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Team Of Experts

Sherwin Banda, President

Direct Line: 818.649.1920 | E-mail: sherwinb@africantravelinc.com

Sherwin Banda, the quintessential hotelier, has spent more than 17 years in the international hospitality industry and is renowned for his highly personalized approach to customer care, empowering managerial style, and passionate devotion to all things Africa. Born and raised in Cape Town, Banda’s impressive resume includes various positions in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and United States. Most recently, Banda’s role as General Manager of the Table Bay Hotel allowed him to subtly reposition the hotel’s product and service offerings, resulting in a substantial revenue growth.

Banda recognizes that sustainable tourism is one of the most important issues facing the industry today. In less than three years, he reduced The Table Bay’s carbon footprint by 40% and his dedication to optimizing resource efficiency fits perfectly with African Travel, Inc.’s commitment to protecting endangered wildlife, ecosystems, and communities.


Kevan Cowie, Director of Sales, South East

Direct Line: 800.421.8907 | Cell: 813.446.8388 | E-mail: kevanc@africantravelinc.com


Kevan was born in Kitwe, Zambia, and spent many years in central Africa where he frequently forayed into the Southern and Eastern regions. His inherent love of travel has taken him to all corners of the world as both a visitor and an expat; he has also lived in Southeast Asia, including six years in Hong Kong, as well as several years in both Europe and the Middle East.

Kevan’s wanderlust inevitably led to his career in the travel industry, which now spans more than 25 years. He has developed excellent relationships with agencies and consortia in various countries. Kevan’s love for product and desire to share it with others has led to speaking engagements at seminars and presentations all over the USA, Canada and Australia with a targeted focus on the luxury end of the market.

Ukwamukela Africa!

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Lilly Cervantes, Director of Operations

Direct Line: 818.649.1930 | E-mail: lillyc@africantravelinc.com

Lilly joined our team in 2012 bringing 22 years of experience and expertise in the travel industry to African Travel.  As our Reservations Manager her extensive systems knowledge, organizational skills and managerial experience are all being utilized to benefit our company and assist our safari consultants in their daily tasks. Her customer service skills and understanding of custom designed itineraries are a great asset.

During the course of her career Lilly has sold practically the entire world from the Machu Picchu ruins of Peru to exotic beach honeymoons in Tahiti.  She is available to assist you. 

Anais Chavez, Senior Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1934 | E-mail: anaisc@africantravelinc.com

Anais Chavez has been in the travel industry all her professional life. While her travels have spanned the globe, her heart has been firmly planted in Africa. Her knowledge and tenacity provide the ability to meet all challenges. Anais never ceases to amaze with her will to accomplish what appears to others as “impossible”! She sets her own personal goals with none more important than creating a safari experience that captures the essence of Africa earning her bragging rights when her clients return. And all this she can do in Spanish too!  She’s also a certified South African Specialist. 

Certified SAA Specialist



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Beth Engelhart, Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1938 | E-mail: bethe@africantravelinc.com

Beth brings us thirty years experience in the tourism industry, of which twenty was spent living and working in Southern Africa. Her inquiring, adventurous spirit led her into many of the game rich safari areas and tourist areas in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her life in the bush, working in these three countries, has left her with extensive knowledge, experience and intimate insight in organizing custom safaris for her clients . Her effervescent nature gets the African adventure started from the first phone call!

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Hilda Tashjian, Senior Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1936 | E-mail: hildat@africantravelinc.com

Marking her 16th anniversary with the company, Hilda loves creating family safaris almost as much as she loves being a mother. Groups are Hilda’s specialty and she is skilled at custom-designing programs incorporating themes such as ‘cuisine’, ‘wine’, ‘culture’ and, of course, ‘children’!

