Maria’s story begins after completing her studies in Travel and Tourism Management. She started her career at a small backpackers lodge in Pretoria. The owner at the time also owned a small tour operator which he ran alongside the backpackers. In order to sell his products to customers, he would send her on educational trips where she traveled to many places in South Africa. This is where her love and passion for the travel industry ignited.
Whilst on her honeymoon, Maria and her husband traveled through South Africa. It was then that she realised that her passion for traveling has yet to be satisfied and that she wanted, (if not needed) to explore further. They made a life changing decision to move from Pretoria to Cape Town, where she started working for a safari company. During this time, she was fortunate enough to have traveled and experienced the raw beauty, culture, and history that accompanies countries such as South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
After nine years of gaining invaluable experience, Maria accepted a position with Nine Yards Travel where she began her new adventure to grow a company that has been established with the same heart, passion, and enthusiasm as her own.
Nine Yards Travel, established by Gary and Kathy Jordan who are also the proud owners of Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, is a new name in the industry. Maria believes that Nine Yards Travel has endless potential, especially with the relationships that the Jordan’s have forged over the years within the wonderful wine industry. With the winelands at heart, she is looking forward to sharing with you the captivating, breath-taking, endlessly fascinating and overwhelming experiences of Africa, and building new, lifelong relationships.
Wine Industry Professionals
Gary & Kathy Jordan know all about travelling and marketing their wine brand.
Allow Maria to assist you with you outbound travel arrangements for wine trade shows, marketing events and general customer visits.
Send your international guests our way to assist with tailoring their visits to the various wine regions, with peace of mind, knowing that Maria understands the wine industry and the value of your international customers.