4x4 Off-road Safari Tours

It’s hard to slow down and break away - be captivated by the majestic and contrasting beauty of the great African outdoors to which we will introduce you! Become an intrepid explorer with our safari tours (expeditions), we will take you to places where time stands still and your spirit is inspired to soar to greater heights.

There can be no better place to be with your 4x4, than to be on a safari tour with us ...

Southern Africa is home to some of the last true wilderness areas on the planet. This part of the continent offers some of the most spectacular destinations for our clients. Sundowners and safaris go hand-in-hand, and we at Protea Safari Tours provide the perfect locations in Southern Africa for you to toast these sunsets.

The landscapes and wildlife alone are enough to turn you starry-eyed. It’s hard to beat the romance of Africa’s Wildlife.

We offer a variety of leisurely self-driving safaris: from self-catering, self-camping tours to fully catered trips. Our tour fees include all your camping, accommodation and park fees, as well as listed activities.

Our safari experiences are ideal for nature lovers, photographers or those who simply enjoy spending time in the unspoilt African wilderness. Rest assured that our 4x4 tours are not obstacle courses or endurance tests – we use responsible driving techniques, minimising our impact on the environment. Our tour guide has 21 years’ experience in 4x4 training, ensuring that even novice 4x4 drivers and their vehicles are in safe hands.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Safari     
30 Jan - 4 Feb 2018

When the sun approaches the zenith of its annual migration, an irresistible instinct fires in female loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles, bringing them up on the coral-sand beaches along the Maputaland coast in KZN to lay their eggs during the summer months. Every year, for the past 100 million years, female leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles have emerged from the ocean- to lay their eggs on this beach.

 

Day 1 (30 January 2018)
The group will meet at 17h00 at the Kozi Bay Lodge. Were we will be staying for the duration of the weekend on a dinner/bed & breakfast basis. Enjoy evening drinks and get to know our safari companions better.  The group will have dinner at the Lodge.

Day 2 (31 Jan 2018)
After a long day driving from Gauteng you can relax the morning. After lunch/dinner it’s time to tackle the sandy tracks to witness one of the oldest rituals on the planet. Most of the afternoon/evening will be spend searching/watching for sea turtles laying eggs or hatchling, dashing to the ocean in a race against predators and survival. Enjoy dinner at the Lodge.

Day 3 (1 Feb 2018)
Enjoy an early breakfast at the Lodge. It’s time for Kosi Bay Estuary.  Go for a walk along the golden beach or snorkel in the Estuary of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage site. The selection of fish is mind blowing on this reef. The best is that you need not to be diver, no experience needed just a snorkelling mask will do. Enjoy dinner at the Lodge.

To whet your appetite for this 4x4 Safari, follow the links below:

Kosi Bay Mouth
Kosi Bay Fish Kraals
Bhanga Nek
Leatherback Turtle

Space is limited: we can only accommodate 20 people, book now to avoid disappointment.

This safari is suitable for soft-roaders***.

Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za

 

Sani Pass Longweekend, Lesotho    
2-5 March 2018

Based in the Drakensberg Mountains, The Sani Pass is a steep, zigzagging pass that climbs to an altitude of just under 3 000m and offers official access to the “Roof of Africa”.  It is here that you’ll find what people travel all over the world to see – the most incredible panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountain range, with the Lesotho Mountain range in the background.

Getting there is not for the faint-hearted that said with your off-roader and our experienced instructors you will have no problems...just follow us and you’ll be fine.  We’ll be pushing our cars to a reasonable limit, whilst at the same time observing caution for safety. 

This trip is a must-do for all 4x4 and Nature Enthusiasts alike – it’s a brilliant weekend away and is guaranteed to leave you with plenty of stories to talk about with your friends & family. 

 

Day 1 (2 March 2018)

The group will meet at 19h00 at the Sun Lounge of the Sani Pass Hotel for evening drinks to get to know your safari companions better.  The group will have dinner at the Sani Pass Hotel.

Day 2 (3 March 2018)

After an early-morning breakfast at the Sani Pass Hotel, it’s time to tackle the famous 14km Sani Pass. You will need a valid passport. Scaling the pass is not a race to the top but a leisurely cruise to take in the breathtaking scenery of the rolling green hills of Lesotho and this World Heritage Site.

