Southern Africa Office

AT ALBATROS WE LOVE TRAVEL JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO

Our travel experts are on hand to help you make the important decisions about your African adventure.
We are travellers too and can answer any questions you may have about the trip you are interested in.

So don’t feel shy – contact us today and find out how we can help you make the right choice.

Unit D2, The Estuary Suites
Oxbow Crescent | Century City

Tel: +27 21 424 3122
Fax: +27 21 551 1670

Email: tours@albatros.co.za

General Manager

Annelise Bothma General Manager – Southern Africa

I travelled extensively for three years after graduating. My travel experiences in Europe definitely piqued my interest in the travel industry. Upon returning to South Africa, I had the wonderful opportunity to join Albatros Travel, as the Financial Manager. I thoroughly enjoy working at Albatros Travel and it gives me great pleasure to be part of the Albatros Family.

The coastline, wildlife, the people – we love the multi-cultural diversity of experiences South Africa has to offer – and we are thrilled about every opportunity to explore the hidden gems of our country.

Annelise recommends:

Nelson Mandela’s Africa Tour – a best seller!!! You can travel from one province to the next and be totally blown away every time by the beauty and diversity of our country.

Denmark Department

Angelique Jordaan Head of Department – ATDK

I enjoy working with and meeting people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. I enjoy travelling and experiencing rare and unique customs and traditions the world has to offer.

Working at Albatros is truly, very satisfying – I love going the extra mile and help clients experience their dream holiday destination to the fullest.

I have travelled broadly in and around South Africa, and my best holiday destination is undoubtedly camping at the seaside with family. I still enjoy doing all the tourist activities Cape Town has to offer. Driving alongside the coastline on a summer’s day is absolutely blissful.

Angelique recommends:

Nelson Mandela’s Africa Tour – a best seller!!! You can travel from one province to the next and be totally blown away every time by the beauty and diversity of our country.

Adelle van Rooyen Tour Consultant – ATDK

Born and bred in a small town in the middle of the Northern Cape; the love of South Africa is forever in my blood. We have a saying that once the sand of the Kalahari is in your shoes you will never get rid of it and nothing can be truer. You will fall in love with this beautiful country as soon as you step off the airplane and you will want to come back year after year.

Adelle recommends:

The beautiful Cape Town is a must see but what few people realize is that the beauty of KwaZulu Natal is worth a visit. The vast plains in the north, the endless beaches and the rich history will make this a must-see destination for anyone.

Mia Helm Staff Coordinator – ATDK

I am from Copenhagen, Denmark, where I met my South African husband 14 years ago. We have travelled throughout most of South Africa and now happily live in Cape Town with our two amazing kids. I am so excited to work for Albatros combining the two countries I like to call home. I work for Albatros as a Staff Coordinator for Danish, Swedish, Norwegian & Finish Tour Leaders doing amazing tours in Africa.

Mia recommends:

Lunch at the picturesque wine farms in Stellenbosch, going to spectacular beaches in Cape Town & being in the bush up in the Kruger area. My best cup of coffee: in a way a terrible instant coffee with powder milk, BUT the sun is just starting to rise, the magnificent sound and smell of the bush, lions roaring in the background & the excitement awaiting just before heading out on a very early game drive!! There is NO place like Africa!

Mishka Jacobs –  Handler – ATDK

With nearly 15 years of experience in the Travel industry, I still get great satisfaction doing my day job. I have worked with many lovely, interesting people and have travelled to Malaysia many times. I have toured extensively locally and even though I have not travelled the world, I feel Cape Town (my home)  is the absolute best place to be. We have beautiful weather even in winter, spectacular beaches and so many, many other places to see. We have awesome cultural diversity which lets you enjoy many varied entertainments, like the ”Kaapse Klopse” singing during New year’s eve, or Cape Town Jazz Festival and many more.

Mishka recommends:

I still haven’t seen everything and  I still get blown away by its beauty, diversity, and culture. There is always a surprise and something new to learn about this Country

Saskia Lowe –  Tour Leader Ticketing Consultant – ATDK

Born and raised in Johannesburg, I moved to Cape Town in 1995. With both my parents being of German origin, we were very fortunate to have travelled around the world as well as explore South Africa. I have an extensive international airline background, which I feel compliments the Albatros product. Living in Cape Town has always been my dream and I am fortunate to call it my home together with my husband and son.

