One of us, introducing Riaan Stander

This month get to know our new travel ops manager: Riaan Stander.riaan-10

What is your background?
After school I studied languages while living on the West Coast. I went to France for a year to study French and by accident I got involved in the tourism industry. I’ve been involved in it for 10 years. I recently left the office environment to help a friend set up a lodge in Mpumalanga. It was very insightful to see the industry from the other side. It was also good to work outdoors; setting up greenhouses for organic vegetable production, alien vegetation fighting and replanting of indigenous trees.

What do you like the most about your job?
Discovering new places in Southern Africa and creating itineraries based on that.

How would you define your job?
Supporting and helping consultants. Paying attention to detail and making sure that guests get exactly what they paid for.

What is your favorite destination in Southern Africa?
I prefer places around the coast where I can combine surfing with luxury accommodation like Strandloper Ocean on the West Coast, Birkenhead House in Voëlklip or Thonga Beach Lodge up in Maputaland.

What are your secret addresses (restaurant, sunset, club…) in Cape Town?
Big route – Green Point pizzeria
Taj Mahal – Hout Bay: best Indian food in Cape Town
Deluxe Coffeeworks – Church Street: great espressos
Oways – Claremont: good vegetarian food and large variety of loose leaf tea
Derde Steen: long, white sand beach with amazing views of the mountain

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