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Jennifer Luckow, CTC, Senior Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1931 | E-mail: jenniferl@africantravelinc.com

A native of Great Britain, Jennifer is a Travel Industry veteran with many years in both retail and wholesale. She is quite familiar with South Africa – having lived there for nearly 10 years. She has also visited Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Lower Zambezi in Zambia and considers herself an expert when it comes to the fascinating and varied country of Namibia. Most recently, she returned from an amazing adventure in Botswana – and is only too willing to share her magical time there with you. Jennifer loves the challenge and rewards of creating perfect ‘dream’ safaris where comfort is guaranteed but the ‘Animal Kingdom’ dictates the day.

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Niki Duncan, Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1937 | E-mail: nikid@africantravelinc.com

Niki has been in the travel industry for 37 years, first specializing in Latin America destinations,  and then the following 33 years as an African specialist.

She is a native Californian and started with African Travel almost from inception, being the third employee to join the company, and remained with us as a Senior Safari Specialist for 23 years.  She has handled literally thousands of clients over the years to all the major tourist & safari destinations on the continent and has visited these countries on numerous occasions.


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Margie Vogel, Senior Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1935 | E-mail: margiev@africantravelinc.com

Margie Vogel has worked in the travel industry for twenty six years, specializing in Africa for the past fifteen. On her most recent trip to Tanzania, she witnessed thousands of wildebeests and zebras grazing in the southern Serengeti, game viewing in the beautiful and remote Katavi National Park, and, relaxed in Lupita Island, a private resort on Lake Tanganyika in the southwestern part of Tanzania. She gets the most enjoyment from her job when planning itineraries. She creates the perfect adventures by asking all the right questions: the client’s budget, general interests, any must sees, and level of activity which are all important aspects. She combines this with her intimate knowledge of the diverse areas in Africa to design excellent custom safaris. 

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Dina Holguin, Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1939 | E-mail: dinah@africantravelinc.com

Smitten to travel early in life, Dina has been in the travel industry for nearly 30 years.  Always drawn to the most exotic destinations like Asia, China, India and Indonesia but her real passion is Africa! “I feel no matter how many times you visit Africa, each time you fall in love with it all over again..it’s  THAT  magical!”    Dina enjoys creating that “perfect” trip, whether it be honeymoon, FIT, multi-generation or Group..She will provide your with an experience that will provide a lifetime of memories!     

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Susannah Zani, Product Planning Manager

Direct Line: 818.649.1925 | E-mail: susannahz@africantravelinc.com

Susannah joined African Travel in 1998 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, having both lived in and traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. After 13 years as a Senior Safari Consultant creating innovative safaris at all price points from moderate to premium, sharing her destination knowledge, and introducing travelers to Africa’s colorful cultures, phenomenal scenery and wildlife she became our Product Planning Manager. Keeping our team up to date on the latest and greatest, brochure production and special offerings, coordination of travel agent educational trips, finding unique and memorable one of kind experiences for our clients and building strong  relationships with our African partners are just a few of her many responsibilities.

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Teresa Hovsepian, Airfare Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1944 | E-mail: teresah@africantravelinc.com

As one of African Travel’s top air experts, Teresa is a great resource for our clients, as well as our in-house reservations staff. Teresa joined our staff back in 1994, but has over three decades of travel experience. She is especially knowledgeable about international fare and ticketing, and is – of course – an Africa aficionado!

David Schwenk, CTC, District Sales Manager, North East

Direct Line: 800.421.8907 | Cell: 717.419.5186 | E-mail: davids@africantravelinc.com


David brings to African Travel over 19 years experience in the travel industry. Launching his travel career as an international tour director, David has held sales positions for both domestic and international tour operators, covering the Eastern USA. He is currently responsible for sales implementation and support in the Northeastern USA from Maine to Kentucky.

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John Godfrey, District Sales Manager, West Coast

Direct Line: 800.421.8907 | Cell: 818.312.7828 | E-mail: johng@africantravelinc.com


With over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry John’s approach to sales & marketing has been through extensive education and thorough product knowledge. In addition to strong sales results, John’s contributions have included innovative programs – and numerous workshops and trade shows that have improved company market share and enhanced partnerships with National Accounts, Tourism Boards, Airlines and travel agency partners.


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