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South Africa

  • Hi Rob, we had a thoroughly wonderful holiday and have fond memories of our whole trip. Motse Lodge in Tswalu was amazing. It was far better than our expectations and our guide and tracker were incredible. So informative and just like walking encyclopaedias! We loved every moment even though we came away exhausted as we wanted to go out on game drives whenever possible. Our next stop Cape Town and The Cape Grace. The hotel is beautiful and the position perfect for us by the waterfront. In Franschhoek at La Residence, our world changed!! We thought we had arrived in heaven. What a beautiful place, full of taste and style and crammed full of vintage furniture and amazing china. We loved everything about it and stayed for supper both nights. The staff were amazing and made us feel very comfortable and welcomed us into their beautiful home. We can’t thank you enough for organising such an amazing sample of what South Africa has to offer. We will certainly be back. Many thanks for everything.

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South Africa

Private & Specialist Guiding

Private & Specialist Guiding

On safari in South Africa, most safari camps and lodges organise game drives with between 4 and 10 guests on a vehicle, and whilst sharing your experiences with a few other guests is normal and often great fun, it is sometimes possible to pay extra for ‘exclusive-use’ of a vehicle for all or part of your safari. A private vehicle naturally comes with a private guide and tends to be very appealing to more experienced travellers who have very specific interests such as birding or photography. Please note though that for operational reasons, not all lodges are able to offer this facility.

Regulations exist which ensure that there is a relatively high standard of guiding throughout South African, both on safari and when considering more general touring.  All guides are trained within their specific areas so if you undertake a guided day tour or visit a private safari lodge, you’re normally assured of reasonable quality guiding. However, if high quality guiding is a real priority for you, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’. From battlefield tours, botany and birding trips, to walking safaris, whales and wine tours, these specialist guides can make all the difference to your experience.

If you wish to tour the country, but prefer not to self-drive, we are able to put together a holiday itinerary where you would be driven and hosted by a qualified and experienced tour guide. You can still employ specialist local guides for certain activities if required.

If you feel that you would appreciate a private vehicle on safari, or will have specific guiding requirements during your holiday, please advise us when you speak to us. We are very flexible and different regions present different opportunities, so we will simply work with you to include the level of exclusivity and guiding that you desire.