About Madiba TravelO wner Marc Schoon started with Madiba Travel in 2007. The first two years he did this from Netherlands as a part-time travel agent, until he moved to South Africa in 2009. Since that time he runs his travel company from the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town. What started as one-man company, is nowadays an organization with multiple employees. All of them have gained a lot of expertise about travelling in Southern Africa the recent years. Through this knowledge and local contacts of Madiba Travel, they know to fill out the wishes and ideas of the travellers.
When planning a holiday in South Africa or the surrounding countries it is especially useful, if not indispensable, to get help and advice from someone who knows Southern Africa. Marc and companion Paul Langeveld are willing put in all of their inexhaustible knowledge, passion and love to answer all of your questions. The goal: to give you an unforgettable holiday. Not only the aspects such as excellent personal service and customization, but also confidence and safety is of paramount importance.
Would you like to know more about the possibilities and how we can help you to plan your ideal holiday in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and/or Mozambique? Please feel free to contact us; We will be pleased to help you!
Madiba's rootsM adiba is the name of the clan of which Neslon Mandela is a member. A clan-name is much more important than a surname as it refers to the ancestor from which a person descends. Madiba was the name of a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei in the 18th century. It is considered very polite to use someone's clan name. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela is often called Madiba.
About the teamM adiba Travel is situated in Cape Town, run by Marc Schoon. In 1998 he first set foot on South African soil. As a promising rugby player he got a scholarship for a season to play for a rugby team in Knysna, an idyllic village along the Garden Route. A typical example of 'love at first sight': for the South African landscape, as well for his South African girlfriend (now wife) Stephané. In 2001 he returned to Cape Town for his thesis research and, after years of commuting back and forth, finally established in South Africa in January 2009. His passion became his mission: Sharing the beauty of South Africa with whoever is visiting the country.
Companion Paul Langeveld is also an Africa enthusiast pur sang. He lives and works for more than a decade with his wife and two children in the Western Cape. Paul knows the beauty of Southern Africa because of his many travel experiences. Cycling through Namibia, camping in the Okavango Delta, hiking in the northern part of the Kruger Park: Paul has been there and has seen and done all of that. As well Paul is a big golf fan and he has a lot of experience in organizing and composing beautiful golf holidays on the best golf courses in South Africa.
From the beginning of February 2017 Esmée Schuurman started working at Madiba Travel. She is studying Tourism Management at the Hospitality Business School at Saxion in Deventer. During her 5 months internship, she is mainly responsible for the back office.
This is Esmée's first time in South Africa, and after the first week she is already very impressed by the beauty of the Western Cape. During her free time from the internship, she visited one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town: Clifton. She goes jogging regularly on the promenade in Sea Point. She has also visited the beautiful shopping centre at the Waterfront and has already enjoyed a wonderful African braai. Check out our Facebook page at "Madiba Travel" for her experiences during her internship!