Cape Town

From an outstation to a world-class City.

We do not often think of it but long before the beginning of the Christian era, communities lived here in what we know as the Cape Peninsula and Western Cape. Those communities are the ancestors of the Khoisan people.
You had the Sun communities who are the Bushman, and the Khoikhoi who is the Hottentot group. Both of these groups migrated South long before the Bantu people whose history starts off well to the north.
Before the arrival of the Dutch, the Hottentot traded with their Bantu neighbours in mostly cattle and marijuana but also in smaller volumes iron and copper. Twice losing battles with the arriving Europeans and having to deal with smallpox at the end the Khoikhoi lost their identity as a distinct cultural group. Intermarrying slaves formed the new Cape Coloured people.

Where did the name Cape Town come from?

The Portuguese navigator and explorer Bartholomeus Dias are believed to be the first European on record who round the Cape. He encountered a ferocious storm that drove him out to sea and away from the shore. He named the shore Cabo Tormentosa (Cape of Storms). Because the Cape brought the hope of a trade route to the east the name was later changed to Cabo da Boa Esperanca (Cape of Good Hope)
The first European to land in the Table Bay area was Antonio de Saldanha. Antonio climbs the Table Bay mountain in 1503 and named it Table Mountain.

What were the first stages of development?

With a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa in mind, a young 23-year-old Jan Antony van Riebeeck arrived on the 6th of April 1652. His objective was to grow vegetables and fruit, exchange some of his valuables with the Hottentot for livestock. A hospital and a sanctuary for the repair of ships were to be built.
Cape Towns first building, a fort which was replaced by the existing Castle of Good Hope, was built by Jan van Riebeeck. The first road to be opened by the European settlers was the road used by woodcutters in their wagons to reach the slopes of Newlands and Kirstenbosch. These same woodcutters were soon at work near Orange Kloof and named the area Hout Baai (Wood Bay). From Hout Baai the wood would be shipped around the mountain to Table Bay.
The soils in the valley areas delivered good harvests in the trial crops of wheat, oats and barley. A grain-farming enterprise started in 1657.

In a further development, servants were given discharge and became independent farmers. Jan Van Riebeeck handed the government over to Zacharias Wagenaar in 1662. During his term, the cornerstone of the Castle of Good Hope was laid. Simon van der Stel played a significant role in the further development of what we today know as Cape Town and surrounding areas.

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British Rule

Slowly but surely the little settlement in Table Valley began to develop into a town. In 1795 the Cape was handed over to Britain and they remained in control till 1803. After the Battle of Blaauwberg, the Dutch resistance crumbled and in 1814 the Cape Colony was ceded to Britain.
Under British rule, villages started to develop and the first mail-packet service between England and Cape Town was established in 1814 by Lord Charles Somerset, at the foot of the Wynberg Hill the village of Wynberg developed together with satellite villages that formed around churches and inns along the road to False Bay.

A new era:

1840 Cape Town became a municipality. The little settlement began to grow like never before and by the mid 19th century the harbour needed improvement. Prince Alfred begins the Alfred Dock in 1870, at Simons Town, the Selborne Dock were constructed and the little town was transformed in a modern naval base.

War & Apartheid:

Between forming the Union in 1910 and the historic election of 1948 South Africa became a powerful industrial nation. Under the leadership of DF Malan, the apartheid era marked its beginning.
The apartheid-era lasted till 1994 when it reached its turning point and the first black State President, Nelson Mandela headed a government of national unity.

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

South Africa:

Everybody who has travelled with me through parts of Southern Africa can easily relate to the acronym TIA –  This is Africa.

The Africa continent has for as long as it exists, challenged the Africa dweller. From illnesses that can kill you to animals that will eat you, vast expansions that will take your breath away and colours with each sunrise and sunset that the best artist cannot copy and bring to life it divides itself into 54 countries.

Travelling through the Southern Part of the continent has its own test of time and survival. Being popular worldwide and offering vast natural habitats for animals with invitations to come and explore, I thought we should look at the history of the ever-changing and often harsh environments.

Let us start our journey in South Africa travel through Namibia, explore Botswana and take a break in Zimbabwe.

To describe South Africa as diverse would be an accurate description. With at least 10 official languages and three capitals taking care of our judicial and legislative challenges, we find a way to survive with a frown, looking forward to a better future.

The Capitals:

Pretoria – executive

Bloemfontein – judicial

Cape Town – legislative

Being 1.22 million km² and five times bigger than the United Kingdom South Africa claims the southernmost tip of the continent. It spoils the visitor with inland safari destinations populated with big game. Driving down to Cape Town via the Garden Route, offers forests, lagoons, lush Winelands and beaches. Amazing cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope with winding roads brings you home to the mother city beneath a flat-topped Table Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world.

It is home to 59 Million people leaving 49people per square kilometre to find a rewarding reason to endure, survive and live.

Receiving its independence from the United Kingdom in 1934 it grew from its baby shoes to constitute the Republic of South Africa in 1961. Now, a proud Republic, it replaced the South African Pound with the South African Rand.

With development and growth the standard for a quality life, infrastructures were set into place and over time, learning from mistakes, supporting what works and adapting to new ideas South Africa became a democracy in 1994.


To change from an Apartheid Police State to the Democratic Republic has challenges that one can just not brush off, smile and carry on. You have to face fears, forgiveness and acceptance while at all time try and set an example proving to the world it is possible.

Since Charles Darwin set off a theory that inherent dynamic forces allow only the fittest persons or organizations to prosper in a competitive environment or situation and from the time of the scramble for Africa a sense of security connected itself to standing separately from the rest.

Right or wrong it happened and apartheid was what we knew. To make way for democracy, change was needed and it came in 1994. An anti-apartheid activist and political revolutionary became the first Black President of South Africa.

A man well respected and loved by his people made sure of a peaceful transition between apartheid and democracy and took the lead. His name – Nelson Mandela

Bringing together political rivals brought the support of the world and South Africa was set for a successful new experience that had to be nurtured and cared for. Setting an example of love and forgiveness even opposition party would start to listen and trust. Sooner than later Nelson Mandela was loved and respected by all people in the country.

South Africa has learned how to sit, crawl, run and fall. South Africa will also learn how to get up, work together and build a future for all who see and call themselves South Africans.

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp


Escaping the modern life of cities does not only create an opportunity to see the big five, but it also brings you to areas with unpolluted night skies surrounding you.
Let your eyes adapt to the dark and enjoy a spectacle of nature so close you feel you can touch or pick a star just for yourself.
Sit back and relax, your eyes will take 40 minutes to completely adapt to darkness. With a little patience, you will see more and far fainter stars than anywhere in or near a city.

To interpret what you see – not an easy task:

Everything you see in this beautiful night sky appears to you as a point of light, which can easily be misinterpreted. The majority of these points of light can be accepted to be stars and that every star we see is a sun.
We must remember that not everything that looks like a star is a star. Venus, for example, is often described as the evening star but it is not a star at all.
Shooting stars is another reality of small celestial fragments colliding with our atmosphere and not stars as we think.
Our nearest star is described as a dwarf star and we see it clearly in the daytime, we know this star as the sun.

So so bright:

Bright stars are bright for two reasons. Firstly, like our brightest star in the night sky – Sirius, they are close to us. Secondly, they are just extremely luminous stars like the central star in Orion’s Belt.`

Looking at the stars?

From the Babylonian times, some people looked to the stars to find answers for future happenings in their lives. It was believed that the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were Gods that had an influence on what is happening on Earth.
Today we know they are not Gods but planets and stars who have no more influence on our lives than the next plant or animal crossing our path.

Do you realize?

Since 500BC there was a wobble of the Earth axis that caused a shift in the constellation dates and you have a different zodiac sign since the change of the axis. Astrologers have not adapted to this change and perhaps you need to be re-classified.

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

To all the blog readers and their families – I hope you had an awesome festive season and, like me, you are excited about the year ahead. This year we will add-on to previous blogs like geology, plants and animals. We will also add a few new blogs and look at stars in the Southern Hemisphere or find some interesting bugs. I will try and write some interesting factual blogs so that you can enjoy reading them and look out for things discussed while travelling with us through Southern Africa.


General Animal Facts:

  • Animals that are found in a specific area and nowhere else is seen as an Endemic animal.
    (think about the Oryx – it is only found in Southern Africa – Endemic or Native)
  • Animals that were not introduced by humans to a particular area and are naturally found there are seen as Indigenous.
    (The African water buffalo occurs naturally in Africa – Indigenous)
  • Animals that are introduced to areas outside of their native ranges are called non -indigenous, invasive species or alien species but is probably best known as Exotic Species.
    (The first sheep in South Africa were introduced by the Northern San People – Non-Indigenous)

Are you home or not?

Whether we call these animals Endemic or Indigenous they all must have a place which they can call their own. Please keep in mind that animals do not have houses as we do and usually you will find them in a different place each day. That being said, sometimes when a baby needs care, animals may use the same place for a few days. Think of a lion or hyena den.
When an animal defends its general area from its own species they have a territory. If it does not defend the area from its own species, it uses the area as a home range.

I need to protect myself and my family. Man, I am hungry!

If you are the food and live to share your home range with predators, you have a challenge. If you are a predator and the meals on wheels are really fast, you have a challenge.
To overcome these obvious problems, animals use their skin, fur and bodily patterns in colours to hide or hunt more successfully. We call this action camouflage.

To camouflage, I need to?

The most common form of camouflage is where the animal blends in with vegetation or the ground colour on which it finds itself. This is called concealing colouration. Think of a lion preparing to pounce.
Some animals use camouflage that appears two dimensional like the Springbok or Impala antelope. In this case, the top of the body and the bottom of the body is two different colours. The darker soil matches the back if viewed from above and the lighter sky matches the belly when seen from below.
This makes it more difficult to see the animal and it appears flattened to the ground, we call this camouflage countershading.

A successful camouflage technique for both the predator and the prey is to break up the body outline. For animals to be able to see each other clearly, animals rely mostly on movement and shape. If it uses its spots or stripes etc, to blend into the background it has a big chance to disguise itself. This type of camouflage is known as disruptive colouration.

Last but not least animals can also look like something in their surroundings and have the same colouration. Using this method the animal will disguise itself to be less detectable by predators.
We call this the disguise method of camouflage.

To the reader:

What does geophagy mean?
What animal will make use of the Osteophagy method?

Keep reading these blogs and find out……

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

A personal thank you – Please allow me to start this blog by thanking you for reading it. What an honour to share what I believe is interesting to you on your adventures with us.

Ukuhlonipha amaZulu (Honouring the Zulu)

Today I chose the subject of culture, and I want to share with you, the very honourable and interesting culture of the Zulu tribe.

A few South African adventurers have come across the term Shaka Zulu, but not many know the origin of his tribe, known as the Nguni people. The Zulu tribe emanated from the Nguni’s at the time of the Bantu Migration during +- 500AD.

It is estimated that more than 10 million Zulu people is currently living in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Province can be described as the home of the Zulu’s in South Africa.

In the Zulu language, known as IsiZulu, they use respected terms toward the people that they speak to. Being a South African I have the honour of getting to know the Zulu people, and it always amazes me when they call me Baba (father – even though I am not family). An elderly lady would be greeted as Mama (mother). There are many more terms of respect as examples, but I believe that their humanness, known as “Ubuntu” is clearly evident of the respect in the Zulu language.

In their religion, like with many black cultures, they believe in the ancestral spirits as well as the existence of a higher spirit called UMveligangi. (the first one or the one who came first). It is believed that the spirits of the dead and the first one communicates and determine the life of the people alive on earth.

The Zulu people have big celebrations when it comes to birth, death, becoming a man or woman and getting married. In these celebrations, they usually make sacrifices to their ancestors.

Animals play a crucial role in their society and are of ritual significance. It is by giving to the ancestors what belongs to them that you can receive their blessing. Apart from the ritual significance cattle provide meat and milk to the tribe. The hide of an animal was used for clothing and battle shields. It is obvious that more cattle means more wealth.

