Hello, Sanibonani, Cia, Walaykum As-salaam, Zdravo. I’m Samantha West, owner and founder of West Curated Travel.

West Curated Travel (formerly South Africa Travel and Tours) was inspired by my passion for travel– from easily accessible places to the most unusual destinations on earth. Despite my fear of flying (yes, really!), my travel portfolio expands every year. I’ve lived in and traveled extensively through Europe, been on many safaris, sailed the Aegean, and stayed in luxurious Caribbean hotels.  Nothing can contain my wanderlust. In 2013, I launched West Curated Travel so I could share my intense love of travel–and the amazing things I’ve discovered on my trips around the globe—with you. 

You’re reading this because you love to travel, too. What is it that makes travel so exciting? For me, it’s about getting out of my comfort zone, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether you see yourself sipping the finest wine in a South African vineyard, sleeping under the stars in the Sahara Desert, or waking up in a rustic villa in Tuscany, I use my expertise to hand-craft a trip that matches your personal travel style. 

As a mother and wife, I cherish the opportunity to plan itineraries for people in all different stages of life. I’ve traveled as a solo female, as a couple with my husband, and as a family with my kids. Regardless of your situation, I assure you, I can get you to where you want to go.



West Curated Travel originally focused on my home-country of South Africa. My determination to experience it all took me to every unique corner of the country. Fast forward to today, and I know South Africa like the back of my hand. The most luxurious safari lodges, the best local markets, the wine estates, the posh hotels–I’ve seen it all. Using the connections I made on my own travels, I began curating trips around South Africa for others, and voilà–West Curated Travel was born. 

The beginning

West Curated Travel is growing. We expanded our trip-planning services to worldwide locations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. We do more than plan trips to these locations–we plan experiences. If you’re interested in history and culture, we’ll cater your trip to feature UNESCO sites, food tours, and locally-led day-trips. Dreaming of lounging on white sand under a swaying palm tree and splashing in clear tropical water? We can make that a reality. Eager to view the spellbinding nature of Africa up close? You’re in the right place. In desperate need of a getaway with your best girlfriends? We’ll plan a trip you’ll be talking about for years to come.


Let’s start talking about your next trip!

I can’t wait to learn more about you and help you plan the vacation of your dreams. 

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Travel is my love language. My suitcase is usually packed, and I'm usually on an adventure of some kind. My favorite place is Italy!


Italy captured my heart like no other country has. I have often asked myself why Italy and the simple answer is that I long for the simple things in life. A cup of coffee in the piazza , watching the town residents set up their vegetable stands and people connecting with each other while they go about their business. I feel a sense of peace when I am in Italy!

dreams of retiring
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I have a slight obsession with cleaning and ensuring everything in my house is organized. My motto: everything has its place! However, my husband will agree there is one place that my cleanliness has and never will apply and that is my vehicle that I drive. I wonder if that is a woman thing !

loves to clean & organize

5 years ago we adopted two Russian Siberians and they have captured my heart. They have become my third child!

love of cats

 I would highly recommend Samantha West for your travel arrangements in South Africa. My husband and I had a fabulous experience when we visited Capetown, Kruger and Victoria Falls last summer. Samantha paid attention to every detail-she arranged all of our transportation-air and land and put us in lovely hotels. The trip was amazing and I would not hesitate to use Samantha again for any future trips to Africa.

Dr. and Mrs. Edward Rosenblum

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Hello Samantha- we’re back from our trip after a long journey. The trip was fantastic. Your recommendations were excellent and all the logistics were flawless. 

 Thanks for thiS!

The Katz Family 

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I just wanted to drop you a little note to say THANK YOU!! I so enjoyed Italy - it was truly the trip of a lifetime! Everything was wonderful and the hotels were fabulous. I really appreciate all the care you took to ensure we all had a great time and I'm looking forward to hearing about more tours in the future.

Ciao! Kristin

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Thank You for making our excursion the best we’ve ever had. That includes intervening with the airlines trying to resolve the whereabouts of a piece of luggage. We just want to send a note of thanks for our utmost appreciation for everything that you did to help make our very first Safari memorable.   

Thank You Cathy

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We found Samantha West to be an incredible travel agent, she suggested interesting places to visit on our trip to several countries and then followed up with detailed planning regarding connections, stays and excursions. Unbeknownst to us at the time she was in contact with local agents who provided services while we were visiting, and made sure things went smoothly(they did).

Louise D

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Ruth Ann and I want to thank both of you for a wonderful trip. It was an excellent experience and it will truly last a life time. We want to particularly thank you for your aid and assistance during my sickness. We would not have been able to confront the situation without your help. We will recommend your agency to any and all. We hope to avail ourselves of your services again in the future. You have our best wishes for continued success.

Sincerely, Chris Brown

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This was a trip of a lifetime. In my opinion, you and your staff provided first class service. My family and a few friends are upset they didn’t have this experience. As a result, they’ve been insisting that I plan something soon for them. Please know that once I’m ready, I wouldn’t consider utilizing anyone other than you


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Thank you so much for all that you did on our trip. I had a awesome time and I look forward to returning soon. I truly appreciate the extra mile that you took to be there and help in every situation as needed and taking time away from your family. Please thnk them for me as well for sacrificing time away from you. You are great and I look forward to using your great skills for future events for my friends and I. Thank you again and I pray that you have a great weekend.

Thank you, Grace Davis 

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