Ellen Kleijer

To make your passion your work, who doesn't want that? I have the privilege of working with the best product I know; Travel! I can enjoy beautiful travel stories and images and often tell my family that we should also visit those places. To look for the unknown, get to know new tastes and above all to enjoy the beautiful nature and animals, these are ingredients that I like to see in my travels. Our honeymoon to Kenya was my first introduction to Africa and has made a deep impression. But also my trip through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize still stands by me. And what about the short but intensive visit to Colombia. Or that tour through the huge Rocky Mountains in Canada and along the rugged coast of Nova Scotia? Now that I work at Untamed Travelling, the inspiration is up for grabs and we are definitely going to make another long journey soon. Where would you go?

Travel specialist Latin America

Robert Evers

After studying business economics, I first went on a long journey through South America in 1996. Since then, the travel virus hasn't let go of me. I've been working on creating beautiful, original routes in Latin America for years now. In the meantime I have joined the team of Untamed Travelling where I am completely at my place with my passion for Latin America. I love to put together and advise beautiful trips here, using my extensive travel experience. My favorite destinations are the Andean countries ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. I regularly return here to enjoy the beautiful nature, colorful Indian festivals and colonial architecture. 

Travel specialist Latin America

Karen van Goor

Since my first meeting with Latin America, I have not been able to let go of the continent. During and after my study Latin America Studies I traveled frequently to the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Ecuador and have accompanied tours in Mexico.   One of my favorite countries is Venezuela. What an overwhelmed natural diversity and what a sweet and crazy people! Every day a pure adventure. Eventually I lived in Buenos Aires and accompanied tours to Patagonia. I was also able to develop my passion for tango here.   Back in the Netherlands, it was obvious that I remained connected to this beautiful continent. At Untamed Travelling, it's great to be able to advise customers who want to travel to Latin America every day. So I travel with me a bit!

Travel specialist America's & Europe

Angelina van Hoof

Since 2011 I am proudly at work at Untamed Travelling. Both before, during and after my study International Tourist Management I have been able to make many beautiful trips and visit unique accommodations. New discoveries every time! Spectacular wilderness areas have been seen in   Europe, Canada and Alaska, sailed through the impressive Panama Canal and experienced the magic of Easter Island. Sandboarding in Peru, cycling through bustling Buenos Aires, diving and snorkelling in Belize, flying delta from Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro and cruising to winter Antarctica. A dream wedding takes in Mexico's pearly white beach, Spanish learned in Guatemala, El salvador and Honduras, culture gained in nicaragua's colonial cities and wandered through the frenzied jungle of Costa Rica. Let me help you realize your dream journey. I am very happy to share my knowledge and passion and design a tailor-made travel proposal, tailored to your needs!

Travel specialist North America

Lynne De Bondt

Since my first long trip to Vietnam, the travel microbe hasn't let go of me. My goal was to set foot on earth in every continent. And what an adventure that has been. It took me among others to destinations such as Tanzania and Uganda, Canada and the United States, Peru and Bolivia and even to distant Australia. But it's the Americas where I lost my heart! I am incredibly happy to be part of the wonderful Untamed team, because working for a travel company ensures that I can deal with my passion every day; develop an unforgettable trip and let you experience fantastic moments.

Southern Africa travel specialist

Petra van Seters

Since April 2015 I have been working as a travel specialist in Southern Africa at Untamed Travelling.   With over 25 years of experience in the travel industry, I have already been able to visit and experience many beautiful destinations. One of the first introductions to southern Africa was during my honeymoon to Zimbabwe & Mauritius.   That trip was unforgettable, partly because of the amazing nature, the beautiful animals and the special cultures.   During this journey my passion for this part of the world has arisen. I have gone back many times, visiting South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya & Seychelles.   I would also like to put together such an unforgettable trip for you!

Southern Africa travel specialist

Mariëtte Boomsma

Born and partly raised in Johannesburg I am closely associated with South Africa. At the end of 2017 I started at Untamed Travelling as a travel specialist in southern Africa. During my many travels I have been introduced to the special sand dunes in Namibia, the white water rafting on the Zambezi and the vast Okavango Delta in Botswana. How can I briefly display my Africa feeling? The intense colors, the pungent smells, the welcoming people and the sun that always shines. Africa is coming home to me. I would like to take you on a journey of discovery to this unforgettable continent.
 
Travel specialist Africa

Dorian Laemers

In 1979 I made my first trip outside Europe and since then the travel fever has caught me. I have visited almost all continents and have developed a strong preference for Africa.   The exuberance and diversity of nature with the many animals and colorful birds give a paradisiacal feeling. The openness and directness of the people, their zest for life and perseverance also appeal.   It is wonderful to share these positive experiences with others and my passion for Africa. As a regular tour guide of Untamed Travelling I have travelled many countries in Africa. I am still curious about new pranks and experiences. In that sense, travel is a real addiction!