If you want to get married to the daughter of a family, you would pay by offering cattle to replace her labour loss when taking her away from her father and mother.

Ngithanda kuphi? (where do I come from?)

In the Nguni tribe was a leader called Malandela (The Follower) and at the end of his days, a clan came into being by virtue of his son Zulu (Heaven) who became the clan head.

This high spirited young man travelled further South to the Mkhumbane River where he established his own small realm known as the KwaZulu (place of heaven).

The Zulu leader Senzangakhona fell in love with a Zulu female called Nandi. Nandi conceived before recognized as the chief’s wife. This unfortunate happening was dismissed as interference by an intestinal beetle known as Shaka.

When the baby was born in 1781 he received the name Shaka. Even though Shaka was his fathers oldest son his ill-timed arrival denied him chieftainship status. Shaka orchestrated the murder of his brother (legitimate heir to the throne) and with the help of a military force sent by the overlord chief, Shaka Zulu became heir to the throne.

By 1918 the Zulu nation was the largest and most populous ever and their leader was Shaka – King of the Zulu.

The Zulu leader Senzangakhona fell in love with a Zulu female called Nandi. Nandi conceived before recognized as the chief’s wife. This unfortunate happening was dismissed as interference by an intestinal beetle known as Shaka.

When the baby was born in 1781 he received the name Shaka. Even though Shaka was his fathers oldest son his ill-timed arrival denied him chieftainship status. Shaka orchestrated the murder of his brother (legitimate heir to the throne) and with the help of a military force sent by the overlord chief, Shaka Zulu became heir to the throne.

By 1918 the Zulu nation was the largest and most populous ever and their leader was Shaka – King of the Zulu.

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

South Africa forms about 2% of the global land surface. In this small area of planet earth, we have nearly 20 000 plant species in different habitats. It is the bulb and succulent capital of the world.
If you compare South Africa’s forest biome to the rest of the world you will find it to be very small and you may make the mistake to see it as insignificant.
In this case, it is literally not the size that matters. Over 1400 plant species qualify as trees and in Africa south of the equator the number increases to over 5000.
If you find yourself to have an interest or an appreciation of the environment you will understand that trees are a resource to enrich our lives. Trees deserve our respect and should be protected, for they play a significant role in forming a healthy ecosystem. On a daily basis, we talk about global warming and climate change, and I believe protecting trees can help us solve this problem. Let us have a look at the Spekboom, also known as pork bush or elephant food, as an example of excellent properties to look at some benefits of preserving trees.


  • Fights climatic change and improves the quality of breathable air.
    We all know that excess carbon is a major reason for global warming. The spekboom sucks in up to 10 tonnes of this pollution on about a hectare’s space.
  • A food source.
    From domesticated to wild animals like elephants and other grazers make use of this food source. Humans enjoy spekboom leaves in their salads.
  • Environments.
    Apart from having the ability to raise water to the surface, it fits into any environment. It will survive in deserts and rain forests all the while continuing to clean the environment.
  • Medicinal value.
    It is said that by consuming spekboom it will not only help with dehydration and exhaustion but also in cooling you down.

This is only 1 example of a tree to get the message across that trees are an important part of our lives. In future blogs about trees/plants, we will use other examples as we travel through Southern Africa and elaborate more on each of them so we can develop an urge to care and protect them.

Let me end my blog today with a quote from a Senegalese ecologist known as Baba Dioum.
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

Birds have feathers for different reasons. It gives them good insulation against cold conditions and a waterproofing ability against rain. In the breeding season, it gives a colourful and attractive look to impress each other, more specifically, the females. Do not forget the very importance of camouflage as a part of their survival. This very light and strong aerofoils (feathers), make it possible for sustained flight in the most efficient way.

Feathers demand respect for its strength when you realize:

  • A bat’s webbing is not as strong or light.
  • The wings of insects are much more vulnerable and not as resistant to damage as those of birds.

This light aerofoils have different functions and can be divided into five basic types. The most visible feathers that provide streamlining, protection and shape are called the contour feathers. Like humans, the body of the bird needs to operate at the most ideal temperature. The feathers that provide warmth and insulate the body are called down-feathers. Young birds are covered with these feathers.

With adult birds between the contour and the down feathers, there are gaps that need to be filled. The feathers filling those gaps are called semiplume feathers.

The visible organs of birds get protection from the bristle feathers. These bristle feathers act as eyelashes for the eyes, cover the nose and sit around the beak. It is important to keep these feathers in tip-top condition. This action is called preening. The feathers that act as sensors and which will tell the bird when some of the feathers are out of place is called filoplumes and is scattered throughout the body.

The light aerofoils or feathers are made out of dead protein material called keratin. This keratin is tucked away within a follicle in the skin of the bird. From the follicle, it will grow to a strength greater than the hair, horns or hoves of mammals. Feathers grow in lines called tracks. When a feather is shed a new growth starts from the same follicle.

Birds use their bills or claws to zip up ruffled feathers. This is made possible by a part of the feather called barbicels and not all feathers pose this part.

We will talk more about birds in later blogs:

What do you think……?

  • Why do birds fly in formation?
  • How high can birds fly?

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

Mineral-Rich En-Route Blog

A geological term used to describe areas or countries that are rich in minerals. Even more, geology is an earth science concerned with the solid earth, the ground as we know it.

On our Africa4us adventure, we visited the most beautiful places. Places formed over time, telling a story and revealing the natural history of nature. Not only revealing history but also determining many factors. Different types of soil, bring forth certain types of plants and in turn, this will determine what kinds of animals will naturally live in the area.

It is overwhelming to comprehend the geological beauty known as the Cape Town area. Home to the natural wonder, Table Mountain.

She is a proud lady, exposing her sedimentary rocks (sandstone) for all to admire. She is securely attached on a solid cape granite (igneous intrusive) base. Visiting her leaves emotional memories, for she was created over time by natural history and is globally known as one of the SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD. Bold and in your face, you will be swept away by the tranquillity that is her natural history of +/- 450 million-year-old sandstone. In contrast, human history, even though interesting, can awoke war, not only peace.

As we further embark on our adventure, we move into a different area historically formed by nature. Here it is Fynbos accompanying us all the way up the West Coast of Southern Africa.

The type of soil has made for a complete biome change, crossing over the beautiful Piekenierskloof Mountain Pass. Nature proves her history again, driving through an area that is responsible for all the Redbush Tea exported all over the world.

Over millions of years, the mineral-rich rocks have deteriorated into a mineral-rich soil that the Redbush Tea thrives in. Even better, the tea is caffeine-free, healthy in Vitamin C and helps fight free radicals, getting you ready to enjoy the next part of our adventure. To be continued…

To visit these sites, please view our Accommodated and Serviced Camping / PLUS tour pages.

Author: Reinier Bredenkamp

As we probably are aware of keeping our wellness on point while we travel is a major challenge every individual. Hotel fitness centers regularly don’t fulfill our expectations or possibly there isn’t one in any way. This is the reason regardless of where I am I generally utilize my encompassing as my gym. You need not to bother with a gym out and about as long as you are focused on getting somewhat innovative. Regardless of whether it’s doing pull-ups or doing some breathing exercises on the sanctuaries, running two or three rounds, or simply climbing the pyramids, there are a vast number of and ways free strategies to remain fit. Breathing exercises and mindful activities on Safari helps in keeping your health and wellness on track while you are on your favorite trip to the excursion.

If we talk about the health on safari it is better to say that prevention is better than cure. Here are some of the ways which can help you out on keeping your health and wellness on safari on point.


It is good to get prepared for common Africa diseases when you intend to visit. If you feel that you don’t feel well, you are likely to get attacked by infections soon. You need to have some research on the basic African disease such as Zika virus outbreak, Dysentery, Malaria or typhoid fever are the most common. These on-time researches can spare you loads of inconvenience. When I became ill with typhoid fever, I didn’t know about manifestations, and when I got the mellow skin rash run of the mill for typhoid fever I thought I was chomped by something. I could begin treatment two months sooner than I really did. Same runs with intestinal sickness, perceiving a run of the cerebral pain which is one of the early manifestations is fundamental. Furthermore, having an early blood test can be a positive point.


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Try to use mineral water consistently. Regardless of whether local people drink normal tap water. Likewise, make a point to check the bottle is fixed and when opens you ought to hear the seal break. This is a particularly helpful hint when purchasing mineral water from road merchants in Africa. Lamentably a few merchants need to spare the cash and refill bottles with tap water. The most ideal approach to remain hydrated on an excursion to Safari is drinking heaps of water. Brewed and soft drink beverages won’t hydrate you appropriately. Coconut water is an incredible regular option, known for being rich with electrolytes. You shouldn’t be wiped out to drink coconut water. In hot Safari you are normally perspiring more and losing electrolytes. Coconut water is incredible while having a high fever that makes you got dried out.


In the event that your feet are cheerful, whatever is left of your body will be as well! Ensure you have additional shoes along on your track to Safari. Give your feet time to inhale when you are capable, slip your shoes off and do some straight stretches, point and flex your feet, circle your feet to relax the lower legs.


At whatever point I travel to Safari pack a little portion of antiseptics with me. Such as tea tree oil, ginger or pineapples.
Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is regular antiseptic and hinders an expansive range of microbes and parasites. It is additionally utilized topically as a nearby clean for cuts and scraped spots, bug nibbles, and stings, bubbles, toothache, contaminations of the mouth and nose just as sore throat. Expansive range of microbes and parasites.
Ginger for Ginger Tea:

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Ginger tea’s capacity to get rid of nausea and drinking ginger tea may help settle your stomach when you feel sick. In the event that there is no tea, you can likewise utilize the ginger powder for cooking, simply be unobtrusive with measurement. On the off chance that you have new root, bite a little bit of ginger, don’t swallow. Helps a similar impact. Furthermore, don’t savor it the night, its known for a stimulant.
Pineapple for Constipation:
A few explorers experience the ill effects of traveling constipation because of new toilets, change of eating habits out and about and different reasons. Pineapple is an incredible answer for traveling constipation. In the event that you have an issue with constipation have new pineapple for breakfast each day.
Aloe Vera for Sun Burns:
Aloe Vera is your closest companion with regards to sunburn and on the off chance that you don’t have a sunburn soothing cream, simply take the plant, use the gel in aloe leaves and put it on the skin. It will have the same if worse impact than mitigating moisturizers purchased in store.

Other than the precautions you can keep your hands on fitness by breathing exercises or keeping yourself fit by yoga on Safari. Other than this there are a lot of fitness centers on safari where you can keep your health and wellness on point Safari is all about having fun evolving in the beautiful midst of nature.

A trip to Africa can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many travellers. One day, you could be taking a jeep tour through a safari park, another day climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Maybe at night, you’ll be camping around a fire or staying with a local tribe. These are undoubtedly all incredible things to do, and the one thing you don’t want is to ruin it by having to lug around a heavy backpack or suitcase. So, in this article, we’ll be looking at the 7 top tips for packing lightly for your hiking adventure.

1. Only bring the essentials

When you’re at home, it really seems like you need your hair dryer, your straighteners, and all those other things that keep you looking beautiful. In the middle of a hike, they suddenly seem less of a good idea and much more of a hindrance.

Many hotels have these extras anyway, but if you’re camping out at night, or on a multi-day hike, no-one is really going to care if you’re looking perfect. Embrace the natural look and leave all those heavy beauty devices at home.

2. Have a daypack inside your full-size bag

Of course, no-one wants to carry around a huge 75-litre backpack with them all the time. It’s cumbersome, awkward, and heavy, especially if it’s got all of your holiday belongings in it. Surely, it’s better to have a daypack, right? Of course, it is. You can get some great daypacks that will fit in everything you could possibly need on a hike, while still fitting inside your full-size bag.

Some hiking brands even offer full-size bags with daypacks strapped or zipped to them, which are a great option for your trip.

