Based in Johannesburg

Fazlin Samodien

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Thank you for taking the time to view my leisure website. This can only mean that you are interested in a well deserved holiday and need some guidance and assistance with your itinerary and bookings and not to mention value for money. You have come through to the right place.

Being an independent Travel Counsellor means I am here for you at a time suitable to you. I am based in Johannesburg, and I am available 24/7 in case of any emergencies and I am able to assist you with last minute travel arrangements.

You must be wondering why a "Travel Counsellor" right? Well its simple, not only do I ensure that your travel plans are managed efficiently, I also analyse your destination assuring you of a true experience, making sure that it's the perfect destination for you. With over 25 years of travel experience, I look forward to sharing it with you.

Please feel free to browse through my HOT OFFERS and start creating some magical travel memories to last you a life time!

Travel Counsellors is an independent global travel franchise company. With the state of the art technology and excellent back-office support system, I am able to own a Travel company, which is now a dream come true! Based on my home premises, this gives me the flexibility to attend to your travel needs 24/7. I now have the best of both worlds.

As the saying goes all work and no play..., Making the time to enjoy a relaxing and beautiful holiday and to take a break from the rat-race only helps you to be the best at what you do.

I understand the importance of making every cent go a long way and most importantly making your holiday worth every cent spent. All my clients money is financially protected against supplier insolvency through our Financial Protection Plan which is available to all my clients free of charge. We are the only South African company to offer this protection free of charge.

Allow me to be your Travel Counsellor and I will make your holiday destination a reality - I will ensure that you get the best affordable rates. No trip is too big or too small for me to handle, the sky is the limit!

From my leisure website you can also access my business travel. I can handle all aspects of travel from leisure to business travel. Allow me to bring your Company onboard to and to book your holidays and to manage your business trips.

I believe that excellent service is the key to any successful business.

We have an amazing world out there, just waiting to be explored.

So what are you waiting for, call me today, I am available 24/7 to assist you in making that discovery.

10 reasons why you should consider making me your Travel Counsellor:
* Professionalism and best in the travel industry
* Concierge Travel Service
* Value for money
* Infrastructure and support
* Financial protection
* Your one stop shop
* Buying power
* Passion for Travel, Expert impartial advice and excellent customer service
*Accreditation (currently a level 2 BEE contributor. IATA & ASATA membership)
*A helping hand at all times, you are never on your own
*MyTCC app

Start by emailing me or giving me a call to chat about your next travel destination of interest.

Have an amazing day and look forward to making your dream holiday a reality.

Best Regards



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Croatia,A journey of adventure through the eyes of my client. #croatia ,dubrovnik #lifeincroatia, Banjebeach #gameofthrones ,Fort Lovrijenac ,Lokrum Island,HVAR

MALDIVES - My clients experience



My Jerusalema Challenge "WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA"


This is me,Fazlin your Travel Counsellor having fun doing the Jerusalema challenge welcoming All to SOUTH AFRICA.#jerusalemachallenge #southafrica #tcexperience

Self Drive in a Convertible Cobra along the Cape Peninsula Cape Town


My clients Self Drive full day tour in a Convertible Cobra along the Cape Peninsula to Cape of Good Hope.Sightseeing in Cape Town in STYLE is the way to go.

Penguins Colony on Boulders beach Simons Town


Famous attraction of Simons Town are the African Penguins on Boulders Beach which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park Cape Town.

Dubai -Longest Urban zipline


My clients experience in Dubai. He became superman for a few mins.This is for the adrenaline junky. highly recommend trying this if you visit the Dubai Marina.

