Cape Town (Head Office)
Jacqui Le Sueur
I have always had a passion for tourism and I believe a person is at work 90% of your life so you need to enjoy what you do or you are wasting your time. My Career in tourism started with me travelling abroad for 2 years doing GATE projects. I was then a river guide for Felix Unite where I gained experience in the field and had the pleasure of combining my outdoor passion with working. I was then involved in operations for Flexi Wheels and have since then never left the “wheels” side of tourism. I have grown at Hylton Ross from Consultant to Marketing to operations Manager and now 14 years later Branch Manager. I like to think I have had experience in all the various divisions of our coaching company.
Daniel Van Wyk
My life in the coach industry started in 1994 straight after school when I worked in the Intercity sector. Since then I’ve been involved in the coaching and tourism industry for nearly 12 years, and my passion is still as great as the day I started. There isn’t a thing I don’t know about our coaches and I’m proud to boast about it. I look forward to being of service to you for all your transportation and tourism needs.
Loryn Van Niekerk
I love nature and feeling the wind in my face! I find it exhilarating to run or cycle or participate in any sport. The outdoors is my thing and I love visiting amazing places. I find history, languages, and different cultures fascinating. I studied horticulture for 3 years and then decide to become a tour guide and after completing my studies and acquiring my accreditation I was fortunate enough to find a position available at Hylton Ross. Eight happy years later I am still with the company and now I am finding fulfilment as a coach charter consultant.
Sales & Marketing
I love the travel industry and I’ve enjoyed being involved in the industry in a variety of different ways, from hotels and hospitality, to inbound and outbound travel. My experience has taken me to some amazing countries and I loved every exciting minute of it all, but the most exciting moments were usually when I disembarked from a flight, or a ship, or a train, and I could see Table Mountain and Table Bay. I love the vibrant sights and sounds of Cape Town, and of the rest of South Africa. I feel very privileged being able to work in an industry and in a country I love.
Gerda Van Wyk
I started my career in tourism about 13 years ago as a concierge in a hotel. I moved on to Operations Assistant for a small touring company. Experience gained there qualified me for a position at Thompsons as an Accounts Supervisor where I remained for 5 years before becoming the Operations Manager. I then moved within Cullinan Transport to Hylton Ross and iKapa Coaches as their Operations Manager. I am proud to have been part of the Cullinan Team for the last 10 years. Our industry is a passion, not just a job!
I joined the Tourism Industry entirely by chance in 2007 as Office Manager for a busy Adventure Tourism Company… I discovered that I truly loved this diverse & challenging industry and decided to move on to mainstream Tourism in 2009. My journey continued with a local Tour Operator for 7 years, specialising in the Indian & Middle East Markets. Once again I hungered for more challenges and to explore yet another aspect of Tourism and was very fortunate to be able to join the dynamic team at Hylton Ross in September 2016, as a Senior Charter Consultant. I continue to learn every day, and take pride in the level of service I offer to my clients.
I am a bright and happy 24 year old who has a passion for the tourism industry. I had the opportunity to go and study at Northlink College Tygerberg Campus. I enjoy going the extra mile for my clients and having started at Hylton Ross I have learnt so much about the travel and tourism industry, and I find the transport section very interesting. I have grown to love each and everyone in the office. I strive to live our company values to the best of my ability. So far working at Hylton Ross has been a pleasure, I am delighted to have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the industry I am passionate about.
Day Tour Consultant
My career in the coach industry started in 1994 when I left school and I worked in the Intercity sector. I’ve been involved in the coaching and tourism industry for nearly 12 years, and my passion is still as great as the day I started. There isn’t a thing I don’t know about our coaches and I’m proud to boast about it. I look forward to being of service to you for all your transportation and tourism needs.
I started my career in the transport industry in 1994. My life has been punctuated into different phases in the transport industry which I have just absorbed as awesome life experiences. I love life and this industry just creates so much opportunity for growth you are never at a stage of stagnation. The love of people and the knowing that this greatness we call our world has been given to us is just more reason to excite you into a pursuit of joy: Thus love the journey as this industry has been created for us to grow in every area of our lives as we go about our daily duties which evolves into passion for our people and the network we find ourselves in. What a drive this has been and still is!!! I am always looking forward to meeting new people and embracing new opportunities within our industry.
Two years ago I started off as a porter at the Rockwell hotel and I assisted at the Concierge desk when needed. I slowly gained the knowledge and ability to operate at a Concierge desk and that allowed me the opportunity to liaise with clients at one of the biggest touring company’s travel desk, Hylton Ross Touring. Being in the right place at the right time, I turned out to be the right man! I was recruited by Hylton Ross Touring into their head office where I am currently an Operations Consultant.
Within the space of two years I could do all this! It proves that if you put your heart and mind into achieving your dreams, anything is possible!
Arnaud de Grandpre
I started in travel over 20 years ago joining Thompsons on a voluntary work experience basis – 2 weeks later I was given a choice of 2 employment offers: accounts administration or Inbound Operations (of which I took the later – thankfully for all concerned!) I have worked in Inbound reservations, Inbound groups, Escorted Tours as well as National Touring Manager of the Thompsons Touring & Safaris wheels operations. It has been incredible to be part of the original team involved in starting out with a fleet of 2 vehicles to now being a proud member in the ever growing and professional Cullinan Transport Division – a merger of several passionate and successful brands taking Tourism transport to new levels.
I started at Thompsons as a Receptionist in 2004 and thereafter in 2006 moved to Thompsons Africa Escorted Touring as a Operations Co-Ordinator. In 2011 moved over to Hylton Ross as a Operations Co-Ordinator. I have learnt quiet a bit about the tourism industry. I love working with people of different backgrounds. I am passionate about what I do. I love to assist where I can. My personal life – I am a wife and a mum. I have three beautiful daughters aged 19 Years (Shanice); 15 Years (Shane`e and 5 years (Sad`e). Life is a challenge and everyday is great. My belief is trust in God.