3. Only bring light clothing

So, you’re going hiking and you’ll be spending the night camping. You’ve heard it’s going to be cold at night, so you better bring a couple of woolly jumpers. One to keep you warm, and an extra in case the other one gets dirty. Great, but now you’ve taken up half the space in your bag. Rookie mistake!

Yes, it may be cold but if you really need to bring bulky clothes, wear them on the way to your destination and back on the plane. What’s better though, it’s buying something like merino wool, which is comfortable, can be used for more formal events, and is super light and small to fold up. Also, in terms of coats, bring a lightweight mac that you can pack into a small bag. Much better than a huge, waterproof coat.

4. Roll, roll, roll. And flatpack.

It’s not just about what clothes you decide to take with you, it’s also about how you pack them. With limited space in backpacks or suitcases, you have to think more carefully than just throwing them in, as you might into your drawers or closets at home.

For large clothing items, like jeans and pants, or sweatshirts, flat pack them and make a base at the bottom of your bag. Now, you’ve still got a lot of space left for the rest. With smaller items like t-shirts, roll them up and fit them in wherever you can. Roll up your underwear too. If you’re taking an extra pair of shoes, put your underwear and socks inside of them. Now, you still have loads of space for souvenirs to bring home!

Packing cubes are also a great way to maintain space in your luggage – if your clothes don’t fit in the cubes, then back in the drawer they go.

5. Pack clothes for 7 days

It can be so hard to know what to take – and what to leave behind. What happens if your clothes get dirty? Well, it may not be the first thing you think about when you’re going on holiday but remember that in most places it’s fairly easy (and also pretty cheap) to find a laundry service that will wash your clothes. So even if you’re going on a trip around Africa that will last for many months, you don’t need any more than one week’s worth of clothes.

This will save a load of space in your luggage, and it also means that if you see any clothes you really like, you have space to buy it and wear it during your trip. Just make sure that when you are washing your clothes, you don’t throw everything in at once. You will need something to wear while your clothes are at the cleaners!

6. Forget about toiletries

Shampoo, check. Shower gel, check. Toothpaste, check. Sun cream and after sun, check. These are all things that will be available at your destination. You may not be able to buy your favourite ever brand there, but not buying toiletries in your own country will save you a whole load of money, and also a whole load of space in your luggage. They’re heavier than you expect!

Also, if your bag is overweight at the airport, they’re going to be the first thing you throw out. Do yourself a favour and wait until you’ve arrived. Take a quick trip to the local supermarket and you’re sorted. You’re also helping the community where you’ve chosen to stay.

7. De-materialise your technology

Of course, everyone loves to have a physical book. If it’s a guidebook, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for and you can access the information you need in seconds. If it’s a novel, it’s just nice to be able to hold it in your hand. However, books take up a lot of space.

Many travellers are swapping physical books for e-readers, which they can hold thousands of books on. It may not have the character of a physical book, but it will certainly take up a lot less space in your luggage and the battery will last for ages! Even if you don’t have an e-reader, you can download books to an app on your phone. For more travel tips, check out Trip101!

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What do you pack for an adventure tour deep into the heart of Africa? When one day you’ll be traversing majestic wildlife sanctuaries and the next you could be quad-biking, skydiving, coming face-to-face with Africa’s big 5, or scampering up legendary desert dunes and sand-boarding off? The answer is: Not much

With Africa4us, you’re travelling in Africa’s most comfortable premium overland safari vehicle, and you’re either staying with trusted accommodation providers, or enjoying blissful camping – serviced and catered by us – so there’s really not much to worry about. What you pack depends more on your comfort level than pure necessities.

Here are our recommendations on what to bring on your African Overland Adventure Tour.

For Accommodated and Serviced Camping Tours
Your premium overland safari vehicle is equipped with your own lockable storage space next to your seat, a personal safe, dual USB charging station, dedicated air-conditioning nozzle – and of course your spacious, reclining seat. For the duration of your travels, you will be comfortable and looked after. When you step outside your comfort zone, into Africa, you might need some essentials.

What you need to pack:
– Sun protection – Don’t underestimate the African sun. Pack your wide-brim hat and sunscreen.
– Mosquito repellent – They might not be dangerous, but they’re annoying
– Cash – We invite you to support the local restaurants and businesses where you can.

See all our Accommodated tours here.

For Serviced Camping Tours
We’re very excited to introduce our all-new Serviced Camping in 2019. Serviced Camping means that you get to enjoy all the benefits of an African camping adventure, with none of the work! Your adventure crew takes care of all of the duties (setting up camp, cooking, cleaning, etc.) and you just enjoy the adventure (read more here). All you have to do is kit out your spacious dome-style tent with all the comforts you need to turn your camping into glamping!

What you need to pack:
– A sleeping bag and bedding
– Your favourite pillow – we provide the comfy mattress
– Mosquito repellent (your tent has mosquito netting on the door and windows but one can never be too careful)

Read more about our Serviced Camping Tours here.

For Ultimate Self Drive Adventure Tours
Although your all-terrain Polaris UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) is fitted with a windscreen, roof and other necessities, things might still get a little dirty and dusty. Your adventure crew will provide you with dust goggles and covers to wear around your face but things like wet wipes and towels will also come in handy.

What you need to pack:
– An adventurous spirit!

Read more about our Ultimate Self-Drive Adventure Tours here.

We hope to see you – with your wide-brimmed hat – on one of our tours soon! If you have any trouble deciding on a tour, our blog on this topic might help and please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Style – A particular procedure by which something is done in a manner or way.

When we’re talking camping styles there are several to be mentioned:

– Fly Camping

– Adventure or Overland Camping (Participation Camping)

– Classic Mobile Camping

– Serviced Camping

Even though Africa4us have been featured in the 2018 National Geographic Traveller Collection for our Adventure based Camping Tours, we have decided to embark on a new journey for 2019 and will be offering Serviced Camping to all the adventurous souls out there!

Participation Camping has been the industry standard for many years (who wants to work or have duties to do while on holiday?)  and travellers were expected to assist with cooking, cleaning, setting up and taking down their own tents and other camp chores.

Travellers assisting with the cooking duties while on a participation camping tour

Serviced Camping, on the other hand, provides the traveller with a value-added service – you enjoy the experience and budget only a camping style tour can provide – but we take care of all the camp chores, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset after a long day travelling. Africa4us have added a third crew member to your team that will assist the Driver and Tour Leader with all chores covered by the crew – cooking, cleaning, pitching & packing of tents

The idea is that you will have more time to relax and enjoy the many experiences Africa has on offer, instead of having to waste time with camp chores.

When you travel with Africa4us on one of our camping tours, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure. You do however need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel.  Tents are spacious canvas dome style tents with mosquito netting on the windows and doors. We also provide you with our own uniquely designed dual density mattress for the ultimate nights rest under the African stars.

On all serviced camping tours, we make use of our Adventure Overland Safari Vehicles fitted with 20 luxury reclining seats, air-condition, fridges and 24/7 charging ability to name but a few key features. For more information about our vehicles, please visit our “Fleet” page on our website.

Come and relax while enjoying your hard earned, well deserved holiday with Africa4us!

Make one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World your playground

Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge is one of top five adrenalin experiences on the planet and for good reason. Adrenaline junkies go crazy for that four-second free fall through a roaring, misty gorge followed by glorious minutes of swinging in the presence of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Of course, plunging into the abyss is not the only way to enjoy this spectacular world heritage site. There are many (less adrenaline-inducing) ways to experience the majestic Victoria Falls, like taking a scenic helicopter flight, white water rafting, bridge swinging, and just breathing in the spectacular view from as many angles as possible. Read more about the Victoria Falls here.


See the Okavango from an African gondola

Our guests love exploring the Okavango by means of a Mokoro – a traditional Delta dugout canoe. Sit back and relax as your African gondolier takes you into the flourishing Okavango with only the sounds of the kingfishers, frogs, and the teeming reeds around you. Not a bad way to relax after a day of African adventures. Read more here.


Take the adventure into your own hands

Africa4Us is the first company to introduce custom-built Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) to the African continent. What does this mean for you? It means that you no longer have to be the idle passenger of your African adventure. You get to drive your own all-terrain 4×4 vehicle through the rivers, dust, rocky terrains and mountains of Namibia. Does this sound like your kind of Ultimate Adventure Tour? Then you should read our blog to find out more.


Have real, authentic African cultural experiences

Authentic interactions with the local people is a big priority for our guests. The good news is that you’ll be able to enjoy this highlight in various forms on all of our tours. Whether it be dancing with the San (Bushmen), getting your travel aches and pains relieved by a Sangoma (an African traditional healer) or just making the rounds at the local curio shops, you’ll be sure to take something special home from the heart of Mother Africa. And if you want to know more about any location, its history or any particular culture, feel free to strike up a conversation with your Africa4Us crew. All of our crew members are highly knowledgeable and extremely passionate about Africa.


A laid-back approach to wildlife viewing

There is no doubt that you’ll be seeing plenty of animals on your African Overland Adventure Tour but there is something very special about seeing these animals from the water. A slow boat cruise down the Chobe river not only makes for a very relaxed wildlife viewing opportunity, but it also offers a unique perspective.

Wild animals come to the river to drink, bathe, play and sometimes even to pray on others. You’ll see creatures and behaviours that you don’t often see on land or even at watering holes – and the best part is, you don’t have to endure a bumpy ride to experience it. You can just sip your favourite cocktail as the boat cruises into the sunset. Now isn’t that the way to end off a day in Africa?


We hope that this list of highlights will help you decide which path to choose for your African Overland Tour. Herewith another 5 best-hidden gems to visit while you visit in Africa. And if you’re still unsure, just remember that with Africa4Us, all paths lead to adventure. Give us a call (+27 21 200 5766) and we’ll help you choose the right adventure for you.

Nothing screams adventure more than the Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) that Africa4us has introduced on their “Ultimate Adventure Tours”.  As the name suggests – virtually no terrain is off limits to these new 4×4 beasts – and with their power and agility, exploring the landscapes of Namibia has never been more exhilarating.

Once you strap yourself into the seats of these all-terrain vehicles water and mud become your friends. Go off the beaten track to scale the peaks of mountains looking for wildlife, or plunge into muddy valleys and shallow rivers to get a fresh perspective on the environment surrounding you. The variety of terrains found in this daring landscape, combined with the fact that Africa4Us is the first tour company to introduce these UTVs to this special spot in Africa, means that you’re in for the ride of a lifetime, and the best part is: you’re in control – we’re merely here to guide you.

Whether you want to do game viewing, a sunset drive for a couple of hours or you want to do an overnight trip to have the full experience of what the UTVs can do, our team of professional guides will be right there to show you the way and to make sure that you’re as comfortable as you can be while still preserving the adventurous feeling one has on a 4×4 Ultimate Adventure Tour. This means all safety gear, drinks, snacks and a comfy spot to sleep if you’re doing an overnight trip.

Your professional local guide will lead the way, but all of our tours are self-drive, so you have all the control in your hands and you’re free to rip up the soil however you want, leaving your stresses and worries behind in the dust.

We have tours to suit every party. Whether you’re a group of friends, a family or you’re flying solo and looking for an interesting way to meet other bold-hearted adventure seekers – we’ve got a tour for you.

If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset tour with stunning scenery and bushmen paintings on the way, our 2-hour Brandberg Sunset Drive is for you (link). If you prefer something a bit more extensive, you will enjoy our 4 hour White Lady Drive (link). You’ll still be able to see the bushman paintings but this route takes you over various terrains so you can put your wheels to the test.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and you’re ready to get wet, why not try the Ugab River Nature Drive (link)? Make your way through swamps and river beds to get to the open savannah landscape where Springbok, Zebra, Steenbok, Oryx, Ostrich, Cheetah and even Elephants roam.

And finally, for those who want to take their Ultimate Adventure Tour to the next level, there’s the Overnight Trip (link). Be amongst the first people ever to do this trip in Africa. You’ll have two days to explore the Brandberg area with all its natural splendour and its truly wild game. Set up camp next to the river and enjoy a night under the stars in a spot where no ordinary tour vehicles can go.

