Self drive, Professionally Guided, Sub Sahara African Safaris.
Join me at Bluerhino and explore Africa. My passion is to share Africa with others and I do this by creating the opportunities to tour Africa.
My main focus to achieve this is through self drive tours, either rent a vehicle or use your own vehicle. Drive the roads and experience the beauty of Africa. The wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, Gorillas in Uganda, the wildlife in southern Africa.
I will assist you through the whole process and company you on tour as a professional guide. You don’t need any experience at all. If you need a tent, stretcher, fridge or even a fully catered tour, I can provide that.
Start by sending me a message and lets chat about the options to tour Africa.
|Big Game Parks (Eswatini)
At a time when conservation and wildlife were less than favourable, frowned upon by farmers and ignored by politicians, Ted Reilly had a vision. Driven by passion for the natural world at the tender age of 21, he did not take “no” from the British, but turned to the Swazi Monarchy and his own family, finding warm support which enabled the establishment of conservation in Swaziland. At Mlilwane’s official opening in 1964, the SA Wildlife Society chairman stated Mlilwane was "a beautiful but impossible dream."
That was over 50 years ago. Against all odds, and with love and pride in Swaziland’s natural heritage, Reilly and his dedicated team built a truly unique private organization. What is Big Game Parks today has been built on “the smell of an oil rag” through sweat, toil, sacrifice and unyielding commitment, quite unlike the billionaire investments of today.
Big Game Parks has remained a pioneer in both conservation and tourism in Swaziland.
Here you will find a wealth of books centered around South African nature, plant and animal species, fieldguides, farming, gardening and much more. Our publications are used by professionals, academics, educators and hobbyists and all book lovers alike, and our groundbreaking Callfinder® technology has enthralled nature lovers all over the world.
|Britz 4X4 Rentals
THRSA founded in 1996 is a well established company which holds a number of divisions under its wing. Under our rental division of THRSA which is the sole franchiser of Britz 4x4 rentals, Our destinations include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia, Botswana and other cities. Britz has a wide range of equipped 4x4 & SUV/LDV vehicles on offer to suit your 4x4 safari needs.
The district covers an area of 22 309 km2 and is divided into five subdistricts, each with their own local municipality. These are Stellenbosch, Drakenstein, Witzenberg, Breede Valley and the Langeberg. The district is the second most populace area in the Province, with 895 529 people calling the area home. Together with this, the citizens are also the largest economic contributers after the City of Cape Town. The region is famous for its spectacular scenery of beautiful mountains and valleys, and wine and fruit estates, all of which attract large numbers of local and foreign tourists.
|Crawford’s Beach Lodge
What started as a spark of inspiration and a piece of coastal farmland back in 1976, has culminated in to a remarkable family journey of three generations and the evolution of what is today known as Crawford’s Beach Lodge, the jewel of the Wild Coast.
It’s not just the miles of pristine beach right at your feet, the luxurious accommodation, delicious meals or even the unmistakable warm hospitality that will keep you coming back… this is a place where your soul will find peace and your mind can recharge.
So, in the immortal words of Old Man Roy…
Welcome to paradise!
The warmest place to be. Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa, in the province of KwaZulu Natal, looking out upon the Indian Ocean. The city lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which demarcates parts of Durban’s north city limit, while other sections of the river flow through the city itself. Durban has a natural harbour, Durban Harbour, which is the busiest port in South Africa and is the 4th-busiest in the Southern Hemisphere. In Durban we drive on the left-hand side of road, the highest speed limit on our national freeways (highways) is 120 Kilometres per hour and local areas it is about 60 kilometres per hour. Whilst an international driving is mainly preferred, some foreign drivers’ licenses are permissible, and they must have a driver’s photo and must in be issued in English.
Permissible driving age is 18 years old, but car hires may require one to a bit older at mostly 23 years old.
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|Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s (Ezemvelo) mandate is derived from the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Management Act (Act No.9 of 1997), which is to direct the management of nature conservation within the Province including protected areas (PAs). This includes the development and promotion of ecotourism facilities within the PAs.
With its headquarters at Queen Elizabeth Park in Pietermaritzburg, the provincial capital, Ezemvelo manages more than 120 protected areas and is the leader in sustainable biodiversity conservation. It has recently broadened its focus to become more relevant to communities living adjacent to their parks - primarily through job creation and sustainable natural resource harvesting.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife - is entrusted with the long-term conservation of the regions rich biodiversity for the people of South Africa. In more than 100 years of formal conservation in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the various departments and statutory organisations that evolved into today`s KZN Wildlife have received many formal awards and words of praise for the quality of their service to conservation and for the high standard of management of the province's natural resources.