Saskia recommends:

An afternoon game drive through any one of our many game parks followed by a gin and tonic sundowner at a waterhole. A close second would be wine tasting in our wonderful wine region.

Izetta Cloete –  Tour Leader Ticketing Consultant – ATDK

I have been in the Travel Industry for most of my professional career (airline and travel agency operations) and despite venturing into new avenues of opportunity, I always come back to my first love – Travel, and people. Customer service is a top priority for me, and I love going the extra mile to achieve customer satisfaction.

I’ve had the privilege of living in the UK for 2 years and enjoyed travelling around and seeing parts of Europe. Cape Town has and always will be home for my family and me.

Izetta recommends:

There is so much to see and do in South Africa and Cape Town in particular. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, doing a wine tasting tour at any of the amazing wine farms on offer, exploring Table Mountain, or just soaking up the culture and diversity of the people, Cape Town has it all.

Kathleen De Bruyne –  Handler – ATDK

After completion of my Travel and Tourism Management Studies, I ventured into the unknown world; my first job was in the USA Florida for 1 year, where I embraced the beauty of the world, learning new cultures and exploring magnificent destinations. I love meeting new people and always fascinated by the way of life and beauty people have to offer.  I have been in the Tourism Industry for 14 years, and still loving it!

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to New York, Bahamas and Zanzibar, plus Ireland my other home,  I am very proud of my Irish roots.

My motto in life: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

Kathleen recommends:

Born in the Mother city Cape Town, my heart will always be here, filled with culture and diversity and landscapes like no other. I love to explore the Winelands and hidden gems of the wine valley always up for an adventure and exploring the countryside with my family when I can .

FIT Department

Melanie Nel – Head of Department – FIT

I was born in Cape Town and have travelled all over South Africa, with visits to the neighbouring countries, e.g. Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi.

Southern Africa has so much to offer to our visitors, from different cultures, beaches, mountains, wildlife, vast open space, food & wine, etc. I’m passionate about what I do and love putting together a holiday which was always a dream, and now has become an awesome reality. Receiving great feedback from our clients and who are looking to book their next holiday through Albatros Travel, always puts a huge smile on my face. Happy Travelling!!

Melanie recommends:

There is so much to see and experience in South Africa from the great weather, lovely beaches, different cultures, history, to the wildlife. A visit to South Africa is not the same if not stopping off in Cape Town, with a trip up Table Mountain (one of the 7 wonders of the world) or a visit to Robben Island, and ending your holiday with a safari to spot the Big 5. And don’t forget the red dunes, salt pans, deadvlei and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, another must when visiting Southern Africa.

Nadine de Lange – Tour Consultant

I wasn’t born and bred in Cape Town; my ancestry lies in the Eastern Cape, I do consider myself a Capetonian through and through. As a child I remember taking road trips every June and December holidays to visit the family in East London.  This is where my love of travel stems from. As a South African, I am privileged to be able to engage with locals of many different cultures as well. I love travelling and finding hidden gems in South Africa. I really enjoy turning people’s holiday dreams into reality.

I would describe my perfect holiday as a road trip on the picturesque Garden Route. It is nice to experience Cape Town in the overseas traveler’s eye and even though I was born in Cape Town, I am still amazed at the magnificent view of Table Mountain on a cloudless day.

Nadine recommends:

You will love this unique safari to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia, with Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, including an exclusive safari cruise on the Chobe River.

Thobile Nzima – Tour Consultant

About me: 

I am a vibrant, friendly and very meticulous person who loves the outdoors and nature. I have a passion for people, learning and experiencing different cultures and languages as well as sustainable and responsible travel. Currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality, I thrive on knowing that I can offer clients the best of Southern Africa through the education I have acquired as well as travel experiences I have had around this beautiful part of the world. For me, excellence is not a goal but rather a standard which I apply in all I do as such clients rest assured that they are in safe hands when they travel with us!

