This month we are celebrating incredible woman and who better to focus on than the owner and director of Saltycrax Backpackers and Adventures. This power woman built multiple successful businesses from the ground up and is a true inspiration to the woman that know her.
“A born and bred South African, I am passionate about tourism, travel, cultural diversity and sharing my love for this country with people the world over.
I am the Managing Director of Saltycrax Adventures, an inbound tour operator offering unique and customised tours for individual and group international travelers wanting to explore our beautiful country. I love making people’s dream a reality, finding authentic and off the beaten track places.
I own Saltycrax Backpackers, one of only a few 5-star backpackers in South Africa, which provides much-needed accommodation in the Blouberg area for independent travellers and sporting enthusiasts.
I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences.
I have a great passion for South Africa and love exploring its diverse landscapes, tasting foods of international standards, sipping on world-class wines and immersing myself in the many cultures and the history of our country.
I love to show off our country and believe strongly in cross-cultural understanding. I think that people from different cultural backgrounds learn to understand each other through travel. Establishing SAVE Foundation was a natural progression; to create a sustainable and ethical bridge between tourists and locals wanting to assist communities in need.
Saltycrax specialize in all kinds of trips to all over South Africa – Cape Town, Garden Route, West Coast, Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Durban and road trips around the country.
With a variety of tours available like Foodie tours, Wine tours, Adventure activities like Kite Surfing, Surfing, Shark cage diving, Safaris, Extreme sports activities, Sports, and Fitness and much more, Saltycrax is your personal travel agent with responsible travel ideas and itineraries. that can include accommodation, car hire and local advice on great places to eat and explore!”
I founded SAVE Foundation. This is a registered non-profit organisation that assists and uplifts local Cape Town communities by providing pre-school, after-school and sports development programmes, such as surfing and swimming, to disadvantaged children from the local townships.
A sister NPO, South Africa Volunteer Experience (SAVE Volunteering) was also created. It facilitates local and international projects by matching them with volunteers from around the globe. The various projects we support range from wildlife and conservation programmes around South Africa to humanitarian programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
I’ve also served on various tourism and NGO boards, including Backpacking South (BSA) and South Africa Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC). I have also served on the executive boards of the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), South African Police Sports Club, TLC, World Youth Student & Education Travel Confederation (WYSTC) as well as the International Police Association – West Coast.
Because my work is so close to my heart, it has been the greatest honour to receive community acknowledgement such as: Standard Bank Top Women Entrepreneur Finalist 2017, LEAD SA Hero, ELLE BOSS Entrepreneur Finalist 2016, Xtraordinary Women of the Month 2017, InternationalPolice Association’s Special Merit Award, Lilizele tourism Excellence 2016 and Trip Advisor’s Excellence awards.”