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

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

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!

Check out this great blog by one of our trusted partners @TourRadar. The blog has been inspired by our  12 Days Cape and Namibia Camping Tour

The Best Places to Camp in Namibia

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

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).

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!

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!