About the Founder: Carla Ferreira
A born and bred South African, Carla is passionate about tourism, travel, and sharing her love for her country.
After studying tourism and spending a year travelling America, she returned to South Africa in 2004 to open Saltycrax – the first ever backpackers in the Table View area of Cape Town. This proved such a success that a sister tour agency, Saltycrax Adventures, was soon created, offering unique adventure packages around the country.
In 2006, Carla founded the South African Volunteer Experiences (SAVE), a registered non-profit organisation that assists and uplifts local Cape Town communities by providing preschool, after-school, and sports programmes. Today, SAVE volunteering has expanded to supporting wildlife and conservation programs around South Africa as well as humanitarian programs in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi.
Carla chaired Backpacking South Africa for 5 years and played an active role in the transition from Backpacking South Africa (BSA) to the now South Africa Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC). She has also served on the boards of the South Africa Tourism Services Association, International Police Association, South African Police sports club, and TLC, a large non-profit organisation. She is currently serving on the Executive board of the World Youth Student & Education Travel Confederation (WYSTC).
Anyone who meets Carla will agree that her strong spirit and wholehearted love of life always leaves an impression.