My Blog

I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge & Spa

28 September 2018

From the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to only 30 minutes away to Pretoria Centurion, it is a haven of peace and tranquility and pure relaxation, a place called African Pride Irene Country Lodge and Spa. From luxury room accommodation, to conference rooms, fine dining, wedding venues and a spa. We were given the red-carpet entrance and treatment from all the staff. The staff at the African Pride Irene country Lodge and Spa are very friendly. Our room was exactly how we expected it to be and more. On the same premises, within walking distance or you can use a shuttle service, you can enjoy the Animal farm and see the cows grazing. There are restaurants and a Farm Market so that you can get the freshest milk and local delicacies. Breakfast is well catered for and have they had the best English and continental breakfast that you can ask for. Meadow Green restaurant has exquisite cuisine, serving a buffet or ala carte menu. The Camdeboo Day Spa treatment is perfectly situated from the hotel and offers many different treatments, Saunas, a steam room and jet heated pool as well as a plunge pool to cool off. The rooms are elegantly designed with an African touch. They are very spacious and clean. Each room has a bar fridge, a Big flat screen TV, a kettle with tea and coffee facilities, rusks to nibble, complimentary bottles water and bathrobes. Irene Country Lodge is closely situated to the Irene Mall. For a weekend getaway this is a perfect retreat for a couple or family to enjoy. I will go back to African Pride Irene Country Lodge for another weekend getaway anytime.

Zulu Nyala Country Manor

03 August 2015

Zulu Nyala Country manor is more than a 5 star to me. Set on 5-hectare landscaped grounds in suburban Chartwell, this country manor has a very homely feeling to it, with luscious gardens and breath-taking décor! The best of both worlds. If you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle and need a hide away, then Nyala Country Manor is the place to be. I enjoyed a weekend getaway with my family enjoying the luxury of the family room which was very spacious with its private balcony overlooking the pool area. The conference facilities/wedding venue and team building area is it main attraction. They cater for every need whether leisure or corporate functions. Free WIFI, beautiful dining areas, with stunning views, it is perfect for a wedding photographer where the scenery is beyond your imagination. The Wedding venue and decor is a very stylish and is fit for a princess. The Zulu Nyala Country Manor is highly recommended for conferences, wedding venue, team building or just a get away from everything. Thanks to Zulu Nyala Country Manor, our stay was revitalizing! Best Regards Fazlin

Zulu Nyala Safari lodge and Heritage Lodge Hluhluwe

03 August 2015

The Heritage Safari Lodge was a perfect choice to start off our holiday, with tasteful accommodation and decor to highlight Zululand's unique cultural heritage. A pit stop between Maputo and Durban. The best road transport to these lodges is a 4x4. Our kids and myself really enjoyed the zebra's visiting us in front of our rooms. They were grazing and posing, keeping us company just before sunset safari. There is a hideout area close to the water hole. This was one of my highlights of the trip. This is created to make you feel as if you are right next to the animals when they are drinking water. The tunnel runs from the hotel into the open area where the animals stop to drink water. The only separation from the animals is small window openings with bars across without glass. A bird lover and photographers dream. The Zulu Safari Lodge was five star service. We shared a beautiful family suite absolutely perfect for a family of four. What a spectacular view from the dining area onto the safari area. I am sure given the opportunity and time we could see the big five. The facilities at both lodges are exceptional. The game drives and game walks are very professional accompanied by professional guides and a must for every visitor. The swimming pool area in both Lodges is huge situated in the sun perfect for tanning and also perfect for just enjoying the fresh air. The meals at both lodges catered for our dietary requirements. The short time we spent of these lodges was an experience never to forget. My husband and two boys are the biggest critics and they give a big thumps up for both lodges. Thank you Zulu Nyala Lodges for a fabulous stay!

