About us - Company History

1997:  Tourvest is established through the incorporation of a number of long established tourism companies and is listed on the JSE.

2004:  Tourvest cements its presence in Zimbabwe through the acquisition of a number of tourist activity businesses in the area, which are incorporated into its existing Wild Horizons operations.

2004:  Tourvest acquires a number of tourist-orientated restaurants as the first step in its planned expansion into this sector of the tourism industry.

2006:  Tourvest acquires the four star Adderley Hotel in Cape Town as well as an interest in the hotel management company Relais Hotels as the first step in establishing a presence in the accommodation sector of the tourism market.

2006:  Tourvest expands its fledgling property portfolio through the acquisition of the Makalali Game Lodge in Limpopo.

2006:  Tourvest expands its operations into East Africa through the acquisition of a majority interest in one of the region’s leading ecotourism businesses, Vintage Africa.  At the same time, Tourvest is awarded a prime concession for a new luxury permanent tented camp in the Serengeti National Park.

2006:  Tourvest acquires the well-known Casa do Sol hotel near Hazyview in Mpumalanga.  The Spanish village styled hotel sits on a 30 hectare site and overlooks the Sabie River Valley.

2006:  Tourvest acquires a 60% interest in Ganzee, a leading souvenir store operator in Barbados.  This is the first step in the planned international expansion of its destination retail business,  Ganzee – Caribbean slang for T-shirt – has 13 stores in Barbados, including outlets at the cruise ship terminal and the international airport, as well as two outlets in Granada and one in Tortolla.

2007:  Tourvest acquires four well-known seafront restaurants in Cape Town – La Med, Quay Four, the Black Marlin and Bertha’s - in line with its strategy of building up a portfolio of strategically located tourist destination restaurants.

2007:  Tourvest acquires the overland tours business of the Drifters group to support the expansion of its activities operations.

2008:  Imperial Holdings disposes its majority shareholding in Tourvest.  The company is bought by a BEE consortium lead by Guma Tourism and delists.

2009:  Tourvest acquires a majority stake in Silver Star Tours, giving the group major exposure to the Indian source market.

2009:  Tourvest becomes the first South African tour operator to offer gorilla treks in Uganda.

2010:  Tourvest is appointed an agent of Western Union and now offers money transfers at most of its foreign exchange bureau countrywide.

2010:  Tourvest handles over 70 000 pax for the FIFA World Cup through a specialist division called TEAM.

2010:  Tourvest adds the iconic Hildebrand Restaurant in Cape Town to its growing portfolio of restaurants.

2010:  Tourvest completes a low ecological impact luxury camp, known as the Elephant Camp, at its concession in the Victoria Falls National Park.

2010:  Tourvest consolidates its property portfolio under a single umbrella company called African Hotels and Adventure in order to take advantage of growth opportunities presented by spin-offs from the FIFA World Cup.

2011:  Saint James on Venice in Durban, Shakama Private Game Lodge and Spa in Bela Bela, Thakadu River Camp in the Madikwe Game Reserve, the Chobe Marina Lodge in Botswana and the Bongani Mountain Lodge in Mpumalanga  are added to Tourvest’s property portfolio.
2012: Tourvest Duty Free is awarded concession for British Airways inflight sales.

2012: Pakamisa Lodge in Zululand and Ghoho Hills Camp in Botswana’s Chobe National Park are added to Tourvest’s property portfolio.

2012: SANParks extends contract with Tourvest to manage retail shops in the Tsitsikama, Addo and Kruger National Parks for a further 10 years.

2013: Tourvest is awarded full management contract for all the properties at the Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay.

2013: Tourvest consolidates its presence in East Africa through the award of contracts to manage the Mara River Lodge in Kenya and the Azanzi Beach Hotel in Zanzibar.

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