Unit 25, Westlake Lifestyle Centre
Passionate About All Things Travel
Giltedge Africa, proud winner of South Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator for six consecutive years, specialises in tailor-made holidays and safaris to Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Giltedge Golf & Safari is a specialist business combining the ultimate in luxury travel with the very best in wine, golf and safari experiences.
Giltedge DMC is the groups’ inbound incentive division who create inspiring itineraries for the MICE market.
Giltedge Ocean Islands, the latest addition to the Group, specialises in authentic island holidays on the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Growing up in Namibia and then Cape Town, I was fortunate to travel a great deal on family 4x4, camping and adventure holidays all over Southern Africa. After completing a 4-year Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town, and a few years working and travelling abroad, I cut my teeth in South Africa’s adventure travel industry - mainly river adventures and later touring.
In 2001 I got married, bought a house and started Giltedge Travel with Murray Gardiner and his family. We began our journey with Pam Golding as our partner, then in 2008 we bought their shares and grew the Giltedge Group to the 70 travel enthusiasts it is today. Together Murray and I have built an Inbound Luxury Travel business, Corporate and Leisure Travel business, an Incentive Travel business and finally Golf Travel.
I am passionate about experiencing new destinations and learning about product both in Africa and worldwide. I enjoy the diversity of each division of the Giltedge Group, along with the varying sectors of the tourism industry. I love working with my team and the people in the travel industry, as well as meeting and discussing opportunities to grow our industry as a whole as travel is a vital employer in Africa!
My passion for the travel industry started when my father, Adrian Gardiner, purchased some drought-damaged farmland in the Eastern Cape. What began as our family bushveld retreat grew over the years into the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve.
At the time we were living in nearby Port Elizabeth where I completed my BCom Accounting degree, before travelling to the UK. After working for an internet company in London, I moved into the publishing world and helped launch the first edition of Giltedge Magazine. In 1999, I returned to South Africa and focused the magazine on Southern and East Africa, and the Indian Ocean Islands. In 2001 I joined Sean Kritzinger as a founding partner of Giltedge Travel, and 10years later moved to the USA to set up our office in Austin Texas.
I now spend my time between Austin and Cape Town, which allows me to go out and experience some of the amazing properties that we offer. I think that every travelling experience within Africa is unique, and at Giltedge we pride ourselves on not only knowing our product well but also really listening to our clients so that we can create that trip of a lifetime.