Jan van Deventer

Fellow Travel Sommelier & Business Development Manager

About Jan

Jan’s odyssey in the leisure and hospitality sector is a saga of growth and exploration. From humble beginnings as a waiter, he quickly ascended to restaurant management. He has journeyed through the wilds, navigating 4×4 overland trails in Botswana, and spent five years enriching Barra Resorts in Mozambique. As a co-founder of Fire Island Eco Retreats, he’s been instrumental in shaping unique hospitality experiences.

His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish Ultimate Getaways in Pretoria, evolving it into All Over Africa. Additionally, he ventured into the realm of big game fishing charters, overseeing operations in Richards Bay. Jan’s extensive travels across Southern Africa and Europe have been pivotal in marketing these ventures and products, deepening his grasp of diverse markets and audiences.

From 2005 to 2017, Jan immersed himself in the TV and film industry as a Location Scout and Unit & Location Manager. His tenure in the industry refined his skills in managing remote sites and complex logistics, endowing him with invaluable comprehension of managing and promoting off-the-beaten-track destinations. Jan’s multifaceted background uniquely positions him to navigate the complexities of the leisure industry with innovation and strategic insight.