‘This means our travel agent partners in New Zealand will have a guided product into the extraordinary continent that connects into a brand they have been selling successfully for many years,’ Tollman says. The launch is being seen as ‘a return home – 72 years in the making’ by the Tollman family, and Trafalgar’s boss says the waiting has not been easy. ‘However, our commitment to providing nothing but the best when it comes to precious holiday times meant that we needed to have all the pieces in place.
With The Travel Corporation’s recent 100% acquisition of the foremost operator in the region (Thompsons) that long held dream is now a reality.’ He says there were a number of key considerations ‘when we looked at Africa and overlayed it with the Trafalgar brand. ‘The first was that on every single trip, people have total ease from the time they arrive to the time they depart. Everything is taken care of – it is travel without angst. ‘The second is the opportunity to have unbelievable connections to the place and the people. For example we visit one of the oldest wineries in Stollenbosch but while we are there we have a braai (South African style barbecue) with the family that runs it.’ ‘And thirdly I want every person who joins our trip to feel a sense of joy in giving back to the communities we visit. That is one of the biggest trends in travel today.