Tourism in South Africa & SA Travel Co
Established in 1991, The South African Travel Corporation was originally known as Cape & Dex Travel. Over the years, we pioneered interactive tourism in South Africa in major cities like Cape Town, focusing primarily on the European tourist market.
Today we provide customers with expertise accumulated over our joint 55 years of living, working and travelling throughout Southern Africa. Between us, we have 42 years of corporate and event management experience. This gives us the undisputed edge in the tourism industry in South Africa, and has helped us to understand the needs of our corporate clients visiting South African cities such as Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
If you are looking for a broader African experience look no further – you can benefit from the infrastructure we have in place in Lesotho and Swaziland, in the neighbouring countries of Namibia and Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as in Kenya and Tanzania.
Our combined 14 years of involvement in South African tourism ventures and activities makes us the best when it comes to designing unique personalised tour packages for special interest groups and other clients.
The South African Travel Corporation – organising South Africa travel packages that are professional, edgy and different.
Touring in South Africa – What We Do
We specialise in putting together packages for groups interested in travel to South Africa. We tailor-make exclusive packages to suit the dynamics of each individual group we are working with, and offer tourism information to make sure your trip to South Africa is the best it can be.
We have three distinct areas of focus:
Corporate Clients: Requirements include conference organisation, teambuilding initiatives, staff incentive trips and VIP arrangements for travel to South Africa.
Special Interest Groups: Including golfers, wine clubs, fishing and birding enthusiasts, botanical and gardening clubs, photography clubs, steam train buffs and adventure seekers.
Wedding Arrangements: We ensure that your most special day is totally romantic, absolutely unforgettable and most importantly, stress-free.
We handle all your transport and accommodation when we organise your travel to South Africa. As an extra, we provide you with pertinent tourism information about South Africa, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Contact us today to let us help plan a once in a lifetime South Africa travel experience.
Our passion is our country – South Africa.
Our mission is to WOW both the South African and the international corporate world, and travellers with special interests, with the endless unique experiences available within the borders of Southern Africa.
We achieve this mission with emphasis on uniqueness, quality, accessibility and affordability in the service we provide, together with a firm commitment to high standards of ethics, working in harmony with our environment, its animals, its people and its cultures.
Reports from our happy travellers!!
We are delighted to be able to report that we have had no unhappy travellers on any of the trips we have organised. We also have a list of delighted brides and corporate clients
We are very proud of some of the client testimonials we have received and want to brag a bit by sharing them with you –
British & Irish Lions Tour May-July 2009
Roy Price – Operations Manager, Atlas Group Travel, UK
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all you guys at South African Travel Corporation (SATC) for your dedication and hard work.
To date Atlas Group Travel have contracted SATC for our last three tours to South Africa, the first being the Welsh Rugby tour in June 2008, for which we got great feedback from our client’s regarding SATC’s service during their stay.
This was followed by a College Group in October whose tour not only needed to be well co-ordinated, but we also needed a company with local knowledge and a 24/7 on the ground service. SATC’s understanding of both group’s requirements was first class.
The hard work put in by SATC for our last SA project can not be underestimated, which in itself went a long way in making our British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour programme a huge success with our many clients who travelled with us from all over the UK and Ireland. The dedication, local knowledge and eye for detail by SATC were crucial when you consider our clients that travelled with us were part of an estimated 25,000 Lions Supporters who descended on South Africa in a 3 week period.
We are now in the middle of our latest, and fourth project with SATC; England’s 2009-2010 International Cricket Tour to South Africa, and look forward to using SATC’s services on other projects we are currently planning.
Bob Hill, UK
Hi Sue, great to hear from you! Yes, got home safe and sound, totally exhausted and only just about recovered,27 days of party time took its toll! Great though and we loved every minute.
On a serious side, I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to you and all your people (SA Travel)who made our stay in your country a memorable one, the trip along the garden route esp will stay with me for a long time, thanks for your company and the laughter that made the difference, please feel free to use this mail as a testimonial for your company.
PS please say thanks to Kyle and Johan (our drivers) they did a great job.
South Africa 2009, Atlas Tours of Bridgend (South Wales ,UK) provided me with a total package for this prestigious event, For our link in South Africa we were entrusted to Sue Towse and her excellent company The South African Travel Corporation.
Atlas Tours chose Sue for her vast knowledge and expertise in handling such tours, as an individual I was most impressed with the efficiency, professionalism and attention to detail Sue and her company provided. Every pick up was on time, standard of transport (together with the excellent drivers for whom nothing was too much trouble) I think was 1st class.
