Destination Specialist:
Dervla Pinto

Originally hailing from Toronto Canada, Dervla has spent much of her life living, working and traveling abroad. Having explored 72 countries on 6 continents, it is always Africa that calls her back. After studying at University in Tanzania and traveling over land from Cairo to Cape Town, she made her way to the travel industry, where for several years she has delighted in designing unique trips to her favorite continent. When not dreaming of her next safari, Dervla can be found with a book in her hand, savoring a new craft beer, exploring the city on her bike, sitting happily in a park or competing with her pub trivia team.

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October 24th, 2023
Africa’s Northern Five

I will never forget the first wild animal I ever saw in Africa. Seventeen years ago in Tanzania, we were only about 30 minutes outside of Arusha, our arrival city, when a zebra appeared just off the side of the main road. There was much excitement and pointing and our poor guide had to pull… Read Full Post

February 3rd, 2022
6 Places to Sleep Under the Stars in Africa

The sky is big in Africa, bigger than you can grasp sometimes, and at night, in the absence of city lights, the bush comes alive in a symphony of sounds and starlight that is too good to miss. The dark corners of earth are getting harder to find with so much light pollution globally, but… Read Full Post

Dervla's Client Reviews:

Dervla is a GEM! She worked diligently to tailor this trip to all of my wants and check-offs. She delivered beautiful and grand accommodations, incredible tours that allowed for adventure and education which was most important to me. She knew my love for food and fun and was able to recommend restaurants and set up a food tour! But most of all, she is the reason why my boyfriend was able to pull off the biggest surprise in proposing to me on safari! She worked with the hotel and together they created a life-changing memory. She is incredibly easy to talk to and prompt whenever your have questions. I will be reaching back out to her whenever I plan to travel again. DERVLA THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING!!! Katie Fischer, GA
Can't say enough positive things about Vaya Adventures & especially Dervla Pinto! She treated me like I was one of her millionaire clients & gave me exceptional service! A.J. Cannon, AZ
Fabulous! We had the pleasure of meeting Der in person in Uganda and trusted her to put the trip together for us. She did a phenomenal job - we were well prepared for everything and knew just what we were getting. We'll happily recommend to our friends and family, and will come back if (when) we head to Africa again!Ellen Breen, Calgary
Dervla did an incredible job of walking us through this journey and helping to craft a trip that fit our wishes exceptionally well. She was so fun, professional, thoughtful, detailed and effective. Look forward to going back to Africa and having Dervla craft us another gem! John Batug, CO
Dervla Pinto was very instrumental to getting our trip the way we wanted. She was very attentive to our needs. Paul Avitable, CA

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