EWorld Class Resorts and Accommodation - Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Resorts invites you to enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience at our world class resorts. From the heights of the Maloti- Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, through the tropical savannahs of Zululand where the Big 5 inhabit Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, and on to the brilliant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean that fringe the lakes and wetlands of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site.
Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities.
As one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscape of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.
|Forever Resorts Lodges Hotels and Retreats
Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats is one of the top tourism and hotel groups in South Africa. With more than 15 leisure and corporate destinations to choose from, Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats offers something for everyone - luxury lodges, adventure holidays, self catering holidays, Caravanning & Camping, Conferences, weddings, corporate functions, health hydros, beauty spas and much more.
|Goo Moremi Resort
The official National heritage site is where perennial streams have cut deep gorges into the hills, with waterfalls cascading into deep pools surrounded by lush vegetation. The gorges are home to many birds that feeds on the fish and small crabs in the pools, and are breeding grounds for the endangered Cape vulture. Leopard, hyena and kudu live in the hills, and the cliffs above the gorge harbour baboons and rock rabbits. It is shrouded in mystery with many amazing myths and legends.
The facility has 8 luxury Meru-tents with en-suite bathroom and shower, air conditioning, and complimentary amenities 6 self-catering Chalets and 5 camp sites with individual ablution, wash-up area and braai facility. It also has a 30 seater restaurant, activities include Nature walks as well as Gorge hiking. .
Declared a protected National Monument under the National Monuments and Relics Act of 2001, the alluring Goo-Moremi Gorge is a sight to behold with spectacular gorges, five ascending pools and mystical waterfalls. The area has deep cultural significance for the Batswapong of the region, who believe the Goo-Moremi Gorge is the resting place of their ancestral spirits, or Badimo.
Apart from its rolling hills, unspoilt gorges, perennial crystal clear water pools, quiet flowing waterfalls and exclusive birdlife, Goo-Moremi is an area shrouded in mystery with many amazing myths and legends. For instance, during the morning of July 13, 1980 between 2am and 5am the villagers of Goo-Moremi heard a loud rumbling as a huge rock tumbled from the gorge above. The rock falling, the story goes, was a sign or message that someone of great importance had passed on. That morning, sad news came through that the first president of Botswana and paramount chief of Bangwato Sir Seretse Khama had died. Apparently the village elders already knew about the death of a leader through their ancestors. In Conclusion, the Resort being a Heritage Site, including the old Moremi settlement, it is also an IBA (Important Birding Area) housing endangered Cape Vultures and a habitat to some wildlife including Zebra, Wildebeest, Kudu, Haartebeest, Eland, Baboons, klipspringers, etc)
Whether you own caravan, motorhome, campervan, off-road trailer, roof-top tent or have a car and a tent, we have put together an entirely free-to-use list of nearly 900 campsites for you to consider for your next camping holiday in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique – and more are added every week! If you have a favourite place that’s not listed, give us a shout and we’ll add them! Use either the map function or the search bar to hone in the areas you would like to know more about for ease of reference. Listings are detailed and cover every aspect that a camper wants to know about before making a decision on where to go. Successful and enjoyable camping is not just about where you park your wheels for the night – it’s the entire journey from planning to packing, setting up and breakdown. Besides detailed listings on the campsites, there are also packing lists, set-up and breakdown lists, handy hints, tips and tricks and links to dealers and suppliers to make your camping experience easier and more enjoyable. Sign-up to www.GallivantingSA to add reviews for the places you’ve visited – these are the best and most reliable source of information for fellow adventurers. Launching at the 2024 Caravan Show is a brand new mobile application, compatible with any device and without need for downloading from an Appstore. This exciting, nifty new offering replaces the previous App hosted by Apple, Huawei and Google. Camping, getting out there and being close to nature or the ocean are all good for your physical and mental health. Let us help you get out there and live your best life!
Geckos is situated in Coffee Bay on the scenic, rugged and unspoiled “Wild Coast” on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. We provide clean, comfortable accommodation in double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, at very affordable rates with friendly and personal service.
For B & B guests, a full breakfast is included in your daily rate. Evening meals can be provided on request, or you may choose to eat out at one of the restaurants in the area. Guest rooms are situated overlooking a tranquil, lush, sub-tropical garden with enough bird life around to satisfy the most avid bird watcher.
Self-catering accommodation is also available for those who prefer to look after themselves.
|KZN- North Coast
"The North Coast, iLembe is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, just north of the port city of Durban and a mere 10-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport.
Luxury resorts, stunning accommodation, magnificent beaches, diverse culture and rich history is synonymous with this region.”
|KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (KZNSB) is mandated to be a global leader in bather protection against shark while minimising environmental impact, thus promoting tourism. The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the only coastline with 37 beaches equipped with bather safety gear owned and maintained by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence in South Africa.