Marupeng Hotel The Cradle of Humankind

03 August 2015

Breath-taking to say the least! Marupeng Hotel at the Cradle of Humankind is a fabulous way to show how all humans should be treated. The Marupeng hotel and staff all treated us like kings and queens. The boutique hotel is a five minute walk from Maropeng, and 10km (6 miles) from the Sterkfontein Caves. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of the 10 king or 13 twin rooms, or fully equipped room for disabled persons. Marupeng Hotel is perfect for conferences, a getaway for the romantics or a family getaway to enjoy the true beauty of nature. The pool area and restaurant are perfectly situated with the best view ending in the most perfect sunset in the world. Our accommodation was superb, all catered to my family’s needs. The views outside our bedroom doors is priceless. This is where you get the best sunset in the west. Our getaway from Johannesburg was the best ever. This was not only relaxing but very educational. The visit to the cradle of humankind with it Marupeng exhibition centre with its path to humanity and the Sterkfontein caves, was all very educational, discovering the history on earth and its major extinctions. The cradle of humankind is the perfect school outing and excursion for all scholars young and old. The Marupeng Hotel has a 4 star rating, but to me it was 5 star with 6 star service. Thank you Marupeng Hotel for the best experience!

Xakanaxa Camp Okavango Delta

17 December 2008

What an experience...The Okavango Delta. We took a scheduled flight to Gaborone and from there a chartered flight to Moremi Game Reserve and the road transferred to the Xakanaxa camp. Big game, big birds, big water – Xakanaxa Camp is one of the pioneer safari camps in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Its prime location is on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. This ensures that it is one of the only safari camps which can provide guests with an authentic year round Okavango Delta land and water safari experience. Our accommodation was a luxury tented camp. Each tent is tastefully furnished with twin or double beds and en-suite facilities with a shower, hand basin and toilet. The camp operates on generator power, however at night all the lighting is supplied by gas and paraffin lanterns, giving the camp an authentic African ambience. The kitchen is renowned for its traditional safari touch. The meals are served around the main dining room table where tales of the day’s exciting experiences are recounted and discussed in great detail. They cater for guests wishing to dine in private. The emphasis is on discreet personal service. No need to worry about a bill at the end of your stay as all is included. Teas, coffees, mineral water and soft drinks are available to guests throughout the day at no additional cost. Our daily camp activities began with a light breakfast just before dawn which included: coffee, tea, fruit juices, cereals, muffins and fresh fruit and then we set off on extensive safari drives, boat or mokoro outings. Upon our return to camp which was about three or 4 hours later it was time for a full English breakfast. After lunch and other activities we are given a chance to freshen up for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks, dinner and coffee and liqueurs on the fire-deck. Xakanaxa is one of the few Botswana lodges that can offer all year round boating trips, as well as extensive 4x4 drives into outstanding game country. The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena’s. What an amazing experience. There is nothing better than the adventures into Africa!


19 December 2008

This was my first visit to China and by far the best experience. I departed Johannesburg on Singapore Airlines 24 July 2002 which happened to be my birthday. Well to my surprise on the flight the Air hostess surprised me with a Happy Birthday song and a big chocolate cake and candles. My trip couldn't have started off better. The flight was pleasant with T.V screens in front of each passenger. My first stop was Beijing, met by the tour operator and transferred to the 5 Star Prime Hotel. I would rate it a 4 Star plus compared to South Africas 5 Star hotels. This hotels location is situated on the main street close to all major shopping malls. This is where you also get the night life until the early hours of the morning and the food vendors with all kinds of delicacies...if you know what I mean. My advise is to learn a few basic phrases in Chinese because the locals does not speak a word of english and are not very friendly. Bicycles are the main mode of transport for the locals. China is a very clean country, the streets are wide and spacious.The people of China live in flats, you don't see any houses. Apparently nobody owns their own property, it is all government owned. Only a 30 minute drive from the Prime Hotel we were transferred in an air-conditioned luxury bus to the Temple Of Heaven.This is where the emperors would make their sermons, which is echoed beyond the walls.The building is structured in 3 tiers and the steps are in odd numbers. It is very important to have air-conditioned buses because in the summer temperatures are over 40 degrees. The Forbidden City, is where the Chinese Emperors resided and ruled the country since the 13th century. It is also called the Imperial Palace. No common mortals had access only the royalty. The history and architecture is very interesting.The tour was very organised and our tour leader was well informed about the history of China. You definitely need one full day for each tour, you cannot rush through them because there is so much to see and the tourists sights are always full of tourists. Some advise, try not to drink too much liquid on the days you go on tours, because their public toilets facilities is not for the faint hearted and most toilets are flat in the ground. The Great Wall Of China, was just what I expected and more! I took the challenge to climb the wall. We were in pairs and had to try to stay with the rest of the group. Some of the people in my group turned back after a few minutes of walking. I, on the other hand dragged myself to the bitter end, I didn't come all this way to give up. What an achievement, and to think that this Great Wall can be seen from outer space. Tiananmen Square - Gate of Peace, this is where the student movements took place and so many were killed. The Ming Tombs is where all the Moseleums (graves) were of the Ming Dynasty and is very sacred. The Imperial Summer place has a shimmering Kunming Lake. You can spend the whole day at the Imperial Summer place and enjoy a cruise across the lake. A must for dinning out, is the Peking Duck restaurant, everyone enjoyed their meal. I unfortunately only ate the veggies and crab sticks. I actually lost about 5kg on this trip! There is too much to absorb in a few days, so when you plan a trip to China make sure you have at least 7 days in Beijing. The locals in China are not very friendly, so don't expect a smile.

