Meet the Team

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.

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

Manager - Leisure

Frances is a shareholder in the company. She is South African born. She completed her schooling and tourism studies and travelled to London where she lived and worked for 5 years promoting South Africa.  Frances 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 Wrottesley

Alex Wrottesley

Manager - MICE

Alex is a shareholder in the company. She is 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 Lavery

Vicky Lavery

Products 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.

Karin Winkelman

Karin Winkelman

Senior 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.

Marele Labuschagne

Marele Labuschagne

Senior Travel Consultant

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.

Elaine Matthee

Elaine Matthee

Financial 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 Elaine heads up our Financial Department.

Karen Geyser

Karen Geyser

Senior Travel Consultant

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.

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.

Hayley Fortuin

Hayley Fortuin

Systems 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.

Anthea Hendricks

Anthea Hendricks

Travel Consultant

Anthea is a born and bred Capetonian. She studied tourism management – completing her diploma in 2005. After a 2 year period in London she returned to South Africa and has been in the travel industry since then. She gained experience as a leisure consultant with a number of companies before joining Into Africa. Her knowledge and versatility are much appreciated by Into Africa and her clients.

Pablo Tomei

Pablo Tomei

Team Leader

Pablo is from Argentina and has been living in South Africa since 1996. His passion is to work with different cultures and show to the world this amazing land.
Pablo studied tourism management – completing his diploma in 2004. In 2005 he did a guide course and worked as a freelance Guide with Spanish/Portuguese markets. In 2010 he joined FIFA to work for the SA Soccer World Cup as Team Liaison Officer for Uruguay National Team.

Anna Oller

Anna Oller

Travel Consultant

Anna is from Barcelona, she studied Marketing at the University Abat Oliba in Barcelona before moving to South Africa in 2010. She spent some time studying and enjoying Cape Town before she started working in an online company, she then had the opportunity to join the Tourism industry working as a travel consultant for the Spanish market.

Nuraan Abrahams

Nuraan Abrahams

Travel Consultant

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.

Tasneem Jedaar

Tasneem Jedaar

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.

Samantha Snoek

Samantha Snoek

Project Manager

Samantha is South African.  She studied Hospitality Management before starting a career in Project Assistance and Event and Group Co-ordination. She has gained experience working in various 4 and 5 star properties around South Africa.

Genevieve Maxim

Genevieve Maxim

Travel Consultant

Genevieve, born and bred in Cape Town and absolutely loves the city! She started working in the travel industry in 2013 and never looked back. She loves working in travel because she believes that Africa is an amazing continent that makes travellers’ dreams come true. Genevieve believes that Africa touches the soul and changes one forever! Her most loved destination is the classic Kruger National Park; ‘it’s there where the animals you see on pictures become real-life’!.

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.

Lauren Dreyer

Lauren Dreyer

Assistant Travel Consultant

Lauren is South African. She studied Travel and Tourism and completed her studies in 2012. Since then she has gained a lot of industry experience. In her role as Assistant Travel Consultant, she hopes to build on what she has learnt to further her career in Tourism.”

Luci Buckland

Luci Buckland

Marketing Consultant

Luci has a B Soc Sci degree from UCT, she also studied Marketing and DTP through City Varsity. She produces marketing material for Into Africa and assists with Social Media.

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.