Travel specialist Africa & Europe

Michal van Bavel

I started working in the travel industry in 1997. As a travel agent I have visited many beautiful places in the world. Nevertheless, I have come to the conclusion that Africa is my home. Especially going on safari is an experience I never get tired of. The smells of nature, the sounds, all your senses are stimulated! I really enjoy finding those special safari spots where you won't meet many other tourists and where the animals are right in front of your lodge. Sleeping in a tent, hearing the sounds coming from the bush when you fall asleep and hearing a lion roar in the night, that makes me feel like I'm really in Africa. Or as Ernest Hemmingway once so beautifully put it: "I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and wasn't happy."

Reisspecialist Europa

Pauline Mak

Mensen worden al eeuwenlang gefascineerd door reizen, in de Griekse mythologie was er zelfs al een god van het reizen 'Hermes'. Voor krap 30 jaar heb ik Griekenland mijn thuis mogen noemen met wat onderbrekingen voor een aantal cruiseschepen in de Verenigde Staten en Luxemburg. Tijdens mijn werk op de cruiseschepen heb ik heel wat continenten bezocht maar mijn hart ligt toch in Europa en met name het Oost-Middellandse zeegebied. Voor mij is het fascinerend hoe al deze landen met hun adembenemende natuur, rijke cultuur en geschiedenis met elkaar verweven zijn. Telkens als ik in de waan ben dat ik nu écht het allermooiste plekje of eiland heb gevonden word ik toch weer blij verast met een nieuwe ontdekking. Graag deel ik mijn ervaringen in de vorm van een voor u op maat gemaakt reisvoorstel.
Reisspecialist Europa & Caribbean

Yolanda Popelier

Geboren en getogen in Zuid-Afrika, bij het Kruger Nationaal Park, werden de weekenden doorgebracht met gamedrives met de hele familie. Een onvergetelijke en bevoorrechte jeugd. Zodra we de weekendtassen pakten, kreeg ik last van de reiskoorts. Ik wilde verder reizen dan alleen het park, met een grotere koffer! Daardoor belandde ik op cruiseschepen, op de afdeling wal-excursies. Hier heb ik met heel veel plezier excursies aan wal georganiseerd en ook aan deelgenomen. Ondanks dat ik het maar een paar jaar wilde doen, heb ik toch 18 jaar de zeven zeeën bevaren en vele landen bezocht. In 2015 heb ik de cruiseschepen ingeruild voor werk aan land en had het geluk om door te kunnen gaan in de reiswereld. Ik kijk er naar uit om mijn kennis te delen, geweldige reizen op maat te realiseren, en onvergetelijke herinneringen voor u te creëren!
Travel specialist Asia

Carla Koetsier

With my passion and love for travel, I have been able to put together and sell many beautiful trips over the past 34 years and also be able to make and experience them myself. Every trip, every destination is unique, I enjoy the introduction to different cultures, beautiful landscapes but also the local cuisines. Besides South Africa, which after my first visit more than 20 years ago had conquered a very special place, my recent visit to Japan has also left an inseparable impression. Since April 2016 I have been working at Untamed Travelling to give you a great deal of fun - together with you - to shape your unique dream trip.
 

Travel specialist Asia

Tryntsje Jaspers

After my studies I left for Australia to travel and work for a year. After which many trips and destinations followed. For India, a passion arose. The special culture, delicious cuisine and impressive nature of this country are things I never get tired of.

In my long career as a travel consultant I have always tried to convey my passion. After all, we can all visit a country. However, experiencing a country is quite another and finding that special and traveller-appropriate travel experience is what attracts me to working at Untamed Travelling. After all, not one trip is the same! I am happy to help you create the perfect travel experience.

Travel specialist Asia

Margreet Versteijlen

"Travel doesn't make you rich in your back pocket, but in your upstairs room," I always say. I am very rich, because I have been able to see a lot of the world, especially in Asia. I've even been able to make travel my profession. For over 10 years I have accompanied tours in various countries in Asia, many of them in Nepal but also in Mongolia, China, Tibet, Central and South East Asia, India, Bhutan and the Tsar gold Express. Now I work at Untamed Travelling and can share all my experiences and stories with you. If I can help you put together a wonderful trip to Asia you are welcome.

Sales Assistant

Marlou Hereijgers

As a child I marveled at all these pictures from all over the world in the travel brochures and later I dreamed away reading all those trips and I knew, the world is too beautiful and fascinating to stay at home. In the meantime I have been able to visit many beautiful places, both inside and outside Europe, and all this has made an indelible impression on me. Working at Untamed Travelling is a great way for me to keep my passion for travel alive and I am happy to support the sales department by putting together your own unforgettable trip.

