This is one of our newest sites so right now there is not much press about it. But you might be interested in seeing what the press & our clients have to say about this site’s founders and its sister sites, which together form the IWannaGo.co family of websites. Michael Giles & Bernadette Moffat are the founders and Heritage Africa Safaris is the parent company.
We’ve been around for a while, Heritage Africa entered the online travel market back in 1998. Before 1998 Michael and Bernadette left the practice of law and began to immerse ourselves in entrepreneurial ventures. With an exceptionally talented and dedicated team in place (thanks Serg!), IWannaGo is the latest expansion and continuation of that journey.
In the American press, we have enjoyed television coverage on Good Morning America, and on CNN’s Travel Guide, the latter piece aired for the second time in January 2000. Some of the publications that have covered us are Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, The Washington Post & The Chicago Tribune.
The London Times also did a story on us. As have all three of South Africa’s then largest national papers – Sunday Business Times, Business Day and the Sunday Times.
Here is what some of them have said about Michael, Bernadette or Heritage Africa:
Heritage Africa is … at the epicenter of [tourism] to South Africa.
Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2002
South Africa will have to create new wealth… for democracy to work. So far the couple [Michael Giles and Bernadette Moffat] is off to a good start.
Washington Post, May 14, 1994
[With] missionary zeal [to] make their contribution to the new South Africa…Bernadette Moffat and her husband Michael Giles sold their house and gave up six figure salaries as lawyers in Washington.
London Sunday Times, October 2, 1994
Michael Giles saw opportunity … the Columbia Law graduate left the US to settle in South Africa in 1993
Fortune Magazine, October 17, 1994
What Some US TV & Radio Stations Have Said About Us:
As part of a major donation strategy, we donated over 100 African safaris to support PBS TV, NPR radio stations, zoos & other organizations throughout the USA. Here’s what some have to say about us, the way we do business and the effect of the donations.
Michael, it has been an absolute delight to work with you, and especially to share our airtime with the amazing story of the travel adventures that you host…
Vanya Tulenko, Director of Community Fundraising, WGBH TV and Radio, Boston, Massachusetts
I am just writing to say how happy we are with the results of our Heritage Africa Internet Sweepstakes. We were able to boost our website pledge rate…by 64%…over our December 2000 record…a gain of approximately $46,000 in revenue. The Heritage Africa Pledge promotion was a very exciting start to a new source of funds for WNET.
Kristin Bugge, Director, On-Air and Interactive Marketing, Thirteen/WNET New York City
Thank you again for this wonderful prize… and for your support of public broadcasting.
Ann Macmillan, In-Kind Gift Coordinator, KQED TV and Radio, San Francisco, California
On behalf of WTTW, I would to thank you again for your generous contribution of a ten-day African safari. As you may remember, we leveraged this as a raffle opportunity during the length of our drive (18 days). Promotion and registration occurred both on-air during live pledging and on our website. Overall results proved to be both worthwhile and mutually beneficial. We garnered just under $1.4M from over 15K pledges. This is a 54% increase in the number of pledges received from our December campaign. Approximately 8,000 new members joined our organization, a 58% increase from the last drive as well. Additionally, the safari incentive helped to increase traffic on our website. On the Internet alone, we raised over $43K from approximately 500 pledges. As we just recently began our web initiative, this was a 62% increase from the norm.
Jerry Liwanag, Marketing Manager/Producer, On-air and Interactive Fundraising, WTTW Chicago
We did extremely well with the Heritage Africa safari. We were thrilled to sell it for $10,100! Everyone was talking about the trip. …Overall, our auction was very successful and raised over $460,000 for Wisconsin Public Television…. Thank you for your generosity.
Jackie Friend, Auction Manager, Wisconsin Public Television, Madison, Wisconsin
Thank you so much for Heritage Africa’s generous donation to KERA’s 7th Annual Tour of Taste! … the 10-day Dream Golf, Winelands, and Wildlife Safari for two … sold in the Live Auction for $10,750. Tour of Taste is KERA’s largest annual fund-raising event. This year’s event raised more $235,000 for public broadcasting in North Texas, and we could not have done it without your help! Our mission at Channel 13 is to provide high-quality programming for the entire family that informs, enriches, and entertains. Your generosity and support of this event has helped us, once again, achieve that goal.
Paula Cheingthong, Co-ordinator, Special Events KERA TV and Radio, Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas
All of us at KCSM are very excited to be partnering with you and your organization in making the “Dream Jazz Safari”trips available to our listening audience… so far we have raised $8, 000.
Sinclair Crockett, Director of External Affairs, KCSM Radio, San Mateo (San Francisco), California
Thank you for your generous donation of a Heritage Africa Dream Safari for WAMU’s 40th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser.
Elizabeth H. Lawbaugh, WAMU/Corporate Development, WAMU Radio, Washington, DC
We are extremely delighted that Heritage Africa has decided to participate and support WETA’s Public Television and Radio programs. Thanks so much for [donating a Dream Safari and] being part of the WETA Sweepstakes!
Judi Albers, Executive Director, Membership Planning & Development, WETA TV & Radio, Washington, DC
Finally, but in our view most importantly, here’s what some of our former clients (many are now friends) say about us.
Thanks again for the wonderful trip… and we will keep referring potential clients to you.
US Ambassador G. Dennis Mathieu, Washington, D.C
You gave us royal treatment, we felt like a king and queen…on a glorious once in a life time journey!
Dr. Patrick Matlou, Deputy Director General, South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism, Pretoria, South Africa
Wow! Keep up the good work!
Steve Curwood, Host of Living on Earth on America’s National Public Radio
My Heritage Africa safari quite literally changed my life. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of, dream of African and the adventures I had there.
J. Allen Collier, Boston, Massachusetts
It was the most lovely, wonderful, spiritual trip of my life. Thank you!
A. Clancy, KCSM Public Television and Radio Host, San Mateo, California
Thanks so much for the dream experience of a lifetime!
K. Ager, Windsor, Connecticut
One of my most wonderful trips…unforgettable time, friends, hosts, memories and a wealth of beautiful people.
A. Kostapapas, Mansfield, Connecticut
I was breathless every twenty minutes. It was life changing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
T. Coye, Boston, Massachusetts
Thank you so much for everything. Russell and I loved every minute of our trip. Each of the places you chose for us were surpassingly lovely – the best we have ever had. And somehow there was a bottle of champagne waiting in each of our hotel rooms. Hmm? I can’t say enough about how grateful we are to have had such luxurious treatment. We had a glorious, fabulous, romantic Honeymoon!
Mr. & Mrs. R. Davis, New York City
You really laid out the red carpet
Cozetta Smith, Memphis Tennessee
This is the best trip ever!
Frances Davis, Worthington, Ohio
Absolutely inspiring experience, delicious food and wonderful people
Maxine Aldridge White, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
God bless you. Exceeded all expectations
Clifford and Wilhelmenia Bonds, Memphis, Tennessee
Thank you for giving us a such a wonderful tour…I truly had a great experience.
Quinci Dacus, Langston, Oklahoma
I am a believer – Heritage Africa is the best and only way to see South Africa!
Rev. M. Robinson, Memphis, Tennessee