Once we have conquered Sani Pass, we will stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge for a traditional Basotho lunch. This is the highest pub in Africa the ideal pub to celebrate your victory. Dinner will be served at 19h00 at Sani Pass Hotel.

Day 3 (4 March 2018)

After a hearty breakfast we head out to Black Mountain Pass for a picnic, 3 200m above sea level. Remember to pack a picnic bag and goodies for the day.

To whet your appetite for this Weekend Breakaway, follow the links below:

Sani Pass Hotel
Underberg
Sani Top Pub

Space is limited to 10 double rooms in the brand new Sani Pass Hotel, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za

 

Namib Desert Safari     
21 April - 5 May 2018

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” Albert Einstein

Namibia is a place to experience, not merely observe. Experience African sunsets and sunrises, the sounds of silence and touch the stars

Namibia is a land of extremes with wide horizons, contrasting landscapes. It is a country that so much to offer explorers. Namibia is definitely a country that one always yearns to visit again and again.

** Follow our journey via TRACKS4AFRICA **

Day 1  (21 April 2018)
The group will meet at a guest farm just inside Namibia. Norotshama on the banks of the mighty Orange River in Namibia will be our destination. It the largest wine farm in Namibia. Dinner & breakfast will be provided.

Day 2/3   (22-23 April 2018)
After an early breakfast we head north towards the Fish River Canyon after we have visited Ais-Ais hotsprings.

Day 4/5  (24-25 April 2018)
The small town of Aus will be our basecamp for the next two camping nights. From here we explore the ghost town of Kolmanskop and the wild horses of Namibia.

To whet your appetite for this Safari, follow the links below:

Sossusvlei
Kolmanskop
Lüderitz
Sesriem Canyon

Space is limited to only 14 people, book early to avoid disappointment.**
Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za

"Liewe Ansu en Jannie,
Eerstens weer, dankie vir die fantastiese ondervinding wat hierdie vakansie vir ons was.
Dit, en saam met almal , was dit totentaal awesome.
Julle is die beste gidse wat enige iemand kan he. Julle is totentaal fab !!!!
Liefde groete",

Dalene en Ethene,
dalenejo@gmail.com

 

 

Chobe Safari, Botswana
26 May - 5 June 2018

Botswana is widely regarded as having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. It’s a rarity in our over-populated, over-developed world. Untamed and untameable, it is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life.
You will be taken on a safari to remember one of the greatest wildlife regions in Africa. To capture some of the most astounding photographs of wildlife and habitat you will ever experience. The Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of Buffalo and Elephant watching them from the water, especially when the Elephants walk across the Chobe River. This is an excellent safari for photography and one can get very close to the Elephants and Hippos at times during the several planned boat cruises.

This Safari to the Chobe area is rich in bird and animal life and, not least, for its exquisite sunsets and wildlife experiences. Whatever you do, do not to let this one pass you!

Day 1 (26 May 2018)
The group will meet on a game farm just over the Botswana border. Our first night camping, dinner and breakfast will be provided. It’s time to meet your fellow safari companions and to check your camping gear.

Day 2/3 (27-28 May 2018
An Elephant oasis will be our next overnight point. Watch elephants strolling down to the waterhole from the comfort of your camping chair. Experience elephants like never before.

Day 4-10 (29 May - 4 June 2018)
After a breakfast, we head north towards the Chobe National Park where we will be spending the next seven nights camping on the banks of the Chobe River at Chobe Safari Lodge. This will be our base camp from where we will explore different destinations every day.
Contact Jannie for more details

 

 

The Majestic Safari, Botswana    
28 July - 11 August 2018

Our aim is to create the original safari (expedition) atmosphere of an unhurried life-changing journey to this pristine wilderness area. The convoy will make regular stops for environmental, historical and cultural interpretation or to share special experiences with countless photographic opportunities. The Okavango Delta is the 1 000th World Heritage site, recognised as one of the world’s great places. The area sustains a population of several globally threatened mammals and birds. It also hosts the largest population of Elephant in the world.
A world of wonder and natural beauty awaits you on the Moremi safari.

 

Day 1   (28 July 2018)
We will meet at Kwa-Nokeng Lodge just inside Botswana. It’s time to ensure that all your camping gear is ready for the rest of the safari. Dinner and Breakfast will be at the lodge.

