Born in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, Frikkie was always a keen sportsman and received National Colours for Canoeing in 1990 while studying for his B.Com (Law) degree.
He competed in various international countries representing South Africa. As part of the national canoeing team in 1992, Frikkie befriended Pierre Strydom, the team manager. They discussed South Africa’s future at length, and agreed that, if things came right, the tourism industry would boom.
Pierre was one of the owners of Hire A Bus (Pty) Ltd. Frikkie convinced him to buy a few luxury buses and promised to start a tour operating company to utilize the buses. Pierre agreed, and two new companies were born in September 1993: Luxliner (the luxury bus company owned by the Strydom family), and Highline Tours & Travel (the tour operating company owned by Frikkie)
From there the company expanded rapidly into other areas of the tourism arena. Now with more than 20 years experience in the tourism industry, Frikkie owns and operates companies in the following tourism and hospitality fields:
Frikkie is a versatile manager of change in a global environment with strong bottom-line drive and leadership qualities. He has specific expertise in:
Born in Leuven, Belgium, Valerie immigrated to South Africa in January 1997, after falling for the country’s beautiful scenery. After 8 years experience in the financial and auditing sector, she was persuaded to tackle the more interesting tourism industry as general manager for Highline Tours and Travel.
Her excellent analytical skills and resulting high problem solving ability helped Highline grow from strength to strength.
Valerie likes to work with people and to get different personalities to work towards a common goal by building consensus, recognising and accelerating individual strengths, delegating the right task to the right person and building teams that can conquer any obstacle.
Her field of expertise lies in the Operational and Financial Management of the Company which includes:
The Highline Management Team trains, leads and motivates its consultants to perform in a climate of constant change. We combine a wealth of expertise, product knowledge and destination management skills to ensure client satisfaction. A dedicated consultant deals with each account to meet unique requirements and ensure a safe, reliable travel experience.
To meet and exceed expectations, never compromise on standards and uphold long lasting relationships with our clients and suppliers.
To operate with integrity and fairness to gain respect and trust.
To act in a responsible manner in order to achieve sustainability.
To make a contribution to society by addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people.
To constantly reinvent ourselves and create innovative travel ideas.
To see problems as opportunities for solutions.
To be a highly motivated, energetic, knowledgeable and committed team who are supportive, appreciative and understanding of one another.
To contribute to a positive working environment and deliver service with a personal touch, whilst having FUN!
Amongst their many other breeding and research projects, HESC also treats and cares for rhinos who have survived horrific injuries inflicted on them during poaching attempts. Highline has made a long term commitment to donate towards the care of these traumatised rhinos.
Please take the time to read the attached document which shows how the passion of a few dedicated people has turned tragedy into hope and please consider joining us in supporting this worthy cause… Visit Website
We understand the importance of responsible tourism and have always been sensitive to the needs of the local communities we operate in. It is for this reason, that our directors created the Vanhu lava Hlayisaka Foundation in 2008. The foundation, which means ‘People who care’ in Shangaan, has always aimed to build and develop the Mnisi community whose land borders the Kruger National Park.
The foundation strives to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of this community’s challenges and needs, in order to help individuals, families, local businesses and non-profit agencies to achieve their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources.
The foundation’s main and ongoing project is the Ntshuxedo Day Care Centre. It is the only day care centre in a radius of 10 kilometres and therefore vitally important to many of the working mothers who work at tourism establishments in the area.
It is a safe environment where children receive two meals a day and are provided with a good educational foundation before they start Primary School. On average there are about 85 children, aging from one to four years old.
The children are taught in both Tshonga and English. Apart from the Day Care Centre, we also have numerous other projects which we complete through donations received from tourists. In 2013 we were able to sink a borehole on the Day Care Centre’s premises.
The foundation was also able to erect four flushing toilets and has made improvements to the kitchen. We are currently in the process of acquiring funding for a new vegetable garden, a sandpit and a jungle gym for the Day Care Centre as well as a souvenir shop where artists from the local community can sell their arts and crafts to tourists.
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