Sue’s in depth of knowledge was more than evident on this long tour. From the profile of Cape Town to the wonderful places we visited along the way to Durban, the level of information that was provided was just about right and I for one learned a great deal about the real Africa and its people.
To sum things up, The South African Travel Corporation made the difference, thanks Sue for a wonderful, memorable trip that I will remember forever.
warm regards to you Bob x
From Lew Hughes(Thurrock RFC), Wales
Hi Sue we all returned safely and are quietly settling in to the mundane life of normality. Charlie and Betty send their fondest regards and appreciated all you did for them.
Once again thanks for all your help and contribution in organising a superb trip for us.
Stuart (Lew) Hughes
From John Gibson, Head, Stoke College, UK – October 2008
First of all many thanks for the way you looked after us in SA. We all enjoyed our stay very much indeed and the arrangements went most smoothly.
The South African Travel Corporation provided excellent support and backup in a friendly and knowledgeable way. It would be nice to report that problems were dealt with efficiently – it’s just that there were no problems, testament to their excellent organization.
Best wishes, John
From John & Jane Erkmann, and Milt & Nancy Hummer, Alaska. August 2008 :
Greetings from Alaska, where we had our first snow this morning! On behalf of the Hummers and ourselves, we want to thank you for facilitating our fulfillment of a life-long dream, the Rovos Rail excursion from Pretoria to Cape Town, as well as the wonderful tour of the Cape / Winelands / Stellenbosch. We particularly enjoyed your personal attention to our interests and schedule, one of the highlights of which was your choice of the winery tour at Altydgedacht. What a beautiful setting and ambience! The fireside redolent of Fall was charming and the tasting itself most interesting. We hope to see you again at the FIGO convention in Cape Town next year.
Welsh Rugby Tour June 2008. Alun Jones, Wales – June 2008
I just want you guys in South Africa to know how much I appreciated the warmth and enormous kindness of your welcome to me on my first ever visit to your beautiful country.
As far as I am concerned you have all been extremely kind and very professional ……. You have an excellent team Sue. It was a truly inspiring visit which will live with me forever. Many, many thanks to you for the care you gave to us all – it could not have been bettered. Once again thank you so much for a great holiday.
Catarina Meireles, Portugal – May 2008
Yes, we LOVE everything that we marked.
We liked much of the day pass with Willy. He is a gentleman and very sympathetic with whom we talk. Send it to please our compliments. Thank you very much. I will go recommend you to my friends.
From Jane Harrop-Griffiths, UK March 2008 :
I am just emailing to thank you so much for your fantastically efficient organization of our trip to cape Town. Everything went like clockwork and we had a wonderful time – We came home today with peeling noses ( and diamonds!) Willy was an excellent guide and was very sensitive to our moods and wishes, and was also full of funny and useful anecdotes. I would highly recommend him. I am writing to thank Prof Rhodes and will make a donation to the red cross hospital. It was an interesting and thought provoking day. It was great to meet you at the reception – what an event – everyone was talking about it! Now we have all gone I hope you have a few quiet days – you must need them. I will pass your name onto anyone planning to visit South Africa in the future and thank you for being so helpful and making the stay so perfect.
From Mike & Tracy King, UK – Jan 2008
We were just talking about our fabulous trip in January and wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for helping with the organisation of it all.
There are so many really good different memories, Cape Town certainly being one of them. Now it all seems a very long time ago and we’re back to work with a vengeance.
Take care and our very best wishes, love from
Tracy and Mike
From Ben & Suzie, UK :
‘The wedding wouldn’t have been half as good without your planning! Many thanks’
From John & Diane, USA :
‘Thank you for making our visit to South Africa last year such a great experience….Due in no small measure to your superlative efforts we had a wonderful time and consider the total experience one of the best ever.’
From Max & Heidi & friends, Germany :
‘…..I wanted to tell you how good & professionally you arranged our journeys. The trips were planned very carefully, well arranged and well realised….in particular the very good service, the knowledge of details and the very polite and courteous care during our stay’
From Paco & Connie, Germany and Benito & Clemen, Spain :
‘…our tour has been an overwhelming success thanks to the most professional work of the South African Travel Corporation and the warm human qualities of Mrs Susan Towse …..Our 3 week tour – our first trip to South Africa – turned out to become an unforgettable event thanks to our outstanding agent in Cape Town ’
From David Cade, Director 3C Marketing, South Africa :
‘….thank you for the outstanding services you have supplied us over the last two years……we have very demanding clients such as Woolworths and Media 24 with very high standards, and we have received feedback from them that the incentive trips you organised on our behalf were very well received, and efficiently and professionally handled.’
