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Raymond van Wezel

Raymond van Wezel

Ri-han de Jager

Ri-han de Jager

Melanie Westergreen

Melanie Westergreen

I’m the bookkeeper at AAA Travel. I love the beach, horseback riding and reading. However most of the time you will find me sailing in False Bay (just 25 km away from Cape Town).

Caroline Sartillo

Caroline Sartillo

Let’s see… Well, I think of myself as caring, loyal and dedicated. I really enjoy working at African Ample Assistance, among colleagues that are friendly, supportive and relaxed. The enthusiastic part of this job is about taking up new challenges and discovering together or with family and friends the hidden jewels of South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana. I am happily settled with my kids and a lovely soulmate. At my free time, I love meandering long walks in the forest, eating delicious Asian food, dancing and great conversation. I believe in the motto ‘Live and let live’.

Michael English

Michael English

I have always loved travelling and reading about far off places. I grew up in the Zimbabwean bush and have always felt an affinity with Africa and its wildlife. I always thought that I would end up in the tourist industry but decided to pursue a degree in journalism. However, once the travel bug has bitten there is no going back! After graduation I was lured back into tourism and have worked as a website writer and spent some time working in the luxury cruise industry. I moved to the beautiful city of Cape Town and joined AAA Travel as the resident wordsmith

Soné Kuhn

Soné Kuhn

Hi! I m the Travelife Sustainability Manager for AAA Travel and am happy to answer any of your questions related to our sustainability policies.
I have been a lover of travel for as long as I can remember. My passion is third world countries the people and the culture. The little things in life are what bring me joy; I find comfort in meeting new people, new experiences and creating memories.

Gilda Ward

Gilda Ward

I am Gilda, recently joined the pride – with a passion for travel it’s always been my goal to work in the Travel & Tourism to provide professional and friendly service to travellers..
I am in this industry for 17 years and have been given great opportunities to travel a few destinations such as Namibia / Mozambique / Bots / Zambia / Vic Falls / France Paris..

Leonora Behr

Leonora Behr

I joined AAA Travel the beginning of March 2008, coming from various back grounds in the travel industry – from whole sale, airlines, incentives and corporate travel. I live in Hout Bay with my husband and 2 lovely daughters aged 21 and 17 years. Since they were small, my children have been exposed’ to travel to lots of countries such as Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Thailand, Kenya and Zanzibar. We all love travelling, eating out, shopping, reading and having braais with friends and family. I am part of the coach department arranging scheduled tours for inbound Dutch clients with Bandla.

Tammy Solomons

Tammy Solomons

My name is Tamaryn Solomons but most know me as Tammy Solomons. I joined the AAA Travel team in 2013 helping out in the accounts department. I then moved up to join the reservations team in April 2014 and now I am part of the FIT department. I must say I have learnt so much for the short time I have been with the AAA team and I really enjoy my work environment because of the friendly staff. “I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” – Margaret Mead

Heinrich Jacobs

Heinrich Jacobs

My name is Heinrich Jacobs. I joined the AAA Travel team April 2013 but have known the team since 2011 when I did my internship at sister company Abang Africa Travel. I completed my Tourism studies in 2012. I work with the reservation team, FIT Pool. I love exploring the natural environment, dancing, singing and having a good time. I love the tourism industry as this is the best way to learn about each other’s cultures, protecting nature and breaking down barriers.

Wendy Deacon

Wendy Deacon

Sharon Bayford

Sharon Bayford

Hi everyone. I’m South African born and raised. I’ve worked for 37 years mostly in Corporate companies and I’ve travelled around South Africa and abroad. I lived and worked in the UK for 10 years and returned to South Africa in 2012 where I spent the next two years on a farm in Kwazulu Natal and then in Gauteng where I enjoyed a lovely three year rest. I visited Cape Town in December 2015 and simply couldn’t leave. I recently joined AAA Travel in August in the finance department and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a lovely young and vibrant company who value their Suppliers, Agents and Guests. I’ve learned that hard work and clean living keeps you young and healthy and ‘Respect for the Individual’ is a key Principle in any professional company. I hope to spend many years in their ‘company’.

Happy Bless

Happy Bless

I was born in Cape Town but originally from the Eastern Cape, Umtata in a small village called Tsolo. I joined AAA Travel in August 2014 as a Database Administrator. Since then I have been part of the Support Team which is head up by Kent. In my spare time you will find me in front of my TV watching our local football league or exploring Cape Town with my daughter.

