Interview With: Mahlatini Director, Gregory Fox
Company Name: Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Head Office Location: Belfast
Tell us a little bit about Mahlatini Luxury Travel?
Mahlatini are luxury African travel specialists, covering many different destinations across the continent. Our team have all travelled extensively throughout the regions of Southern and Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands; many have also actually lived and worked there. Mahlatini operates from offices in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but tailor-makes trips for travellers from all corners of the globe. All of our African and Indian Ocean Island partners are the best in their field and are fully bonded through their local travel regulation bodies. We possess an intimate knowledge of each unique region and the finest properties they have to offer. Our constant aim is to ensure our customers have the very best African adventure
What does Mahlatini mean and where does the name originate from?
Mahlatini is a Zulu word meaning bushman or “lover of the African wilderness”. It is a sign of respect given to all travellers who, like us, believe Africa to be one of the most mesmerising and special places on earth.
What destinations does Mahlatini Luxury Travel cover?
Mahlatini cover all the established and emerging destinations across Southern and Eastern Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands and Emirates. Under these headings are some of the most beautiful places on earth, from the island paradise of the Seychelles to the sweeping plains of Kenya.
What service can couples expect if they book their honeymoon with Mahlatini Luxury Travel?
At Mahlatini we are interested in getting to know our customers and understanding their unique needs and requirements. From this and through our knowledgeable staff we are able to create the ideal honeymoon itinerary that will be tailor-made to suit you. Whatever you wish for during your special time together we can make it happen, from Champagne in your room upon arrival, to romantic candlelit baths, to private dinners in the wilderness, the world is your oyster and you are guaranteed a once in a lifetime experience.
What type of honeymoon packages does Mahlatini Luxury Travel offer couples?
We find one of the most popular choices for newlyweds is a twin centre holiday. This entails combining two or more destinations, usually merging a safari with a beach break. These holiday types allow for a great freedom and range of activities; on safari there’s the chance for some adventure with game drives, walking safaris and canoe trips, while a beach break provides the opportunity to relax and get away from it all.
What is the best thing about honeymooning with Mahlatini Luxury Travel?
We are dedicated specialists and know exactly what we’re talking about, and go out of our way to ensure your holiday is tailor-made to accommodate you. We are also members of ATOL which ensures complete financial protection to all of our clients and is an attribute shared by few of our competitors.
What makes the destinations Mahlatini Luxury Travel sell so different from other places?
Africa is such a treasure trove of stunning locations it can easily outstrip other destinations. There are so many places to choose from, each more beautiful than the last, each one providing guests perfect luxury; it goes without saying that romance comes naturally.
Do you have a favourite destination for honeymoons and why have you chosen this one in particular?
As a personal preference I would have to choose Botswana or South Africa, two destinations my own honeymoon covered. The diversity of wildlife and beautifully contrasting locations makes these places very special. There are locations here secluded, absolutely jaw dropping and exceptional in every way, from the service of the staff, to the smooth luxury of the property you stay in, to the wild aura that surrounds you.
What is the best thing about your job?
For me it’s getting to share a place I love with people who have never experienced it before. I was born and raised in South Africa and over the years I’ve visited nearly every region within Southern and East Africa. I’m very jealous of clients who will be experiencing Africa for the first time as I know the thrill they’ll get discovering all it has to offer.
What is your top tip for choosing your perfect honeymoon location?
The location or locations you choose very much depend on your personal preference and what you are looking for in terms of romance, adventure or just a place to relax and escape the world. One of the most important things I would advise is to book with a travel agent or tour operator you trust, and one with a strong knowledge of Africa.
Where can I find out more about Mahlatini Luxury Travel?
To learn more about Mahlatini please feel free to visit our website www.mahlatini.com. You can also like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or you can call us on +44 (0)28 9073 6050 to explore the prospect of a honeymoon to Africa.