Specialist reservations

Anke Erps

Since the end of 2010 I work at Untamed Travelling as a Reservations Employee. Every day, together with the reservation team, I face the challenge of making sure that you can experience a carefree dream trip. A challenge I enjoy getting started every day. I can't wait to see more of Africa. After a first introduction to Africa during my travels through Tunisia and Morocco I dream of a safari in South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania. My work at Untamed keeps my dreams alive!

Specialist reservations

Maggie Luiten

From an early age, travel has been in my blood. During and after my study Tourist Management I travelled a lot; from Lapland to South Africa; from America to China. South Africa is my favorite. I visited this beautiful country regularly. My trip to Madagascar was special. After various positions in the travel industry, I recently joined Untamed Travelling as a reservation employee. The fact that I get to travel every day is a dream come true. Together with my colleagues I am happy to make your dream trip a reality.

Specialist reservations

Vashna Wilms

Since December 2017 I have been working at Untamed Travelling. After completing my training in tourism in 2007 I immediately started working in the travel world. The most fun thing there is is seeing and experiencing as much of the world as possible! The travel quote 'I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list' perfectly describes my insatiable passion for travel. In the meantime I have been able to discover quite a few destinations; Suriname, Guyana, Costa Rica, America, Caribbean islands, Asia, Australia and many destinations within Europe. I like to share my travel experiences with my fellow travel enthusiasts. Working for Untamed Travelling feeds my curiosity for more! Pura Vida!
Manager IATA

Tamara Hollander

Since 2011 I have been working for Untamed Travelling and together with my colleagues I take care of the flights and the car rental. Before I joined Untamed, my experience was mainly in business travel and consolidation, but I became curious about what it would be like on the other side... tour operator. The best thing about work? Puzzling to find the most ideal flight option that suits the traveler. In the meantime, I have made two wonderful long journeys with my family, to South Africa and Sri Lanka. Furthermore, we like to go skiing and enjoy the holidays in Europe. Fortunately, there is plenty to be desired in terms of travel, I hope to make many more. 
 

IATA Specialist

Nathalie Peters

As of 1 October 2014 I am working at Untamed Travelling. As a Specialist flights & car rental I am responsible with my colleagues for the booking process of flights and car rental for the most beautiful, special, exotic and tropical destinations, which I really like to do. Before this I worked for several business travel agencies for many years.   Luckily, I've seen a lot of the world. From Kenya to the Galapagos Islands but also Indonesia and the Netherlands Antilles were unforgettable voyages. Of course, travel never gets bored, which is why I hope to make some nice trips with my family in the future.

IATA Specialist

Gerda Weeda

From a young age I knew I wanted to work at a travel agency. Not only to make beautiful trips but also to help other people on unforgettable holidays. Since 1986 I have been working in the travel world. I had my own travel agency for a long time.

I myself - first without and then with children - have travelled a lot. Our footsteps are on quite a few continents. Islands with beautiful sandy beaches are our preference, we visited Among others Tahiti, Bora Bora, Samoa, Cook Islands, Seychelles and Mauritius. Our last holiday was on Ameland; that we decided during our stay on Big Island, Hawaii!

Since February 2020 I search and book the best routes for your trip at Untamed Travelling in the Flights department. With you as a customer I will have little direct contact, but know that behind the scenes we do everything we can to make your dream trip run perfectly!

Head of financial administration

Remco van Geffen

Since December 2018 I have been working at Untamed Travelling as Head of Financial Administration. Before that I worked as an administrator/project controller in the field of education. Now a whole other world; the travel industry!
In terms of travel, my experience is mainly in Europe, especially Italy, France and Spain. I made a long trip once, to Thailand, a great experience. A trip I would definitely like to make again but then to another part of Thailand. There are certainly many other destinations that I would like to visit together with my family. With the trips I see during work, you get inspiration yourself!
 

Finance Manager

Gerard Kistemaker

From the beginning of Untamed Travelling I have been involved in the company. As an administrator and (almost) only member of staff I built stands during trade fairs, was a salesman, did the administration, in short; all common activities. Now, more than 19 years later, I'm still working behind the scenes.   Nature, people, culture and animals fascinate me, I have a preference for safaris. I hope that our travellers enjoy Africa as intensely as I have always done and hope to do for a long time to come.