The KZNSB also conducts research into the biology of sharks and other animals caught in shark safety gear, and offers a public education programme on safety precautions that must be adhered to by bathers. The KZNSB with over 50 years of experience, is the oldest and only organisation in South Africa dedicated to providing bather protection against sharks. As such, it is a specialist in its field. As a result of this specialist knowledge, the KZNSB has an international reputation as the leader in the field of bather protection against sharks.
Tourist visits to the Province's beaches form a significant proportion of international and local tourism. Bather protection against sharks ensures the safety of tourists and supports tourism growth. Key supporting activities include educational outreach and marine tourism programmes to create awareness about safe bathing and the marine environment.
|Kruger Lowveld | Ehlanzeni
The Kruger Lowveld region is located in the north eastern corner of South Africa predominantly in Mpumalanga Province. The region borders the countries of Mozambique and Swaziland and includes the southern half of the Kruger National Park. We are situated about 400km (250 miles) from Johannesburg / Pretoria; and 1800km (1120 miles) from Cape Town.
Take a look around our website to find out why we remain – and will forever be – South Africa’s premier inland tourism destination
|Mbotyi River Lodge
A warm welcome awaits at Mbotyi River Lodge, a family hotel and holiday resort on the stunning Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Pondoland’s best kept secret is situated at the mouth of the tidal Mbotyi River nestled between the rolling hills, lush tropical forest and the warm Indian Ocean.
This unique Wild Coast hotel is the perfect place for a peaceful, tranquil holiday or for the more adventurous traveler wanting to experience the many amazing natural treasures like waterfalls and forests this coast has to offer.
|Matatiele Tourism | Alfred Nzo & North-Eastern Cape
Outdoor Adventures Await.
Our Motorhomes are designed for space and comfort while travelling, as a home on wheels you can essentially travel anywhere within South Africa with one of our Maui Motorhomes, the vehicle comes fully equipped as well as with a fridge, gas stove top, air-cooling system (A/C) and personal bathroom, it is perfect for a family getaway. We offer 2-sleepers, 4-sleepersand 6-sleeper motorhomes
If you are looking for a self-drive, safari adventure into South Africa, our vehicles are permitted in South Africa and to travel to Namibia.
|Olifants River Lodge
Arrive ready to camp, caravan, or put your feet up in one of our comfortable cabins, chalets, or river view apartments. Olifants River Lodge has that winning formula – easy access and ample accommodation choices (245 beds) that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re an adventurous duo, a corporate team, or have a group of scholars in tow, expect nothing less than the kind of hospitality that makes you feel right at home.
As for our facilities, the list is long. Olifants River Lodge offers everything from wedding venues, to banqueting spaces and a large indoor heated pool. Whatever tops your travel list, you’re guaranteed to find it here. There are braais to light, trails to hike, and fish to catch. Our on-site restaurant leaves little doubt that you’ll leave with a full belly, a happy heart, and the hope of visiting us again.
|Oudtshoorn and De Rust
The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world's biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty.
The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
|Peter's Guide Books
Grab your Peter’s Guide Book and go on a Self-Drive through our National Parks
PETER’S GUIDE BOOKS AIM TO ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE.
To a lot of visitors a National Park is about animals; the bigger the better. There is nothing wrong with this, but there comes a time when this is not enough. People start to wonder about the birds, the plants, the history, the geology, the meaning of place names. My books cover these areas in detail, but also as simply as possible.
|Qualito Craft Distillery
Upon arrival in our historic hometown of Phalaborwa, you will be beguiled by bright sunshine, clean air and the unspoiled beauty of the Lowveld. Be prepared to discover many delicious secrets that are waiting to surprise and delight you here in the beautiful valley where the where Ga Selati and Olifants Rivers come together.
No visit to the region can be considered complete without a visit to the Qualito Craft Distillery.
Here, where spirits are meticulously coaxed by hand from grain to glass, just one sip of any one of our meticulously crafted creations will assure you that you have embarked upon a truly delicious and remarkable journey of discovery.
The Distillery has come a long way since the founders began pouring their time and passion into crafting infused vodkas, whisky, brandy, gin and boutique cocktails of uncompromising character and quality. We invite you to come and take your taste buds on a tour through the Distillery.
Starlight Caravans was established as Starlight Motors in 1983, selling cars, caravans and boats. In 2011 the company switched to buying and seling pre-owned caravans and offroads only. We pleasantly noticed that caravan clients are a special community and one of these aspects that excited us is how caravan clients make buying a caravan a family outing and experience.
We felt we could give a good service to the Pretoria and surrounding caravan community and meet their needs for good quality second hand used (pre-owned) caravans. To our surprise we are doing business with clients all over South Africa.
