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Shannon MacLean
IslandStays ITC - Hoedspruit
Cell: +27 72 976 5450

IslandStays ITC - Hoedspruit

In 2003, my enchanting journey in the tourism industry began, starting as a junior lodge manager with Wilderness Safaris at Rocktail Bay Lodge on South Africa's far northeast coast. After four wonderful years, I ascended to the role of assistant lodge manager. Subsequently, I embraced the opportunity to inaugurate a new lodge as the manager for Wilderness Safaris Zambia.


Unfortunately, circumstances led me back to South Africa, where I took on a short-term position at a lodge in Mozambique. Fulfilling a dream, I assumed the role of General Manager at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge in the Sabi Sands upon my return.


Three years later, I seized the chance to run my own forest lodge, Trogon House & Forest Spa, near Plettenberg Bay. This marked a shift from operations to sales, reservations, and marketing. Managing a portfolio of five villas in Cape Town and two lodges in Plettenberg Bay, I further delved into the industry.


After four years, I returned to the bush, joining Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor in a sales, marketing, and reservations capacity. My foundation in hotel management, acquired through correspondence during my early years, aligns with my belief that first-hand experiences are crucial for success in the travel industry.

I have had the good fortune to have explored Southern Africa, Australia, Europe, and the UK extensively. Among my favorite destinations are the crystal-clear waters of Africa and Asia, with Seychelles, especially Mahe and North Island, holding a special place in my heart. Mozambique and Reunion Island closely follow, each boasting unique attractions, including witnessing a volcanic eruption in Reunion—a bucket list experience.


Why entrust your travel plans to me? With a wealth of experience hosting and booking holidays for countless happy guests, I am dedicated to providing the highest quality service. I derive immense joy from matching guests with their perfect destinations, curating magical memories for weddings, family holidays, and couples escapes across our lands and oceans. I eagerly await the opportunity to assist you in booking your extraordinary journey with Island Stays.


Yours in travel,



Thank you for your enquiry.

Why book with IslandStays?


​IslandStays is a specialized island travel service focusing on quality product supplied by reliable tour operators.

  • Our mission is to deliver personalised service, excellent value for money and an outstanding holiday experience.

  • We have the lowest prices in the market as our product is supplied directly by our tour operators with no mark-up added.

  • Our airfares are the cheapest as we use discounted IT fares offered only by tour operators.

  • We offer to try to beat any other quote you have – so please send us your other quote before booking elsewhere.

  • You can make and finalise all your holiday arrangements online without having to leave your PC.

  • We do all the work for you! We present you with an array of options for you to choose from.

  • You simply choose the best quote for your needs and budget.

  • Booking requests are processed simply & safely via email using our tour operator's booking form.

  • Payments are made directly to our tour operator so that you know your money is safe with well-established travel brands.

  • Our tour operators have a safe & secure process to receive your payments using EFT or credit cards on their secure website.

  • Original documents and air tickets are issued by our tour operators & couriered right to your front door.

  • If time is tight e-Docs are issued by our tour operator & emailed to you so you know you have all the right documentation.​

  • We take care of all the hassles for you, providing you with a trustworthy service!​

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