Featured Founder: Ramie Veerappan of Integrity Tours
An interview with Ramie Veerappan, the founder of Integrity Tours
Why are you passionate about South Africa?
I was born in South Africa during the Apartheid regime (segregation), and since we were considered “Non-Europeans”, we were denied basic human rights. We weren’t able to vote or own land, our mobility was restricted. Can you imagine? Laws governing where we could live or go to school.
We weren’t allowed to use the same buses, eat in the same restaurants or sit on the same benches as White people. So I grew up hating South Africa and after coming to Canada, I only went back to visit family. After 1994, when South Africa became a free country – I returned and couldn’t believe how much it had changed.
I went to places I never had an opportunity to visit and fell in love with the country. I’m grateful to all the people who fought for our freedom, those who sacrificed so much and to those who lost their lives. I’m passionate about South Africa because it is a country that has been through so much and still came out on the other side with so much resilience, forgiveness and Ubuntu! I’m thrilled to show people all that South Africa has to offer through our tours.
Why is South Africa a great destination?
South Africa is a magnificent destination which has something to offer every kind of traveler. Whether it’s a safari experience, a deeper understanding of a turbulent history, a cultural excursion or spectacular beauty, South Africa has it all. The people are outstanding, they are friendly, hospitable and always have a great story or joke to share. South Africa is more than a travel destination, it’s an experience that you won’t likely forget.
— Integrity Tours (@integritytours) April 25, 2016
Why should people travel with Integrity Tours?
I would say that Integrity Tours offers travelers more than your average tours. We take the time to find out what you really like, the type of traveler you are, what kind of budget you want to work with and with this information, we put together an itinerary that is customized to suit you. When I travel, I like to get recommendations and tips on where to go, when is the best time to travel and so on. Sure you can do a search on the Internet but you may not know whether the source of that info is credible. With Integrity Tours, we specialize in South Africa – so we know first-hand about the travel experiences that are available. We are your trusted travel advisor and we make sure from start to finish you have a stress-free, seamless travel experience.