Africa and The Middle East
Welcome to my web page! Welkom by my web bladsy!
My name is Ronel and I am a personal Travel Counsellor, based in the Strand – Helderberg.
I have been in the travel industry for 39 years and I specialise in both leisure and corporate travel as well as in group travel. My clients are from all over the country as well as abroad and I speak both English and Afrikaans.
My career in the travel industry started at a travel agency in Stellenbosch in 1980; thereafter I worked in the Strand as a senior travel consultant and later as Branch Manager until 2006, when I then decided to become an independent travel agent.
During the years I have done many fares courses; Galileo, BSP, IATA/UFTAA as well as extensive training on Travel Counsellors intranet & Phenix booking systems.
I joined Travel Counsellors so that I could grow my leisure and corporate business. I can offer my clients the best service with the professional backing and support from Travel Counsellors Head Office. We are a member of IATA & ASATA and we are BEE accredited. Another added benefit of booking with me is our Travel Counsellors Financial Protection plan that protects all my clients’ money against supplier defaults. We have over 1800 TC's in 7 countries which gives me access to their combined support and local knowledge and experience 24 hours a day.
My years in the travel industry have given me many travel opportunities, and I have visited countries and cities in South Africa, Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, UK & Europe, North and South America, Far East and Australia and Cruising. My Travel Highlights include… white river rafting down the Zambezi, skiing in Italy, and stepping onboard the Concorde (it was only to do an inspection visit on the ground), cruising Greece & Turkey, Phi Phi Island in Thailand, meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disney Orlando as well as SeaWorld, San Diego and many many more…
Achievements with Travel Counsellors is - Winner Best New Starter 2010 presented at Travel Counsellors South African Conference at Sun City May 2010. Achieved GOLD status September 2011. Nominations - Best Sales 2010/11 South African Conference at The One&Only Hotel Cape Town, Best Month 2011/12 and Best TC 2011/12 at South African Conference in Mauritius.
“Preparation and knowledge is the key to a successful trip”
You are welcome to contact me for any travel enquiries, ek hoop om binnekort van u te hoor!
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...
10 April 2018
Claire and I jetted off to Victoria Falls on 30 October 2017 with SA Airlink. We were met on arrival and taken to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where we spent 1 night. It is a lovely hotel, and I recommend this for couples and families. The property has lots of stairs so not recommended for elderly clients. This hotel has three room types, Lodge Standard rooms, Lodge Waterhole facing rooms and Lodge Waterhole facing suites. At 1 pm daily hotel guest can see the Vulture Culture Experience where the vultures are fed the leftover meat scraps from the restaurant. In...
29 July 2012
Our group of 8 accompanied by Frans of World Leisure Holidays (WLH) departed to Mauritius on 21 July 2012 for 6 days - what a stunning educational with world class hotels and resorts on this island! We stayed and visited the following hotels: * La Pirogue Hotel - (overnight) Located on the West Coast of Mauritius, running along one of the island’s finest beaches. La Pirogue is set in the midst of a vast, luxuriant tropical garden. Close to Flic-en-Flac, the architecture has been inspired by the sea and a fishing village atmosphere, from fishing boats, from where the hotel takes its...
17 May 2012
Mauritius.....island, good weather, nice people, stunning hotels, palm trees, turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and yummy cocktails - a dream destination! Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of SA time and the flying time from Johannesburg is 4 hours. I flew on SAA from Cape Town via Johannesburg to Mauritius on the 17th of May to attend the SA Travel Counsellor's conference in Mauritius held at Beachcomber's Shandrani Hotel. We stayed for 3 nights. On Sunday we departed for the International Gold Travel Counsellors weekend at Beachcomber's Dinarobin Hotel for 2 nights. I returned back to Cape Town...
17 May 2012
Mauritius.....island, good weather, nice people, stunning hotels, palm trees, turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and yummy cocktails - a dream destination! Mauritius is 2 hours ahead of SA time and flying time from Johannesburg is 4 hours. I flew on SAA from Cape Town via Johannesburg to Mauritius on 17 May to attend the SA Travel Counsellor's conference in Mauritius held at Beachcomber's Shandrani Hotel, we stayed for 3 nights. On Sunday we departed for the international Gold weekend at Beachcomber's Dinarobin Hotel for 2 nights. Returned on SAA 22 May after a wonderful 5 night stay and great conference meeting...
