Based in Kimberley

Rina Hansen

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It's Nice To Meet You

Hi, my name is Rina and I would like to welcome you to my leisure travel web page.

I am a personal Travel Counsellor. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to explain how I can help you to optimise your travel plans.

I am located in the beautiful town of DOUGLAS .. in the Northern Cape area of South Africa. Although my sphere of influence extends countrywide due to the fabulous technology that I have at my fingertips. No matter where you are in the world, I am able to assist you.

I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and I have worked most of these years in retail travel. During this time I have received numerous industry awards including:
* Top Consultant Award with Astra Travel
* Preferred Supplier Award from Avis
* Preferred Supplier Award from Thompsons
* Preferred Supplier Award from Top Holidays
* And various Achiever awards from Astra Travel

I pride myself on customer service, this can be seen in the large number of repeat clients that I have. I have an excellent overall product knowledge, especially to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, Australia, having visited most of these regions. I use my personal travel experiences and pass these onto my clients and this enables me to tailor-make their journeys to ensure that they have the best time all the while offering the best value for money.

As a personal Travel Counsellor, I provide a friendly, relaxed and hassle-free way of making your travel arrangements from the comfort of your own home or office. Booking your holidays through me (Travel Counsellors) gives you the security and benefits of booking your holiday through an internationally reputable organisation, with the added bonus of always dealing with the same person (me). Additionally, because Travel Counsellors is a privately owned independent company we are not aligned to any airline or travel supplier, therefore I am free to recommend a supplier which I believe will best match your needs.

So, next time you need to make a travel booking, whether domestic or international, business or leisure travel please give me a call so that I can extend my personal service to you. Remember that everything booked through me is financially protected against supplier insolvency. We are the only company in South Africa to offer this free of charge to our customers.

To quote the inspirational words of Saint Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page”

Let me arrange your perfect trip; the world is really your oyster.



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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.


29 May 2012

When you think of Mauritius, you get the idea of Long White Sandy beaches, Palm Trees, Cocktails on the beach – believe me that this is what it is! I had the opportunity to stay at the Luxurious SHANDRANI HOTEL. It is a very impressive 5 Star property and they are keeping it from the beginning to end. The SHANDRANI HOTEL is situated on the South Coast of Mauritius and is only a 10 minute drive from the Airport. It is situated in Lush Tropical Grounds - boarded by three separate beaches. When you enter the reception Lobby of the hotel - you are looking straight onto the ocean - with 2 large swimming pool areas. The hotel has got 327 rooms made up of Superior rooms, deluxe rooms and family apartments and they cater for everyone’s needs. Guests have a choice of 5 restaurants, a Wellness Centre, Gym, they offer water-sports like water-skiing, glass bottom boats, snorkelling and many others to choose from. The Shandrani Hotel is a full inclusive resort - and believe me the restaurant and food is outstanding. I also had the pleasure in visiting the LONG BEACH hotel on the Eastern Side of the Island. This hotel is about an hour from the Airport – and we drove along the beach side of the island. This Hotel is a different Style of hotel and the South African architect has done a wonderful job on this Property. The hotel is vibrant, chick and playful, the embodiment of fresh, relaxed and carefree beach living. This hotel opened in December 2010. And is guaranteed 5 star luxury. LONG Beach is known for the longest, widest stretch of white sandy coastline - hence the name LONG BEACH.This hotel is unusual and stylish and has something for everyone. It has 255 rooms every room has a magnificent Sea View, 4 restaurants, Spa, Kids Corner etc. The People in Mauritius are very helpful and friendly and they are just waiting to make your Dream Holiday come true. Mauritius is an all year round destination and an absolute Dream Destination. I hope to book you on your trip to Mauritius. Regards Rina.

Marbella, Malaga

11 December 2008

Ek was bevoorreg om een van die mooiste plekke te besoek - Marbella in die Costa del Sol. Marbelle is geleë in die Streek Andalucia. Die naaste lughawe is natuurlik Malaga. Marbella is ongeveer 40 min per pad vanaf die lughawe - tydens hierdie rit kan jy die wonderlike kus streek geniet - die berge - en die see. Die Costa del Sol is ongeveer 200 km lank - langs die kus. Die klimaat is lekker warm - die wintermaande is nie wat ons sal ken as koud nie - ongeveer 20 tot 21 grade Celcius. Die "Old Town" in Marbella is 'n baie gewilde inkopie paradys - daar kry jy die beste pryse vir leer produkte, skoene, klerasie en tot die mooiste aandenkings. Wat my baie beïndruk het in Marbella is dat die motorhawens "self sorg " is - m.a.w - jy gooi self die brandstof in die voertuig en gaan betaal dan direk by die kassiere. Die hotelle in Marbella is van die beste in die wereld, 'n regte speelplek vir die rykes. Met Seiljagte, Ferrari's ens. Op die promenade is daar honderde klein restaurante en eetplekke waar jy sommer net bietjie kan sit en asem skep en die see en sonlig kan geniet. Die restaurante is nogal ietwat duur, maar jy kan wel van die supermarkte gebruik. Net die beste vrugte is daar beskikbaar. Malaga is selfs een van die mees indrukwekkendste plekke. Dit is 'n baie besige stad, met die Picaso Museum (kunsgalery) en die kasteel. Vanaf bo van die berg het jy die geleentheid om oor Malaga te kyk - die hawe, stad en berge. In Spanje - kan die taal wel 'n probleem skep aangesien almal daar engels magtig is nie - maar met die nodige sak woordeboek kan jy jouself help. Die mense is ook baie vriendelik en behulpsaam. Ek sal hierdie bestemming aanbeveel vir 'n wondelike en onvergeetlike vakansie!!!


