Employment Opportunity at Trans Africa Safaris
Trans Africa Safaris has the following vacant positions in our Cape Town office:
- Lead and motivate team
- Project and operations management
- Assist with product development
- Negotiate rates
- Maintain inventory
- High level of attention to detail
- Able to work under constant pressure to meet deadlines
- Be driven by reaching and exceeding targets
- Technical knowledge and understanding of the industry
- Excellent multi-tasking and communication skills
- Maintain a meticulous database which in turn assists our consultants in providing a professional and quick turnaround on quotes and bookings
- Tourism Diploma is advantageous
- Minimum 3 years Tourplan Database experience
- Destination and product knowledge is required
- Attention to detail and good numerical ability
- Good admin and organisational skills required
- Must cope under pressure
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate will thrive in this position.
Please send CV and enquiries to Jen@transafricasafaris.com
(Information courtesy of Cape Grace Hotel)
Fresh flowers, fantastic food vendors, abundant produce, and hand-crafted goods. Visiting one of Cape Town’s markets is the ideal way to spend time with family or friends, soaking up the festive atmosphere and perusing the artisanal fare. While farmer’s markets were virtually unheard of just a few short years ago, they have burst onto the scene in a prolific and colourful array of options. So grab your basket, and make sure to go hungry when you visit one of these favourites!
The OZCF Market (Oranjezicht City Farm Market)
Held every Saturday (and on Sundays during summer) at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Locals flock to stock up on vegetables, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, meats, and cheeses, while everyone jostles around their favourite food stalls for hearty breakfasts, vegan and veggie lunches, steak rolls, or tempting dessert creations.
Saturdays, 9am – 2pm, Sundays, 9am – 3pm.
The Bay Harbour Market
A little further down the coast, the Bay Harbour Market hums with an eclectic energy, fuelled by the live bands, quirky vendors, fireplaces and tasty array of foods. Set in a bygone authentic fishery in the working harbour of Hout Bay, customers can enjoy everything from artisanal coffee to craft beer on tap. Add to that the arts, crafts, baked and ‘braaied’ goods on offer, and your weekend plans are set to be more than jovial. Visitors might even look forward to a swing dance or two, always to the beat of a local, up and coming band, groovy township guitarist or saxophonist.
Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday/Sunday 9.30am – 4pm.
The Neighbourgoods Market
Quite possibly the one that started them all, the Neighbourgoods Market, at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, is always a wonderful way to while away time on Saturday morning. The winning combination of trendy clothing, jewellers, food stalls, cocktail makers and permanent stores attracts a young, hip crowd; the undercover and sunny spots ideal for all-weather Saturdays. The award-winning market features over 100 specialty traders, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, food alchemists, organic merchants, bakers, grocers, butchers, artisanal producers and celebrated local chefs to showcase and sell their wares. Again, make sure you’re an early bird, or face the crowds and just go with the flow.
Saturdays, 9am – 3pm.
The Root 44 Market
Housed in sturdy marquees (which means rain is never an issue), and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and trees, The Root 44 market is worth the drive out to Stellenbosch to visit. A sprawling colony of stalls offers crafts, and homeware (children’s clothing, funky t-shirts, jewellery, homeware, leather goods etc.) perfect for leisurely browsing, with an awesome selection of edible and drinkable treats available to snack on throughout breakfast and lunch. Tuck into a wood-fired pizza and craft beer, or sip on a flute of bubbles accompanied by oysters – all to the background tunes provided by the live entertainment. The Root 44 Market is also known to be exceptionally kiddie-friendly, boasting a natural wood play park and lawn area – ideal for busy-bodies who like to run around.
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 am – late.
The Mojo Market
You don’t have to wait for the weekend or compliant weather to enjoy the Mojo Market. New(ish) on the scene, this urban, indoor market is located in the vibrant area of Sea Point, and is open 7 days a week, 8am – 10pm! With a motley bunch of independent designers, artists and makers, and over 30 food vendors, there’s lots to take in. The Mojo Bar is the fulcrum around which the stalls unfold, so head there for a glass of something before taking a peek at the delectable food options. We love The Mussel Monger & Oyster Bar, as well the eternally popular Tortilla Modern Mexican, but there truly is something for every taste. When you’re loaded up, grab a seat at a booth, and appreciate a beautiful pink Sea Point sunset while the band plays on.