We made it our mission to cater for all clients and to stock all price ranges, makes and sizes in the Jurgens, Gypsey, Sprite and their off road range.
Johnny Fourie is the founder of Starlight Caravans and is still an active director to date.
We own all our properties, with the Grace from above. We strive to provide great service to the caravan community through our hand picked team.
|SANParks Honorary Rangers
We are a group of passionate volunteers who give freely of our time and skills to support conservation in the South African National Parks.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers is the SANParks volunteer organisation, functioning according to an official agreement with SANParks. We provide the people of South Africa and our business community the opportunity to support our national parks. We are the SANParks preferred channel for public support towards our national parks.
The SANParks Honorary Rangers movement has a long history. Volunteers were active in the Kruger National Park as early as 1902, helping to alleviate the workload of full-time rangers, but we were officially established on 5th May 1964.
Today, there are over 1, 300 SANParks Honorary Rangers, all volunteers, based in 31 regions around the country and working in all 21 our national parks, such as Kruger, Addo, Table Mountain and Kgalagadi National Parks.
Our members are involved on various levels, from assisting at entry gates, raising funds for counter poaching activities, assisting in visitor management, running youth activities and even giving specialist advice on infrastructure and scientific projects.
|Art by Stephen Sutherland
Sculpting, Relief artwork, Paintings, Drawings, Commissioned sculptures, Commissioned paintings. Visit Stand D15
The Senqu municipal area is part of the greater Joe Gqabi District which is situated in the north of the Eastern Cape. It includes Sterkspruit, Barkly East, Rhodes, Rossouw and Lady Grey.
The southern part of the Drakensberg runs through the area and the particular part of the mountain range is called the Witteberg. This mountainous area is also known as the Eastern Cape Highlands and it borders on Lesotho in the north. It includes the Tiffendell Ski Resort as well as some of the highest mountain passes in South Africa such as Naude’s Nek and Joubert’s Pass.
The area is rich in sandstone, fossil beds and rock art and is well known for its biodiversity, fly-fishing and hiking trails. The majestic mountains, deep gorges, pristine rivers and absolute beauty of the Eastern Cape Highlands make it a “got to go” area for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Visitors are amazed by the openness, space and clean, unpolluted air.
The area is steeped in the history of Africa. Geologically, the volcanic peaks bear reference to the great turmoil that created the magnificent Drakensberg range. Botanically, the high mountains are home to South Africa’s own alpine plant species. Culturally, it hosts a substantial collection of paintings by our earliest inhabitants, the San Bushmen, and many historical places that commemorate events of the many later inhabitants. The Xhosa, Sesotho and Hlubie tribes played a significant role on the area, as did the British, Dutch and German settlers.
Most visitors drive through and enjoy the scenery without realising they have missed the hidden gems on route. Details about the most interesting tourism attractions are not published and the sites closed to the general public, only to be visited by special arrangement.
This is where RURAL TOURS can assist. We plan a tailor made tour according to your interests and with your vehicle type, family or group, time and budget in mind. Anything on the list of possible tourism attractions can be included or excluded and you may even wish to include an event or workshop that takes place at the time of your tour. We supply the necessary information for your self-guided tour, arrange your accommodation, meals, access and guides (where necessary) to ensure a memorable holiday… and somewhere in the background we monitor your progress and are there to arrange for assistance should you encounter vehicle or other emergency issues on route.
Accommodation establishments in the area are renowned for their friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You can choose from those in the towns, or experience farm life. You can stay in the valleys or on the highest mountains. Come and unwind … and when you have fed your soul, head for the hills for hiking, biking, scrambling, birding, snow-skiing and many more activities.
The Cape West Coast (Weskus) is a place so awe-inspiring, so jaw-droppingly beautiful, and so magical, you would need weeks to take it all in. Stretching from Malmesbury, just outside of Cape Town, to the border of the Northern Cape at Touws River, the Cape West Coast
is best known for its beautiful beaches and the quaint, seaside towns that populate the region.
Town such as Langebaan, Lambert’s Bay, Paternoster and Saldanha have all become a home-away-from-home for many Western Cape locals and are havens for those looking to escape the city.
|The Wild Coast Holiday Association.
The Wild Coast is an adventurous playground with incredible views & untouched beaches, perfect for all holidaymakers.
Within which we create awareness both locally & abroad of our beautiful Wild Coast to boost tourism, establishing well-marked routes for various activities, including, hiking/trail running, MTB, and paddling while we compile a consolidated list of events for an annual calendar that includes the various adventure-based activities in the area.
The Wild Coast is the place to be – stretching from the Umtamvuna River through to East London including the Great Kei River where each establishment along the majestic coast has its own uniqueness, ranging from Camping, Backpackers, B&B, Lodges, Resorts, Hotels, each to spoil you in local hospitality.