About Us



XL Aloe Travel is the leading privately owned travel agency in the region and is situated at 59 Frere Road Vincent East London,.

Founded originally in 1981 by the Weir Investment Group, Aloe Travel was formed to fulfil the need for a highly efficient and professional service-orientated travel agency in East London. Since then Aloe Travel has consistently been recognised as the leading travel agent in the region and is proudly a level 2 B-BBEE contributor.

XL Aloe Travel is affiliated to XL Travel Holdings, a dynamic group of quality travel management companies focused on providing innovative, customised and financially rewarding solutions to corporate and leisure customers.

We pride ourselves in providing a professional service at competitive prices through experienced consultants, advanced technology and market position. We are big enough to be powerful yet individual enough to be personal.

Our goals are to be partners with our clients in the provision of travel solutions, understanding their needs, managing the travel portfolio and delivering arrangements to their most exacting requirements.

XL Aloe Travel Structure

Managing Director Laurette Haynes has been in the industry for 35 years and has led the business from humble beginnings to its current position at the pinnacle of service.

Director Thembi Chagonda is also the Managing Director of the leading labour law and HR services company and a pre-eminent trainer and consultant in the fields of Employment Equity and Skills Development.

Shareholder Zukiswa Ngani has extensive experience in telesales and adds significant marketing expertise to the business.

Manager Japie Coetzee is an acknowledged leader in the industry with more than 30 years’ experience. Newly appointed General Manager, Juan Bedser compliments the management composition with more than 15 years legal and business management experience.

Preferred Partners - Click here

The XL Travel group have appointed preferred suppliers in the industry to be our partners in providing quality products at preferential rates to our customers. Some of our Preferred Partners include:

  • South African Airways
  • British Airways
  • British Airways Comair
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Kulula
  • Avis Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Three Cities Group
  • City Lodge Group
  • Southern Suns
  • Beachcomber Tours
  • Development Promotions


As the travel industry becomes more dependent on technology in the future, we believe that is the responsibility of the travel management company to provide their clients with the latest and most effective procurement, fulfilment, control and reporting systems.

We currently make use of, inter alai, Travelport’s Galilio which provides innovative products and services specifically designed to reduce travel costs, increase productivity and meet our customers’ unique needs.


Lufthansa and Swiss Air recently acknowledged XL Aloe Travel as “Top Agency 2013” at a gala event. Throughout the years XL Aloe Travel has won numerous awards for exceptional service and has achieved top status with the following quality travel suppliers:


Black Empowerment Policy

XL Aloe Travel subscribes to the economic empowerment process in South Africa and is committed to the development of opportunities for previously disadvantaged individuals and the transference of skills.

Many of our own staff members conform to the term “previously disadvantaged individuals” and each year we take on students from the technikons and learning institutions for the purposes of providing in-house training in the various fields of travel and tourism.

Our valuable contribution towards the upliftment of the community of the Eastern Cape has been acknowledged and certified by the Buffalo City Public FET College.

We are committed to the broad based cornerstones of Black Empowerment namely:

  • Equity through joint ventures or capital investment and direct management
  • Transference of Skills
  • Support and utilisation of empowered suppliers.
  • Social Responsibilities

XL Aloe Travel is proudly a level 2 B-BBEE contributor.


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