Thobile recommends:

Cape Town and Victoria Falls – these two destinations, in my opinion, are the gems of Southern Africa. Cape Town has something to offer for everyone; one may perhaps describe it as a destination of a million thrills! The Victoria Falls are simply one of the most spectacular sights in Southern Africa and without doubt a natural wonder of the world.

Dominique van Niekerk – Tour Consultant

From childhood, I was blessed to travel all over South Africa with my family in caravans, and these memories became imprinted on my soul.  Therefore I decided to study Travel and Tourism, equipping me with the best insight to put together the best quality packages with-in and around Africa as a preferred holiday destination.

I have a passion for Travel and love all that Africa has to offer. When I work on a quote I always imagine that’s it is me travelling with my clients, to ensure all clients will have a memorable experience plus get their money’s worth and so much more.

My dream holiday is camping along the seaside, singing around the campfire and playing my guitar

Dominique recommends:

Drakensberg route passing Swaziland then heading towards the panoramic route “Gods Window,” relaxing in Sabi Sabi for Cape Town there is nothing better that the longest Wine tour on Route 66

Roberta Le Roux – Receptionist

I have been part of the Albatros family for four and a half years. My role in the family, note I say family not company because that is how I perceive Albatros, I am here to keep everyone happy to the best of my ability being it making a cup of tea, coffee or saying something nice to uplift someone when they are down.

Roberta recommends:

I am also fortunate to have grown up in the beautiful City of Cape Town and love this amazing place.

Honeyguide Department

Liezel Witbooi – Reservations Consultant

I am passionate about fulfilling peoples dream vacations and making sure all the little details are sorted to ensure they have the most relaxing and memorable stay at our properties. My travels have taken me to different parts of the world and always enjoy interacting with the locals as this gives you a much better feel of any particular country. I love being a South African; our diverse cultures and super friendliness to everyone we meet make it the ultimate dream holiday destination.

My ideal vacation would be to travel around Africa to experience all of our beautiful continent’s many facets.

Liezel recommends:

That you book Honeyguide and ask questions later. You’ll be a repeat traveller to our amazing camps and you’ll never be able to say no.

Robyn Africa – Reservations Consultant

When I was young, I always had a passion for travel. Even if it was a trip to the nearby beach on a hot summers day. I loved every bit of experience travel could offer me. Until I turned 18 and had an opportunity to travel overseas to Cambodia, Scotland, England and even lived in the USA for a couple of years. I witnessed how many people lived a different life that I did as I grew up in the heart of Cape Town. Since then I decided to make a career out of what I love. Assisting people to experience their dream and tick off another accomplishment from their bucket list. Today I am part of a team who assist people to experience our country at its best.

Robyn recommends:

I always enjoy good Wine Farms in the Winelands district. A quick 2 hour drive along the coast to Paternoster or Langebaan and enjoy delicious seafood with friends and family. Spending a few nights in the Garden Route, my favourite stop-over is Victoria Bay; a small cove along the coast of George. A 2 or 3 night stay in the Kruger National Park and enjoy wildlife in its most beautiful natural form. Last but not least – the Mother City!

Accounts Department

Trymore Hove – Accountant

Growing up in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, it was inevitable for me to develop a passion for the tourism industry. My number crunching career started with some of the biggest tour operators in Victoria Falls back in the late nineties. I have travelled extensively in in Southern Africa, Mauritius and  England. The biggest highlight was my honeymoon which was a combination of Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Mauritius.

Trymore recommends:

Any tour that includes Victoria Falls, The Okavango Delta or The Cape Garden Route.

Sales Department

Natasha Freeman – Sales Manager 

After completing my studies in Travel & Tourism I spent the first years of my career in travel and hospitality, followed by the virtual payments industry. After more than 20 years in the travel industry, I’m still passionate about what I do! Mostly described as friendly, reliable, balanced and honest, so it’s no surprise that sales have always been my area of expertise. I enjoy meeting new people, discovering new places, networking and building relationships that last. I’m excited to be a new member of the Albatros family and look forward to the adventures ahead

Natasha recommends:

Impossible to choose, because I love everything from bush to beach a holiday. And we have it all right here on our doorstep. As the saying goes “There’s no place like home”.

Marketing Department