Antoinette de Lisle

Antoinette de Lisle

Hello! I joined AAA Travel in 2012 coming from a Film Industry background. I was born in the Netherlands and came to live in South Africa at the age of 15. I have developed a great passion for this awesome country and am excited to be part of constructing elements of the journey our clients will be experiencing in this part of the world. Away from the office I love spending time with my human and animal family and preferably whilst walking through the Cape fynbos.

Genevieve Maxim

Genevieve Maxim

Germaine Kreeftenberg - Owner/Operations

Germaine Kreeftenberg - Owner/Operations

After graduation in tourism studies I worked as a chief purser on various cruise ships followed by six years as a human resources manager in the tourism industry. I’ve been in South Africa since 1996 and together with my husband we run African Ample Assistance (AAA Travel). I’m responsible for finance & organisation.

Martine Van Schoor

Martine Van Schoor

Hi, this is Martine! Originally from Amsterdam, I happily landed in Cape Town in 2015 to join the AAA Travel Marketing Team. For a year or two, I’ve explored Southern Africa while managing lodges and volunteering in Namibia to Mozambique and all countries in between. Inspired by the stunning landscapes and wonderful people, I slightly upset my mom & dad by not moving back to Holland but settling in Cape Town instead. When not in the office, I love to go for a run, enjoy the sight of the sea from under a palm tree, cook too much (I just can’t cook for two..) and explore as much as possible of this beautiful country

Lindiwe Gxothelwa

Lindiwe Gxothelwa

Lonwabo Mahobo

Lonwabo Mahobo

Hello, Lonwabo here! I’m originally from the Eastern Cape, Tsomo. I live in the Western Cape, Fish Hoek now. I’ve been part of the AAA Team since August 2013. I’m part of the Support Department. I’m the Database Administrator/ICT. I keep TourPlan updated. I am the IT guy responsible for all IT related issues. Outside the office I enjoy watching movies, PlayStation, going out with friends and being with family.

Gavin de Vos

Gavin de Vos

I am free spirited, and vibrant individual – keen on exploring the world. The Travel & Tourism including the Hospitality industry has set out the red carpet for me to conquer the world. My passion for Africa and all things in and around Cape Town is contagious – a country of warm and loving people. My passion goes out to this industry and our beautiful country.

Fergus Reid

Fergus Reid

Being a relative newbie within the Pride, I am still very much learning the ropes. My main function is Company Administrator with support to the Accounts Department. Coming from a more corporate environment, I find the culture within African Ample Assistance more relaxed and refreshing and as such, a pleasure to be a part of the AAA team. I live on the other side of “Chappies” with my beautiful wife and two delightful children

Simone Munnik

Simone Munnik

Hello! I joined the AAA Team in May 2012. I work in the Support Department, as a Database, Tourplan & Systems Administrator. I work with a very enthusiastic and dynamic team who are constantly striving to do their best to ensure we keep the IT side of things running smoothly. I have always had a passion for travel and have made it my mission to journey across Southern Africa. I have travelled to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and spent most of my childhood in Namibia. I spend my free time with family and friends, reading a good book, hiking, and exploring the precious gems of Cape Town with a good glass of local south African wine.

Charlene Sudlow

Charlene Sudlow

Joined AAA Travel in October 2003 and have enjoyed the journey from working as a FIT and groups tour consultant to special projects and now as the reservations manager. I love the work I do and the team that I find myself apart of. Having travelled and lived thoughout Southern Africa including Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Nambia, Lesotho and South Africa. Cape Town has become my home and where I began growing my family. My children, Chloe and Keagan, have stolen my heart and the discovery and thrills of parenthood is shared with school-sweetheart, Andrew.

Ben Burger

Ben Burger

Hi there! Coming from a guiding background of more than 10 years, I decided that a change of scenery and new challenges was needed and this is what brought me into the office of AAA travel. After finding my feet initially and growing into my new role, I am currently employed as the Contracts & Product Development Manager. I am very passionate about Southern Africa and still enjoy to travel around and use my knowledge and expertise to find the unique and sometimes off the beaten track spots that sets AAA Travel apart from our competitors. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking and 4wd safaris into the most scenic parts of Africa.