From Ann, Woolworths, South Africa :
‘your total attention to our needs was much appreciated. The Cape Town trip was a lifetime experience which we will never forget, you made it what it was and that is much appreciated…..’
From Angelita & Andrew, UK
‘….We would like to thank you very much for everything you’ve done for us in Cape Town ….. You made our lives so much easier and we couldn’t thank you enough…Nothing will ever beat getting married in Cape Town ’
From Lingmerths, Sweden :
‘Thanks for taking care of the Fisk group! They were very satisfied with the arrangements’
From Dan & Jonie, USA :
‘Thank you so much for the great tour. Our visit here will hold dear to us. We had an incredibly good time’
From Don & Dave, USA :
‘Thanks for a wonderful time….’
From Keith, USA :
Thank you for the great time, I had a blast and learnt a lot’
From the Marketing and Sales Director, Bindomatic AB, Sweden :
‘An extraordinary adventure for extraordinary people. In 1998 we made our annual incentive trip for our best performing sales staff from more than 10 countries to Cape Town in South Africa . It is a fantastic destination where you can experience everything from relaxing wine tasting in beautiful surroundings to meeting the great white shark at sea. Our local travel partner organised everything above our expectations! A well organized program, excellent service and accommodation at an affordable budget.’
From Wally, Italy :
‘..Our unforgettable trip should have lasted eight days instead of four. Thank you….’
Indian Team, led by Junior:
‘Thank U for making our S.A.trip a memorable one’
From Ian & Carol, Scotland :
‘Thank you for your excellent service during our recent stay in South Africa . Your schedule and recommendations were just right and we appreciated the attentive service, from being met at the airport to getting calls en route to make sure things were going well.’
Niclas & Bodil, Sweden :
‘…We enjoyed the whole holiday and we have the South African Travel Corporation to thank for that. We always felt safe and we knew that if we had any questions they were there to help us….Totally we travelled for two weeks and SA Travel Co. made it possible for us to relax, enjoy and to see and experience a lot of things during that time. It would be impossible without them..’
Anthony & Sarah, UK :
Mick & Debbie & family, UK :
‘WOW!….I’m still smiling even though I’ve been back 5 days, even work hasn’t removed the grin”
Shaun & Rene, South Africa :
‘Very WOW!…… Thanks for organizing the best holiday yet!! Everything went very smoothly and we are extremely happy with the way all the activities turned out. We really appreciate all your effort….’
Johan & Family, Sweden :
‘We will be back!’
International Academic Programme Office, University of Cape Town, South Africa :
‘..We have appreciated their personal approach and attention to detail and would most definitely recommend their services to any organisation looking for a professional, trustworthy and competent company with which to work.’
Jane Cho, USA – Sept 2007
We all had an incredible time shark cage diving! Thank you so much for arranging this for us. I really appreciate it.
From Alyssa, USA – Jan 2007
The trip was absolutely fabulous! The two safaris were great, we saw four out of the big five and had hot, great weather. The Lodge was very nice and the couple working there were very hospitable. The car worked SO great, I can’t believe how small it looks and how many people it fits!
Thanks again for all your help I really appreciate it!
From Katie, Seek-a-Safari, UK – Sept 2005
I just got off the phone to Andrea and Quentin – they had a really great time! They were really impressed by how on time the drivers were & everything was well organised and thought the lodge accommodation was really great too & people very nice.
Also they mentioned that the itinerary you gave us was spot on and that they did everything that was listed on it. So, overall, VERY happy customers!! I’ll let you know about Sharon when she gets back.
From Elisabeth, Switzerland – August 2005
Thanks Sue, my trip was wonderful and everything worked out fine.
I did the Bungy Jump, survived it, enjoyed a long walk in Tsitsikamma national park, and I especially liked the Backpacker’s Lodges, they were really homey and nice. When I was backpacking through Europe, I never saw such beautiful Hostels, so I was very surprised.
Thanks you, you have done a great job!
Richard Knight, Maltino Incentive Group, Nigeria – March 2005
The crew were fantastic. The drivers in particular were exceptional, always prompt and very good at their jobs.
For your own future reference I needed a smaller minibus with driver for some of my clients who remained in JHB for a few more days. They supplied one at a moments notice and came in about 70% cheaper than the Rental companies.
So a good all round rating for quality of service and value for money.