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Profiles of SMMES Africa’s Travel Indaba 2019

Road to Indaba 2019

SMME Profiles

Yesterday, Tourism KZN met with 10 SMMES who will be exhibiting at the upcoming Africa Travel Indaba. They underwent intensive training about how to deal with buyers and conduct face to face meetings about their products. These SMMEs are part of the SMME Enterprise Development Incubation program.

  • Romaflo Travel, Newcastle

Nomonde Buthelezi (37) is the CEO of Romaflo Travel which started in 2016 and begun fully operating in February 2018.

The Newcastle-based travel agency was established by Buthelezi because she wanted to give customers the best travel experience and satisfaction for their money.

The agencies services include but are not limited to travel packages, car rentals, accommodation, cruises, flight bookings, shuttle services, travel insurance and visa services to name a few.

Contact: 0812117872, email: romaflotravel@gmail.com

  • Leisure Holidays Travel and Tours, Durban North

Leisure Holidays Travel and Tours is run by 39-year-old- Mbali Mbomambi. The travel agency was established in 2010 but only started fully operating in 2017.

The agency focuses mainly on outbound travel but does also cater for inbound customers.

The agency offers the following services accommodation bookings, luxury cruises, weekend getaways, holiday tour packages and others.

Contact: 0832272838, 0318263915, email: mbali@leisureholidays.com.za

  • Lala Khona, Umzimkhulu

Lala Khona is a cosy Bed and Breakfast operating in the small South Coast town of uMzimkhulu.  The uMzimkhulu area is known for its history of once being a border gate for the former Transkei area, hence attracting a mixture of Zulu and Xhosa clans.

Having grown up in the area and understanding the Bhaca culture, owner Busisiwe Malanda has used this knowledge to her advantage to teach and expose this culture that is not recognised in many parts of the country- to her guests. Malanda offers her guests a feel of the Bhaca culture, food, music and traditions.

The establishment has been running for seven years.

Contact: 0824456136/0785486196, email: busi@lalakhona.co.za

  • Dukuduku B&B, Umtubatuba

Sanele Cele is a newcomer to the hospitality sector having just established her bed and breakfast operation on the North Coast.

The B&B is situated in a small village called Dukuduku towards St. Lucia. The establishment has 10 unsuited bedrooms, swimming pool, and offer activities with St. Lucia tour guides such as Theo Tours.

The B&B offers a taste and feel of modern and traditional African hospitality. Her establishment has a restaurant that specialises in all foods across the world. Additional services include conferencing and event management.

Contact: 0761309148, email: mbhikliza@webmail.co.za

  • Theo Tours, St Lucia

If you are interested in adventure and wildlife, Mpume Gina and her husband Xolani Theo have alot to offer.

They have been in the tourism sector for more than 12 years and started his tour operating business in 2010. Theo tours offers educational, adventure, cultural tourism they offer for international tourists. They also offer bicycle tours around the Isimangaliso wetland park, which is one of the popular tours he specialises in.

Theo works closely with Dutch and French travel agents who bring tourists to his company. Theo takes his guests on tours around the St Lucia area, Ismangaliso Wetland Park, Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Park. He also offers cultural tours for his international guests who are interested in experiencing authentic Zulu life in KZN.

Contact: 0724519632, email: info@theotours.co.za

  • Nongoma Siyavaya Tours, Nongoma

Londiwe Ngcamu is the 37-year-old owner of Nongoma Siyavaya tours. The company offers a variety of packages that can include a tour of no less than six iconic Zulu palaces in the area.

Nongoma is a town in KwaZulu-Natal rich in the Zulu culture and home to the Zulu monarch. The town was originally called Ndwandwane but this was changed by the local tribesmen to KwaNongoma (place of the diviner or mother of songs), as the land on where the town stands was considered sacred.

Popular for being a home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini. His Majesty’s four royal palaces are scattered across the town.  The palaces are one of Ngcamus’ strongest and most liked places to visit.

Ngcamu takes her guests to visit royal palaces including the Khethomthandayo Royal Palace, Kwakhangelamankengane Royal Palace, Linduzulu Royal Palace and the Enyokeni Royal Palace.

Contact: 0764433092, email: londcare@nongomasiyavaya.co.za

  • La Teranga Accommodation & Conference Group, Kokstad

La Teranga Accommodation & Conference Group is a TGCSA three -star graded establishment owned by Siphokazi and her husband Maqhawe Thiam. They are located in the little town of Kokstad sitting on the boundary between KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape, nestled in the heart of East Griqualand.  They also do tours for groups in the townships, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town.

She was a clothing vendor before becoming a well-known tourism entrepreneur. Today she is part of the Women in Tourism forum in KZN.

She is also the 2018 KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards winner for the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year. And also the national winner in the Eteya category for the Lilizela awards.

Contact: 0826618455, 0397272367, email: laterangabnb@gmail.com

Excellent Tours, Jozini

Excellent Tours is owned by Nkosinathi Mkhwanazi and Sibusiso Nkosi is the manager – both currently working as school principals. The company was established in 2014, specialising in private car hire and transfer of tourists from local and abroad to different destination in and around South Africa in general and KwaZulu-Natal in particular.

Areas of transfer include: Durban (King Shaka International Airport), Johannesburg (O.R.Tambo), Empangeni, Manguzi, Tembe Elephant Park,  Ndumo, Drakensburg, Mkuze, Richards Bay(Airport), Pongola, St Lucia, Hluhluwe, Mtubatuba, Dumazulu Lodge, Shayamoya, White Elephant, Kosi Bay, Sodwana Bay, Umfolozi Park, New Castle, Golela, Vryheid, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Pietermaritzburg, etc.

Contact: 0829443152/0824778689, email: mkhwanazinh@gmail.com/ksnkosi4@gmail.com

  • The View Boutique Hotel and spa, Amanzimtoti

The view Boutique Hotel and Spa, based in Amanzimtoti, is owned by George and Joan Lithgow. The Vew’s managing team member is Robyn Gasa.

Whether you are enjoying a meal at the fine dining restaurant, or relaxing in a treatment at the luxurious spa or simply relaxing at one of the hotel’s five swimming pools, the team at The View Boutique Hotel is committed to meet all your needs.

The romantic restaurant, Giorgio’s is celebrated for its award-winning cuisine, with the obtained title of “Fabulous Food” by AA Travels and Diamond award from Diners International. The intimate setting of the Italian restaurant invites you to a tantalizing culinary experience.

Contact: 0733172062, email: nombusorobyn90@gmail.com

  • Ekhaya Boutique Hotel, Westville

Nobuhle Mqadi is the general manager of Ekhaya Boutique hotel, in Westville, that boasts rooms in four categories: standard, deluxe, superior and executive. The hotel also has tranquil gardens, conference facilities for up to 40 guests, state of the art amenities, and world-class service, a true home away from home.

It offers a home away from home experience for the discerning traveller, offering personalized guest experience, for both leisure and corporate travellers. The hotel are three minutes away from Westwood mall and five minutes away from Pavilion Shopping mall. Contact: 0312660950, email: info@ekhayahotel

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