Who we are

South of Africa (SOA) is a unique group of hotels offering distinctive experiences through its establishments in one of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations: the Limpopo Province. What distinguishes SOA from other stereotypical hotel chains is its focus on catering for the needs of individuals. Whether guests desire sought-after luxury, or comfortable, affordable accommodation, each of the properties in our portfolio has its own identity, true to the areas in which they are located.

SOA started in 1990 when it purchased the group’s first property, Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa near Modimolle in Limpopo province. Since then, SOA’s property portfolio has grown steadily, with a team of unique professionals, under the leadership of Managing Director Stef Venter, that enhance the company with their creative energies and enthusiasm for the group’s vision and mission.

Our Vision: To position SOA as a portfolio of fine properties within the tourism industry in Southern Africa by creating a prominent dynamic brand known for high standards, creative uniqueness and skilled passionate staff empowered to deliver an unforgettable lifestyle experience.
Our mission: To make SOA a target driven dynamic organisation with high ethics and values, delivering outstanding quality experiences, through a team of highly skilled, motivated staff that benefits from the company’s success to improve their quality of life.

A key element of SOA’s approach is enhancing the lives of all those that work for this ‘family-run’ business. The group treats each staff member as part of the family within a loving atmosphere of teamwork and respect. SOA’s property portfolio offers both catered and self-catering accommodation that ranges from standard/budget, to Deluxe establishments. Discover the African Spaces and Secret Places that offer guests the opportunity to experience the dream.

Next time you plan a holiday, weekend escape, conference or wedding; why not consider one of the fabulous properties in South of Africa’s portfolio of fine properties? E-mail us at bookings@soa.travel and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options!

Meet the team

Stef Venter

Managing Director

Khatija Mahomed

Human Resources & PA to MD

Thabo Mashao

Sales Executive

Marcia Manale

Sales Executive

Dalena Ahlers


Egmond du Plessis

Guest Relations & Marketing