The only thing left to ask is: Are you ready to get down and dirty with Africa? If you are, get in touch at or book your tour through our website here


South African Cuisine has many influences from Europe and Asia dating back to its colonialism times.  You will most likely find that their meat is some of the best you have possibly ever tasted, as well, as finding some very different meats such as Ostrich and Kudu.  Something to definitely try on your trip is Biltong, simply put Dried meat.  Which has been marinated for a  lengthy period of time, then spiced and hung up to dry, you may actually think this sounds horrible, but believe me it is extremely tasty!  On your travels we also suggest trying not only some of the best restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town, but also some street food and local delacacies.


The 20 days South Africa Explored tour as well as our 13 Days Best of South Africa, has been specifically designed by our tour guides/experts to include the most spectacular locations in the country.  You will travel around three different countries, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, stopping at the most magnificent spots along the way.  Sit back and relax, let us take you on a magical adventure through these three beautiful countries, and on the track less travelled!


We have included some of the best activities to do while on your South African exploration, from Safari’s to Penguins, we have covered them all.  Please also note that some activities are optional, and are not included in the tour price as per Itinerary.  Some of our favourites to mention are:

  • Boulders Beach
  • Boat cruise in St.Lucia
  • Game Drives in Addo Elephant National Park
  • Diaz Museum
  • Wine tasting
  • Cape of Good hope

Take the leap and book your South African Adventure with Africa4us, and let us make your adventure become a reality!

Matopos National Park also known by the locals as Matobo National Park is located in the South of Zimbabwe and was established in 1953.  The Park spans an area of 44 500 hectares and over the years become an intensive protection zone for endangered black and white rhino’s and In 2003 the park was awarded World Heritage Status.

The park is located a mere 34 km’s from the charming town of Bulawayo, which will be your home for two nights.  In 2019, Matopos National Park will be one of the stops on a variety of Adventure tours with Africa4Us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to explore the fantastic Zimbabwe gem, that is Matobo National Park than with a full day Matopos Safari!

You will be collected from your hotel in the early morning, ready to set out on your day of safari, so have your camera fully charged and the sunscreen packed!  The main road to Maleme dam is tarred while other park roads are gravel (mostly in good condition), along the way you will notice the most unique rock formations ever seen.  The Park is famous for one formation specifically, which is known as the “Mother and Child”.

Your experienced guide is extremely knowledgeable on the local fauna, birds and of course, the wildlife, soak up and take in all that you can!  You may have the opportunity to Walk with Rhinos, a very popular activity not only with International tourists but locals too!  Speaking of which, I was lucky enough to experience this first hand, and what an unforgettable moment!


The park is home to a variety of animals such as Hippo, Rhino, Antelope, Zebra, Leopard and one of the highest concentrations of a black eagle in the world.  View the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, and experience the 360-degree views while “on-top” of Worlds’ view!  With so much to offer our guests, we definitely had to include this Majestic National Park on our trips!

You can choose to visit the park on either or Serviced Camping or Premium Accommodated Adventure tours.

Take in the rural beauty and the Swazi culture with a trip to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Swaziland.  The Ezulwini Valley also known as Valley of Heaven is where you will find the gem that is Mlilwane, Swaziland’s oldest protected area.

The Sanctuary was originally a 450-hectare family farm which was turned into a sanctuary after witnessing the decline of the area’s wildlife by Ted and Liz Reilly.  The Reilly’s planted indigenous trees created a wetland and restocked the area with wildlife.  Mlilwane Sanctuary is now under a non-profit Trust after being donated by the Reilly family and has seen significant growth in its original size due to the endless support by International travellers and donations.

Mlilwane Beehive Village is within the nature reserve and offers traditional Swazi experiences.  Stay in a grass dome-shaped hut that has been built with traditional Swazi reed fencing.  Bear in mind, this accommodation style is not luxurious, but definitely comfortable with en-suite bathrooms!

Spanning over 4,500 hectares there is an array of activities for you to participate in, and here are a few of our favourites:

  • Mountain Biking – you can hire by the hour, and are welcome to either do your own self-guided or guided tours. Whether you are an avid cyclist or looking to explore the sanctuary on the bike, there are a variety of trails to suit your activity level.
  • Horse Riding – the Chubeka Trails (northern section) is the main area you will explore while on horseback. The sanctuary has a variety of horse to suit your skill set (riding skills).
  • Self-Guided Walking Trails – with 9 interlocked trails covering over 20 km, and vary in length and difficulty.

Choose the life less travelled, and explore Mlilwane now on our 7 Days Kruger and Swaziland Safari or our 20 Days Southern Africa Explored adventure tours.

Namibia is situated in the southwest of Africa and is known for the Namib Desert cascading along its Atlantic Ocean Coast. Namibia as its neighbours is home to diverse wildlife including its cheetah population. Our 10 Days Namibia Explored tour starts and ends in Namibia’s capital – Windhoek, which has high German colonial-era buildings and architecture such as Christ Church, which was built in 1907. You will have the opportunity to explore this unique city, on Day 1 of your tour (we suggest a pre and post night), walk along the streets, meet the locals and even try some local cuisine. Walk around the markets and purchase some unique Namibian artwork or gifts.

Namibia however, hosts a variety of different ethnic groups; and therefore one particular dish cannot be singled out.
Here are a few, which you may also find in other countries around Africa:

  • Potjie Kos – basically this dish is prepared and cooked in a large, black three-legged cast iron pot which has been placed over an open fire.
  • Braaivleis – also known as a ‘barbeque’.
  • Boerewors – South African influence, and is also known as a beef sausage.
  • Biltong – Dried meat, that has been marinated for days and then spiced.
  • Mopane worms – Caterpillars which are fried to get a crispy coating.
  • Kapana – this is more of a local street snack and sold in Namibia’s townships.
  • Tripe – also known as offal (Stomachs).

Etosha National Park is one of our favourite locations in Namibia, with their salt pan drawing game including rhinos and giraffes, you are bound to get some great photos! If you are an avid photographer, and looking for your next National Geographic photo, then Namibia is one of the places to visit!

Visit the famous White Lady Bushmen Painting in Brandberg. You will have the option of a self-drive guided tour, in one of our Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicles. Soak in the scenery along the riverbed with multicoloured rocks that take on a variety of shades of flaming orange in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at your destination, the chance of you seeing the famous desert elephant are high, as they can often be seen wandering on the premises.
Namibia has so much to offer, and what a fabulous way to experience this country, and getting to know a variety of people from different backgrounds!

We look forward to seeing you on your next African Adventure!

Written by: Daina Walters

Situated in the north-west of Botswana the delta comprises of marshlands and seasonally flooded plains, this is one of the major wetlands that is almost intact.  The delta is home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammal such as:

  • Cheetah,
  • White & Black Rhino
  • African Wild dog
  • Lion

At the centre of the delta is Chief’s Island, the largest island in the delta, once reserved as a hunting area for the chief it is home to a vast number of wildlife.  Experience how the locals travel around the delta in a Mokoro, also known as canoe.  The Mokoro is a common type of canoe traditionally made from the dug out trunks of trees.  Sit back and enjoy the tranquillity while the oarsman will be situated behind you pushing it with only a pole, similar those in venice.

As sustainable tourism is on the increase, the Mokoro’s are now made out of Fibreglass, and have kept the same shape as they would have had, had they been made out of trees.  The Mokoro is designed to fit two people and is the perfect option to get deeper into the delta where Game drive vehicles can not explore.  You may find you will feel closer at nature while on your excursion, as you will see varies reptiles, and water life.

As you glide along the delta, you may come across Elephant herds, buck and other wildlife that have decided to have a drink from the delta.  Don’t forget to spot for the Hippos and crocodiles, need worry though, your experienced guide knows exactly how to operate your Mokoro and the distance to keep from these majestic mammals.  You safety is their highest concern while on this breath-takingly beautiful experience.

How do I experience this you ask?

You can view our Okavango Delta and Zimbabwe tour here: Accommodated – 8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. Camping – 8 Days Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Serviced Camping

See you soon!

Written by: Daina Walters

Ever wondered why the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is one of the up and coming Hubs of Africa?  It’s simple – the Victoria Falls also known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya to the locals, has expanded in recent years to provide tourists with a variety of Adrenaline, Culture and Food experiences.

So for the Foodies out there, there are a number of fabulous restaurants, cafes and pubs for you to sink your teeth into such as – Zambezi House, The Three Monkeys, The Boma, the River Brewing Company and Wild Horizons Lookout Café.

Victoria falls is definitely the up and happening spot for adrenaline junkies with activities such as the famous Bungee Jump, Sky Diving (just recently introduced this year), White-water rafting and so much more.

If you are after gifts and souvenirs with an African vibe, then there are plenty of little gift shops in the city centre for you to browse in, everything from themed t-shirts to cutlery can be found.  All with authentic African touch and feel!

What activities do we recommend in Vic Falls?

We have picked a few of our top favourites:

Book a meal at the Boma – Dinner and Drum Show:  Enjoy a mighty feast with local delicacies and a live drum show.

Sunset Cruise – there are a variety of sunset cruises to choose from in the Victoria Falls, enjoy some light snacks, drinks and endless views of Zambia and Zimbabwe while cruising on the Zambezi — pure Bliss!

High Tea – at the Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the oldest and longest standing hotels in this idealic town.  The Stanley terrace has breath-taking views of the falls and spray in full flow season, the perfect location to enjoy Traditional afternoon tea.

Wild HorizonsOffers a variety of adrenaline focused activities, from Bungee jumping to Culture tours in nearby Villages.

Another of our favourites and must dos – Tribal Trap Escape Rooms, with only one hour to escape you have to solve a variety of clues, puzzles and riddles, the host Sangoma Nyathi is great and definitely worth a visit.

Victoria Falls, has something to offer everyone!  Choose between our Camping or Accommodated Adventure tours to exprience one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. We always recommend booking at least two nights pre or post tour to be able to enjoy Victoria Falls to it’s fullest.

Written By: Daina Walters

Nat Geo Traveller

Africa4us has been featured in the National Geographic Traveller – Africa Collection for 2018, the collection offers a variety of Accommodation, Tour Operators and Spas who can provide you with a great African experience.

Our tour Packages are multi-country.  Travel from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, with stops in Namibia and Botswana, along the way you will have many opportunities to experience their culture, vast landscapes, local cuisine and activities.  If you are more of the chill back and relax type, you can sip on a cocktail and watch the sunsets if that pleases you!

Africa4us has handpicked some of the best locations in the Southern hemisphere, from the Hustle and bustle of the City in Cape Town, the incredible Mokoro rides in the Okavango Delta, the Namib desert and their vast Landscapes to one of the seven wonders of the world the mighty Victoria Falls.

If you are an avid foodie and interested in learning about the different delicacies in Africa, then we recommend joining us for a trip of a lifetime.  Explore the markets in Cape Town, Namibia and Victoria Falls, chat to the locals and try their local cuisine, from Tripe and Mopane worms to Pluck (Heart, lungs etc).  You will find every destination has their own way of preparing these variety of weird snacks, we do recommend trying at least one if not all while on your trip with us.

Are you also an adrenaline junkie?  Along the way, you will find some great activities to participate in such as our own offering of Adventure Vehicles (applicable to certain tours only).

Here’s something most people don’t think about on their daily commute: cars in different countries have subtle differences to cater for different environments. Here’s an example – in much of the northern continental United States, you can buy a car with a heated steering wheel. We think that’s very cool, but if you’re in South Africa, we wish you luck trying to find a car equipped with one of those. It’s just one of the ways that local environment informs design, and the harsher the environment, the more design elements you have to think of to compensate for it.

Enter Africa – our wonderful, beautiful home, but also a place that’s prone to extreme heat and patchy infrastructure. Since starting our tour business 19 years ago, Africa has taught us many things, including how to design the first Premium Overland Safari Vehicle on the continent. Here, we’re going to share with you some of the most important ways that the African landscape and climate has shaped our safari vehicles’ design.

