Protea 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 Tour

28 Jan to the 1st February 2021
3-7 Feb 2021

  • If you’re daunted by having too many things to do or have only limited time – like only one lifetime – this must see - must do ritual is one of the oldest on the planet to witness.

    Every year, for the past 100 million years, female leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles have emerged from the Indian ocean- mostly at night to lay their precious eggs on this beach. Sadly, due to people, dogs, honey badgers, ghost crabs and vehicles these Sea Turtles is in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future – they are on their way out, if WE do not look after them.

    Access to the beach at night is strictly controlled, and it is one of the reasons why this is considered a prime nesting and hatching site globally. This is also the only protected hatching site on the whole African coastline. Closely watch these endangered sea turtles’ race from their underground nest to the inky-black ocean in their struggle to survive. Even more riveting is the struggle to the ocean of each tiny, vulnerable hatchling.

Day 1 (28 Jan’21 or 3 Feb 2021)
The group will meet at 18h00 at Kosi Bay Lodge on the northern coast of Maputaland. It is a long drive - 630km from Gauteng with winding roads and glorious vistas. The right overnight accommodation awaits you at Kosi Bay Lodge to ensure you are well-rested and inspired to tackle all the adventures. We will be staying here for the duration of the safari on a dinner/bed & breakfast basis. Enjoy evening drinks and get to know your safari companions better.

Day 2 (29 Jan’21 or 4 Feb 2021)
We start day four with an action-packed day after a late breakfast. The area offers some of the best sand driving experiences to hone your skills even more. Later the afternoon we head towards the oldest rituals on the planet. Once the sunsets our hunt starts to discover the hatching of sea turtles along the 6km golden beach with our guide under a full moon. The coastline here is the only place along the African coastline that you will be able to witness this wonder of nature. Dinner will be in a picnic format on the beach. The exploration could carry on till midnight.

Contact Jannie for more details : or 083 268 0566

Zebra Migration Safari, Botswana

11-20 March 2021

  • What is believed to be Africa's greatest and longest large mammal migration occur here, in the Makgadikgadi National Park, and over the last decade, we have seen its gradual return to its formal glory.
    This will be a self-drive, self-catering, own-camping gear safari. You will need a 4x4 vehicle or an AWD vehicle with good ground clearance, sorry no 4x2 vehicles.  Our tour can only accommodate 10 people in order to adhere to the Covid-19 rules.

    A world of wonder and natural beauty awaits you on this safari.

Day 1 & 2   (11, 12 March 2021)
We will meet in Botswana for our first two nights camping at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The perfect place to get into that safari atmosphere of an unhurried lifestyle. This sanctuary hosts the largest breeding centre for White & Black Rhino in Botswana and offers beautiful campsites under huge Moketi trees. A relaxed two days with breath-taking sunsets over the Kalahari pans.
Enjoy a sundowner at the pans with large herds heading for a drink and meet your safari companions around the campfire.

Day 3 to day 10   (13 – 20 March 2021)
On the 27th February it is full moon on the Pans. We travel north-west along the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans for a seven-night camping experience in the Makgadikgadi Nasional Park the home of the second largest migration in Africa and the longest in the world. A ferry always adds that element of the unknown to a safari, to reach your next destination, we need to cross the Boteti river with a ferry. Our campsite will also be our base from where you will be able to explore the migration herds daily.

Contact Jannie for more details : or 083 268 0566

Route Sani Pass, Lesotho

26th to the 29th March 2021

  • The Sani Pass was originally developed as a bridal path in 1913 This steep zigzagging pass climbs the face of the Drakensberg escarpment to an altitude of 2 874m. the first vehicle negotiated the path in 1948 when it was no wider than a boulder littered donkey track. It is now used, for the most part, by 4x4 vehicles and has become a highlight for tourists from all over the world visiting the Southern Drakensberg.

    This road serves as a gateway to Lesotho from KwaZulu Natal, known as the “Roof of Africa”. Along the pass, you will experience a panoramic view of the Drakensberg. The area is also the domain of the endangered Bearded Vulture, the Basotho shepherds, and their animals. The Route boast to be the highest gravel road in Africa and third highest in the world and peaks at a heady height of 3200m above sea level!

