Who are we ???
On 5 June 1995 I opened Word of Mouth Backpackers when my farming venture folded due to drought. I wrote a small guide - the Mouth - in 1996 providing very useful and unobtainable information at that time; covering 13 Countries. I published it myself, and realised I should have stuck to farming without water :) I opened several backpackers during the next couple of years, and at 1 time had 4 at the same time. I ran myself ragged, but the 2 positive spin offs was that I bought my own property as my landlords especially Desmond Reed from Midcity acted like they were untouchable Columbian druglords...and I discovered Pilanesberg, my passion for the last 9 years.
I am respected by most the industry as being a straight
shooter; the rest of course being in the line of fire! I deal
with various operators and have done so for the last nearly 16 years. I do not
necessarily sell operators that give us a larger commission for the sake of
making more money. I sell what I believe in - value for money. I do business
for tomorrow. This is one of the reasons I disclose everything...the good &
the bad. I want your family and friends and acquaintances to come back and visit
South Africa again. So it is simple, I offer you a service and get paid
for it by the operator - normally a 10% to 15% commission. I try to keep this
site up to date and my service up to speed but it is a huge job.
I would appreciate it that when you let me run around for you; that you actually book through me.... As from March 2011 we will charge a research fee when we have to do complicated running around for you. Payable by Paypal or EFT in advance, this will be deducted when booking. No charge for general bookings. For example, I won't look for accommodation for you during peak times on short notice without $ in the bank!
And please don't phone with with 1001 questions at 11pm, I 'm normally not in the office then - the call gets relayed & it really ticks me off if I have to get up at the next day at 2h00 . You are welcomes to Skype me though - ID = travelinafrica. I must stress that I am a small operator, and that I want to stay small.
This site has been averaging just under 180 visitors/day (3600 hits/day) over the last year. We still get about 50 mails ave. during workdays of which about 70 % is spam - the rest wanting more information. With at least half of the questions asked the info is already on this page so PLEASE look before you ask! I 'm really too busy to waste my time. That is why I date my pages and state VALID TILL!
If you are an operator wanting us to deal with
you do the following:
Make sure you are qualified, FGASA, Theta guide certificate, etc, have your permits ready, PDP, passenger liability, road transportation permit. I will ask to see all this before we play. Next make sure you are value for money - we are not commission driven so we won't sell a product just because it offers a high comm.. Then, be sure to include minimum numbers and stick to that as we like to deal with operators that actually operate. Now:
1. mail us your info
2. mail us again a week later if you have not heard from us. Don't phone - I actually have very little time available.
3. repeat step 2! :)
4. if we are interested we will set up an appointment after 7pm. Office hours is reserved for guests and customers. If not we won't waste your time.
DON''T just pitch as we won't be available to you! Also note that if you are some new operator you have a snowballs chance in hell. I know the players in the industry and I don't have the time to advise you. When I 'm interested in dealing with you I normally do the approach.
I would like to dedicate this site to my very beautiful
and special daughters Jade who was born on the 26th of August 1997, and Lana
17 May 2008. I will always love you both to bits! ! And to all our supporters
through all the years - I have met the most interesting people in the last 16
years - thank you.
Adventure Travel Africa - March 2011
806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
Skype ID = travelinafrica
Tel/Fax 078 618 8675