Meet Khimbini Hlongwane, who went from cattle herder to tour company boss

Meet Khimbini Hlongwane, who went from cattle herder to tour company boss

When thinking about black excellence, Khimbini Hlongwane comes to mind. The inspirational entrepreneur had to work his way up and today he is the owner of a successful company, which was nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Lilizela Awards.

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Hlongwane is the founder and CEO of Vomba Tours and Safaris, a company in the touring industry just outside the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, SebenzaLIVE reported.

The entrepreneur founded the business three-years-ago, but his love for the wildlife began when he was still young.

Briefly.co.za learned Hlongwane herded cattle and goats in the small town where he grew up. He admitted the wild animals' behaviour fascinated him, so he got a job at the Inyati Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in 1994.

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Meet Khimbini Hlongwane, who went from cattle herder to tour company boss

Khimbini Hlongwane went from cattle herder to tour company boss. Photo credit: Khimbini Hlongwane/Facebook
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He started out as an animal tracker but worked his way up to a game ranger within just five-years. Fast-forward 24-years, and he own his own touring company.

Now, he aims to expand his business by adding more vehicles to his fleet, opening camping grounds and giving educational safari drives and establish long-standing business relationships with crafters.

Aside from his personal success, Hlongwane said his business benefited the local community and created permanent positions for three people and a further 12 part-time jobs.

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