#1: Africa is hot. Like, really hot.

Driving through Kalahari Desert in the middle of summer is an interesting experience. It’s so hot and so dry that you can feel your mouth become dry just holding a conversation. So you can imagine that air conditioning was a top priority, but it wouldn’t be a premium safari if it was just air conditioning. Our vehicles come equipped with individual adjustable airflow nozzles for each seat, so you can control the air conditioning, and all the vehicles have its own built-in fridges so your favourite frosty beverage is always cold. It being Africa, the air conditioning can struggle a little at times, and our vehicles come prepared with a fresh air blower in case the A/C breaks down (not that it does, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe).

#2: The most reliable source of power is the sun.

Let’s face it, African countries are not known for their reliable electrical grids. This poses a problem for the modern traveller who lives off their mobile devices. Luckily, we do have one power source that’s pretty ubiquitous – the sun! Each of our luxury safari vehicles comes equipped with solar panels on the roof to help power the individual USB charging station built into each USS (Ultimate Safari Seat). After all, it wouldn’t be a premium tour if you didn’t have Instagram ready to go when you needed it (which on Africa4Us tours is a lot).

#3: Some of the roads haven’t been repaired in a little while…

Unfortunately in many parts of Africa maintaining roads and other infrastructure is not at the top of local government to-do lists, so, when we say we’re taking you off the beaten path, we mean it. Depending on the country, many of the roads we travel down are peppered with potholes, or are rocky dirt roads, or sometimes even a combination of both. It’s one of the reasons why our safari vehicles are custom-built and have surpassed all the rigorous safety tests we’ve put them through. All our vehicles have passed the stringent SABS ‘roll-over’ and ‘break-over’ tests. They also undergo roadworthy tests every 6 months and get fully serviced every 10,000 km. The result is a safe, comfortable ride through some of the wildest places in the world.

And those are just the top three. You can ready about all the luxury features our vehicles offer on our fleets page or in our brochure.

We appreciate all the lessons we’ve learned, and all the lessons we keep learning exploring Africa with you, but the lesson that we’re proudest of is the humility in the face of nature that the African continent has taught us – and that if you take nothing for granted, you can also plan for it.

We hope you’ll be joining us for a premium adventure soon!

Camping out in Africa is not the idea of a perfect African adventure for many travelers, just the thought of what could just outside of your tent as they try to catch a few zzzz’s in surroundings far removed from the hustle and bustle of their home city is enough to send shivers up their spine!

If you come from a city like New York, London, Rome, Paris or any other fast moving city, the vast open spaces that stretch as far as the eye can see are more than enough to take in, without the camping bit and possible scary nights thrown in!

Africa4us has laid on special overland safari adventures for travellers who are happy campers, and, with a safety record that is unrivalled in the industry after 18 years of traversing the length and breadth of Africa, every Africa4us camper has gone home safe and sound with a treasure trove of memories to last a lifetime!

But, back to the Premium Accommodated Overland Tours developed by Africa4us over the years, designed to give every traveller an experience of Africa that is without equal!

We have to start with the crew that will be taking you on this overland adventure, after all, they are the ones you will be relying on to keep everything running smoothly and to make sure that you are looked after every step of the way!

From the day they welcome you to your adventure, to the day you leave (by which time you might have tears in your eyes at parting with people who have become friends along the way!), you will spend your time with two people who absolutely love what they do and want nothing more than to give you an amazing experience!

Your guide and driver work as a team to give you the best possible experience of Africa; no Africa4us driver is just a ‘driver’, these are extra special people who seem to be endowed with the eyes of an eagle, always on the lookout for wildlife they are able to spot before anyone else so that you miss nothing!

Your Africa4us guide is a walking encyclopaedia, with a knowledge born of a passionate love for Africa giving them instant access to information about anything you see along the way, whether it’s an animal, bird or flower – on top of which they also do all they can to make you comfortable!

And now onto the luxury of an overland truck that stands head above shoulders of any others you will see along the way!  You’ll have your own luxury seat designed by the team at Africa4us, a first in the industry, which will make bumpy, rugged African roads (if you can call some of them that!) a whole lot easier to travel!

The Africa4us Premium Overland Safari Vehicle are designed to hold only 12 travellers so that each one is guaranteed a window seat (no fighting for a chance to get to the window!) and a special box in which to stash your goodies, charge cell phones, cameras or laptops, and also keep passports & money tucked up in your own little safe!

Most of your meals out on the road will be rustled up by the crew, and you can believe that you will be eating five star all the way, no matter how far you are from civilisation, but the team will also introduce you to some of the best local cuisine at restaurants along the way.

Everything is totally organised on these accommodated overland adventure tours, you will never be left hanging around for hours while your guide tries to find bookings or keys when all you want to do is to get into your lodge, hotel or bungalow to soak away some of the long days on the road!

Soak up Africa in all her glory in luxury and style, revel in the adventures along the way, the many indigenous tribes that still live their traditional lives in the 21st century and take home memories of a continent teeming with wildlife.

Visit Africa4us to find out a whole lot more about this phenomenal team that has taken African overland adventure tours to a completely different level as they chew up the miles across this vast continent – you could always visit a few of their videos on YouTube to get an audio-visual shot of excitement going as you plan your trip!


The Africa4us Premium Camping Tours may well be all about camping out under the African sky, but don’t be fooled for a second into thinking that it’s anywhere near as rough as you may imagine a camping adventure in Africa could be!

In the very first place, Africa4us overland trucks are unrivalled for sheer comfort, and with only 20 luxury seats available in these air-conditioned Adventure Overland Safari Vehicles, you will not be packed in like sardines, which is just another attribute that makes Africa4us stand out from the rest!

Camping with the Africa4us team is an amazing experience, their tents are always in great condition as well as being the pop-up type that leave no openings for creepy crawlies to find their way in to disturb your sleep – what you really want is to go to sleep with the roar of lions or any other wildlife that emerges at night, and then to wake up to the song of birds you will find nowhere but in Africa!

Africa4us overland camping safaris and adventure tours are rigged to adventure travellers who are quite comfortable with adventures that call for a little ‘roughing’ it, and who won’t mind getting down and dirty as they cover thousands of miles across the African landscape!

This is not to say that civilisation is that far off though!  The crew that guides you on your tour are so much more than your average guide, they have an astounding depth of knowledge about the wildlife and history of each part of your journey; the passion they have for what they do, and for the continent of Africa also extends to an awesome ability to rustle up 5 star meals out of thin air in the middle of nowhere!

There is a phenomenal mix of Premium Overland Camping Tours to choose from, carefully put together by a team that has travelled millions of miles across Africa for over seventeen years already; if you can’t find a Premium Overland Camping Tour that excites you with Africa4us, you won’t find it anywhere else!

Each overland adventure tour offers exciting adventures and activities along the way, so if you decide to do the 21 Days Cape To Victoria Falls overland adventure for example, other than soaking up the vibrancy of Cape Town at the start of the journey, the shifting sands of the Namib Desert and the majestic views of Victoria Falls, you will also be able to enjoy activities like dancing with the San (Bushmen), indulging in a Makoro excursion in the Okavango Delta and being blown away by the prolific wildlife in the Chobe National Park!

And that is just the tip of the ice-berg about what happens on one Africa4us Overland Adventure Tour!  There are so many different Premium Overland Camping Tours put together so well, that many travellers become a member of the Africa4us family by returning year after year, to make a real meal of every adventure on the menu!

It is almost impossible to remain satisfied with just one overland safari in Africa, once you have experienced this beautiful continent with the hospitality of Africa4us crews, the intimate experiences you will encounter with different indigenous tribes and a world teeming with wildlife of every description, it will be virtually impossible not to come back!

Perhaps the best place to start as you look for the Premium Overland Camping Tour you’d love is by checking out the most popular tours first, this might make your choice a little easier; then you can get on with booking your overland adventure tour with Africa4us – if anyone can show you the ‘real’ Africa, then it is this team!

When Africa4us uses the word ‘Premium’ they mean it, in every sense of the word, whether you choose an accommodated overland tour or a camping overland adventure, the emphasis is on sheer comfort and style!

Travellers have a selection of full package tours that can last up to 39 days, taking you from Southern Africa right up into East Africa with unforgettable experiences every step of the way, or, the option combining tours (Combo Tours) to add a few more destinations to your original package!

One example of this is that should travelers select a 14 day tour of South Africa for instance, there is the option of combining this tour, which would take you either from Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia, or from Windhoek to Cape Town, and add a 21 day adventure tour that will add an exciting journey from Windhoek (or the other way around from Cape Town, depending on your starting point) to Victoria Falls and Zambia!

An overland adventure like this with Africa4us will take you from the vibrancy of Cape Town, to the shifting red sands of the Namibian desert, across to the Okavango Delta, rich with teeming wildlife, and from there, across to the breath-taking world of thundering falls and rain forests of the Victoria Falls!

An Africa4us East African Northbound Overland Adventure will take you on experiences like game drives in South Luangwa, meeting the locals at villages in Malawi, taking the ferry to Zanzibar to take a legendary Spice Tour in vibrant surroundings filled with the colours and sounds of spice traders who have passed their knowledge of spices down through generations!

An East African overland adventure like this, laid on by the passionate team from Africa4us will also include game drives in 4×4 Safari Vehicles in the Serengeti and down into the Ngorongoro Crater – to miss the magic of the wildlife and beauty that comes with every Africa4us overland tour package is an experience that everyone should be entitled to at least once in a lifetime!

The Africa4us crew that takes you on any package tour across this continent they love are truly the best kind of guides anyone could hope for; they know exactly where to find the best of everything, whether it is the perfect view of wildlife (it is worth noting here that no crew can beat the Africa4us team where it comes to spotting wildlife hidden to ‘ordinary’ human eyes!), to the most spectacular views and very best accommodation or camping sites – even the places they choose along the way to set up lunch in the middle of nowhere always carry a sense of the magical!

Once you decided on your Africa4us overland tour package you can rely on this organised, friendly and passionate team to ensure that you know exactly what you need to pack, how to organise the money you need to bring along for the extra’s you are definitely going to be adding to the luggage you take back home and so much more; they really leave nothing to chance!

If being packed like sardines into a tour bus that rushes you from one destination to another as fast as possible sends shivers down your spine, then any Africa4us African adventure tour package that sends your imagination wild will be right up your alley for an adventure that is incomparable and unrivalled by any other African tour company you could possibly choose!

The only decision left to make is which of the tour packages will echo your dream of an overland African adventure, and then to prepare to head out for an other-worldly experience with Africa4us!

Over the course of 18 years, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers stretching across Africa, the team at Africa4us have used their in-depth knowledge of this beautiful continent to refine overland African adventure tours down to a fine art, ensuring that there is an overland tour to suit everyone ready to take on the adventure of a lifetime!

It really doesn’t matter which Africa4us style of overland tour you choose, you can look forward to spending your adventure with a crew that is passionate about the comfort of every traveler they meet, every step of the way!

This passion and commitment includes the whole shebang, from what can only be considered 5 star food prepared at their own hands in the wilds of Africa, true story, (in fact, you may need to go on a diet when you get back home!) to taking care of the smallest details to make sure that you are absolutely comfortable, whether in their luxury overland trucks, in a tent or in ‘civilised’ accommodation!

Each morning you will know exactly what the day ahead holds, and in the evening, the fun and laughter shared around a fire under stars close enough to touch, or a table filled with the local fare of the area you are visiting, will add yet another special dimension to your African adventure and the new family you join!

There are two Africa4us travel styles to choose from, although the second style is broken into two sections, which means that you get to go on adventure that aligns perfectly with the African overland adventure you are ready to cross off your bucket list – and the one that suits your budget!

Each style of travel varies in terms of the accommodation, vehicle and the different inclusions of each tour, but whatever your choice is, you can look forward to a first-class experience on every level, from the comfort of the Africa4us overland trucks to the exciting destinations along the way!