Xian & Shanghai China Experience

19 December 2008

Xian is an ancient capital for 11 Imperial Dynasties and the cradle of Chinese civilisation. I flew from Beijing to Xian on East China Airlines, a 1 and an a half hours flight to Xian. I stayed at a very comfortable 3 Star Garden Hotel. The rooms were basic but clean and I would highly recommended the hotel as the scenery is out of this world. It was a 45 minute drive from the airport to Xian. Our first evening we enjoyed a lovely Tang Dynasty Dinner show in the hotels Theatre. In the early morning we went on a tour visiting the walls that surrounded the city of Xian. Each of the 4 walls is 1km long making it a rectangular shape. Close to it is the youth Hostel for all foreigners. In the city you can hire bicycles and ride around visiting all the museums.You can even hire costumes and have your photo taken. The Terra Cotta Warriors was the awe of my trip, seeing the individually sculptured faces of the thousands of life sized Warriors.This army was buried with the first Emperor, horses and chariots for two millennia.They were accidently discovered by a farmer whilst digging a well in 1974. I had the privilege to have my photo taken with the famous man who discovered the Terra Cotta Worriers.There are still thousands of Terra Cotta Worriors that needs to be discovered. At the museum you can watch a history movie of the making of and reason behind the making the Terra Cotta Worriors. Our day ended with a trip to the Hot Springs, with beautiful scenery and landscapes. This is where the Emperors would go for their holiday and also entertain their Concubines. After a long day without stopping we went straight to dinner, a very pricy restaurant, we had our own room catered for the group and had a fondu dinner. We had to cook our own meal in front us. That was quite fun and I would recommend you try this. Off to the airport the next day for our flight to Shanghai. The largest city and the gateway through which modern life enters. It is a flourishing international metropolis, known worldwide for its highly developed industrial, commercial and financial components. Shanghai is an ideal "shopping paradise." And there are also over a thousand restaurants serving the famous 16 styles of Chinese food as well as many other foreign cuisines. I stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel - an excellent 4 Star hotel in the middle of all the hussle and bussle. My first tour was Bund Street, this is a small little ancient China imposing buildings of the colonial period. Bicycles, cars and people all at once in the streets. Yu Yuan Gardens situated at the old quarters was my also my favourite visit, I actually had an opportunity to stand under a real life Bonsai Street. The Sky scrapers in Shanghai are amazing. For all you architectural fanatics this is the place to be. The TV Towers is the tallest building and it gives you a birds eye view of Shangai. Nanjing Road is famous for shopping and picking up good bargains. They are open till late which was the only time we had on our trip to shop, so you can imagine how I shopped till I dropped. If you are taking a taxi at night make sure you ask the Hotel Concierge to write down the name and address of your hotel and also where the taxi should take you. Locals do not understand a word of English. A must see is a world class Acrobatic Troupe show, amazing talent! Dinner was at the Pelican Restraurant, it is very smart and popular with the Business men of Shanghai. Taking the Bullet Train was an experience I'll never forget. We took the train from Shangai. With a speed of 431km per hour. I took a photo of the take off and the time and when we arrived. I had a unique experience which I will never forget.

