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.
Our travel specialists have all travelled extensively throughout the regions of Southern & Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands; many have also actually lived and worked there. We would love to share our passion for travel to these special destinations with you. Our intimate knowledge of each unique region and the finest properties they have to offer, will ensure you have the very best African adventure.
Mahlatini's head office is situated in Belfast, Northern Ireland and tailor-makes trips for travellers from all corners of the globe. All our African and Indian Ocean Island partners are the best in their field and are fully bonded through their local travel regulation bodies.
About Gregory Fox - Director
Greg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started his schooling at St. Stithians College and finished his education studying Environmental Science & Economics at Cape Town University. A keen sportsman, Greg represented his University playing Rugby, Golf and Water Polo. Travel is in Greg's blood, his great-grandfather was the famous explorer Charles John Andersson, famous for his exploration and discoveries in Northern Namibia and Botswana. Greg's travels after University led him to various continents but he eventually settled in London working for an investment bank as a trainee fund manager. Greg's passion for Africa together with the desire to run his own business drew him away from the city life in London and brought him to Northern Ireland where he set up Mahlatini Travel. Greg has travelled extensively around Southern and Eastern Africa and passionately shares his great grandfather's intense interest in the wildlife and natural beauty of Africa.
Why Book with Mahlatini?
If you plan on visiting Africa for the first time, or for the twenty-first time, Mahlatini will ensure that every aspect of your holiday meets your individual requirements. Our travel consultants regularly visit their specialist countries - inspecting hotels, lodges and experiencing attractions to keep fully abreast of all aspects of travel in these regions. Your dedicated travel specialist will employ this first-hand knowledge to meticulously plan your journey from start to finish. They will work closely with you to design a bespoke trip that is completely tailored to fit your individual holiday requirements perfectly. Whether you are an individual, couple, family or group, we are confident that you will enjoy an expertly planned trip tailored to your specific interests and budget.
We go to great lengths to ensure every single customer receives the service excellence they deserve and we are rewarded with a high proportion of our customers returning to travel with us year after year. The consistently positive feedback we receive from customers endorses our personal and friendly approach to creating unforgettable travel experiences.
Mahlatini have been trading as luxury travel specialists for over ten years. Our specialist experience, strong relationships with our African and Indian Ocean Island partners and membership of the relevant trade associations provides complete peace of mind to our customers.
We understand the importance of providing you with the best possible financial protection. Mahlatini Luxury Travel is a trading division of Luxury Travel Ltd, (company number 601052). Luxury Travel Ltd is a member of the Travel Trust Association (number U7098). Being a member of both the Travel Trust Association (U7098) and the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL T7316) provides 100% financial protection no matter which country your travel originates from.
Being a member of the Travel Trust Association means that you can book your holiday secure in the knowledge that the Travel Trust Association will protect you in the unlikely event of a member becoming insolvent.
Should a member of the Travel Trust Association for any reason financially fail or cease trading, the Travel Trust Association will liaise with the suppliers and Tour Operators to ensure that your holiday goes ahead unaffected. If for any reason this is not possible, the Travel Trust Association will administer a claim for a refund of the money that you have paid to a member for your holiday.
We are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and hold ATOL T7316. This ensures that in the event of our failure your money will be completely protected; if you are on holiday at the time, arrangements will be made for you to complete your holiday and return home. The flights we supply are protected by other ATOL holders and are protected by their bonds. The CAA carry out checks on the tour operators and travel organisers they license, and requires them to take part in a financial guarantee scheme managed by the Air Travel Trust (ATT) which provides the funds to protect customers should a firm fail. In some cases a licence holder will also provide a bond, which is lodged with the ATT and provides additional funds.
On 23rd November 2016, Mahlatini Luxury Travel won Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Company in the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards. We are so delighted to have been nominated and voted for by our amazing clients and are overwhelmed by your support. Last year we were runner-up and this year our hard work and dedication has paid off! Chris Goldring from Mahlatini said "We are absolutely delighted to receive this recognition of our expertise and African safari specialism. We focus on providing the perfect 'once in a lifetime' African and Indian Ocean experience - from Adventure Safaris to Honeymoons on Paradise Islands - and work very hard to ensure our teams unique knowledge of the category guarantees lifelong memories for our clients."
Advancing Tourism To Africa (ATTA)
Mahlatini is also a member of ATTA, a trade association for tourism to Africa. ATTA distributes news on tourism matters throughout Africa to its wide membership and acts as an information hub between the news media and the tourist industry in times of crisis.
Pack for a purpose
Mahlatini have been promoting and supporting this great charity since 2011. Pack For a Purpose is a charity founded and chaired by inspirational Rebeca Rothney based in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. It's a simple yet extremely rewarding premise that makes a huge difference to the lives of children all around the world. Pack for a Purpose works by providing the traveller with a list of community projects and the supplies needed at the destination of their holiday. All you have to do is pack the supplies in your luggage and hand them to the hotel at your destination. Visit Pack for a Purpose or get in touch with Mahlatini to to find out more.
Good Safari Guide
Mahlatini Luxury Travel is proud to be a recommended tour operator of the Good Safari Guide.