A young tour operator and professional safari specialist with a combined experience of eight years of running a thriving tourism business in Zimbabwe and recently in South Africa. Lipian Bongani Mtandabari is the founder and Director of Phezulu Safaris in Zimbabwe (established in 2012). Due to his strong passion for tourism and promoting equality through travel, he incepted Ntsako Travel Africa in 2018, an Exclusive Pan African LGBT travel company. The primary philosophy of Ntsako Travel Africa is to sell southern Africa as an emerging destination for LGBT+. In addition to promoting the destination, Ntsako Travel Africa is also involved in capacitating, developing and transitioning the service industry to embrace LGBT+ travel and become LGBT+ inclusive.
At the tender age of 25, Lipian has a strong interest in wildlife and environment conservation. He currently sits on the boards of several conservation organisations in Zimbabwe, including one which he founded. He is an alumni and current mentor of the Tony Elumelu Foundation – Entrepreurship Forum.
Lipian’s passion and innovation in the tourism and conservation field has been recognised by his African peers who adjudicated him as runner up in the 2018 Outstanding Entrepreurship Category of the Pan African Africa Tourism Leadership Awards held in Accra Ghana.