Day 1 (Friday 26 March 2021)
The group will meet at 18h30 at the Lounge of the Sani Pass Hotel, Himeville, KZN for evening drinks before enjoying a buffet dinner at the Hotel. This serves to meet your fellow travellers for the weekend.

Day 2 (Saturday 27 March’21)
After an early breakfast at the Sani Pass Hotel, it is time to tackle the famous 14km Sani Pass into The Mountain Kingdom. You will need a valid passport and your vehicles papers. Scaling the pass is not a race to the top but a leisurely cruise to take in the breath-taking scenery of the green rolling mountains of this World Heritage Site. With several stops to enjoy the views, mountain flowers, waterfalls, and birdlife to the top of Sani Pass, a stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge, the claimed highest pub in Africa to celebrate your victory. A light lunch here is part of the tour.
It is time to venture deeper into Lesotho to Black Mountain Pass (3 248m). Standing on top of the Drakensberg will blow your breath away, the views just never stop! Bring your camp chair, cooler box and soak-up the beauty of these blue open skies.
Later the afternoon we will take a slow drive down the pass to Sani Pass Hotel. Our buffet dinner will be ready from 19h00.

Contact Jannie for more details : or 083 268 0566

Namib Desert Safari, Southern Namibia

(11th April to the 3rd May 2021) off-road camping tour.

  • Need a reason to visit Namibia? We have many reasons right here, just read on from a lost Castle and a Ghost Town right up to the elusive desert Elephants and the White Lady of the Brandberg…
  • Namibia is a place to experience, not merely observe. Experience African sunsets and sunrises in one of the most scarcely populated countries on the continent, the sounds of silence touch the stars in the oldest desert of the world.
  • Namibia is a land of extremes with wide horizons, contrasting landscapes. It is a country that has so much to offer explorers. Known around the world for its majestic landscapes, amazing crystals and gems are what intrigue most people about this unspoilt desert country.
  • Enjoying the beauty of Namibia along its gravel roads as the variation in landscape is quite extraordinary.
  • Some of the absolute best attractions in Namibia will be visited, Hobas, Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop Ghost Town, Duwisib Castle, Sossusvlei, Solitaire, Brandberg White Lady, Spitzkoppe, D707 etc.
  • A 23-day off-road camping tour of an unhurried safari lifestyle @ R24 150 per person.
  • Suitable for Off-Road caravans, trailers, and ground tents.
  • This tour accommodates only 10 people, still space for 2 people.
  • All 4x4, 4x2 and AWD vehicles can undertake this tour.

Contact Jannie for more details : or 083 268 0566

The Majestic Moremi Safari, Okavango Delta, Botswana

21 May to 1 June 2021

  • We specialise in small safari groups and memorable wildlife experiences to the most remote and pristine wildlife areas. We believe that in the world’s wilderness areas lie the preservation of humankind. We want to make a difference in the lives of our guests by enabling them to find new paths and leaving a legacy of conservation for our children. Our passion and drive for the great African outdoors – to share Africa’s wildlife reserves in a manner that leaves little imprint on the environment whilst delivering a unique experience to our clients.

    You will need a 4x4 vehicle with low range. You can use your off-road camper/trailer/caravan for this safari.

    A world of wonder and natural beauty awaits you on this safari.

Day 3, 4   (23,24 May 2021)
After an early breakfast (self-catered), we travel (8h00) north to Maun for a two-night camping experience at Island Safari Lodge. Most of the days travelling will be along the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans on the east and the Central Kalahari on the west side of use. With several stops for fuel and picnic breaks.
Day 3:
The Island Safari Lodge campsite will be our base camp. Dinner will be served on the patio of the Lodge under huge Jackal-berry trees on the edge of the river – own account – or enjoy a braai at the campsite.

Day 4:
Will be an action-packed day. Our day starts with an hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta at 08:00, it is a must do experience – own account.
It is also time to get organized and to stock up for our next 6 nights in the bush. From here we head into the Okavango Delta for a 6-night camping experience that you will never forget!
A Sundowner boat cruise from 16:00 (depending on water levels) on the Kamalakane River will be on the cards with a catered dinner on the patio of the lodge.
Day 5:
After breakfast we are off to the Moremi.

Contact Jannie for more details : or 083 268 0566

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

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