Our Kosher Tour Hosts

Rabbi Yoni Isaacson - Managing Director

Yoni Isaacson grew up in Johannesburg, studied at Yeshivat Kerem b'Yavne, and the Yeshiva Gedola of Johannesburg, and holds Semicha from Rabbi Z.N. Goldberg, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Operations Research from the University of South Africa. He is a well known educator and businessman , and is the founder and managing director of Africa kosher Safaris in South Africa [AKS], and its new sister company, "Latin America Kosher Safaris [LAKS]. He is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of all aspects of our incredible tours and safaris!

Julie Isaacson - Product Manager

Julie Isaacson grew up in Los Angeles, and studied at Midreshet Moriah and Bar Ilan University, where she studied Logistics. She has a natural talent for design and décor and is the “ideas” fountain of LAKS and AKS. Julie is responsible for new products, venues and for our ‘brand products’, including our LAKS and AKS caps, newly designed golf shirts, cooler bags, and other innovations, and brings a touch of Californian Class into the operation.

Rabbi Daniel Oppenheimer Shelita - Certifying Rabbi and Kashrus Consultant/Argentina

Rabbi Daniel Oppenheimer, one of Argentina's senior Rabbinic leaders, has been working for many years in all essential areas of Jewish life.in Latin America and beyond. Born in Argentina, son of the very revered Rabbi Joseph Oppenheimer sz”l, he studied in the famous Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is the Rov of the largest Ashkenazic Orthodox community in Buenos Aires, head of Torah institutions, and heads one of the most important kashrus agencies in Latin America, Achdut Kosher. All our catering in Argentina is planned under the guidance of the Rav, and all products and mashgichim used are approved by him

Tonderai Ruwo - Executive Chef

Tonderai Allan grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, and has been studying cooking in Johannesburg for many years, where he has become known to AKS visitors as “the best chef in the world!” From his charming, gentle personality to his signature “salad nicoise”, “lamb chops in onion sauce”, and “chocolate spring rolls”, Chef Allan is definitely the man behind AKS’s famous gourmet Big 3 “Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!” His culinary expertise now expands to Latin America where his recipe's are fused with local cuisine and chefs to provide the best kosher dining experience in the region!

Tanya Silverman - Sales and logistics Manager

Tanya grew up in Johannesburg/South Africa and studied Marketing Management and Public Relations through Damelin College. She has an absolute passion for people, travel, and selling kosher safaris, and her never-ending energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to our guests make her an absolute favourite amongst our clients .

Chef Walter Ndebele - Sushi Chef

Walter Ndebele grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and studied to be a Sushi Chef in Johannesburg. He has worked in Johannesburg's famous “Metsuyan” restaurant, and his variety of classical and designer sushi concepts can keep even the biggest sushi addicts coming back for more. We invite you to come and taste his specialty tropical fruit sushi and newly perfected brown rice sushi!

Frans Malusi - Pastry Chef

Frans Malusi is one of the best known pastry chefs in Jewish Johannesburg, and grew to fame at the signature upmarket coffee shop “Frangelico’s”. Frans brings to AKS his wide selection of cakes, desserts, muffins, cheese cakes, cookies, and freshly baked breads, and for our fans with a sweet tooth, is reason enough to come on safari!

Ariel Isaacson - Technology and Web

Ariel is an experienced and creative web designer and technologist and is behind the magic of our magnificent website. He has a passion for cutting edge web technologies, and has developed core social media, education and gaming technologies for the modern web, and mobile. He lives with his wife and family in Bet Shemesh, Israel.