Travel Entrepreneur & Innovator

Phaka Hlazo is a seasoned strategist, and a hands-on operational lead with vast experience in the implementation of strategic change initiatives in Africa, Europe and Asia. She has over five years operational presence in the African travel market, and 6 years in change management and digital transformation consultation.

Phaka believes that technology innovation is a necessary enabler for true transformation and inclusion in all tourism sectors, as such, Zulu Nomad is a social enterprise whose core purpose is to be an enabler to African tourism capacity and enterprise development at scale.

Her other company, the inAfrica marketplace connects rural and urban providers of authentic, immersive African experiences with travelers from all walks of life and source market, whilst providing a powerful booking management system to African tour operators and hosts.

The recipient of various awards and scholarships, Phaka was in 2020 named one of the most Inspiring Women in Travel, by Travel Massive, in 2019 she was named one of the Top 100 Young South African’s by the Mail and Guardian, and the top 25 Trailblazers in Tourism by the same publication.
 In 2005, Phaka was named one of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa.

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