aha Hotels & Lodges is the tourism property management company of Tourvest’s Accommodation and Activities division. The company represents and operates a portfolio of properties in Gauteng, Western Cape, North West Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zanzibar, Uganda and Kenya in East Africa.
In 2010, all properties owned and/or managed by Tourvest were consolidated under aha, which had been responsible for the sales, marketing and central reservations office for the group’s game lodges. The expanded aha then incorporated Relais Hotels and continued to manage and market the group’s existing portfolio while also looking at opportunities to expand the properties under management into areas of the country where Tourvest already conduct business.
From a sales perspective the hotels and lodges under aha management had been divided into three sub-categories, each with its own specialised sales team, to cater for niche tourism markets. These consist of city hotels, lifestyle retreats and lodges. Each Tourvest property is graded in the four or five star category by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. The only exception to this is Lesedi Cultural Village, which is graded three stars and the lodges located within Zimbabwe which are ungraded but fall within the parameters set by the grading council.
In 2012 the group appointed Managing Director Neil Bald who successfully restructured and centralised the core of the company with a new Head Office based in Rivonia, Johannesburg. The consolidation exercise was part of the group’s strategy of increasing the number of hotels and lodges under its management.
Their focus is not limited to South Africa but extends throughout Africa and especially to those areas where the Tourvest group already has a presence. Tourvest is involved to varying degrees in a number of African countries which are seen as an opportunity to grow the aha brand into these countries.
Our vision is to provide the greatest possible variety of unique and quality hospitality in hotels, resorts and lodges – to become the most trusted, simple, inspirational & fun brand in the African market.
safe and trusted
At no time is our dedication compromised. Our most important principle is trust; trust for our adventures, trust for our locations in Africa, trust for our service and quality of properties, and trust for our communication.
We'll always aim to provide the easiest way to book, the easiest way to pay, and above all, the easiest to afford. Through our ahaConnect portfolio, we aim to always be accessible to the world, and our loyal guests. Not only can people stay in Africa with us; we have adventures to give you a bigger and better experience and an ahaMoments portfolio to make your booking process the most accessible.
We don’t complicate things. We don’t use high-and-mighty language or overly wordy descriptions. We get to the point and that’s that.
great fun and adventure
We have a quirky and fun personality. Our aim is to help people lighten up and enjoy more moments in life. We always want to be genuinely friendly and provide the right environment for our staff’s natural talent to shine, as well as to give our guests more ahaMoments.
Wherever possible, we provide our staff with the best opportunities to take their abilities to new heights in the service of our customers. We aim to always stay relevant. We are more than just a hospitality group... we're an experience. Wherever our customers see the aha brand, they can expect these values.