Nana Nomvuzo Daba

Nana Nomvuzo Daba

Venecia Williams

Venecia Williams

Liezel Faulmann

Liezel Faulmann

Andrea Jennes

Andrea Jennes

My name is Andrea Jennes and I joined AAA Travel in 2014 and am responsible for the Incentives and Special Interest Groups department. I was born and grown up in Germany and worked a long time in the event business. After an internship in Cape Town 2008 I fell in love with the country and culture. But just 2012 I got the chance to move my roots to South Africa. After some experience in the tourism industry I’m thrilled that I got the opportunity to work together in such a great environment with wonderful people at AAA Travel.

Miranda Edison

Miranda Edison

Kym Sandham

Kym Sandham

I’m a dedicated single mother of 2 lovely girls, who loves the outdoors. My strengths at work are my great admin and communication skills. I’m more office bound in the contracting department at our beautiful office in The Republic of Hout Bay. I love to be surrounded with happy, outgoing people which is why I love working at AAA Travel.

Crystal Pienaar

Crystal Pienaar

My name is Crystal Pienaar and I joined the AAA Team in April 2015 and very excited to be part of the awesome team. This is my 9th year in the tourism industry and I enjoy every aspect of it. I work in the Support Department and work with a great team who always gives our ample assistance to whomever needs it. I love the tourism industry as there are so many things to learn from other countries and cultures and would not trade it for anything else. A bit more about myself I love singing and enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and 3 children (Micah, Zeah and Eden) whom I adore.

Loes de Nier

Loes de Nier

As I have always enjoyed studying maps it seemed a natural choice for me to join a travel company. I have been with AAA for more than 9 years now and have learned about the country in more detail than as a mere tourist. Having lived in the (then) Transvaal and later Cape Town I have seen quite a few areas during holidays. Knowledge I can now apply in route descriptions. My husband and I enjoy our life in Cape Town but sadly our 3 sons are, for various reasons, all living in Europe.

Jaap Kreeftenberg

Jaap Kreeftenberg

I studied tourism in The Netherlands and worked for 12 years in the Dutch travel market. I’m responsible for our marketing and product development. The company and our 2 kids keep us very busy, and we enjoy it.

Barbara Mohamed

Barbara Mohamed

I’m the first point of contact for many people at AAA. I am based at the reception and welcome people to our office. I also manage the apartments which we let upstairs.

Carina Noronha

Carina Noronha

Carina was born and lived all her live in Portugal until she first came to Africa in 2008. Grew up listening about the magic of Africa as her father is originally from Mozambique and their parents got married and lived there before the revolution in Portugal, however she only really experienced this magic when she first visited South Africa in 2000, and then she just fell in love with Africa! From then on her African passion grew bigger and the desire to know more made her venturing to move here after she finished her course in the University in Lisbon for Tourism Information and Guiding.
Her passion for travelling, nature, interest in history and culture and the willing for sharing information combine with entertaining people made her study to become an official National Guide in Portugal and a Field Guide in Kruger National Park. she is happy to be living in the beautiful city of Cape Town for the past two years and very happy to be part of the AAA Travel pride.

Ingrid Brown

Ingrid Brown

Paddy Sarkas

Paddy Sarkas

I’ve been with AAA since 1999 and keep myself busy with the co-ordination of private trips as well as incentive groups. Apart from that, I am also the contact person for different travel organizations. I’m married, have three gorgeous sons and enjoy walking up and down the mountains surrounding Hout Bay.

Alicia Makhinzi

Alicia Makhinzi

I’ve been in the Tourism Industry for 13 years. I have joined AAA Travel in January 2013 as a tour consultant. I spend my leisure time with my 2 adorable kids. My hobbies are travelling, exercising, walking on the beach, and cooking.

Ilka Poll

Ilka Poll

I was born in New Zealand, lived in the Netherlands and have now settled in South Africa. Of all the places I have lived – this is the one for me! South Africa has it all, a great climate, friendly people, beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. Opportunities and space abound. We have a great outdoor lifestyle but living in Cape Town I also get to enjoy the best of city living with fabulous theatre, great shows, amazing restaurants and fine dining and much more. I know this country struggles with poverty, crime and other issues but every day I see something positive happening, e.g. new and cheap housing being built for the poor, people helping each other. There is nowhere I would rather be! Working in the tourism industry in South Africa allows me to discover more about this beautiful country and showcase this to overseas visitors.

Bridgette Wyngaard

Bridgette Wyngaard