26 July 2008

What a wonderful opportunity to see the best of both worlds - Just a quick breakaway from the busy city life. South African nationals however do need a passport to enter Lesotho. We stayed at a Guesthouse "Green Acorn" in Ficksburg - and entered Lesotho at the Ficksburg border. The small towns are very primitive - but as soon as you go into the countryside - what a sight - mountains, valleys, rivers, streams, this is really something to see, and forget about everything. Simply relax enjoying the natural surroundings. When we entered Lesotho we got the impression that they are way behind - as if life had come to a standstill. The higher you go onto the mountains, the less civilised it became. We came across this small hut - ( with its DSTV dish) and a brand new BMW in front of the hut!! It made us wonder how these people live, as they are miles and miles from the nearest town. The highest peak we have been to was 2,840 km above sea level. Whilst here we found a young boy looking after his sheep - he only had his dog with him and a blanket around his shoulders with his Rubberboots on. This was what he wore even in the coldest climates. Another highlight of this area is the Avri Ski Resort. About 100 km from the Ficksburg border it takes you 2 hours to get there because of the mountain passes and steep roads. The ski resort makes you feel like you are in the Alpes with a variety of long slopes. Pack yourself a picnic basket when planning to visit the ski - slopes - as the coffee, tea and sandwiches are very expensive. We found that it was relatively easy to hire the ski- equipment at this resort or alternatively you can bring your own. For those who don't wish to ski there is plenty of opportunity to just play around in the snow and enjoy yourself. Something else that is a must to see is the Katze Dam in Lesotho - but I enjoyed myself too much in the snow and ran out of time so I will keep this for my second trip in September / October when the snow has melted.


29 July 2008

Bangkok - What a shopping experience! This really is shop till you drop!!! Markets, malls and shops were everywhere. Whilst here I stayed at the Indra Regent Hotel - a good choice 3 star for the budget traveller - easy accessible to the Bayoke sky, and Pratunum market was just across the street. The Toek-Toeks are actually the best way to get around the busy city life and certainly something to experience - Driving through the busy traffic on the back of those Toek-Toeks was incredible!. You can bargain with the price and they are the best way to get from point A to B. We found that we had about 3 - 4 stops between our destination however - the reason being - If they bring tourists to visit a jewellery shop or a local retail outlet they receive petrol vouchers worth around 10 Bhat. In the east you still get value for you money and as well as the fabulous shopping, Bangkok is also very popular for its nighttime activity - it really comes to life with the Patpong markets. We found this is really something to experience. If possible take a few minutes and watch the sellers at the foodstalls along the streets. Here we sampled fried Scorpions, locusts and cockroaches. Thanks to shopping malls however we were still able to get hamburgers, chips and Kentucky Fried Chicken!! Bangkok was an experience like no other and I enjoyed every moment of it. I came home with several bargains but also memories to last a lifetime.

My customer stories

Sent by Annale Rossouw

Dankie Rina! Baie dankie vir die wonderlike diens wat ek en my broer onlangs van jou ontvang het toe jy vir ons ‘n reis op die MSC MELODY bespreek het. Alles het so seepglad verloop – tot die rolstoel wat benodig was om vir hom op en van die boot af te bring. Ons het die perfekte kajuit op die perfekte plek gehad – en het alles mooi verstaan. Ek waardeer werklik wat jy vir ons gedoen het. Al wat ek gedoen het in al die reëlings, was net om my muisie te kliek. Mag jy vir baie mense dwarsoor ons land nog tot groot hulp wees – ek sal graag, indien so ‘n geleentheid voordoen, weer van jou dienste gebruik maak. Groete, Annalé van die Strand

Sent by Beverley Theron

Hi Rina It's me again - I just want to thank you very much for all that you do for us Therons!!! I have just put our passports into the lovely holder that you gave to me this morning - so all is there and I am now really looking forward to Sunday when our trip starts and I will think of you when I see the girls on Monday. Again you have brought us together and this time even our father will be there - What a reunion!! Thank you so mucha nd you do it with such patience and passion!!

