Life changing travel experiences
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Staying in the heart of the African savannah in a luxurious tent or lodge, on a paradise island with your family or exploring Cairo with your colleagues… Incredible travel experiences are waiting just for you. Giltedge - a South African global travel company with offices in Cape Town and Austin, Texas - invites you to discover its treasures.  

In 2018, our Group signed a strategic agreement and acquired a 50% stake in Mantis, South African brand pioneer in customized one-of-a-kind travel services. Same year, same month, we also acquired a 50% stake in the luxury travel company, Giltedge. Coincidence? No! The acquisition of these 2 expert groups has enabled Accor to strengthen its footprint on the continent. 2 entities that are working together – co-owning the Zambezi Queen Collection - hand in hand to promote their vision of hospitality.

Giltedge is keen to put people back at the heart of the African tourism experience through tailor-made experiences. A good thing, since it is also a priority for our Group internationally! With its strong tour operator expertise and its 6 strong brands - Giltedge Africa, Giltedge Golf, Giltedge Ocean Islands, Giltedge DMC, Giltedge Incentives and Giltedge International - Giltedge is the perfect group to support and promote Accor’s brands and hotels.

Today, we are offering you a safari behind the scenes at Giltedge. Immediate departure!

Expert and responsible brand  

Integrity, creativity and flexibility: 3 values at the heart of the brand, enabling it to develop unprecedented personalized itineraries and experiences for its customers. A quality of service that has earned it the distinction of being named not 1, but 9 times "Leading Luxury Tour Operator in South Africa" by the World Travel Awards, true Oscars of the travel industry.

In addition to its legendary excellence, the brand is also deeply attached to its African roots and the preservation of its environment. A commitment encouraged and promoted by its co-founders: Sean Kritzinger and Murray Gardiner.

Luxury, multigen & safaris

Giltedge’s field of expertise is divided into 2 categories of brands - Leisure on one side and Corporate on the other. Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique… Giltedge’s Leisure divisions focus on tailored luxury holidays and golf safaris to Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. While their Corporate divisions focus on international incentive programs and group travel, and business travellers’ needs around the world.


GILTEDGE AFRICA: changes your life with an African vacation. The brand specializes in tailor-made holidays and safaris to Southern Africa, East-Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. It offers you the best of this beautiful continent! Among them for example, the luxurious  houseboat Zambezi Queen (South Africa) and the Founders Lodge by Mantis (South Africa) are highlighted by Giltedge Africa.    

GILTEDGE OCEAN ISLANDS: authentic stays on the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. From the Seychelles, the Maldives to Madagascar, its teams bring your vision of a heavenly holiday to life. The result? A perfect island escape. Our hotels highlighted by this brand? The luxurious Raffles Seychelles (East Africa) and the Fairmont Maldives (South Asia).

GILTEDGE GOLF: the best of wine, golf and 5-star safari. Southern Africa truly offers a very special experience at very affordable rates. Giltedge Golf creates unique & flexible packages that cater to your specific needs, budget and passion for golf. Among the best Accor properties to golf: the Pearl Valley Hotel (South Africa) and the Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech (Morocco).


GILTEDGE DMC (Destination Management Company): inspiring programs for meetings, conferences and professionals worldwide. The brand will surely exceed your expectations with selected luxury destinations and programs that are both inspiring and meaningful – using its extensive local knowledge to express its clients’ brand’s message and objectives.      

GILTEDGE INCENTIVES: the design and planning of conferences, incentives, meetings and events for the South African MICE market. Its team provides bespoke MICE services for corporate clients and boutique businesses throughout Southern Africa. Giltedge Incentives features some Rixos and the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa (Morocco).


GILTEDGE INTERNATIONAL: a fully accredited Travel Management Company (TMC) in South Africa fulfilling corporate companies’ travel needs to national and international business destinations. The brand uses top Novotel, ibis & Mercure properties for its customers going to Europe & Africa for work. 

Luxury plane, 4x4 or train safaris, luxury accommodation, tour guides, culinary tours, hiking and horseback riding, chartering planes and boats, drivers, tailor-made experiences, meetings, holidays, MICE programs... Giltedge teams leave nothing to chance to make their leisure & corporate clients live memorable experiences.

Staying in the heart of the most beautiful vineyards of Cape Town? It’s possible. Having breakfast with your toes in the sand of a beautiful island? Also. Golfing in a breathtaking setting? Inspiring and motivating corporate programs? Corporate, customized and personal travel solutions? You know the answer.

Do you want to learn more about Giltedge? Discover the group’s brochure.

So, tempted by Giltedge's luxurious experiences? It' s a good thing, Giltedge Africa will join our loyalty program before the end of the year! Stay tuned for exclusive rates!

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