The first travel style is called a Serviced Camping Adventure Tour, and ‘premium’ is the operative word here!  These camping adventure tours are designed for travellers who would enjoy a community camping-style adventure, one that is also aimed at the more budget conscious traveller looking for more than a hurried, overcrowded experience of Africa.

Comfort is still at the top of the agenda on the Premium Camping Adventure tours laid on by Africa4us, no overland truck can beat the comfort of the seats in these trucks that are designed to take on rough African terrain with serious gumption!

Adventure tours

Although you start and end your Africa4us overland camping adventure in a hotel, what happens in-between is what counts if you really want to enjoy Africa in its purely natural state! It is the closest you will come to meeting up with a regal Oryx or sweet, harmless fox on the way to the loo at night with your torch!

Naturally, if there are lions or any of the other less ‘sweet’ African giants around your camping site, your Africa4us guides will be keeping you absolutely safe;  their vast experience of the camp sites you will be visiting is something you can rely on implicitly!  After all, Africa4us has waved goodbye to thousands of clients who have all made it safely home after their African adventure!

If camping isn’t your thing, the second travel style offered by Africa4us, which is broken into two sections, will be right up your alley!

The first is the Southern Africa Premium Accommodated Adventure Tours, and this is where you are looking at an even more serious level of luxury!  Ultimate Safari Seats, designed by the Africa4us team in conjunction with top engineers, give you a view of Africa from the comfort of these luxury seats through your own window – no trying to crane your neck to look past the person sitting next to you to catch sight of a world teeming with wildlife and vistas that stretch on forever!

Both Premium Accommodated Tours, the Southern African and Rustic styles, seat only 12 travelers, 6 on either side of the truck, offering a ton of space as well as a personal ‘goodie’ box that contains a safe and space for laptops, cameras and plenty of USB ports for keeping your gadgets powered up throughout the journey!

Accommodated Tour A will ensure that you have a good night’s sleep after what can sometimes be long days on the road in lodges, hotels, bungalows and even traditional huts along the way!  After many years on the road, Africa4us crews will only take you to locations that will get you up-close and personal with nature in beautiful settings surrounded by breath-taking scenery, all of which can be enjoyed in true Africa4us style and class!

South Africa


Accommodated Tour B offers a more rustic experience of the accommodation in East Africa, which, although always clean and comfortable, is as rustic and simple as the people and traditions of ancient cultures who have lived in this rich, vibrant corner of Africa for centuries, but, the luxury, great food and outstanding hospitality of both the local communities and the Africa4us crew continue the tradition of absolute class and style!

On your East African Accommodated Tour you will have many opportunities to enjoy the traditional food prepared by different communities at local restaurants along the way, however, first class breakfasts, lunch and dinner’s in-between will be rustled up by a crew who really do belong in five star restaurants!

It can truly say that Africa4us is the Rolls Royce of African Overland adventures and tours, and whether you choose to do it solo or experience the adventure with a few friends, it will be a journey that will remain a treasured memory for the rest of your life!

Choose your adventure, make the booking and get packed, there really is no time like the present to give yourself this gift of a lifetime!

Imagine an adventure tour that will blow your mind and exceed your wildest dreams about Africa, a tour that puts you at the wheel of a tough little all-terrain-vehicle for scenic sunset drives to night time adventures?  Got the picture? Well, Africa4us has just brought those dreams to life for you and your adventure buddies!

Sunset Drive

We are proud to announce our new Ultimate Adventure Tour Product!  You will be heading off the beaten track in Damaraland, exploring the spectacular scenery around the Brandberg area, close to the site of the White Lady Bushman painting and the wildlife that calls this area home!

So what is so unique about this adventure tour?  It’s the fantastic thrill of exploring this area at the wheel of custom fitted Polaris all-terrain-vehicles, enjoying the challenge of negotiating rocky terrain, open savannahs, sand and river beds!

Ultimate Adventure Tours

Although you will be at the wheel, an Africa4us professional local guide will be with you through it all and operations are backed up with satellite phone communications and vehicle tracking, pretty essential when you are roaring through the wilds of Damaraland and its wildlife!

Ultimate Adventure Tours

Phase one of this Ultimate Adventure on four very tough wheels starts with several morning and afternoon tour options, covering everything from early morning 4×4 driving in the sand to a night drive in search of nocturnal animals!

If you are up for an early morning that will give you hours of fun and adventure, the White Lady Ultimate Adventure definitely has your name on it. Spin through a bit of 4×4 driving in the sand at the Ugab River before navigating rocky terrain that will take you through local villages on your way towards the famous Brandberg White Lady Bushmen painting!  The return to the White Lady Lodge will be one that follows the ins and outs of small tracks and riverbeds.  

The Ugab River Nature Drive offers you three hours of driving through swamps that are going to add real adventure to your 4×4 drive, and from there you move out into the open savannah landscapes which bring you closer to encounters with the wildlife of the area, such as Springbok, Zebra, Oryx, Ostrich, Cheetah, Elephant and Steenbok!  

Ultimate Adventure Tours

The Sunset Drive offers you a spectacular sunset experience through river beds and beautiful landscapes in search of the perfect spot to sit back and relax as you are served delicious snacks, giving you time to capture the best shots of the sun setting over the majestic Brandberg Mountain!

Ultimate Adventure Tours

There is life after dark in the beautiful area surrounding the Brandberg Mountain, which brings us to option four, which takes you out in your Polaris vehicle for a night drive to raconteur nocturnal animals and then to find a spot where you can experience the night sky like never before in this after dark adventure!

Ultimate Adventure Tours

Your ultimate 4×4 adventure with Africa4us is a thrill a minute, and in case you are thinking ‘what about drinks and snacks’ on these adventures, never fear, the crew from Africa4us also happen to be magicians who can rustle up the best fare in the middle of nowhere, all of which is included in the price of your chosen adventure!

Ultimate Adventure Tours

Yep, it’s the ultimate African adventure, and it’s all about the journey across thousands of dusty roads or bumpy rides off the muddy beaten track to reach destinations only dreamed of on an overland safari.

Meeting indigenous people who still live in a forgotten century, getting close to the entire spectrum of wildlife ranging from the majestic Big Five in the Okavango Delta, to the smallest beetle eking out an existence beneath the surface of the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, these are all just a fraction of what awaits any traveller finally ticking the box on their bucket list that says ‘go on an African adventure’!

There is also another side to this adventure of a lifetime, and that is the range of exciting activities and experiences awaiting you at various stops along the way, especially for those with a hankering for serious adrenaline highs!

On the more sedate side of African activities on an overland safari is a slow sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River, gently gliding past game like elephant, buffalo, kudu, hippo, giraffe and sable as they slake their thirst along the edge of the river, and you slake yours on your favourite cocktail.  

Exploring the Okavango by Mokoro, which is a traditional Delta dugout canoe, is a unique experience not to be missed! Sitting back and going with the flow as an African gondolier glides you soundlessly through reed beds teeming with dragonflies, frogs and kingfishers turns chilling in Africa into an art!

On the other end of the scale, adrenaline junkies can take to the water for white water rafting or bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, or hop into a helicopter for a real bird’s eye view of the sheer magnificence of the Victoria Falls and the stunning beauty of rain forests surrounding them.

Taking a pony trek in Lesotho is a must for anyone who can stay on the back of a four-legged animal, and if you really want to go out on a limb to do something completely different, visit a local Sangoma, which is a traditional healer, to relieve you of any aches and pains sustained on your adventure!

These are just a few of the added titbits hidden in your African Safari overland tours assembled with great care by the Africa4us team, they will show you what a truly authentic African adventure really is from a passionate local perspective!  Keep your eyes peeled for some of the fabulous specials available on the Africa4us website as well, book your luxury seat and pack your bags for the adventure of a lifetime!

There is no doubt about it, Namibia, full of stark contrasts, endless blue skies, dramatic scenery and sand dunes that go on forever, is still one of the most breathtakingly beautiful countries in Africa, and one of the biggest!

If you have never been to this land of contrasts and heat, you can be forgiven for thinking that none of the largest mammals and carnivores could possibly have found their own ways of adapting to this unforgiving environment, but they have!

The majestically beautiful Oryx is one example of an animal that is highly adapted to this harsh terrain, surviving in an environment where most other antelope would quickly perish.  They have learned to retain enough water from their diet to survive, conserving enough water to withstand the extreme heat as well as a body temperature that can climb to 40 degrees, in order to cool the blood that flows to its brain! Sheer natural genius!

Oryx will rest in the shade of a tree during the hottest part of the day, or, if no tree is available, will turn their bodies so that most of their body surface faces away from the sun, in addition to this, their very clever colouring acts as a natural heat deflector.


Desert Rhino’s are lone rangers, with a horn that is slightly longer and thinner than the regular Namibian black rhino, which helps them to forage in this barren environment. They are also mostly nocturnal in order to avoid the excessively high daytime temperatures.  These Rhino’s are experts at crossing this massive desert area, and generally have home ranges of about 500 square km’s!

As loners, the only time you will find a desert Rhino that is not alone will be during the two and a half years a mother rhino will stay with her calf in order to teach her baby how to survive in these tough conditions!

If you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a desert black rhino against the rich red backdrops of the desert sands, it is an image you will carry for the rest of your life of sheer majesty!  Although becoming near extinct by the 1980’s, the hard work of organisations such as Save the Rhino Trust and others have helped to increase the population of these national treasures five times over!


The differences between the African Elephant and the Namibian Desert Elephant are obvious in the size of their feet, which are larger to make it easier for them to move with ease across the soft desert sand, after all, having to travel up to 200km’s to find water would be very difficult with dainty feet carrying such immense weight in soft sand!

Namibian desert elephants are also leaner and taller than the African Elephant due to their diet, with slightly longer trunks which allow them to dig down into the sand to find underground water.  While the elephants in Etosha drink up to 200 litres of water a day, the Namibian desert elephants in the north only drink water every three to four days, and because there are fewer plant species that could be a source of nourishment, the tusks of the Namibian desert elephant are more brittle.


Although genetically the same as the lions in Kenya, Namibian desert lions have adapted to survive conditions their African cousins never would!  They need very little water, absorbing most of it from the prey they consume, an incredible adaptation for the king of all animals!

Namibian desert lions live on a diet of Oryx, Wildebeest, Zebras, Giraffes and Ostriches, and when food is really scarce; they have been known to attack elephants. Desert lions will travel great distances in search of prey, and surprisingly for a hot climate, have thicker coats than their cousins in order to deal with the cold night temperatures.

Namibia has gained international recognition for its conservation efforts in every species once considered endangered, especially in this country’s arid areas.  When an intensive research project on desert lions in Namibia was started in 1998, there were just twenty desert lions in the entire area, today, that number is closer to 150!


These beautifully adapted lions, elephants, rhinos and Oryx are the more visible aspects of the wildlife that makes a Namibian adventure truly spectacular, but under all this harsh, barren land that stretches as far as the eye can see, there is another world of small animals and insects who are equal masters of adaptation, as above, so below the desert sands of Namibia!

Take a 21st century overland tour for a face to face encounter with these ancient magicians of the Namibian desert in luxury and comfort with Africa4us, and experience it all with passionate local guides who have lived these experiences for over seventeen years and can spot a desert lion through eyes that are as good as those of an eagle!

The name ‘Big Five’ originated from a sad time in Africa’s history, so called due to the difficulty of tracking down lions, elephant, leopards, rhino’s and African buffaloes, which made them rich pickings for trophy hunters! Today, thankfully, these masters of wildlife in Africa are now protected, and the only time any lens draws a bead on them, it is to capture their awesome beauty through a camera lens!

The Okavango Delta is home to all five, a natural habitat rich enough to support the Big Five in style at the end of the Okavango River, born a thousand miles away in Angola.  The Okavango River originates in Angola as the Cubango River, the fourth longest river on the African continent, wends its way through Namibia, and on its desperate journey to reach the ocean gets caught up in the grasslands and swamps of the Okavango Delta, creating heaven on earth for thousands of mammals, birds and fish!