Day 2/3   (29 - 30 July 2018)
After an early breakfast, we travel north to Maun for a two night stay in Maun at Island Safari Lodge. A sundowner boat cruise into the Delta will be on the cards. It’s time to get organized and to stock up for our next part of the adventure. Enjoy a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta, giving you a better understanding of this complex eco-system. From here we head into the Okavango Delta for a 5 day camping experience.

To whet your appetite for this Safari, follow the links below:

Okavango Delta
Moremi National Park

Space is limited to only 16 people.
Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za

 

Namaqualand Flower Safari, Northern Cape   
1-8 September 2018

  • Experience one of the world’s most colourful botanical wonders as vast tapestries of brightly coloured flowers emerge all over Namaqualand.
  • An 8-day, 8-night fully catered self-drive tour with lodge and Guest Farm accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast is included).
  • A highlight of the tour is an overnight stay on what is said to be the southern hemisphere’s largest date farm. Not to mention all the back roads we will be using.
  • R16 700 per person sharing.
  • This tour can only accommodate 12 people.
Day 1 (1 Sept 2018)

Meet your fellow flower companions over dinner at Vergelegen Guest Farm just before Kakamas.

Day 2 (2 Sept 2018)
After breakfast we head to the largest date farm in the Southern Hemisphere, Klein Pella Guest Farm.

Day 3-5 (3-5 Sept 2018)
After breakfast we travel along the mighty Orange river to the mission station of Pella. Our destination will be Daisy Country lodge in Springbok for the next three nights.

To whet your appetite for this Safari, follow the links below:

Klein Pella Guest Farm

Skilpad Wild Flower Nature Reserve Walking Trail

Goegap Nature Reserve
Skilpad National Park
Namakwaland Flowers

Space is limited to only 12 people
Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za


Comment from a recent client:

Thank you again Jannie it was such an amazing experience! It's impossible to capture it in a pic! Highly, highly recommended! The flowers were phenomenal but there was so much more! The Quiver tree forest, the prison ruins, the spirit of dirt road driving, the group we travelled with. The pannekoeke stalletjie langs die stof pad! The towns we stopped in. ......... I could carry on. Cilito Brookstein

 

The Reflections of Nature Safari, Botswana
29 Sept - 13 Oct 2018

Botswana is widely regarded as having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. It’s a rarity in our over-populated, over-developed world. Untamed and untameable, it is one of the last great refuges for Nature’s magnificent pageantry of life.


Day 1   (29 Sept 2018)
The group will meet at Kwa-Nokeng Lodge in Botswana. It will be our first night camping under the open skies of Botswana, catered dinner and breakfast.

Day 2-3   (30 Sept - 1 Oct 2018)
Our next two camping nights will get you up close and personal with Elephant Sand`s elephants as they stroll down to come and drink at the waterhole.

To whet your appetite for this Safari, follow the links below:

Makgadikgadi Pans
Victoria Waterfalls
Chobe National Park
Chobe Safari Lodge

Space is limited to only 14 people, book early to avoid disappointment.**
Contact Jannie for more details : info@protea4x4.co.za

 

Hi Jannie Thanks again for a wonderful trip and a great experience in the Botswana bush! Helga and I really looked forward to the trip as it was our first "safari" together! For Helga specially it was a great experience to go off-roading again after many years of just dreaming about it! I have never had proper off-road experience and I was pleasantly surprised what the Pajero can do in the bush. Through Stefan we knew more or less what to expect because he has been on a few trips into the bush with you but we had no idea that it would be such great fun!

Especially the radios that we all had did a great job and your running commentary like" Watch out -Donkey on the left", or" Cow on the right "and" Colin catch up with us" made driving so much more fun! Also the info you passed on to us about all the game that we saw was priceless! My personal and also Helga's highlight was definitely " Baines Baobab" and the herds of Gemsbok that we saw! I have never been that close to them before and that day was really something special for us! Thanks again from both of us and we hope that we will be able to do another trip with you! All the best.

Helga and Giselher ,
giselher.h@gmail.com

Jannie Rykaart (4x4 Trails and Overland Guide GP 5097) :

There can be no better place to be with your 4x4, than to be on a safari tour with us to enjoy a banquet of wildlife and nature experiences.
Your host for all these safaris will be Jannie Rykaart