After school, I got my PDP and started working for Dad as a driver; taking guests to Pilanesberg and the Kruger National Park. I would wake up at 4am for a 5am pickup, drive to the Lowveld and spend the day in the Park. After the evening game drive, I’d head back to Jo’burg and finally get some sleep at 11pm. Then it was up again at 5am.
And that’s where Moafrika Tours started. Guests would say they’d love to see Johannesburg CBD and Soweto or visit the Lion & Rhino Park and I’d say, “No problem, I’ll take you.” One of our drivers grew up in Soweto and we did tours to the city together.
It was a turbulent time and those early tours were fascinating. My love of our incredible eclectic South African culture grew from those roots and I got as much joy from those tours as our guests did.
I was young; making extra money on the side and learning about the safari tourism industry at the same time. I had a two-bedroomed apartment and when guests were stuck for accommodation, I’d offer them my bedrooms and I’d bunk with a friend. More money in my pocket and the seeds of Moafrika Tours started to sprout.
Dad and I eventually bought a piece of land in Benoni and built what is now a 10-bedroom guest lodge and our head office. It was finished just before the World Cup Rugby Tournament in 2010 and we were full from day one. I handed out brochures for day tours to guest houses in the area and soon I was so booked up, I bought more vehicles.
Moafrika Tours was formally founded in 2010 and, I’m proud to say, has grown from strength to strength to become one of South Africa’s leading day tour and safari operators. Its roots lie firmly embedded in knowing our guests well and what makes them happy and working hard to make sure that an outing with Moafrika Tours is perfect.