Our Story

As a company we recognize that we are only as good as the people that make up our team. For this reason, we place great emphasis on core staff retention and look to create a positive working environment. We encourage the growth of our team members through skills development and product updates. Keeping up with technological developments to enhance the services we offer is important to us.

Our Team

Nick Buckland

Nick Buckland

Director

British, co-founder of Into Africa applying extensive experience and passion for travel in southern Africa with a business background and an MBA from Cranfield.

Has overseen the growth and development of the business for more than 25 years and is excited by the team in place who have the opportunity and skill to take the business to new levels.

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson

Head of Leisure

South African born Frances completed her schooling and tourism studies and travelled to London where she lived and worked for 5 years promoting South Africa.  She returned to Cape Town in 2004 and joined our team as a Project Manager and has grown to now oversee and manager the Leisure Department focusing on tour series, group Travel, Incentives and the FIT market.

Alex Buckley

Alex Buckley

Head of Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Events

South African and joined the Into Africa team in 2012. It was during a London stint that she found her passion in major events by working on the FIFA World Cup 2010 and London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She has gone from Project Manager to overseeing the MICE department and focusing her attention on large scale events and conferences.

Luciano Carbajo

Luciano Carbajo

Sales and Marketing Manager for South America

Argentinean, joined Into Africa in 2011. Degree in Tourism Management. Background: lectured at the Brea Hospitality and Tourism School; founded Add Travel Group. Good language skill including fluency in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Focus: to develop the company’s interest in South America.

Vicky Laveri

Vicky Laveri

Project Manager

South African, joined Into Africa in 1995. Has BSC Degree and background experience in working on Rugby World Cup 1997. Focus: Individual Travel and Special Interest Groups.

Marele Labuschagne

Marele Labuschagne

Project Manager

South African, has a diploma in Travel and Tourism from the Cape Town University of Technology. After here studies she spent some time living in London where she started her career in the conferencing industry. Upon returning to South Africa she pursued this industry for a few more years before using her extensive experience specializing in small groups and FIT’s visiting Southern Africa and East Africa.

Hayley Fortuin

Hayley Fortuin

Product Manager

South African, with over 15 years experience in the travel industry working with leisure, product and conferences and incentives in predominantly the Scandinavian and South American markets. Worked with Nick and Lut from 2002 – 4 and (re)joined Into Africa at the end of 2012 with the responsibility of implementing a new reservations system.

Elaine Matthee

Elaine Matthee

Project Manager

South African, joined Into Africa in 2009. Studied business management at the Cape Town University of Technology and spent some time in the retail food industry before moving into travel. Her business skills have allowed her to work in various aspects of the travel industry including contracting leisure incentives and accounts. With her excellent experience she joins the leisure department.

Karin Winkelman

Karin Winkelman

Project Manager

South African, joined Into Africa in 2016. Studied Event Management and Marketing before starting a career in Event Co-ordination and Destination Management. She has gained experience working on local productions and travelling with incentive groups throughout Southern Africa. Karin’s focus is on incentives, large scale events and conferences.

Robyn-Lee Henriques

Robyn-Lee Henriques

Assistant Project Manager

South African, fluent in Portuguese. Studied in Portugal before starting her career within the travel and tourism industries back in South Africa in 2016. Focus: Leisure FIT Travel.

Tasneem Jedaar

Tasneem Jedaar

Assistant Project Manager

South African. Gained a National Diploma in Event Management gaining experience in both the event and travel industry before joining the Into Africa team in 2016.

Nuraan Abrahams

Nuraan Abrahams

Assistant Project Manager

South African. Studied travel and tourism and financial bookkeeping. She joined the Into Africa team in 2015 after working in the finance industry for 8 years.

Nicole Bischoff

Nicole Bischoff

Project Manager

Nicole has been in the Travel industry for over 10 years and has worked in a range of fields from leisure groups to incentives. Her knowledge and experience of travelling in South Africa, Zamiba, Botswana and Mozambique gives her the additional expertise to assist her clients develop programmes to various destinations.

Lindi Cronje

Lindi Cronje

Financial Manager

Lindi joined Into Africa in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in Finance and Office admin, working on different projects before joining the Travel Industry. She studied Financial Information Systems at the Cape Town University of Technology.

Miriam Makhambira

Miriam Makhambira

Receptionist

Miriam joined Into Africa as our receptionist in 2017. Her smiling face and passion have been welcomed as the face of the team.

Alvona Bassier

Alvona Bassier

Accounts Administrator

Has been with the company since 2012 and joined us our receptionist.  She has proven a great asset to us.  Her knowledge of the company and accounting side of the business has led her to move into the accounts department where she assists Lindi.

Karen Geyser

Karen Geyser

Project Manager

South African, with more than 20 years experience in the travel industry. I worked with Into Africa for ten years from 1994 and was delighted to rejoin the team in 2015. I specialise in tailor made experiences for 5 star clients and have built up a considerable client base who recognise my strong service levels, work ethic and knowledge.