Africa and The Middle East
Fellow travellers, welcome to my website!
Travel is, was and will forever be a motivating force of my life!
After completing my law degree, I was in an existential predicament because I realised that my heart was not devoted to the scales of Madame Justitia. My wise father encouraged me to take a travelling sabbatical. I travelled through Africa with my brother, who was doing sub continental tours at that stage. With the sun rising over the Great Rift Valley, I realised that my heart irrevocably belongs to this mystical continent of ours. In that moment I understood the gentleness of the mothers of Africa, the laziness of time, the force of the Great Zambezi, the joy of a, “Jumbo” in friendly greeting, the humour of the locals over a Tusker, (the local beer of Tanzania), the devastation caused by famine and poverty, the beauty of a sunset and the shy smile of an umfaan.
The United Kingdom was next on my list. For three years I worked on and off in Stratford upon Avon and used the rest of the time to explore the history and diversity of the cultural life in Europe. Back in South Africa I married my best friend, one magical night under the bright stars of a Free State sky. Fortunately for me, he also loves the great beyond and shares my passion for travel. We have two children and we use every opportunity that we can to take them with us, whether it is to Clocolan, Cape Town or Lesotho!
I get my biggest kick out of sharing in the huge smiles of satisfied customers. The awards that I have accumulated through the years, have made me proud, but the best reward that I can receive is a client coming back from an awesome journey and having no words to describe the joys experienced.
I am now a proud Travel Counsellor. I am home-based, so I can manage my time between my family and my clients. I am available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist where ever I can.
My passion and love for travel is what encourages and drives me to give the best personalised service to my clients.
The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery of his passions.
–Alfred Lord Tennyson-
For all your travel requirements
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
24 June 2012
Italy is one of those places, where you feel at home, at ease and peaceful. Where else in Europe can you find the blend of great art, delicious food and wine, and human warmth and welcome that awaits you in Italy? This Mediterranean country has made a profound contribution to Western civilisation, producing some of the world's greatest thinkers, writers, politicians, saints, and artists. Impressive traces of their lives and works can still be seen in Italy's great buildings and enchanting countryside. This time around, I decided to make Florence our base. From there, I explored Tuscany and...
17 May 2012
What a pleasant surprise Mauritius is! I have heard so many different stories: Mauritius being too commercial, too full of honeymooners, too expensive. On the contrary, I have only found wonderful scenery, hearty people, great food and exquisite resorts. I was lucky enough to spend 10 days on this beautiful island and made sure that I criss-crossed the whole island to see as many properties as I could, to make sure that I have firsthand knowledge. From the luxurious 5 Star properties to the bungalows on the beach, everything is a wonderful experience....
25 November 2011
Dubai has become a very popular tourist destination. So when the opportunity arose, I was excited to eventually go and see for myself what makes Dubai such an interesting destination. For 4 days, I had the privilege to experience the Emirate of Dubai. Dubai constantly dwells in a suppressive competition with itself trying to magnetise tourists to a dreamy world of attractions and unheard of luxuries. I experienced this first hand. The idea that I got is that where ever we went, there was a constant urge to construct something bigger and better than the previous....
16 August 2011
There is no better way than to experience Thailand other than with great friends. Especially friends that are laid back, explorers, fun, crazy and open to everything that a country has to offer. So yet again, we packed our bags and opted for Thai Airways that offers a direct flight service to Bangkok. This airline makes sure that all your needs are met, from the seats that offer more legroom to the very professional and attentive staff who made sure that we arrived fresh at every destination. Bangkok is one of those cities that never sleeps and so...
Sent in by Marina Fourie
Bloemfontein, 18 November 2013
Thank you for the opportunity! I HAVE already and WILL confidently recommend NINA to family, friends and colleagues in future. My husband and I do much travelling and have had the pleasure and disappointment of working with many travel agents before. NINA IS ONE IN A MILLION! She is prompt, effective, helpful and very professional. If I were to allocate rewards for service: SHE WOULD BE THE WINNER.
Sent in by Martial Staub
Sheffield, 10 November 2013
I haven't in my whole life experienced a travel advisor as effective as Nina Gerdener. I would like to thank her for everything. I have absolute peace of mind, knowing that she would address any query swiftly. I shall contact her when I take my family on a trip to South Africa.
Sent in by Sechaba Mahlomaholo
Bloemfontein, 03 September 2013
It has been a pleasure to work with your travel agency. I have received first class treatment only befitting Royalty. I am truly blessed and privileged.
