Janice Gombert

Janice Gombert
Operations Manager

The journey of my professional life has been a whirlwind of wonderful experiences that have honed my capabilities as an individual, and as a member of extraordinary teams.

I love the hospitality industry. There is something magical about walking through a beautiful hotel lobby or watching a chef create a dish that is an absolute inspiration. I also love travel.

After qualifying in Hotel Management, I started my career in operations at the Arniston Hotel under the mentorship of Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald. Then the travel bug bit.

While backpacking abroad, my experiences were many and varied, including maintaining banana plantations and olive picking on a kibbutz. I epitomised the words of John Steinbeck; People don’t take trips – trips take people’.

On my return home I was privileged to be a member of the opening team at Constantia Uitsig. After five years, I joined my first corporate company that specialised in hospitality recruitment.  Six years later and having learnt significant lessons about the immense value of teamwork in any business, I joined Mount Nelson Hotel which was, at the time, owned by Orient- Express.

Eighteen years seem to fly like the wind!  As Sales and Marketing Director for most of my career at Mount Nelson Hotel, I oversaw sales and reservations, and experienced first-hand many enhancements/upgrades to the hotel over the years. It was wonderful and a privilege to have met so many colleagues and clients who are now friends throughout the world. I look forward to adding my energy and years of experience to the incredible team at TRANS AFRICA SAFARIS.


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