Journey with purpose.

Akani Travel is a cross-cultural travel brand for young women who want to make a real impact on the world when they grow up. Through our carefully curated programmes, we foster the growth of lifelong connections and develop the skills and values these young women need to become future leaders and change-makers.

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Our unique itineraries dive into South Africa’s cultural and natural heritage, from discovering the wonders of a Big Five safari to learning about local, women-led community and conservation initiatives.

Akani brings together girls from seemingly disparate backgrounds and challenges them to learn about each other, themselves and the world around them in a safe, engaging and impactful way.

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Akani’s purpose is grounded in the belief that if we empower girls when they are young - through community and education, no matter their background - they have the power to truly change the world for the better.

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Who are we?

Corne Havenga

Born and bred in South Africa, Corné is a mother of two wild, wonderful young daughters and has dedicated her career to uplifting communities through education. An experienced teacher, she also loves hiking and has a strong belief that kindness and humanity should be at the centre of everything we do.

Emily Whiting

Hailing from the UK, Emily is an avid traveller and nature enthusiast with a zest for adventure. A qualified science teacher-turned-safari guide in South Africa, her joint passions for education, conservation and girl empowerment are embodied in Akani’s core values.