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Meet the Team

The Team

Luke Angel is the founder of African Angel Tours. He is hands on with all groups and monitors the group movements at all times. We aim to move beyond the bus window experience and represent a real South African Experience.

Lutendo Lishiva (front right) with a group at the Apartheid Museum. He has been with Africa Angel Tours from day one. He speaks 11 languages and is a qualified national guide for all provinces of South Africa. His knowledge of the cultures of South Africa is a great input to any group he works

Arlene Hermanus is our head guide for Student Groups in Cape Town. She is highly qualified guide and ex school teacher. She is wonderful with the students and gives so much to the experience. She has two teenage daughters of her own and really understands the youth of today. The guide is the backbone of the tour and we are blessed to be working with Arlene.

Massimo Dal Corso born in Verona - Italy has been living in South Africa since 2005. A vacation brought him to Cape Town and since then he never looked back. In years to follow he studied Events Management at the Cape Town University of Technology, getting involved in the organization of photography and music events and later studied to become a registered Tourist Guide. Massimo met Luke Angel in 2006 where the two found, they had common interests such as hiking, music and the love for different cultures and people. In 2009 Massimo joined the African Angel Tours Team and today
holds a management position taking care of the designing of itineraries and the relations with clients. Massimo is promoting African Angel Tours in Italy and Switzerland and joined Luke in a three month trip to California aimed at marketing African Angel Tours in America.

The Team in Los Angeles headed by Doriz Smith ( bottom right). She has been instrumental in the success of African Angel Tours and been a source of inspiration and kindness.

Ebrahim Rhode (bottom left) has been working with African Angel Tours for 10 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the South African Experience. Professor Frank Dawson (right) with one of his groups from Santa Monica College, California. Professor Dawson has brought groups consistently for the last 5 years to Cape Town. He is a true visionary and teaches from the heart and has a lifetime of experience. This photo was taken in Dennilton, just outside Johannesburg, en-route to Kruger Park. The organisation is Youth With a Vision and supports Aids Orphans. AAT has supported this organisation for the last 6 years.


Ebrahim Rhode and Frank Dawson

Professor Nancy Grass Hemmert from Santa Monica College (Middle row – centre) working in Khayelitsha with orphaned and vulnerable children. AAT works with Hope International and The Olive Leaf Foundation on various running projects in Khayelitsha. They have offices based in the community.

Township Life

Professor Pamela Roberts from Long Beach University. She has been to South Africa 6 times with various groups. Her vision and insight has been inspirational to all who cross her path.

Professor Pamela Roberts Long Beach University

All our USA flights and local enquiries within the USA are handled through Marion Valderrama at Protea Travel, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Marion  Valderrama from Protea Travel

Established in 1996, Protea Travel Service is owned and operated by a native South African namely Marion Valderrama who was born in Johannesburg grew up in that city and worked in the travel industry in South Africa from 1973 to 1990, when she decided to relocate to the USA.We believe that our clients always come first, and every endeavor is made to keep our passengers happy and well informed of the destination. Since South Africa is our home country, we know it intimately and therefore would love you to experience it too.


Thor Johnson and Luke Stockett


Thor Johnson and Luke Stockett where critical in the original foundation and formation up African Angels Tours in California. We are very grateful for all there hard work and support
Mr Eric  Mosley is a musician by vocation, a skilled multi-instrumentalist. Previously on staff at UCLA for twenty years in Information Technology. 

Eric's reverence of cultural diversity and his belief in the commonality of all humans has compelled him to travel to many parts of the world to experience it's richness. He has worked with AAT founder, Luke Angel, since the late 1990's, marketing African Arts and Crafts in the United States. As well, Eric has toured with Luke throughout South Africa, gaining vast firsthand insight of the people and land.

Eric, Clara and Z Mosley Eric and Clara's Group - Journey of the Mind Eric Mosley and Luke Angel

Eric and Clara Mosley & there son Z man have been instrumental in the formation of African Angel Tours and have managed numerous tour groups and assisted with marketing in Los Angeles. They are family.

Organisation Structure and Team Members

  1. Successful team creates a successful tourAfrican Angel Tours offers the personal hands-on approach. We deal with each visitor as part of the family.
  2. Luke Angel holds a degree in political science and international relations (Wits). He is currently working in partnership and strategic alliance with Grassroots Tourism. Luke began marketing South Africa in the early 1990’s, representing South African arts and crafts products in Trade shows in Germany, France and Italy. Over the past eight years he has focused on the United States market and has built up an extensive business network and client base in California, especially within the African-American community. 
  3. Luke and his team have dedicated their lives to dismantling racial myths, borders and fears: believing and actively gearing all their business operations to the philosophy that cultural exchanges are the best way to build relations across the social, economic and political divides. 
  4. AAT believes that black economic empowerment and the support of small and medium business should be the core focus of their endeavours to grow tourism to South Africa. It is furthermore significant, that within these products and experiences lies the true jewels of the South African Experience. Literally a world in one country, South Africa is more than a BIG 5 animal kingdom; in fact it offers potentially the largest portfolio of special interest tourist activities in the world! The aim is to expose the visitor to all these possibilities under a predominantly year round sunny sky and the awesome Southern Cross starlit skyline by night



  1. The ultimate aim is to not facilitate more low skilled jobs in an industry dominated by a few established big-business players. AAT believes the whole point is to empower talented previously disadvantaged tourist business individuals to reach out and offer their product and services to the tourist and thus directly benefit from the growing volume of tourist trade to South Africa. By virtue of the incredible Rainbow people, world renowned for their hospitality and humanity, AAT believes tourism to South Africa should focus on cultural exchanges and offer the opportunity to the visitor to rub shoulders with the locals: thus contributing to this new “Tourism Way”. The visitor and the new tourist product of South Africa have the potential to build “the Better life for all” (Nelson Mandela Feb., 1994) in South Africa: AND portray South Africa as it really is. AAT USA Inc. will thus be the vehicle to exploit this dynamic niche in the expanding tourism market.
  1. Conclusion. Collectively Luke and his team are focused on expanding the tourism industry to South – and Southern Africa AND growing an understanding - and experience of the visitor to South Africa to become more than a “bus window” experience. Building on their extensive international business and client connections, South and Southern African networks into the community development, craft production and tourism industries, incredible and diverse tourist attractions: their intimate knowledge of the high expectations of international consumers of cultural products, AAT  is developing an exciting new generation of South African cultural tourism packages which will include the mainstream “Must see” attractions: but will include true Journeys of the Mind: into “Must do” experiences. After years of directly marketing South African products overseas, the team has the knowledge and experience of how to use cultural tourism to build bridges between our country and others, opening up those elusive trade linkages that really mean economic empowerment for poor communities. It is the objective of all partners to redefine tourism: both for the visitor to South Africa, exposing them to the country as it is, as well as their interaction and with South Africans themselves as the hosts.







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CAPE TOWN
From the epic views of Table Mountain to the bustling streets below, Cape Town welcomes you.


SAFARI
See the big five and touch the soul of the African Wilderness.


CULTURE
Move beyond the bus window experience and connect with the people of South Africa.
Meet the proud Zulu, and Xhosa Nation.


COMMUNITY
African Angel Tours acts as an intermediary
to assist community-based micro-enterprises
Promoting responsible and sustainable tourism in South Africa

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