Sent in by Carlo Luus
Bloemfontein, 03 September 2013
Excellent Service ... Do not hesitate to make use of Nina! She is very kind and easy to work with, and has the right information always on hand or is very quickly available. Make use of her with confidence! Luus Family
Sent in by Anneri Meintjes
Bloemfontein, 03 September 2013
Nina Gerdener is really great. She helped me to organize my first trip abroad and one of the most special things about it was that I could genuinely sense her excitement to help me organize my trip. She really goes the extra mile and I'd not only recommend her to friends and colleagues, but I would definitely make use of her services myself again.
Sent in by Leon en Leoni Kruger
Bloemfontein, 18 June 2012
Nina, Weereens baie dankie vir die professionele wyse waarop jy al ons reelings na Mauritius getref het (verblyf en vliegkartjies). Alles het perfek afgeloop met geen "hick-up.”. Ons het 'n heerlike tyd in Mauritius gehad en is al klaar besig om die volgende vakansie te beplan, en natuurlik sal ons met liefde van jou dienste gebruik maak. Groete Leon en Leoni
Sent in by Masedi Manenye
Bloemfontein, 12 June 2012
Nina just want to thank you for organising my trip to Greece, everything was well planned from the word go...I did not find anything hard to understand nor did I have any problems with the preparation of the trip nor the trip itself. I just want to say- job well done and I now know who to consult with my future trips. Kind regards Godfrey
Sent in by Dirkie Barnard
Hoopstad, 11 April 2012
Nina het vir my en my man 'n naweek weg gereël vir ons 10de huweliksherdenking. Sy kon haar eie diskresie gebruik oor ons verblyf. Haar beplanning was FANTASTIES!! Sy het vir ons 'n naweek geboek by Spier, ons vlugte en huur motor gereël! Alles was perfek beplan! Soos ek vir haar laat weet het, was Spier die PERFEKTE keuse vir ons twee! Baie dankie Nina, jy was wonderlik, met uitstekende diens!
Sent in by Luna Bergh
Bloemfontein, 29 February 2012
Nina het my reisreëlings vir 'n besoek aan die VSA in fyn besonderhede en met persoonlike aandag, belanstelling en opvolg hanteer. Die ander gaste in die hotel was verstom dat ek selfs ontbytkaartjies as deel van my pakket ontvang het. Dankie Nina - jou hulp en diens is uitmuntend!
Sent in by Joan Nel
Bloemfontein, 03 August 2011
It always gives me such pleasure to recommend Nina and Mercia because what you see is what you get! What do you see? 2 Ladies that are always friendly, professional and helpful who never say "no" to a problem, but rather "let’s look at how we can solve it", they never over promise and always deliver. The benefit that I enjoy most is the fact that they work from home which enables me to contact them 24 hours a day!
Sent in by Annemarie Ferreira
Bloemfontein, 13 July 2011
Nina booked my family a trip to Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket). Everything from the specially booked seats on the plane, to the hotels, day tours & taxis – it was all excellent! She really went the extra mile for us!
Sent in by Evelyn Strydom
Bloemfontein, 29 June 2011
We had a wonderful trip to Brazil and I can only say thank you. Our tour plans had been initiated by another person who withdrew from all the arrangements at the end of March and we were fortunate to be referred to Nina who took over the reins and not once did we have any hiccups and were kept up to date at all times. We have no hesitation in recommending and referring all our colleagues to Nina.
Sent in by Philip Nel
Somerset West, 15 June 2011
Every bit of my trip to Turkey and India was carefully planned by Nina and we experienced no hiccups or uncomfortable surprises!! A great and friendly service provided!
Sent in by Charl Uys
Jan Kempdorp, 09 June 2011
Beste Nina Baie, baie dankie vir al jou moeite met ons besprekings en kaartjies en die ekstra myl wat jy bereid is om te loop. Dit was regtig 'n plesier om met jou te werk en jy kan verseker weet dat ons jou weer sal kontak vir enige toekomstige reisreëlings. Vriendelike groete. Charl en Annene Uys
Sent in by Tienie & Santie Britz
Bloemfontein, 30 May 2011
Nina assisted us in getting flights and accommodation to suit our budgetary needs. In addition, she helped us getting our British and USA visas with lots of tips and information to help us prepare for our visit to London and the States. As we had specific seating requirements, our seats were pre-booked. We will definitely use Nina again for our next holiday abroad. Thank you Nina!