My customer stories

Sent by Travis Davids

The absolute BEST travel counsellor you will ever find! Fazlin Samodien ensures everything runs smooth with all of my travels. She organizes everything from start to finish, whether it's obtaining the necessary visas, booking my tours, flights and travel insurance. I have the easiest and most stress free travel experience and it's all thanks to Fazlin. I highly recommend using a travel counsellor and Fazlin goes above and beyond to ensure you have the best time possible on your trip. She deserves an 11/10 from me and I highly recommend her services.

Sent by Michelle & Justin Holmes

My wife and I wanted to go on a honeymoon after our wedding and we were not sure where to begin. After speaking to a few people we landed with fazlin from travel counselor as a recommended travel agent. We provided details of where we would like to go and what kind of experience we wanted to have. Our destination was the Philippines for an island paradise getaway. The process with fazlin was such a pleasure, her attention to detail and her keeping us abreast of all information along the way was phenomenal. She booked all our flights, handled all our hotel bookings and handled our hotel transfers (which is super important) and added some fun activities in our package. She even helped us setup a honeymoon wallet where we could supply a link to family /friends to donate towards our dream holiday as a gift. We just want to say that fazlin is an incredible travel agent and would definitely be using her services again. Highly recommend her for booking a dream holiday.

Sent by Keo Sedupane

Fazlin is the most reliable, trustworthy, unassuming and understanding Travel Agent I know. I would recommend her to anyone I know. She is the very best in the industry. We appreciate you, Fazlin.

Sent by Michelle Fisher

Fazlin has been nothing short of amazing while planning our honeymoon to the Philippines! We would highly recommend her 1000% Thank you Fazlin! We can't wait to go on our honeymoon!!

Sent by Janice Foster

Fazlin from Travel Counsellor is a highly professional travel agent. We depend on her for all our Managing Director and his families travel and would without a doubt recommend her to all our friends and colleagues. Travel Counsellors should be proud to have such an efficient person working for them.

Sent by Travis Davids

Fazlin has helped me tremendously on my travels and has ensured that everything runs smoothly. She is hard working and very reliable. Whenever I need visas, tours booked, information about a country I'm visiting, quotes or flights, she always provides me with everything that I need. She makes travelling stress free and I truly appreciate her hard work and dedication to ensuring I have a good time. She showcases excellent communication and customer service. I highly recommend her services and honestly I don't think I could use any other travel agent. She is always there for me and answers all of my questions.

Sent by Alister Shields

I have used Fazlin's service since 2008. My Travel arrangements are often complex and unusually involve international travel to places like North Korea and Eritea. Fazlin has always been able to provide me with cost effective travel solutions quickly and reliably. She provides an excellent service and is sensitive to my needs as a consulting engineer who requires travel bookings at the last minute. I have no hesitation in recommending her to any organisation seeking the service of a travel agent.

Sent by Janice Foster

Our sales and marketing staff are known for last minute urgent trips be they national or international and Fazlin has never let us down yet, picking up the cheapest corporate discounted fares in Economy, Business and First Class. For our company conferences Fazlin has handled every detail from finding venues, meal requests and hotel room bookings to flying in our guests from all over the country. In essence, I know when I make a booking with Fazlin that my booking is in good hands and I have nothing to worry about. Without a doubt in my mind I recommend her to any company wanting a great personalized travel consultant to handle every detail of your corporate company trips. I would also like to add that throughout the years, due to our travel account being extremely high end, our Managing Director, Shoaib lqbal, has had many offers from other travel agents to take over the travel service but he has flatly refused advising that no one could provide the excellent service we receive from Fazlin. Janice Foster PA to MD at BLISSBRANDS (PTY) LTD (MAQ Brand)

