Meet our Gurus
Our Guru’s are the best in the industry. We work closely with them and make use of their expert knowledge. Their expertise and vision are essential ingredients that enable us to offer life-enriching travel experiences.
Erns Grundling is an author, photojournalist and TV presenter. He is a passionate traveller and hiker and has extensive experience of multi-day hikes and pilgrimages. His love for people and stories makes him an excellent travelling companion and speaker. He worked as a journalist at Die Burger, LitNet, Insig magazine and Weg. During this time he received twelve national awards for his journalism. His first book, Elders, about his Camino pilgrimage in Spain, was published in 2017 and is a bestseller. In 2019 an English translation, Walk It Off, was published. He was co-presenter of the TV series Weg Agterpaaie on Via and is currently presenter and co-producer of the SAFTA-winning travel series Elders on kykNET and Showmax, now in its third season. He has travelled far and wide, and some of his highlights include watching a La Liga football match in Madrid, climbing Mt Fuji in Japan, visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, surviving a close call with an elephant in Botswana and seeing Leonard Cohen perform live in Verona, Italy. He has a keen interest in psychology, philosophy, mindfulness, the inner journey and purposeful travel. His presence on any tour is sure to enrich, entertain and keep things interesting.
Mike Fabricius is an experienced strategist, manager, marketer and entrepreneur who played a leadership role in the successful development of the South African tourism industry and has been consulting at an international level since 2004. After occupying various senior management positions in South Africa's tourism industry he established The Journey, an independent international tourism advisory and consultancy practice. Mike regularly participates as advisor and expert in various assignments for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and The Journey has managed and executed tourism planning projects for a range of clients in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and various provinces and regions of South Africa. Mike regularly presents courses on tourism destination management for tourism professionals worldwide. He is an Editorial Board member of the international Journal of Sustainable Tourism and his profile is included in the Who's Who in Southern Africa.
Dr Fabricius holds a PhD (Nelson Mandela University) and an MBA (cum laude) (UNISA). In 2002 he was awarded the University of South Africa Council Medal for the best student over 4 years of the Master of Business Leadership. His thesis was entitled "Competitive Strategies for Tourism Destinations" (courtesy of The Journey).