André Laget was born in Djibouti, East Africa, to a French father and Italian mother. His early years were spent between Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen. He attended a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, after which he moved to France where he studied Tourism. His working career took him to various travel agencies in France, as well as Club Med in Greece. In Strasbourg, André was president of Travel Club Europe – a French travel agent’s association with around 700 members.

In time, he and his wife moved back to Africa and since 2000, settled in South Africa where he continues to work in the travel industry. Ikewana is the culmination of years of experience in the field. André owns a variety of other businesses in the hospitality and software fields. He is passionate about photography, aviation and needless to say, is an enthusiastic traveller. He is his own best client and makes travelling to a new destination each year, a priority.