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Luke Angel is the Founder and Director of African Angel Tours. He is hands on with all groups and monitors the group movements at all times. He is currently working in partnership and strategic alliance with Grassroots Tourism.

A charismatic and a colorful people person, Luke is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel & tourism industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Retail, Tour Operators, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Hospitality Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts focused on the Arts, Political Science and International Relations from University of the Witwatersrand.

With over 15 years’ experience in the direct marketing of South African cultural products to international audiences, he began marketing South Africa in the early 1990’s, presenting South African arts and craft products in gift and trade shows in Germany, France and Italy. Over the years, Luke has focused on the United States market for African arts and crafts, and has built up an extensive business network and client base in California, especially within the African American community there.

African Angel Tours (AAT) then shifted focus towards the growing tourism industry. Building on Luke’s extensive international business and client network, his wide South and Southern African networks into the community development, craft production and tourism industries, and the intimate knowledge of the high expectations of international consumers of cultural products, Luke and the AAT team have developed an exciting new generation of South African cultural tourism packages and personalized itineraries.

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.

ANDISWA MIZA

Senior Tour Co-Ordinator

She qualified in Tourism Management with a National Diploma from Cape Technikon and BTech from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and has wealth of experience in customer relations within the Tourism and Hospitality industry.

Andiswa is responsible for planning, organising and supervising provision of services to clients, including managing relations with industry stakeholders and suppliers. She oversees the company’s promotion through expos, travel shows and site visits

ZANDILE MIZA

Senior Tour Co-Ordinator and Chief Administrator

She has been working in Tourism for 13 years and has incredible experience and knowledge of travel in Africa – covering all aspects of tourism.
She is a single mum and highly effective in managing her profession together with raising her beautiful daughter.

KAGISO PHATSHWANE

Senior Tour Guide

His infectious personality and deep knowledge of South Africa makes him a brilliant tour guide who has a deep connection to both his clients and his country.

LUTENDO LISHIVA

Senior Tour Guide

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 with.

ARLENE HERMANUS

Senior Tour Guide

She is a 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. She always goes the extra mile and brings a breath of fresh air to all she works with.

EBRAHIM RHODE

Senior Tour Guide

Has been working with African Angel Tours for 14 years. Ebrahim lectures on the political history of South Africa and shares a deep intellectual insight of the South African story to his groups. He brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the South African Experience.

JEFF AND KAREN BOROWICK

Super Clients and Africa Loyalists

Our longtime USA clients and friends Jeff and Karen Borowick (Roslyn, New York, USA) are seasoned travelers and have been to the African continent eight times in the past ten years.

They are returning in August 2020 for a two week tour with seven other NY/NJ couples on the now infamous “AAT First Timers to Africa Tour”. Jeff and Karen have developed a deep passion for the African continent during their trips and have made “donations” of school supplies to local Joburg, Soweto and Madikwe schools and orphanages an integral part of each trip they make to Africa. Together with their travel buddies, they have raised the money, purchased and packaged the school supplies and transported these supplies (as part of their baggage allowances with South African Airways , and delivered them too many schools and orphanages identified by AAT.

Jeff and Karen view their visits to the African continent as life changing and humbling, and encourage all of you to take the next step by planning a visit to Africa in 2020 with AAT. Jeff and Karen have graciously offered to help us at the AAT booth (to answer any questions from potential “first timers”) at the 2020 New York Times International Travel Show (Saturday 1/25 and Sunday 1/26, Javits Center NYC).

NORMA IBARRA

Marketing

Is a Senior Art Consultant at Fresh Paint Gallery in California. Norma works part-time for African Angel Tours and is California based, assisting in marketing at travel based trade shows and customer care.

She is a valuable asset to AAT and has proved to be highly effective. Her approach to every project is open and relaxed. Attention to detail and working as a team are vital in producing great results. Being technologically savvy allows her an additional avenue for creativity that benefits clients’ needs.

MARION VALDERRAMA

Protea Travel

All our international USA flights and local enquiries within the USA are handled through Marion at 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.

JENNA HANSEN

Senior at UCLA

She did a year internship with AAT in South Africa and proved to be highly effective and productive in solidifying the company and growing the Study Abroad division of African Angel Tours.

GREG JOHNSON

A chance meeting between Greg Johnson and Luke Angel at LA’s African Marketplace led to a trip to South Africa which changed Greg’s global perspective and consciousness. Ever since he has been a vibrant cheerleader for South Africa, promoting the beauty and wonders of South African tourism and culture while spearheading alongside Luke, the South Africa Jazz Tour – an annual sojourn which features the Cape Town International Jazz Festival at its core. Enthusiastic and culturally centered, Greg is there to help you build a tour to South Africa through African Angel Tours