The lives of the Big Five in Botswana:

The African Buffalo

Don’t even think about trying to corner this very dangerous and unpredictable monster that can weigh in at a massive 700kg, there will be very little left of you! Leave them alone and you will not fall prey to their sometimes sneaky attempts at ambushing man, keeping clear is the best way to enjoy the general placidness of this awesome mammal!  Lion’s unfortunately love Buffalo meat, but, they also run the risk of being killed by a Buffalo in revenge for stealing one of their own!



Having been hunted to near extinction, the Rhino Trust and many other organisations involved in saving these primitive-looking mammals, have brought the population of just a few thousand in the early 1990’s to double its population since then as a result of very strategic interventions.  It is a profound experience to view one of these historic mammals thriving in areas such as the Okavango Delta, and one not to be missed!  

Their hearing and sense of smell is exceptional, even if their vision is poor enough to lead them into attacking the odd tree or rock by mistake!  If you haven’t brought enough sun block with you, you can always try the Rhino way – soak in mud for a couple of hours and the sun beating down on you along with little flying monsters will find it difficult to get through!



Powerful enough to carry even a young giraffe high into the tree tops, seeing a leopard lounging around on trees completely at ease with the world around them is a way of life for these graceful, sleek creatures.  This way they also get to protect their prey from greedy hyenas or lions that show a keen interest in their meal, and being the strongest climber among the big cat species, this ensures that a leopard never has to share his meal!

Spotting a leopard can be tough, they are solitary nocturnal creatures who tend to avoid the heat of the day, which makes them the hardest of the Big Five to spot, but when you do, it is an unforgettable experience! Believe it or not, Leopards are the only member of the cat family that can lay claim to being a superb swimmer!


African Elephant

With a muscular trunk that serves as a hand, nose, extra foot, tool for gathering food and a signalling device, the African elephant is by far the largest living land mammal, and at around 6 tons in weight, the biggest can easily reach up to over 3 metres in height!  African elephants are able to communicate across vast distances of up to 5 miles, at a frequency so low that human ears are unable to pick up a sound.  The African elephant is another of the Big Five facing dwindling numbers due to poaching and trophy killing – once you have seen one up close, imagine facing a world where within ten years you will not be able to show your small children or grandchildren what a ‘real’ elephant looks like?  A hard thought to bear when you look into those intelligent eyes!

Cape, Dunes, Delta and Falls Premium CAMPING Adventure


Living together in prides, African lions are the most social of all the big cats in Africa, and these prides can number up to 15 lions living in organised social groups.  Part of this organised society means that when there has been a kill, the male lions get to eat first, although it is the females who do the hunting, it is their reward for protecting the territory of the pride while the females are out hunting!  Generally, the darker a lion’s mane is, the older he is, and there is nowhere else in the world that you will find a lion, Africa is the home continent to all lions in our world!

Anyone coming to Africa or living in Africa owes everything they can do to make sure that theirs is more than just a footnote in history, leave a mark on your African adventure by getting involved, no matter how small a contribution it may be, in saving our beautiful African Big Five for future generations to enjoy in spectacular natural surroundings!

Etosha National Park


When Europeans first discovered the rock art of the San people, or Bushmen, in Southern Africa over 350 years ago they thought it to be as primitive and crude as the people who made it, considered two-dimensional accounts of daily life, fighting and hunting.  However, 20th century scholars have far more respect for the aesthetics of the finely detailed and exquisitely coloured paintings, which they consider to be largely narrative accounts of hunter-gatherer life.


After a closer look in recent years, another picture emerged completely, showing that for the San rock paintings were not only representations of life, they were also permanent records of their history.  When shamans painted an eland for instance, they not only paid homage to a sacred animal, they also harnessed its essence, and by putting paint to rock they opened portals to the spiritual world.


Scholars now believe that the trance dance serves as the foundation for rock art and offer a record of ages past.  This is a guide to some of the best San rock art sites to be found in South Africa, showing a record of just how prolific as artists these first inhabitants of South Africa really were:


Kamberg Rock Art Centre:  This is where the first South African rock art was found and then introduced to the world, the result is that the Ukhalamba-Drakensberg Park is now a world heritage site where San paintings are national monuments protected by law.


Didima Gorge Rock Art site:  Situated in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drankensberg Mountains in Kwazulu-Natal, this is a site that has some of the most intriguing and mystical San Bushman rock art in the world.


Drankensberg Rock Art:  The Drakensberg mountains in Kwazulu-Natal has the greatest concentration of San Bushman rock art in South Africa, but most of it is in remote but supremely beautiful surroundings well worth the hike!


Bushman’s Kloof, Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam, Western Cape:   This rock art site, which is part of the Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve, has been declared a National Heritage site because of its spectacular San paintings and because it is part of the Cape Floral region.


Gifberg, Western Cape:  The Gifberg rock art site is linked in a vital way to the life of the ancient San Bushmen as this was where they found the poison for what were otherwise puny arrows!


San Bushman art is prolific in South Africa and reaches into areas such as the Brandberg Mountains and Twyfelfontein areas in Namibia, and if a Bushman art cultural adventure is what you are after, you will be able to follow in the footsteps of this nomadic hunter-gather culture to your heart’s content!

Legends are made to be explored, and if anyone is able to show you how to explore some of the oldest legends in Africa then it is the Africa4us crew.  It really is quite an experience to spend time with this crew and share their deep and abiding love for all that is Africa, from the rich forests and endless savannahs of Eastern Africa to the red and gold of the Namibian Desert!

The Namibia Explorer, Delta, Falls and Kruger Premium Accommodated Adventure Tour with Africa4 us will bring you to the Brandberg Mountains on your way from coastal Swakopmund to Xhorixas, a mountain range which is home to over 50, 000 pieces of rock art, among which is the most famous of all, the White Lady, which is believed to be 2 000 years old.

When the crew of Africa4us tell you to take lots of water, believe them, because after the cool ocean breeze, the heat in the ‘Burning Mountain’ or Brandberg, so called for the glowing colours reflected during sunsets, is intense.  Just the hour long hike to the White Lady is worthwhile in itself; the dung of desert elephants recently passed, depending on the time of day or perhaps a leopard footprint, in the silence between the blue sky and red earth leaves you in no doubt that you are definitely in Africa.

The White Lady was discovered in 1917 by a German topographer, but whether it is a lady or not has been a debatable point, depending on whom you talk to.  The White Lady sits in the centre of rock paintings of animals which were used in shamanic rituals, which is why it is generally believed that ‘she’ is a ‘he’, in addition to the fact that there is evidence of phallus decorations along with a bow and arrows. Another give away to the belief that the White Lady was in actual fact a shaman is the antelope-tail fly whisks, knee and arm straps along with dancing rattles used during ritual dances.

The site which White Lady calls home in the Brandberg at this highest point above sea level in Namibia is believed to have been used for rituals, which is evident in the specific animals depicted as having supernatural powers. The Africa4us crew will drop you at the start of the hike to White Lady where your local Damara guide will take over, this is also a treat you can look forward to, these guides know this area like the back of their hand, and while you huff and puff away under the Namibian sun, he or she will be walking and talking as if it was a walk in the park!

One thing you can be sure of, at the end of this adventure into the legend of the White Lady, you will be ready to strip off and dive into the pool once you get to your accommodation!


Getting to know the Rhino family has to start with the struggle this beautiful animal has had just to survive, and in Africa, thanks to massive global efforts to protect and save them from extinction, the Southern white rhinos now thrive in protected sanctuaries and are now classified as a ‘Near Threatened’ species. Thankfully Black rhinos have doubled in numbers over the past two decades from their low point of just over 2000 individuals, but total numbers are still just a fraction of the estimated 100 000 that existed in the early part of the 20th century.  Mankind has much to answer for!

There are a few distinct differences between the black and white rhino as you will see from the information that follows, however, no matter what the differences are, these beautiful giants of nature are a natural wonder to be treasured by every generation.

The black rhino (which are actually grey) are browsers who use their pointed upper lips like a miniature elephant trunk to twist off the lower branches of trees and shrubs, and have a bit of a reputation for being bad-tempered, not true, they are actually just shy and inquisitive and will run towards anything that is unusual in their surroundings, but just as surely run away if they get a whiff of humans!

It’s a really good idea to climb the nearest tree, or, if you have the nerve, to stand absolutely still if you encounter a black rhino in the wild, especially if it is a female with a calf, she will definitely charge anything that looks like a threat to her baby!  While rhinos have pretty poor eyesight, their sense of smell and hearing is exceptional.  The black rhino has two horns and can grow to 1.6 metres tall and weigh up to 1400kg, and believe it or not, these giants can reach a thundering speed of 55km an hour, pretty much like a tank on four legs bearing down on you!

The white rhino has the wide mouth and also has two horns, growing up to 1.8 metres and easily weighing in at over two tons, making it second only to the African elephant in the size of land mammals.  The white Rhino is a grazer and eats mainly grass.  This rhino is the more sociable of the two, living in social groups that form families who are very protective of the whole family.

If you are having problems distinguishing the white from the black rhino, the black rhino is more likely to be a solitary animal that is shy and keeps to thick bushy areas, where the white rhino tend to be in groups.  Black rhino have short necks and hooked lips to make browsing branches easier, while the white rhino have long necks and wide mouths for grazing the grasslands.

African rhino characteristics also differ in that black rhino adults tend to roam within specific areas considered to be their home ranges. Black rhino also need to drink at least every two to three days, and succulent plants form a large part of their diet so that they can go without drinking water for longer if necessary.  Black rhinos also do more of their feeding and drinking during the cool of the night rather than during the day.

Social advertising is also very important to rhinos, they make use of dung piles or spray-urination sites which are used by both white and black rhino, males especially use spray-urination as a way to advertise their presence and to mark their range.  Rhinos use their horns for self-defence, attacking opponents or predators, while the white rhino groups will stand in a circle facing outwards to form a protective circle around any calves near the centre.

To round off this exploration into the lives of rhinos it is important to note that the rhino mom is one of the fiercest where it comes to protecting her calves, considering that she has a pregnancy that lasts between 15 to 16 months, she has certainly earned the right to trample anyone getting in the way of the safety of her baby!  At birth a baby rhino can weigh anything between 40 to 65kg, and by the time they are 3 years old the calf will be ready to take on the world on its own.  Rhinos can live up to 45 years and it is in our best interests to make sure that as many of these magnificent animals make it that far and keep producing their precious offspring!

If you have ever longed to hear the call of the Fish Eagle then a good place to start is just across the border from South Africa and into Namibia at the Felix Unite camping site on the banks of the Gariep River!  From here, Africa4us will take you in their beautiful overland truck to the Fish River Canyon.

A glass of wine as the sun goes down across the river and then dinner by candlelight, prepared by the Africa4us crew, a dinner which by the way would put any cordon bleu chef to shame, and you will be ready to zip up your Africa4us tent and stretch out on a super comfortable memory foam mattress to get a good night’s sleep in before hitting the road.

Make sure you look up at the stars before you hit the sack, it’s a breathtaking sight which makes you feel as if all you have to do is stretch up and pluck one out of the sky!  Starting the day in the peace and quiet as you watch the sun rise over the meandering Gariep River will be an experience you will want to relive once you get back to the hectic pace of ‘civilisation’, a memory to carry you through harried and rushed mornings ahead back home.

This is not one of those mornings where you have to scuttle to get on the road before sunrise, which means that you will have the time to take a canoe down the river before you finally head out, but a whatever you do, whether it’s a refreshing trip on the river or a relaxing morning soaking up the sights and sounds, you will be shoring up for the longish drive to the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, in time to make the sunset.

The comfort of the luxury seats designed by Africa4us will make the bumps to come a lot more comfortable than any other overland truck will, but, this is Africa and bumping, slipping and sliding are all part of your African adventure!  Not too far along the journey you will see the cleanest, neatest local villages you will ever come across, home to those who work in the surrounding vineyards.  The vineyards are a sight to see in this arid landscape, rich swathes of green breaking the harshness of this dry and sandy region.