Sent in by Petrus van Niekerk
Somerset-Wes, 02 April 2013
Hallo Ronel Ons het baie lekker gekuier, alles het vlot verloop. Jou reëlings was puik, (soos gewoonlik) en die mense is nogal stiptelik, wat tyd betref – as hulle se 10:50 dan is dit 10:50 Ek was ook bly dat die sundowner cruise die 2de dag was, dit sou te veel gewees het die 1ste dag. Jy kan dit gerus vir jou mense noem dat hulle die Chobe dagrit moet oorweeg O ja – jy kan ook vir toekomstige kliënte noem dat hulle nie US$ hoef te neem nie – die mense verkies R’e en jy kry ook ‘n beter wisselkoers op ‘n Rand as ‘n Dollar Nogmaals dankie vir jou puik reëlings, te gou was dit verby.
Sent in by William Puk
Cape Town, 01 March 2013
Having known Ronel for over 20 years, I can vouch that her experience as a travel agent is highly regarded among her industry peers. She is relentless in the pursuit of the best deal for all her clients and works tirelessly on their behalf to ensure that every aspect of their holiday or travel reservation is checked and double checked to ensure a flawless experience. I would not hesitate in recommending Ronel to friends and family.
Sent in by Sergej Zelewitz
Annecy , France, 12 February 2013
What I appreciate most about Mrs Blom is her reactivity and honest responses regarding prices & pricing. She also respects budgets; that means we got our holiday booked and paid within 1 week; so everyone is happy. I live in France and often travel to London. I travel to South Africa at least once every two years and combine it with a Southern Africa holiday - I mostly purchase our holidays & flights online, as both my wife and I are in the tourism & hospitality business, and know where to find either cheap deals or value for money. However I was very impressed that Ronel found us direct Virgin Atlantic flights from London Gatwick to Cape Town return for under 800 Euros!
Sent in by Martie Van Wyk
Strand, Western Cape , 07 December 2012
I met Ronel a few years ago while making arrangements to travel abroad. It didn’t take me long to understand that this is how it’s been done! Ronel is most efficient, kind and very professional! If Ronel promises you, to do anything, you can be sure that in the shortest period of time she will come back to you with the results - most of the time with bigger savings and better options. Thank you Ronel!
Sent in by Martie Van Wyk
Strand, Western Cape, South Africa, 29 July 2011
I would like to thank you for your excellent service given to us. You just thought of absolutely everything possible to help us with our arrangements for our trip to America and Canada. Your expertise, loyalty and kindness going through every aspect so carefully and helping us to choose between hotels, daytrips and flights are much appreciated and highly recommended! Martie van Wyk
Sent in by Fidelia van der Linde
Cape Town, 11 October 2010
I have been working with Ronel for a while, and can vouch for consistently good service and sterling efforts. Ronel is patient enough to entertain a tour group that changes their mind countless times, and efficient enough to plan a trip on a too-short deadline. Thanks to Ronel from Travel Counsellors for taking the hassle out of travel by taking care of the arrangements in a professional manner.
Sent in by Lood Bouwer
Stellenbosch, 28 September 2010
Ronel is the best. She is always on time and she always has time for you.
Sent in by Heide de Kock
Paarl, 15 July 2010
Ronel is die beste persoon wat ek ken vir vliegtuigkaartjies! Ronel grawe altyd die laagste prys vliegkaartjies uit! Ronel is ook ALTYD baie vinnig met haar terugvoering! Daarvan hou ek amper die meeste!
Sent in by Adele du Plessis
Augrabies, 07 June 2010
Ronel organised all our travel documentation, travel insurance, flight tickets, and everything was 100%. She thought of the small details like airport transfers, nice hotels and she was always available for any questions and for last minute changes. Her friendliness and efficiency comes highly recommended. We will definitely deal with her again in future.
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 083 270 4146