Sent by Hester Mills

Ons gebruik vir Rina en Hennie al jare lank om ons te help met ons reisplanne en besprekings en ons het nog altyd net die beste diens ontvang. Dankie Rina!

Sent by Inge Cloete

I have been doing business with Rina for many years and I have always been satisfied with her service. She is always helpful, friendly and she will always make time for her clients. I will recommend her to anybody who needs a Travel Counsellor. Thanks for everything and that you are prepared to walk the extra mile for your clients.

Sent by Chrissie Damon

Every time I went to see Rina for advice about air tickets, I was given her attention all the time. Rina is very professional and unbelievable fast on the computer, and she is exceptionally friendly! I can really recommend Rina to everyone who wants advice for any travel arrangements etc.

Sent by Beverly Theron

Rina takes a personal interest in her clients and she has helped me and my daughters meet up in various parts of the world - she goes to great lengths to help us plan our holiday and she has the ability to know exactly what we are looking for and how to go about it - she shares our excitement and nothing is too much trouble for her!

Sent by Adriaan de Klerk

Nog altyd puik diens ontvang, selfs 22h00 in die aand al 'n dringende vlug vir die volgende oggend 06h00 gereël! Dankie vir jou hulp deurentyd!

Sent by Johan Botha

Rina and Hennie helped me plan my honeymoon some years back and it was simply amazing. The level of service I received on my vacation from the rental car to the accommodation arrangements was organized to the very last detail. We had no hassles what so ever. Rina & Hennie also planed our trip to the Kruger National Park without any hick-ups. I would recommend their services to anyone who is planning to travel.

Sent by Peter & Alta Adams

Rina, jy is ‘n reisagent duisend, as ons jou nomber bell is daar altyd die vriendelikheid wat jy eerste hoor altyd behulpsaam met alles. Dankie vir al jou hulp. As 1 daarbuite ‘n reisagent benodig word Rina Hansen beslis Aanbeveel. Hou aan met dit wat jy vir die gemmskap doen.

Sent by Abraham Ross

Ek ken Rina en Hennie al baie jare. Dit is regtig mense wat omgee en hulle beste vir hulle kliente sal doen. Hulle het al by `n geleentheid uit hulle pad gegaan om dit vir my en my vrou `n aangename vakansie te maak. Rina en Hennie is die best!

Sent by Chris Laubscher

Rina has been very helpful with organizing holiday accommodation for me in the past. She is friendly, efficient and gives excellent service and feed-back. She also sends regular emails to keep me updated on special offers. She is really an asset to her company. Kind regards, Chris

Sent by Marian van der Westhuizen

Uitstekende reisagent en fantastiese persoon(mens) - hartlik en spontaan en opreg. Flinke en uitstekende diens. Gebruik haar met vrymoedigheid.

Sent by Karin Strydom

We have used Rina for two overseas trips and the service that we have received from her was 1st class. She added valuable advice to the package and all the arrangements have been faultless. If we need travel arrangements to be made in future we will definitely make use of her services again.

Sent by Roelof Meyer

Eerstens wil ek jou bedank vir die hulp die afgelope 3 jaar. Dat jy altyd bereid is om te help. Ek het alreeds 48 vlugte na 6 verskillende lande onderneem. Ek kon nêrens ooit 'n beter diens kry nie - ongeag van al die toekennings wat jy ontvang het, ontbreek die beste een nog: BESTE REIS AGENT IN DIE WêRELD. Nogmaals baie dankie!

Sent by Nanine Von Olmen-phillips

My family & I went to the Netherlands in December. Could we have wished for more than a white christmas? The wedding of my brother was wonderful, with celebrations spread over 3 days. Thank you for your assistance last year to make this trip a good and 'safe' one. I always appreciate your professionalservice (quick, friendly and intelligent with insight in any type of travel situation). Regards Nanine van Olmen

Sent by Amanda & Maddelein Mans

Rina, baie dankie vir al jou hulp en puik diens. Jy is great!!!! Sal jou verseker bietjie “promote” by ander. Madelein Potgieter en Amanda Mans Madelein Potgieter Relationship Manager

Sent by Marie Peacock

I have been using Rina and Hennie, from Travel Counsellors, for many years and every time I use them I am amazed by the excellent service that I receive. I recently required a last minute visa for a trip overseas. They went beyond the normal service expected, providing transport to and from the airport. Without the assistance from Travel Counsellors, I would have struggled to get my visa in time!

Sent by Charles en Rayden Malherbe

Rina - dit is regtig vir my en Charles baie goed om dankie te sê vir al jou reellings met ons toer deur Trafalgar na Denemarke, Noorwee en Swede. Alles het so vlot verloop - baie dankie vir jou puik reellings ons sal beslis weer van jou dienste gebruik maak. groete Charles & Readun Malherbe