Recognising those up and coming young stars making a mark in the African travel industry: From influential bloggers to passionate tour guides, top chefs to remarkable hotel personnel, tell us who you believe will lead the next generation of trail blazers.
Nominees must be under the age of 35
AFRICAN BUSH CAMPS
Yvonne Bahlangene, or Vovo as she is affectionately known, learned the hospitality trade when she was studying in Australia and worked at a restaurant called JoJo’s in Brisbane, where her sunny disposition and the power of her smile charmed even the most difficult customers. Zimbabwe called Vovo home in 2014, where she began working as a hostess at Somalisa Camp. Her bubbly personality and enthusiasm draws guests in and makes them feel like family, enchanting them. Guests return time and again because of the warm welcome they receive from Vovo. She creates an ambiance of geniality that is the key to making a safari a memorable African experience. Using her natural charisma, Vovo unravels a wilderness adventure that exceeds guests’ expectations, and shows them the true spirit of Africa. Vovo’s mentor while she worked in Brisbane was Australian hospitality icon, Stefan Ackerie. Stefan taught Vovo about the importance of giving back to the community, so it was only natural for Vovo to become passionate about the charitable side of the industry. Yvonne became involved with the African Bush Camps Foundation, engaging with guests about the importance of giving back and sustainable tourism practices. Vovo’s interactions with guests serves to affirm our shared humanity and enrich curious, energetic safari travellers open to discovery. Through her ambassadorship of the African Bush Camps Foundation, Vovo paves the way for visitors to Africa to be a conduit toward prosperity & development for the continent and to help us preserve our continent’s heritage.
- Luvo Ntezo – One&Only Cape Town
- Samuel “Brown” Lengalai – Elewana