Food Stalls open Mondays to Thursdays, 11am – 10pm, Friday to Sundays, 10am – 10pm. Retailers open Mondays – Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm.
Early this month, Belmond unveiled its new-look Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in the Chobe National Park, following multi-million dollar redesign. Savute Elephant Lodge, one of Belmond’s three safari experiences in the heart of Botswana, reopens as a Timeless Explorers Lodge, connecting its guests to nature. Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, the lodge includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar, open deck with pool, fire-pit and wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole – a first in the area.
The lodge’s unique viewing hide allows guests to connect with the wildlife at eye-level, giving them a front row seat on nature’s drama. From first light to dusk, lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and antelope gather for a refreshing drink.
To celebrate the reopening of the lodge, Belmond has commissioned acclaimed wildlife photographer Stephen Tuengler to capture the playful spirit of the animals in the Savute region, one of the world’s true natural wildernesses. The very essence of Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is to allow guests to experience timeless exploration in the heart of wild Africa.
The Savute region has long been associated with some of the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone who arrived in the area in 1851 and observed the dramatic surroundings of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spots, whilst observing and documenting every detail.
Belmond’s tented oasis, set beside the mysterious Savute Channel, will offer an exploratory base for guests in the heart of the national park. The newly designed interiors by Inge Moore of Muza Lab are visually calming, yet dramatic, filled with rich textures and colours, reflecting the earthy and dynamic surroundings. The contemporary lounge and bar connects with the open deck and the eye is drawn straight to the vast view across the plains. Curved and textured rattan chairs with leather detailing and furniture made of local materials fill the public spaces, allowing guests to sit and relax and document their memories following daily safari adventures.
Bedrooms feature writing desks and impressive four-poster beds, vibrant pops of colour can be found throughout the rooms as well as in the bathrooms, contrasting with the natural tones of the savannah.
Respecting the nature and the wilderness of the region, sustainable design features include the removal of all concrete; the use of eco-friendly composite bamboo decking in the principal areas and the lodge will function on a 95% solar grid system.
“I have a huge love and respect for nature and the wilderness; it’s something we as humans need to cherish and protect – so being able to design a project in the Savute is a real passion; honour and huge responsibility. I aim my design to be sensitive to the surroundings but to also create spaces where people can really cherish nature and each other, and take home memories without leaving scars on nature. I work on creating spaces that feel innovative; of the time and place; yet layered and relaxing to be in,” Comments Inge Moore of Muza Lab.
The re-design of Savute Elephant Lodge follows the total refurbishment of Belmond Eagle Island Camp in November 2015.
- Belmond Safari
Ten years ago, Great Plains Conservation, phased out the use of plastic water bottles for guests and replaced these with aluminium canteens. On arrival at their lodges, each guest is given an aluminium canteen with fresh, cold water. When empty, canisters are washed, sterilised and re-used. Guests love this initiative and continually compliment the staff on these environmentally-friendly efforts.
GPC are now further reducing their reliance on plastics and strengthening their positive impact on the environment by no longer purchasing or using plastic straws in any of their Botswana camps.
They recently started an initiative in the Tsutsubega community, which is located in the Okavango Delta about 25 kilometres northwest of Maun, as well as another in the Chobe enclave. Here ladies from the community sustainably collect Letaka reeds and turn them into drinking straws as a zero plastic waste initiative. The reeds are stripped, cut to length, the inside cleaned out and the ends are sandpapered to provide a smooth finish.
Each straw takes several minutes to makeand is labour intensive, but the initiative revolutionises the throw-away straw industry!
Trans Africa Safaris applauds these efforts and similar ones such as Kenya’s banning of plastic bags last year.
There is an infectious mood of positivity in the country and we look forward to the future with great anticipation and excitement.
Viva South Africa, Viva!!
This year Trans Africa Safaris celebrates its 100th anniversary and to recognize this milestone, we have produced a new brochure, a commemorative calendar, a book documenting the company’s history and we have two wonderful agent educational trips. Plus a few other surprises to be revealed during the course of the year …
The company was started in Cape Town in 1918 by two survivors of the battle of Delville Wood in France during World War 1. In 1954, the late Brian Paterson began his career with
Trans Africa Safaris. Upon his passing in 1993, Jennifer Paterson, together with sisters, Beverley and Lesley, brother-in-law, André Botha, son, Michael, and a committed team, have built the business into one of the most highly-regarded boutique inbound operations on the continent.