By the time you reach the spot where the Africa4us crew will drop you off in the Fish River Canyon you will be very grateful for the air-conditioning that comes part and parcel of the Africa4us overland truck experience!  While you are not able to hike in alone to the Fish River Canyon, the crew will drop you in an area that will give you enough of a hike to enjoy the absolute vastness surrounding you before you reach the ridge of the canyon.

The Fish River Canyon is second in size only to the Grand Canyon, and while it may not be as big, the colours and changes in the rock formations that form the canyon are an awesome sight, it is as if you can hear the earth calling out its history to you in the layers and formations that tell the ancient story.

After spending time at the edge of the Fish River Canyon you will join the Africa4us crew for snacks and wine in style at the main viewpoint, which gives you a stunning view of the changing colours that ripple through the sky as the sun goes down and the stars begin to take their place in the evening sky!

If taking an overland truck to the Fish River Canyon is on the horizon for you then make sure that you experience it in comfort and style in the company of guides passionate about everything that makes Africa the number one adventure holiday on millions of bucket lists!

There are many reasons that millions of tourists make Kenya one of their top African destinations, among which is that Kenya is a melting pot of activities, destinations and culture which invites all visitors to throw all cares to the wind and join in the fun and adventure  around every corner in this beautiful country.

From wildlife safaris which are proof positive that Kenya is home to some of the most accessible game viewing in the world, and yes, home to the entire Big Five family, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.  The many game reserves and national parks spread throughout Kenya are also home to other wildlife which is unique to this area alone!

From wildlife safaris to hot air ballooning and scuba diving, you will never be short of exciting adventures as you explore this culturally diverse country. The wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, but this is not the only interesting and exciting place of interest to visit in Kenya.

Mount Kenya is another of the natural wonders in Kenya, second highest only to Mount Kilimanjaro, but whether you choose to laze or swim in the warm tropical waters of the magnificent sandy beaches along the coast or explore the wide open spaces of the savannahs, undisturbed forests and deserts further inland, you will be surrounded by untouched beauty no matter where you go in Kenya.

Being on the equator you can be sure that there will be no extreme seasonal changes in the wonderful tropical climate Kenya offers, which means that all the activities, from wildlife safaris to beaches are available all year round.

Kenya’s beer is legendary, to the extent that Kenyan breweries are planning to export this national drink to the rest of the world, and if you want a truly great coffee, you will find it in Kenya!  Because of the wide diversity of tribes in Kenya, the ethnic cuisine off the beaten track in Kenya is far more interesting if you are a true adventurer than the standard up market restaurants in Kenya.

Despite the diverse culture and heritage for which Kenya is renowned, there is a great sense of peace, acceptance and closeness among the thirteen major ethic groups and the twenty-seven minor groups, which makes the Kenyan people amongst the warmest, friendliest and most hospitable in Africa.  Spending time with the unique Maasai is also a must if you are visiting Kenya!

What defines the approach of the Kenyans towards life is the Harambee culture, which means ‘to pull together’ which is Bantu in origin, meaning that the various cultures believe in and practice a sense of mutual responsibility, effort and assistance, no one is left out for being of a different culture in Kenya!

If you are really determined to make the most of everything that makes Kenya such a melting pot of cultures, then you have got to try the ‘real’ Kenyan food, which ranges from Ugali, which is a cake made from millet or maze flour, with meat or vegetables as accompaniments, or the Nayama Choma, which is one of the most popular dishes in Kenya, prepared by roasting beef or mutton over fire and served with veggies or Ugali, perfect food made by those who know how to do it best!

Exotic names like Sukima Wiki, a stew prepared from leafy green veggies and served with a variety of other dishes such as Kachumbari, Ugali and Nayama Choma are all just the tip of the iceberg where it comes to the incredible, mouth-watering dishes Kenyans have been passing down from generation to generation! Be prepared to set aside any ideas about knives and forks, digging in with hands and fingers is generally the very best way of enjoying traditional Kenyan cuisine!

If anyone knows about the finger licking pleasure of Kenyan food, then it is the Africa4us crew, who have made good friends with the locals who will treat you like family and feed you like royalty!

If you decide to do the epic Africa4us East meets South Premium Accommodated Adventure Tour your itinerary will definitely include Kenya, along with Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa, so book your seat for the overland safari of a lifetime!


While in the West men dominate, in little old Africa the San People (Bushmen) have a far more liberated attitude towards their women!  The San govern themselves solely on the basis of group consensus; there is no formal authority or chief to muddy the waters, and while disputes may require very lengthy discussions, everybody gets the opportunity to voice their thoughts, until an agreement is reached, peacefully.


The San have a fantastic balance between leisure, hunting and gathering, leisure is important to San of all ages; we can certainly take a leaf out of their book here!  San children have absolutely no social duties; their only duty is to be children and to have fun in their close knit family and extended family circles.


Music, sacred dances, joking and conversation are all part of the San way of life and their celebration of their connection to the earth of Africa and its animals; it is a conglomeration of all these components that make up a culture which is entertaining, respectful and soulful.


The women in San culture have a high status in their society, they are greatly respected and often take leadership roles in their own family groups, making important family and group decisions as well as being able to claim ownership of water holes and foraging areas.  This is a lot of power in a world overwhelmingly dominated by men, harking back to ancient times when women were leaders and decision makers.


Despite the respect and high social status of women in the San culture, they still play a major role in the gathering of fruit, tubers, berries, bush onions and any other plant stuffs that can be put to use by the family. With the importance of water in San life, women also adopt the role of gathering the Ostrich eggs which are used as water containers once emptied, and while San women may be the gatherers, they are also hunters when it is necessary.


There is no doubt that the San women are the epitome of a woman who can be a mother, a provider, a negotiator and a hunter!

The myriad of African cultures and traditions are as vast as the continent itself, from Cape Town to Zanzibar, but there is a common denominator found nowhere else in the world, and that is the hospitality of every culture you will come across as you tour Africa overland.  There is no better way to come into such close contact with this variety of cultures and traditions than to do it overland with a crew like Africa4us who are themselves passionate Africans wanting to share this hospitality with the world. In this edition the focus will be on Namibia and Zanzibar, as different as the moon is to the sun!

Out of the original seven Owambo clans in Nambia only three still exist and still recognise their kings, and are ruled by chiefs-in-council.  The rest of the clans have a system in which senior headmen form a council and administer their tribes by joint action, most important of which is the system of land ownership. Owambo houses are traditionally of the rondavel type, surrounded by ingenious fences found nowhere else, with cattle and goat kraals normally forming part of the complex.

Trading definitely runs in the Owambo’s blood, proof of which is that after generations of having extracted the oil from the Marula tree to use as a taste enhancer for chicken and other traditional dishes, and as a moisturiser for their skins, the result is that Marula oil is now being processed and exported as a high-value ingredient for international cosmetics!  Owambo women are well known for their elaborate hairstyles, differing from tribe to tribe, which is achieved by rubbing a mixture of fat and olukula (crushed root of wild teak) and lengthening it with strands of sinew and leaf fibres, with Cowrie shells attached to the ends of these strands.

Pots, quilts and beautiful beadwork all form part of the trading instinct and talent of the Owambo’s of Namibia, who are still the largest ethnic group in Namibia.

Moving right across Africa to the island of Zanzibar in Kenya, we find a melting pot like few others where it comes to culture and traditions, with influences which range from a predominance of the Bantu tribes from the mainland and the Arab influence on Zanzibar which is evident in the melting pot of people.

The cultures of the people in Zanzibar are a mix of Shirazia, from Persia, Arabs, and Comorians from the Comoros islands and the predominant Bantus.  Asians and Europeans are in the minority especially in the towns and cities, most of whom are either descendents or expatriates.  In terms of how the locals are identified and situated on the island of Zanzibar is based on their island of origin, so that the Hadimu and Tumbatu tribes as indigenous people of Zanzibar have chosen either the north or the south as their home in order to keep their individual traditions in place.

Almost 97% of the population in Zanzibar practices the Islamic faith, which means that any tourist is required to observe and respect this island’s culture. If you are not on the beach avoid wearing clothing that would expose your knees or shoulders and wearing tight or see-through clothes.

The fragrance of spices that make your mouth water will definitely remind you that you are on the ‘Spice Island’, bringing the aromas of cocoa beans, coconuts, cinnamon and cloves right through you to make your stomach rumble! Indulging in the staple foods of Zanzibar is an experience in itself.  What is considered staple food in Zanzibar includes everything from Ugali, chapatti, bread, rice, beef, chicken, goat and more, along with freshwater fish that is unforgettable, cooked and presented in ways seen nowhere else in the world!

This is the true essence of Africa, from one end of the spectrum to the other, no matter where you go, and if you are going to chose to experience the best of Africa in all its glory then do it in luxury with Africa4us!

Keep your eyes peeled on the Africa4us website for follow up blogs which will focus on the cultures and traditions of South Africa and Zimbabwe!  Alternatively, just book that trip of a lifetime and never regret that you didn’t make that African adventure!

Of the many adventures that Africa4us will take you on in Africa, I am going to focus on the children, beauty, adventure and the different cultures you will come into close contact with on their Namibia Explorer, Delta, Falls and Kruger Premium Accommodated Adventure for this blog, which will take you from Windhoek, Namibia to Johannesburg, South Africa.

The reason that Namibia has been chosen is simply because any African adventure, and all the reasons that make Africa a dream destination for you are simply too diverse to go into in one blog.  From Cape Town to Kenya, the children, beauty, adventure and incredible diversity of cultures is such that it would take a year or more to delve into each facet of the destinations along the Africa4us routes, which have taken the crews to the most stunning parts of Africa for sixteen years now, leaving thousands of travellers awestruck at the enormity of this continent in every sense.

Getting back to the point, we’ll start with the children of Namibia, although children throughout Africa are the essence of pure joy and are not in the least shy to share their sunshine with anyone crossing their path.  I vividly recall an experience that involved our tour group, stopping at Opuwu to get as many basic supplies for the people in terms of food and school items for the children at a school which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, between Opuwo and the traditional Himba village we would visit later in the day.

Children of every age played the simplest of games with screams of laughter at a school with no shelter from the sun and dust for a playground, yet their spirits were in no way dampened by the fact that they had little in the way of material possessions, had to walk very long distances to get to and from school, yet seemed to be doing well with the help of dedicated teachers and a headmaster who was a truly exceptional human being. There was a sense of joy among these children that simply does not exist in schools in any main centre.

The cultural mix in Namibia is vast, with the largest ethnic group being the Owambo, with the Kavango, Herero, Damara and Caprivian people also having significant populations, where children are taught the stories of their ancestors, some of which will go to school and some who will remain as part of cultures determined to maintain their rights to their ancestral lands and cultural ancestry. These are cultures who tell the time of day by the stars and the way the sun moves across the sky, who live with an order as natural as the land they inhabit.

Some of the smaller groups like the Himba in the north and the San (Bushmen) in the east remain committed to their age-old nomadic and semi-nomadic lifestyles. It is not surprising to see Himba, Damara, Owambo and other cultures walking down the main street of some Namibian towns, with the odd pig or goat thrown into the mix!

The beauty of Namibia is indisputable, every bit as much as that of East Africa is, but for entirely different reasons, which is why Africa is an explorer and adventure seeker’s paradise!  Namibia is a land of contrasts and vast spaces that stretch as far as the eye can see and is considered the largest country on the African continent.  There is an abundant of life beneath the surface of Namibia as well as an abundance of wildlife, which includes the Big 4 (no buffalo in Namibia!), all of whom have adapted to the arid conditions in which they live.

Any visit to Africa is an adventure, whether you choose to travel from the south to the east or north to west, and if any team of adventurers can show you the best of it all in sheer comfort, opening the culture, the wildlife and the treasures that encompass the beauty that is Africa, it is the Africa4us team.  Visit their user friendly website which is visually stunning and choose the cultures, wildlife, children and beauty you would like to have an up close and personal experience with no matter where they take you in Africa! This is one decision you will never regret!