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Why Abang Africa

To travel with Abang Africa, is to travel responsible and positive, with all your 5 senses. We craft African safaris and holidays to explore the lessor known path, the never seen before beauty and meet the wonderful people who call this place home.

From the very beginnings in 2005, Abang Africa has been a pioneer in eco-tourism and responsible travel. African holidays are not just about seeing the majestic beauty of this continent. It is very much also about a meeting of minds, an appreciation of the vastness of the land and the diversity of the landscape, the sounds, the smells and tastes. In a post COVID world and a world where we face big climate challenges, the merits of long-distance travel have been very much under debate. Abang Africa Travel has from the beginning offered the opportunity to travel guilt free, in a responsible and ecofriendly way. In a travel positive way.

Travel with all your senses

For us, to traveling in Africa is about seeing the magnificent landscape, feeling the sun and rain on your skin, listening to the drum, tasting flavours you didn’t know existed and breathing in the most tantalising scents you can ever imagine.

Positive impact

We work in a transparent way, with fair pricing to ensure that the value chain of tourism gets distributed equally with all the entrepreneurs that make your holiday wonderful

Carbon neutral

We are committed to offset your carbon footprint whilst travelling and our own at the office

Sustainable partners

We are Travelife certified and a member of Fairtrade Tourism


Our Story

A very long time ago, our Dutch founder Jaap and his wife, settled on these shores after having travelled the entire globe as marketing executives in the tourism industry, to start their own South African travel agency. As a true peoples person, it is never long before Jaap finds himself in an interesting conversation. And so, one day he met Loyiso Mfuku. Loyiso was working as a security guard at the gateway to Robben Island. Loyiso and Jaap were chatting away about life, work, family, South Africa, politics and missed opportunities in life. They became friends and Jaap, impressed by Loyiso passion and zest for life, asked him to work with him. Jaap taught him everything he knew about the tourism industry and doing business and Loyiso soon became one of the most knowledgeable consultants in the company. It only took the trust, time and mentorship of one person, for Loyiso to learn new skills and excel at the job he didn’t study for, but that now could support him and his whole family.

Inspired by this, Jaap and Loyiso dreamed up Abang Africa Travel. They wanted to have a bigger positive impact and looked for opportunities to support others to create and grow too. Tourism became the vehicle for that opportunity. Together they looked at different ways for local South Africans to share in the benefits that tourism bring, but, concerned of the potentially negative long term effects that tourism also has, think of new more eco friendly ideas to reshape South African holidays and safaris entirely.

Soon after that, Abang Africa Travel became the first Travelife certified tour operator in the world and has since been an advocate for reform in the industry. We want to help create a world where there is a proper place for eco tourism, where conscious travelers make a positive impact whilst curating the most unique and wonderful trips in Southern Africa that anyone can find. The quirky, weird and wonderful experiences that one finds off the beaten track. You can rest assured that we will be looking after our planet, the places you visit and the people you will meet on your travels.

Today Loyiso is the proud owner of this own travel agency, Khayelitsha Travel.


Travel Positive

We are Travelife certified and a member of Fairtrade Tourism. We care about the world and the people who live in it. We do not just want you to be able to come on an African safari or African holiday, we want the next generation to be able to do the same. Abang Africa Travel is therefore committed to offsetting your carbon footprint (link to more info on this) whilst traveling, but also our own while curating trips and visiting destinations.

We work in a transparent way, with fair pricing, to ensure that the value chain of tourism gets distributed equally with all the entrepreneurs that make your holiday wonderful. Where possible, we only select small-scale guesthouses and lodge that shares these values with us. We mostly work with guides that are born and raised in areas you seek to explore. And for the true adventurist, we have sourced the best local homestays for you to experience true
African hospitality.


Handmade unique travel

Whether this will be your first African holiday, or perhaps you have been here many times before, we will send you on an unforgettable journey, unique and tailor-made, especially for you. All our travel consultants are South Africans or ex-pats who have lived in South Africa for well over 10 years. We know this part of the world inside and out. Whether it is a holiday to South Africa, an African safari, or an African tour visiting multiple countries, we will make it special. A romantic honeymoon in the bush, a family trip to the Garden Route, or if you are a
conscious traveler, we will make it unique and special. 


How we work

All of our consultants are experts in the field of responsible travel and eco tourism and all of them have a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge of Southern Africa. We pride ourselves in finding the hidden gems, the excitement that one can find off the beaten track, the quirky, weird and wonderful things that you can’t find yourself online. And since we test it all ourselves too, we know exactly who of our partners to send you to. It all begins with your wishlist. You can drop us an email and we are happy to chat or give you a call. Just to get a clear understanding of what is on your bucket list and equally important, what your budget is.

Tell us about your dreams, needs, ideas, passions in as much detail as possible. Our consultants will then tailor-make a unique tour just for you and send you your personal and completely unique and detailed itinerary. You can then tell us your thoughts and together we will make it perfect.



Once you are fully satisfied, you can pay the 20% deposit to confirm your trip. The balance is due 4 weeks before departure. You can find our banking details and terms and conditions here


During the Trip

As soon as you arrive at the airport, someone of our team will await you and help you with your car booking, answer any questions you might have and go over your personalised route description with you. Not keen on this ‘meet and greet’ service? Not a problem, everything will be sent to you before departure. If there are any emergencies while you are on your trip, you will have received our emergency number and you can reach us on that number 24/7. And when we say day or night, we mean day or night, the phone is lying next to us on our nightstand. So, there is no need to worry, we will have your back!


Our Team

Nina - General Management Reservations & Marketing
GM & Marketing
Tinus - General Management & Product
GM & Product
Retasha - Senior Travel Consultant
Sr. Travel consultant
Judith - Senior Travel Consultant
Sr. Travel consultant
jpeg-optimizer_Themba - Office Assistant
Office Assistant
Phumezile - Travel Consultant
Travel Consultant
Mahudi - Travel Consultant
Travel Consultant
Nandipha - Travel Consultant - Intern
Travel Consultant Intern
Nasisphi - Travel Consultant - Intern
Travel Consultant Intern

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