At just 17, Lipian Mtandabari founded Ntsako Travel Africa – an LGBTIQ+ travel company that advocates for equality through travel, promoting the inclusion of the LGBTIQ+ community in the rest of Africa and the world. Mtandabari has already been recognised by the UK’s Attitude magazine as one of its 100 trailblazers, and the company is helping to establish South Africa as a destination of choice for LGBTIQ+ travellers. His proudest moment so far is receiving the David Martin Small Business Award and scholarship from the International LGBTIQ+ Travel Association in 2019 – a moment that showed him his work had made an international impact. His biggest surprise was realising the impact the company has had on the lives of LGBTIQ+ travellers to South Africa and across the continent, including countries with differing laws. “Growing into a better person and seeing the team rise with me drives me every morning,” he says.
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