Posted by: wildsidezambia | February 21, 2011

Daan Brink – Livingstone’s True Adventurer

Daan, his wife Sue and their two daughters came on holiday from Langebaan in South Africa twelve years ago – and stayed.


Today LIVINGSTONE’S ADVENTURE employs 135 people in seven tourist related activity companies. They include African Queen Cruise Company, Makora Quest canoe safaris, Livingstone Quad bike rides, Horse Back safaris, Batoka Sky helicopters and micro light flights as well as Victoria Falls River Safaris jet boats that operate upstream from the Victoria Falls.

“We saw the potential Livingstone has straight away”, he says. “Its position close to Victoria Falls, its history the natural beauty and wildlife and the many attractions as well as Zambia’s friendly people make it a unique destination. Over the past 12 years world class hotels and unique activities has been established”.

He admits Zimbabwe’s tragic problems gave Zambia an enormous kick start. And he expects a continued growth in Zambian tourism. “Livingstone is growing as a conference destination Groups varies in sizes but up to 350 delegates as part of one Group is not uncommon. Team building exercises are plentiful and there are lots of different activities for accompanying spouses.

“Travel is not just for the rich and famous anymore”, Daan says. “Over the past decade tourism has evolved and has become more educational and affordable. Livingstone offers something for everyone’s budget and is certainly the adrenaline capital of our continent.”

Daan would like to see a link to the Kafue National Park as well as to the Kruger Park, Tanzania and Kenya. He actively encourages domestic tourism from the Copper Belt expats, diplomats and middle class Zambians.

Whilst building his travel companies Daan has implemented various in- house training programmes. He contributes a lot of the company success to Ackson Kazumba with whom he worked closely until the latter’s untimely death in 2008.

Daan sees a huge potential in the people of Zambia. “A new generation of Zambians have come through the ranks and is contributing hugely towards the country’s economic growth and political stability,” Daan predicts. “Their friendliness and the fact that Zambia is a safe and peaceful place is a major contributor to growing tourism in Zambia,” he says.


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