My career began in the Transport Logistics and Shipping industry, which gave me the right experience to join the Hylton Ross Touring Team as Operations Supervisor. I am a vibrant individual and I believe anything can be attained through hard work and dedication.
I am sociable and full spirited and I am able to engage with people from diverse backgrounds. I have the utmost love for my mum and sister who are my blessings in my life and my dad late dad is my shining star from above. I have unconditional love and passion for animals and I am driven to rescuing strays. My motto: Live, Learn, Love!
Kevin Smith father of two, recently left Hylton Ross Cape Town to join the Johannesburg team as Branch Manager, a personal achievement cherished after 18 years in the industry , my passion and drive increases year by year. The dynamics of working in the tourism industry makes me believe in the following statement. Love what you do and do what you love.
My love with Tourism industry started 15years ago , and also that’s where I met my wife Kaori Mabaso and blessed with two kid’s Ayanda (6years old) & Azania (3years old). I’m very passionate working with people and meeting people from all over the world , my strongest personality is customer service. I’m very happy to be part of the Cullinan family and working for Hyton Ross , our aim is always giving the best service to our clients (guests) that they deserve. On my holiday I love touring our beautiful country , as I can’t get enough of the attractions and hospitality that SA had to offer. Last but not least I love life and appreciate the opportunity of everyone that I met.
I enjoy the outdoors as much as I enjoy sitting in front of the TV J I spend most of my time with my son and family. I’m terrified of heights but will still get on a plane to anywhere as long as the water is blue or the trees are green. I’m a team player and game for anything as long as it’s not gross 🙂
I lived all over South Africa in my youth, and matriculated at Kimberley Boys High. As a teenager I lived in Peru in the Andes Mountains in the deepest valley in the world. I went to an International school in Arequipa, the second Largest City in Peru. I used to catch trout in the Colca River and camped in the Amazon several times. My first job was at Kimberley Airport and worked for the Dept. of Civil Aviation. Then I was transferred to Louis Botha Airport in Durban. I was the Assistant Airport Manager and I absolutely loved it. I used to see the Springbok Atlas Coaches pick their guests up in those days. I fell in love with the Kruger when I was very young and I used to visit my dad who was involved in building roads in the Kruger. Today I have two gorgeous daughters and both of them are involved in nature conservation. I have always enjoyed sport and I ride my mountain bike regularly to keep fit. I love camping in the Kruger and other game parks. My passion is to see happy tourist after they have visited a game park.
Reservations & Operations
I am married with 2 sons. I was born in Vereeniging (no jokes, please ) but raised in our beautiful bush capitol – Hazyview. I have started working for Thompsons Tours (now Thompsons Africa) in 1998 before the change over to Hylton Ross in 2010. I am responsible for all quotes, reservations and invoicing and do my job with passion and dedication!
I am originally from the UK but most of my high schooling was in SA. I have even mastered Afrikaans on a basic level. J I have been in the hospitality/Tourism industry for over 30 years, and still get a kick out of the enjoyment clients feel when they get to experience all that South Africa offers. I oversee Operations in the Malalane Branch and look after accounts and I am quite the Sergeant Major when dealing with cash payments. I have been married to Matthew for 24 years and we have two daughters aged 19 & 21. I’ve been living in the Mpumalanga Lowveld for the past 20 years and we currently live on a beautiful banana farm with our 3 dogs & two cats.
I am married and have 3 children and 3 Grand Children. I was born in Boksburg and lived there until 1987 when we moved to Alberton. I worked for the same Company for 29 years until my husband retired and we moved to Marlothpark. I joined the Hylton Ross group just over a year ago and I really enjoy working with the team in Hazyview.
I am married and have a Son and a daughter. I was born in Nelspruit and moved to Hazyview in 1993 and was offered a job at Thompsons Africa as a Travel Desk consultant, I worked there for 4 years and then decided to accept an offer at Thompsons African as an Admin Assistant for 2 year I currently head up the Operations @ Hylton Ross Hazyview office.
Operations and Reservations
I am divorced and have 1 daughter and 3 sons, as well as a grandson. I was born in Johannesburg and worked basically in Johannesburg and Pretoria before joining the Tourism industry and Hylton Ross in Hazyview on the 1st of October 2014. I am currently in Reservations and Operations in the Hazyview office. In my spare time I am an Honorary Ranger helping out in Kruger National Park wherever they need me.
Hluhluwe & St Lucia
Director and Branch Manager
We opened this branch 14 years ago in partnership with Cullinan Holdings. I was born in Kenya and am married. I have been in Wildlife Tourism since 1983 and my passion is for Wildlife and exploring new game reserves.
Ruth Allen Organ
I was born in Pietermaritzburg am married and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I have been in Tourism for 20 years and joined the company in 2003. I am the Office Manager for Hluhluwe and St Lucia and currently based in the Hluhluwe office, our company currently has 11 staff. My passions are Art and Wildlife.
I joined the company in 2005 and am based in the St Lucia Office. I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and love every moment of being a Granny. My husband and I have been married for 40 yrs. We both enjoy wildlife and in our spare time love sightseeing in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is right on our doorstep and also countywide. The Western Cape flower tour being one of our favourites.
I am single parent and have 4 children; 3 sons and a daughter, and I have 2 brothers. I was born in Hlabisa and moved to St Lucia in 1990 and worked in tourism for 2 years with a Tour Operator based in St Lucia prior to accepting my current position with Hylton Ross St Lucia as Operation Assistant.