South Africa > Private & Specialist Guiding

South Africa

  • Dear Rob, I just wanted to let you know that we had an excellent trip. Everyone really enjoyed the time spent with the guides spotting and watching a great variety of wildlife. Savannah was just what we needed to get our feet on the ground. The Savannah Suite was perfect and a really relaxing place. All of the staff working in the lodge were great and made us very welcome. What really made it though was the energy and enthusiasm of the guide (Kevin) and tracker (Julius). We saw leopard, lions plus cubs, elephants, rhino and buffalo and two different cheetah. Letaka was excellent – Lucas was a first class guide and made every effort to look after us whilst we stayed with him. Footsteps was good, the walks were great and we very much enjoyed being on foot again. This time we saw a lot of lions and a pair mating at very close quarters; zebra and impala everywhere. We also saw six male lions in one morning which was quite a surprise, a civet at night plus some lions very close to the bush dinner which kept our attention. OP and Noah guided us very well and the girls really enjoyed a slightly more advanced young explorers camp. Kanana was excellent – they made a real effort to look after us and we appreciated that as well as the warmth of the welcome. Thank you for arranging it all.

    Nick and Nicola from Bristol travelled with their family to South Africa and Botswana
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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.