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About Us

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On this About Us Page you will find information on Ritztrade International and the history of the company in South Africa. Find out about our team, services, guided tours from Cape Town, deals on traveling in South Africa and so much more. Our services include accommodation of all kinds such as holiday homes, villas, guesthouses, apartments and hotels. For your convenience we have put together a little background story on our company, Ritztrade, with information on who we are and what we have done in the past.

The Beginning...

In our first year in South Africa we had a lot of work to do with regards to setting up our company. We offered holiday homes, apartments, guesthouses and hotels at this point. The following year we had a breakthrough when Ritztrade International started focussing on the tourism business and the guide kapstadt was born! We had staff from seven different countries involved in the design of our brand new travel guide. 

By visiting various regions in South Africa, such as the Garden Route or Kruger National Park, we have been successful in organising tours for our customers. Often they started from Cape Town and ended in the Kruger National Park. This work resulted in the creation of an organisation for safaris in South Africa. Later, safaris to southern Africa developed, followed by hiking safaris to Kilimanjaro and live abroads to Mozambique. We packaged cheap safaris for campers with unbeatably low prices and later delved into luxury safaris which were designed by us primarily to satisfy the comfort seeking high-end customer.

The following years flew by quickly. We had our ups and downs with the global economic crisis and rising gas prices which resulted in slowed business for a bit, but the 2010 World Cup came to our rescue and gave us our newly found momentum! With it the World Cup brought increased amounts of tourists from all over the world, right to South Africa and our business.

In February 2012 we started to prepare the relaunch of kapstadt.org and with almost a year of processing time, the new site went online in January 2013, bringing us to where we are today.

ULRIKE LEUGERING

Founder of Ritztrade International

Ulrike's Career

Nationality: German | Heart: South African
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  • 2017

    We create our tour websites.

  • We create our tour websites.

    June 4, 2017
  • 2016

    We develop our safari package Pages.

  • We develop our safari package Pages.

    June 4, 2016
  • 2015

    We develop new helicopter tour Pages.

  • We develop new helicopter tour Pages.

    June 4, 2015
  • 2014

    We develop new shark cage diving sites.

  • We develop new shark cage diving sites.

    June 4, 2014
  • 2013

    On the 30th of Jan we relaunch kapstadt.org.

  • On the 30th of Jan we relaunch kapstadt.org.

    June 4, 2013
  • 2012

    Relaunch of kapstadt.org – development of design and new ideas.

  • Relaunch of kapstadt.org – development of design and new ideas.

    June 4, 2012
  • 2011

    We launch a website about the Kruger National Park.

  • We launch a website about the Kruger National Park.

    May 31, 2011
  • 2010

    Participating in the placement of interns in children’s homes, tourism and businesses.

  • Participating in the placement of interns in children’s homes, tourism and businesses.

    May 31, 2010
  • 2009

    Arranging volunteer helpers for aid organizations.

  • Arranging volunteer helpers for aid organizations.

    May 31, 2009
  • 2008

    South Africa Kinderhilfe childern’s aid is founded. (a private initiative)

  • South Africa Kinderhilfe childern’s aid is founded. (a private initiative)

    May 31, 2008
  • 2006

    We add property management of villas and apartments in the Western Cape to out portfolio!

  • We add property management of villas and apartments in the Western Cape to out portfolio!

    May 31, 2006
  • 2004

    Founding of the business sites, immigration and real estate sales & a travel portal on the Garden Route

  • Founding of the business sites, immigration and real estate sales & a travel portal on the Garden Route

    May 31, 2004
  • 2002

    We launch an international website about Cape Town in English

  • We launch an international website about Cape Town in English

    May 31, 2002
  • 2000

    The launch of Cape Town.org

  • The launch of Cape Town.org

    May 31, 2000
  • 1998

    Foundation of a German-speaking holiday home agency in Cape Town

  • Foundation of a German-speaking holiday home agency in Cape Town

    May 31, 1998
  • 1997

    Emigration to South Africa and the start of Ritztrade Business Exchange CC, focusing on the sale of companies and real estate

  • Emigration to South Africa and the start of Ritztrade Business Exchange CC, focusing on the sale of companies and real estate

    May 31, 1997
  • 1986

    Migration to the sale of bulbs and accessories

  • Migration to the sale of bulbs and accessories

    May 31, 1986
  • 1985

    A step into the production of solar technology systems with a focus on industrial management

  • A step into the production of solar technology systems with a focus on industrial management

    May 31, 1985
  • 1984

    Purchasing steel and glassware for sale throughout Europe & India is the name of the game

  • Purchasing steel and glassware for sale throughout Europe & India is the name of the game

    May 31, 1984
  • 1983

    Foundation of a further two companies

  • Foundation of a further two companies

    May 31, 1983
  • 1981

    By the tender age of 21 years, I was self-employed

  • By the tender age of 21 years, I was self-employed

    May 31, 1981
  • 1976

    My story starts with an apprenticeship as a pharmacist’s assistant

  • My story starts with an apprenticeship as a pharmacist’s assistant

    May 31, 1976

THE VISION

We would like to continue managing the company in the travel industry with motivated employees. It is important that new ideas arise continuously that benefit our customers! This includes a strong focus on reviews of the accommodations from our customers, which must meet our quality standards.

WE REALISE

Our time in South Africa has not been easy. The clocks in Africa tick differently than in Europe. However, once you have recognised this, you’ll get along well. The people are friendly and nice, although a watchful eye is part of our daily business. Dates are not always respected or they can take place an hour later – that’s just Africa!

OUR FUTURE

Our team will continue to contribute to the culture of friendliness and relaxation with which we treat each other in the company, and the customers will always receive professional and courteous advise from us.

Feel free to contact us for more information.