Sent in by Maria De Wit
Bloemfontein, 14 May 2011
Heil die leser Ek wil graag vir Nina uit die diepte van my hart bedank vir al haar moeite met ons toer na Turkye. Reeds in die beplanningsstadium het sy ons bygestaan met inligting en talle vrae sorgvuldig uitgeklaar. Talle oproepe het sy met groot grasie be-antwoord. Die vlugbesprekings het ook baie vlot verloop en het Nina ook telkens ons kleinste wense aandag aan gegee. Nogmaals baie dank
Sent in by Dineo Gaofhiwe-Ingram
Bloemfontein, 05 May 2011
I was very happy with the service offered by Nina for my recent trip to the USA. She had very little time to book my complicated travel itinerary and handled it very well. Great work!
Sent in by Hugo Naude
Cape Town, 28 April 2011
Boys and girls please take note that Nina ROCKS! Excellent service, friendly and always in the mood to help! We had NO problems on our trip to Barcelona.
Sent in by Annette Prins
Bloemfontein, 02 February 2011
Nina has delivered an excellent and personalised plan for our tour to the USA and Canada. It was very affordable with good accommodation in excellent locations. She listens well and attempts to accommodate one's wishes. Thanks Nina!
Sent in by Sarah Jane Smith
Bloemfontein, 10 January 2011
Nina's very professional service has always made for a problem free holiday.
Sent in by Phillip vd Merwe
Leeudoringstad, 23 December 2010
Hi Nina, baie dankie vir al die moeite wat jy gedoen het met my besoek aan Frankryk. Van die aansoeke van visums tot by die bespreek en bevestiging van die vliegtuigkaartjies was uitstekend.
Sent in by Hugo Naude
Goodwood, Cape Town, 25 October 2010
Baie dankie Nina vir 'n vakansie sonder enige probleme, als het glad verloop. Baie dankie vir jou moeite om al die nodige dokumentasie persoonlik te kom oorhandig en die vinnige diens om die "hick-ups" vooraf uit te stryk. Dis duidelik jy weet wat jy doen en dat jy jou werk geniet. Nogmals baie dankie - jy ROCK!
Sent in by Mvula Mochesela
Bloemfontein, 17 October 2010
Thanks so much for the effort you put in when arranging our travel arrangements. Given that it was my first time travelling abroad I was very anxious and was intimidated when thinking about all the procedures and paperwork that I'd have to handle but with the package which you compiled for me made everything that much easier. I'd recommend your service to anyone.
Sent in by Derek van Wyk
Johannesburg, 12 October 2010
Nina is without any doubt in my mind an incredible travel advisor and Travel Counsellor. Nina's service is world class and her dedication to meeting your requirements is nothing short of phenomenal! I have no hesitation in recommending Nina going forward. I will always engage and secure all my travel arrangements with Nina! Nina is simply the best Travel Counsellor I know!
Sent in by Elizabeth Oosthuysen
Bloemfontein, 05 October 2010
Nina, se opgewondenheid en vriendelike diens met ons gesinsvakansie na Frankryk en Duitsland is as persoonlik en professioneel ervaar. Besprekings en dokumentasie deur haar gedoen was foutloos. Nina, wees verseker jy het kliente "for life". Lizeth en gesin
Sent in by Marietjie Kock
Bloemfontein, 23 September 2010
What an eye-opener to do business with you. All my years in using travel agents, I have never received the service, dedication and excellent personal attention we received from you. I will never use another travel agent. Thank you for another unforgettable trip!
Sent in by Wessel en Hester Nolte
Bloemfontein, 16 September 2010
This lady knows what the word SERVICE means. Thank you Nina, you gave us your best and we will recommend you to everyone we know.
Sent in by Nalize Marais
Bloemfontein, 06 August 2010
Nina Gerdener has organised several trips for me and my colleagues. Thanks Nina for walking the extra mile. You are doing a fabulous job. Your 24/7 availability and personal assistance adds value to the Travel Counsellor Service. Nina arranged everything in advance and on time.....and delivered it to my office!! Thanks for ensuring that my trips are enjoyable experiences!
Sent in by Estelle Heiedman
Bloemfontein, 02 August 2010
Nina was professional and extremely helpful in assisting me with my travel arrangements. The hotel was superb. I was one of a lucky few who had air-conditioning during the blazing hot days in Vienna.
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