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Henderson Travel Service has a long and distinguished history in African travel and tourism. Henderson Travel first opened its doors in Atlanta, GA in 1955 as the first fully appointed African American owned travel agency in the U.S.

In 1955, the same year that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, AL-when African Americans could not freely travel across town in the deep South because of segregation, Freddye and Jake Henderson were coordinating and promoting African American travel to Europe and soon thereafter to Africa. In 1957, before commercial airlines were flying to Africa, and all of Africa was still referred to as the “Dark Continent”, it was necessary for the Hendersons to charter an airplane to take the first group of American tourists to Ghana to celebrate its independence and the inauguration of Kwame Nkrumah as Africa’s first Black President. That pioneering trip to Ghana’s Independence celebration was the catalyst for what became a multi-faceted company involved in heritage tourism and tourism development projects throughout the African Diaspora. That pivotal 1957 tour was also the beginning of Henderson Travel’s commitment to promoting travel to Africa, for which we have won numerous distinctions and awards over the last six decades from various heads of state of African countries and travel industry associations and organizations.

One such award was the Africa Trophy, a prestigious award for excellence in the promotion of tourism to Africa. Additionally, Ms. Freddye S. Henderson, founder of Henderson Travel Service, received the Rosenbluth Memorial Award, the American Society of Travel Agent’s (ASTA) highest recognition of competence in the travel industry. Her daughter, Dr. Gaynelle Henderson, who has run the business since 1984 has continued the Henderson Travel Service pioneering legacy and received many awards and honors as well. Since 1957, Henderson Travel has literally sent hundreds of thousands of tourists to Africa.

Today, we are a full service, fully computerized, state-of-the-art Travel and Tour company and a Tourism Development Consulting firm that operates under the name of Henderson Associates. Henderson Associates/Henderson Travel is comprised of a team of employees, associates and technical advisors, uniquely qualified to provide the full range of travel, tour services and tourism development consulting, in addition to the full array of conference and special event planning and management. On every assignment, we bring a comprehensive blend of management, technical and administrative support to implement, support and monitor the requirements of contracts and projects.

Last Opportunity to join this FABULOUS, bargain of a tour to THREE exciting southern African countries before the deadline of March 15th!! Only three seats left!!

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South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Included: • All Flights *Prices subject to change • Accommodation: 4 nights The Portswood Hotel; 2 nights Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel; 2 nights The Cabanas Hotel at Sun City; 3 nights Lokuthula Lodges • Meals: breakfast throughout; 5 lunches, 7 dinners • Transfers and touring as specified in a 44 seater coach in Cape Town and Johannesburg • Qualified English speaking guides throughout • Entrance fees: Table Mountain Cableway fee, SA Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Robben Island ferry ticket, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Mandela House, Apartheid Museum • 3 game drives in the Pilanesberg National Park with open safari vehicles • Chobe Day trip • Transfers in Victoria Falls Tour as per itinerary plus guided Sunset cruise, Meet the People and Falls Tour • Porterages • VAT and tourism levy


From BWI: May 15-28, 2017

South Africa



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We invite you to explore our website to discover the many destinations and kinds of tours we specialize in, and to learn more about how we can help create your perfect vacation experience. 
Contact Henderson Travel Service
7961 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 • Telephone: 301-650-5700 • Email:

African Diaspora Tourism Initiative 
There is growing evidence that the Africa Diaspora contributes significantly to the development of the continent through a variety of channels, including investing in the continent and encouraging others to invest, entrepreneurism, and knowledge exchange. The Diaspora can also play a critical role in changing perceptions—helping project a positive image of the continent as a whole and each individual nation.For ATA and its members, the African Diaspora community is a critical and untapped resource in its goal to promote travel and tourism to the African continent. To encourage the participation of the Diaspora communities in the travel, tourism and transport industries, ATA has launched the ATA African Diaspora Initiative. Its goal is to generate momentum and create innovative ways to involve African Diaspora leaders, entrepreneurs and media around the world in activities that lead to tourism promotion to and investment in Africa.