Gena Tweed

Mission Viejo, California Travel Agent

Sunrise Travel, a Travel Leaders Network affiliate agency

African Safari Specialist

I have possessed a love for Africa for as long as I can remember and in July 2000 I finally had the opportunity to visit this amazing continent. My first safari took me to Kenya and Tanzania for two weeks and that trip literally changed my life! It reinforced my passion for the animals but I also fell in love with the land and its people. I can’t begin to express the feeling of looking out over the vast savannah.

Shortly after that trip I became involved with African Conservancy, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for conservation of resources in Zambia. I was in charge of organizing safaris for our members. So I returned to Africa, but this time to become familiar with Zambia. I found Zambia to be unspoiled by mass tourism and rich in wildlife.

It is said that Africa gets into your blood...once you visit you are compelled to return. It is so true and I have returned to East & South Africa several times, each trip is unique in this land of wildlife and adventure. It is my pleasure to share my passion of the African continent with you. Please contact me to plan your life-changing trip!

My Reviews

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Expertise with Personal Flare

Reviewed By Weazer - Carlsbad, CA | Traveled to
Gena made the planning of our vacation to Seattle and Victoria so simple, fun and such a pleasure that we wouldn't hesitate to use her in the future. This trip was rather challenging as it needed to accommodate myself (in my 50's) and my 16 year old daughter. Gena was amazing at finding a variety of events, entertainment and excursions that met both mine and my daughter's requirements. She gave us an extensive list of things to do with a commentary about each so that we could make educated decisions about what and where we wanted to go. Gena was excellent in working with my budget and advising on places to stay (which she reserved) recommending a ferry to Victoria from Seattle and then flying back - such a great experience. Gena is very professional and passionate about travel yet gives you that personal service, making sure that your trip is what you want.
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She helped arrange our honeymoon!

Reviewed By Elle - Dusseldorf, Germany | Traveled to
Gena arranged our honeymoon to French Polynesia. She found us great deals where we stayed at 3 different islands: Tahiti, Mo'orea and Bora Bora and arranged the trip so each island we visited was better than the previous one. She was easy to work with and most of all, responsive. Gena accommodated our interests and assured that we had an enjoyable, memorable, and comfortable trip. We highly recommend Gena!
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Helped us plan business and personal trip

Reviewed By Debi - Cypress, CA | Traveled to
Gena helped us a secure the airfare and hotel for a business conference in Washington D.C. We tried going through the conference registration and online with no luck. Gena took care of everything with great detail and follow up. When it was time for me to book a trip to Key West Florida for my brother's wedding she did a great job booking a beautiful location at the last minute.
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A Travelers Travel Agent

Reviewed By SoCalTraveler - South Orange County | Traveled to
For more years than I am willing to admit, I have made travel arrangements with Gena. Whether Europe, Africa, or North America; via trains, planes, automobiles or cruises, Gena has been a fantastic travel planner. One thing that I really appreciate about Gena is that she researches the details of the trip so that you can simply relax and enjoy. And, as for Africa, Gena has twice arranged a trip for me; once to Kenya and Tanzania, and once to Zambia. Both were unbelievably amazing. Do I recommend her? Absolutely!
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She is the best listener!

Reviewed By Lisa V. - Vista, CA | Traveled to
Gena is an outstanding travel agent and listener! My daughter wanted to go to Italy for her high school graduation. The idea of planning it was overwhelming to me. I found Gena through a friend and told her exactly what I wanted and she made it happen! She arranged our flights, travel between cities (with drivers when we arrived and departed), and hotels. Our flights were easy with major airlines (with food and individual movie screens). My daughter is 6 feet tall and wanted to stop on the way over (and back) and Gena made that happen. The hotels we stayed in were clean, spacious, and we always felt safe. We had wifi in each hotel so we could keep in touch with our family at home. Our train travels were easy and at convient times. We especially liked the drivers that met us at each stop and transported us to our hotel. I would not hesitate to use Gena again for future travels.
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