Marketing and Communication Specialist

Merijn Huijzendveld

Traveling is completely in my DNA: during my first trip to the overwhelming jungle of Borneo, I became addicted to distant countries, other cultures, impressive landscapes and the impressive animal world. It is no coincidence that after my studies in cultural anthropology I ended up in the travel world. At Untamed Traveling I work with the marketing team to bring attention to all the fantastic trips, beautiful destinations and special places to stay. Favorite destinations: Russia, the Himalayas, Borneo, Scandinavia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Wadden Islands… I really can't choose. I like long trekking in the mountains, but also cities and every now and then a day at the beach.
Marketing Specialist

Mijke van Sanden

Since 2013 I am responsible together with the management for marketing & communication and for the design. The most inspiring journeys and images that will hold your breath; there is no more beautiful material to work with! All these incentives have led me to broaden my horizons and go on safari in the pristine wildlife parks of South Africa and Zimbabwe, to shoot a photo shoot in the slums of Kenya, in the maze of alleyways in Marrakech have wandered, braved the waves of California and tasted the dizzying flavors of Peru. With the expansion of our destinations, my travel wish list is getting longer and longer... Yours, too?

Marketing specialist

Sonja Rademakers

Years ago I was infected by the 'Africa virus' during a group trip to Kenya. Witnessing the overwhelming migration in the Masai Mara, the beautiful wildlife in Samburu Game Reserve and the flamingos at Lake Nakuru I promised myself that this would not be the last time I visited Africa. After travelling through Kenya, Tanzania and various countries in southern Africa, I ended up years later in Uganda where I lived for six months in Jinja. 

Since 2009 I have been working at Untamed Travelling. I support the marketing department. Working for Untamed Travelling is a way for me to keep my passion for Africa and travel alive. 

Receptionist & administrative assistant

Janet Ebbeling

After the receptionist training at Schoevers I worked for years in several nice hotels and restaurants. Because I wanted to see some of the world, I joined the Holland America Line as a Guest Relations Officer. Together with my husband I have made some fantastic trips to New Zealand and Costa Rica.

November 5, 2018 I started at Untamed Travelling. As the first point of contact of the organization I have a lot of contact with the travel companies, with the customers and with all colleagues which makes it an inspiring job for me. The beautiful photos and beautiful travel stories of course contribute to this.

MEMBER ANVR, SGR AND CALAMITEITENFONDS

Untamed Travelling (KvK nr. 11051661) is affiliated with ANVR, SGR and Calamity Fund. These are the most important quality labels in the Dutch travel industry. What does this mean for you?

ANVR

ANVR Traveller Conditions
Untamed Travelling is affiliated with the ANVR. The ANVR has strict membership standards and promotes the quality of travel and information about it. The trips on this website are offered under the ANVR Passenger Conditions (ANVR Travel Conditions for Package Holidays and/or ANVR Booking Conditions for Single Travel Services
and/or Linked Travel Arrangement Terms) that apply to all offers on this website unless it is expressly stated that this is not the case. Click here to read and save the ANVR Travel Conditions or read more on this page about our travel conditions.

You can download the ANVR brochure here. In addition to the travel conditions, this brochure also contains the ANVR booking conditions, the conditions of the Foundation Guarantee Fund Travel Allowances, the conditions of the Calamity Fund and other useful information.

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SGR

Untamed Travelling is a member of the Foundation guarantee fund Travel Funds, hereinafter referred to as the SGR. You can check our membership on www.sgr.nl. Within the limits of the SGR guarantee scheme, the trips published on this website are covered by the SGR warranty. This guarantee means that you are assured that the travel fee paid in advance will be refunded if the other party is unable to meet the agreed performance due to financial incapacity. To the extent that the agreement includes transport and the place of destination has already been reached, the return journey shall be taken care of.

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CALAMITEITENFONDS

Untamed Travelling is also a member of Stichting Calamiteitenfonds Reizen. This guarantee means that you, as a traveller participating in a trip organised by us to which the warranty applies:

  • (part of) your travel fee will be recovered if we are unable to execute or complete the journey due to a calamity*;
  • the necessary additional costs will be reimbursed if we have to change the trip as a result of a calamity* or if we have to repatriate you early.
*Calamity means an abnormal event caused by molest or natural disaster.
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Responsible tourism

When compiling our trips, we take into account people, the environment, nature and culture, so that the holiday is not only special to you, but also future generations can enjoy attractive destinations.

Whether it’s trips where you enjoy unspoiled nature, experience local culture, meet new people or sample a delicious local dish; we work together on holidays which provide better places and more beautiful experiences. And in doing so, we deliver an important contribution to sustainable development at the destination. For you as a traveller, but also for the people who live at the holiday destination.

combating sexual exploitation of children

We actively support the ANVR and Defence for Children – ECPAT in the fight against child exploitation in holiday countries. We invite you to be alert with us and to report child abuse on www.meldkindersekstoerisme.nl.

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