Anedore Kessler & a short history of Ilanga
On 15 October 1989, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For Ilanga Travel this date set off the journey as a Destination Management Company which has grown from strength to strength, without losing focus of its roots and core beliefs in business and relationships.
When Margit Pilz, later founder of Ilanga Travel, was introduced to South Africa on one of the first and ground-breaking educationals she fell madly in love with this “world in one country”. She brought many clients to our shores who returned home captivated by the beauty of our country and her people.
After spending many years in Germany in the outbound tourism industry Margit finally packed up in Essen and opened the first offices of Ilanga Travel in Johannesburg, very young and quite on her own. Now, over two decades later, Ilanga Travel is still a privately owned tour operator with a team of 20 staff members; small enough to guarantee personal service and large enough to offer a competitive buying power.
Anedore Kessler joined Ilanga Travel on 1 April 1991 with many years of studies behind her. Her heart and mind were set on a career in politics and journalism. However, Margit’s powers of persuasion as well as the wonderful facets, destinations and amazing people in the tourism industry convinced her to become shareholder of Ilanga Travel in 1996.
Ilanga Travel’s goal remains to meet the high standard and individual requirements of the international traveller.
Ilanga Travel prides itself on a hand-selected basket of products: unique hotels, lodges and guesthouses; impeccable service; personal attention and beautiful locations. Many years of co-operation have resulted in a network of highly regarded and deeply valued partnerships.
Ilanga Travel is made up of a group of highly motivated, intensively trained and passionate individuals who have first-hand experience of the properties they offer. The team realises that matching the ideal destination with each individual client is absolutely essential.
Ilanga Travel makes use of our tailor-made and highly efficient in-house software system which produces immediate and precise quotations based on exact client requirements, and creates highly specialised and detailed itineraries.
But what truly gives Ilanga Travel its edge is a united passion for people, for Africa and for the unbelievable opportunity to make our clients’ dreams come true.