David arrived in Southern Africa 17 years ago and initially trained and worked as a commercial pilot in the Eastern Cape before moving north to Namibia. Here he was lucky enough to meet his future wife & business partner, Charlotte. After a couple of years working in aviation and safari management they headed off to Botswana and the beauty of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park where they ran and built lodges together for four years. The conclusion of their time in Botswana was marked by their marriage at Camp Okavango, after which they decided to return to Namibia and set up home in Windhoek, its capital city. The couple purchased shares in what was then 'Africa Tourist Info.' and just under two years later bought the remaining holding of the company, and ATI Holidays as we know was born.
Subsequent to that, they purchased Rivendell Guest House and today provide employment for 16 Namibian members of staff. David lives with Charlotte, two children Alex (7) and Jasmine (3) and a silly old dog called Tessa. He is usually to be found drinking tea at his desk and is always available for travel advice and support for clients in country. (David is the one NOT wearing the yellow ribbon)
Charlotte first arrived in Namibia from the UK in 1997 shortly after completing her degree in Environmental Science. She worked for a while on a guest farm west of Okahandja and a bird rehabilitation centre outside Windhoek. After meeting David a few months later they moved together to Maun, Botswana. Here they ran Oddballs Camp in the heart of the Delta before moving to Desert & Delta Safaris where they worked at a number of different lodges in their capacity as relief managers. During this time they spent evenings trying to persuade elephants to move out of camp, they rebuilt lodges in the heaviest rains for 20 years, fended off inquisitive lions late at night in Savuti and generally had an amazing bush experience. In 2002 Charlotte & David decided to focus on building their own business somewhere a little more sedate, and moved back to Namibia to buy a share in ATI Holidays before taking over sole ownership in early 2004. Charlotte remains passionate about her background in environmental education and management, and these beliefs are at the heart of ATI's sustainable tourism vision.
Margo was born into conservation and tourism, spending her formative years living in various National Parks around Namibia, including The Fish River Canyon and Etosha National Park, moving to a proper 'town' for the first time just before she started school.
After completing high school and her studies; Margo spent a number of years travelling across South Africa and Europe, working in the golfing and insurance industries before returning to Namibia and, making a complete career change by joining the tourism industry about 7 years ago.
Margo heads up the marketing department, working closely with both David and Charlotte and is actively involved in growing the ATI Holidays brand internationally and when she is not in the office, she can often be found hiking in the bush around the capital or planning the next trip in her beloved old Land Rover!
Monica grew up in the small town of Kamanjab, in the heart of Damaraland and spent most of her free time on her grandfather’s farm on the outskirts of the petrol station. This is where her love of the outdoors started and developed into a passion.
At the end of 2002, fresh out of school, Monica started her career in tourism. Working at a privately owned lodge on the western border of Etosha. This is where the travel and tourism bug bit and what was supposed to be a normal summer job turned into a career.
In 2007 she joined Wilderness Safaris and worked at some of the most exclusive lodges throughout the country, from the Caprivi strip to the isolated Skeleton Coast. Whilst working at these lodges she had the opportunity of getting involved in some of the amazing conservation projects that are going on in Namibia, including the Desert Lion Conservation as well as the Desert Elephant project.
After Wilderness Safaris, she decided to take a chance to see what “town” life is all about and moved to Swakopmund where she lived for about 2 and a half years, before moving to the north of Namibia, to Ongwediva and in July 2012, Monica finally moved to ‘the big city’ to pursue her career in tourism and joined the team at ATI in November 2013.
Mureal was born in Walvis Bay but grew up in the city Windhoek. She has been in the industry for about eight years and still loves it. Mureal joined the ATI team on a part-time basis while Wendy was on maternity leave in March 2011, but has made such an impact that she has been offered a permanent position on staff!
She loves music, singing, socialising with people and travelling and speaks three languages. Like the majority of our staff members, she has travelled quite extensively around the world and loves experiencing new things.
In the tiny town, that you hardly notice on your way to Swakop, Arandis is where Leigh was born and lived for three years before becoming a big town cat! Spending her whole adolescence in Windhoek with every holiday spent either in South Africa or Australia. Leigh went on to study Hotel Management in Cape Town. As she was completing her studies, she was blessed with a beautiful baby boy that changed her life and she made the decision to move back to Windhoek. Leigh started working at Rivendell, ATI Holiday's sister company, in 2011 for and was a member of the team there for about a year and after trying something new for a short while in the Free State, Namibia's call proved too strong and she came back and found her way to ATI Holidays.
It has always been her dream to eat her way around the world... and through ATI, it seemed like a good start as Leigh has become somewhat of the resident Baker and love it (and that's not just us saying so). She loves the food channel and often uses the ATI team as guinea pigs... and all of us remain food-poisoning free! Leigh is also the person who will sing along whenever there is a song playing in the background.
Angela has been working for our sister company, Rivendell, as the guest house breakfast chef since 2005 (and she makes the best Bacon, Pork sausages and HP sauce sandwiches in Namibia) and for the last few years she has also been assisting ATI Holidays with flight and National Park reservations as well as taking charge of our stationary purchases.
Christine completed a diploma in Travel and Tourism at the Cape Technical College as well as her Western Cape tour guiding course and is currently busy with her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
In 1996 Christine moved to Walvis Bay and worked for a small company doing city tours and transfers and a year later she relocated to Windhoek, joined Wilderness Safaris Namibia as a tour consultant and worked her way up to a Lodge Manager, Operations Manager and Market Unit Manager.
Christine joined ATI Holidays in January 2012, and after a baptism of fire emerged, still smiling, to lead our team of consultants
Corinna, who is a fully fledged Namibian-German joined the ATI team in April 2013. Growing up she spent a lot of time on her grandfather’s farm surrounded by about 250 horses – this ‘country estate’ is now called Midgard.
This love for all things equestrian resulted in Corinna competing in horse riding events from the age of 9 and she has represented Namibia in both show-jumping and equitation (no, that is not a spelling mistake and I had to google it as well) now that Corinna has been forced to ‘grow up’ she doesn’t have as much time to ride, but does try as often as is possible!
After finishing high school in South Africa and studying graphic design, Corinna did the obligatory stint in Europe, travelling and working in both Germany and England, and it is in England where she discovered her love for the travel industry, more specifically business travel, and has been fortunate enough to visit more than a dozen countries during this time.
In 2011 Corinna returned to Namibia – and made the switch from business to leisure travel, first joining a aircraft charter company, where she worked for a year, before joining ATI Holidays
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