WHO ARE WE?
Kayak Africa were first awarded the concession to both Mumbo and Domwe islands in 1996 and have maintained a presence since that time, building and operating the two eco lodges on the islands and running overseeing all aspects of this small tourism business from bookings to camp maintenance.
Kayak Africa is led by directors Jurie Schoeman, Clive Bester and Joseph Kamanje. Jurie and Clive are both founding members of the company, and are originally from South Africa. Joe is a member of the family upon whose customary land the Kayak Africa basecamp at Cape Maclear is located. Joseph first worked at Kayak Africa during his school holidays nearly 20 years ago, and since that time he has served as a kayak guide, boatman, chef and driver. Today he is hands-on and in charge as the General Manager.
Left: Clive and Jurie doing a camp inspection; Right: Joseph Kamanje, General Manager
Kayak Africa is proud to have filled all the management positions within the Malawi side of the company internally, through the training, development and promotion of its long-serving Malawian staff members. Joseph (again!) is the Guest Ops Manager, ably-assisted by Edward Stefano as Head Guide and Island Ops Manager; Sutha Tande as Stores Manager; and Franklyn Nyirende as Personnel Manager. All these guys have been with Kayak Africa for about twenty years, and all are local Cape Maclear residents.
Kayak Africa’s management team: from left to right; Franklyn, Joseph, Edward and Sutha
Under them are a staff contingent of nearly sixty local men and women who work as chefs, guides, boatmen, barmen, laundry ladies, gardeners, drivers, carpenters and builders.
The two Mumbo Island teams at staff changeover on a Monday morning
The chefs and behind the scenes staff in the kitchen on Mumbo Island
In addition to the team in Malawi who will look after you on the islands, Kayak Africa also has a travel agency and marketing department based in Cape Town, South Africa. Here a small but focussed team works hard at communicating the company’s message to the outside world; and at helping you get to this very remote and very special place.
Bee Roux is our Reservations Manager, assisted by travel consultants Cara Kapp. If you have ever booked a Malawi trip through us you will no doubt have experienced their quick, efficient and friendly trip-planning expertise – a vital component of any successful holiday!
Bee far left and Cara, far right, with Joseph and Tracey, in Cape Town
Renee Watson, Jurie’s wife, is a master Pilates instructor and masseuse and now runs Pilates classes in the Cape Maclear village and Pilates retreats on Mumbo and Domwe. Her health and wellness skills have brought a lovely dimension to the company.
Renee far right, leading a Wellnes Retreat on Mumbo
What a team!!!