Sent by Janice Foster

I, Janice Foster, PA to the MD at Bliss Brands (Pty) Ltd (MAQ brand) and overseeing all the companies flights, hotel bookings and car bookings for the past 13 years do hereby confirm that I have been utilizing one travel agent only during the past years i.e. the services of Fazlin Samodien from Travel Counsellors. As we are a large company and our travel is extensive, both overseas and nationally, I could not handle all the travel requests myself and had to engage the services of a travel agent. Fazlin has been a life saver to me, her service has been excellent. We receive VIP treatment, attention to detail and with it a service that is available 24/7, which believe me we have utilized. Our Managing Director is extremely fussy about his flights, seating, meals etc and Fazlin has been able to accommodate him every time with all his requirements. Janice Foster PA to the MD

Sent by Janice Foster

Both our Managing Director and I are extremely pleased with Fazlin Samodien's service. We highly recommend her services to one and all. We have had numerous offers from large companies and others to take over our travel account but our MD completely refuses stating that he already has the best travel agent in SA. Janice Foster PA to MD - Shoaib Iqbal

Sent by Janice Foster

We are a large corporate company, and had practically given up trying to find a good travel agent, until we met Fazlin. Fazlin is one of the most dedicated and friendly travel agents we have ever used. She is extremely thorough with her bookings, and our Managing Director is so pleased with her work, that he has given her our company's entire travel account to handle.

Sent by Ferhana Vally

I always received the very best service. I am very happy with Fazlin from Travel Counsellors.

Sent by Renee Fuchs

Fazlin has been extremely helpful and prompt in all my dealings with her. I highly recommend her travel services.

Sent by Khavitha Singh

Fazlin assisted me with a trip that I planned to the USA during December 2009. From the various consultants whom I had approached, Fazlin provided me with the most prompt service. Fazlin always communicated with professionalism and was available to assist at various odd times when my times and dates needed to be changed. I strongly recommend Fazlin's travel services to anyone.

Sent by Leila Sadien

Fazlin was simply amazing. Before going to her we had tried 3 different travel agents in Cape Town, whose service did not come close to what we got at Travel Counsellors. We were very difficult customers as our travel requirements changed almost twice a day... I kid you not.. And through it all, Fazlin kept a smile, was calm & showed professionalism. I will never book with anyone else! Thank you!

Sent by Jennifer Davis

Fazlin was very responsive to our needs when we planned a last minute trip to Mauritius. From then on everything about our trip was wonderful, right from the transfer from the airport to the accommodation to our return. It was impeccable.

Sent by John Davis

Fazlin was very patient and incredibly responsive in developing a vacation that met my family's needs on very short notice. We have used her more than once (South Africa, Madagascar, and Mauritius) -- she is very "can-do" and a pleasure to work with!

Sent by Gordon Hogan

Fazlin made my recent holiday in the USA an absolute pleasure. The hotel in New York was great value and perfectly positioned as was the one in Washington. I had not a single hiccup in the arrangements of what was quite a complex trip. Fantastic!

Sent by Jill Nocton-Smith

We have just returned from a holiday to the USA and booked all of our accommodation and travel arrangements through Fazlin. It was a pleasure dealing with Fazlin who is at all times patient and courteous. The accommodation that Fazlin booked for us was great and all of our travel arrangements were perfect. I look forward to booking future trips with Fazlin.

Sent by Shaheedah Rahiman

It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Fazlin. Owing to my busy schedule I was unable to source accommodation in Cape Town and also due the high season - Fazlin's professional manner & going the extra mile -assured me that our needs will be met. Within 24 hours, our bookings were made and we had the perfect location and the perfect holiday. Thank You for your Service.