Truly explore South Africa through the niche travel alternatives that African Stay has to offer.
Niche Tourism Options Available:
Senior Citizens - our individually crafted, luxury tours will ensure your comfort throughout. As always, African Stay will be mindful of any issues that may impact adversely upon your full enjoyment of your luxury tour.
Children - we will create safe, unique, fun and educational tours of the African bush, cities and/or towns. We will ensure age-appropriate events, outings and adventures. The luxury accommodation we book for you and the tours we plan will be child friendly.
Disabilities - we will structure our luxury tours with professional, qualified and appropriate assistance.
The Wild Alternative -
- Walking with Lions.
- Elephant Back Safaris.
- Animal capture.
- Horse riding Safaris - ride through grazing zebra, impala and wildebeest. Take a big detour around the short-sighted and nervous rhino; picnic in fine style with a gourmet spread prepared by special chefs, and sleep well between high thread-count sheets in specially selected lodges.
- Mountain/Rock climbing - hike to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Hiking - through caves and wildlife reserves. Experience some of the most magnificent spots in Southern Africa. Your senses will be assailed by the scent of wild herbs; hear birds and insects, small animals and the wind whispering secrets to the grasses.
- Canopy Tours - What is it about adrenaline rushing through our bodies that has us yelling for more? Sliding through canopies of trees, high above deep canyons split with rivers, swooping down with your breath caught in your mouth as you plunge to the next platform. These tours are all focussed on safety first, safety second and then of course, safety. Fly well!
River Adventures -
- White water rafting – talk about paddling your own canoe – although seasonal, this is a white-knuckle ride. Some of the tours are a tad gentler, but is that what you are after? We will ensure the finest accommodation so you can truly relax in luxury after your strenuous fight against the pull and eddy of our waterways.
- Houseboats – Honestly, this is luxury living. Settle in for deluxe spoiling with a butler on hand. There’s someone to help you fish if you feel like “strenuous” activity. Drift along watching hippos watching you; crocs sunbathing on the shore line; birds swooping overhead or competing with you for the same dinner. What a delight we will create for you.
- Fishing and Angling.
- Natal – The Heritage Sites where the Voortrekkers battled the indomitable Zulu army, Blood River and Ncome, will bring to mind the sound and the fury, and the incredible waste of life during these struggles for dominance and survival.
- Free State – in an obscure little town near the Lesotho border one will find a handsome marble cross in a local cemetery to an Australian soldier, inscribed by his mother. Several Australian soldiers were casualties of skirmishes with the Boer army.
- Magaliesburg – the Amajuba Battlefields are integral to the Zulu Kingdom battlefields route, which take in over 63 sites and memorials from Boer, British and Zulu battles.
- Northern Cape – the Diamond rush and the battlefield routes are inexorably linked in this region. Battles both large and small were fought within an hour’s drive of Kimberly.
Luxury Steam Train Journey in Africa -
Ride in a luxury steam train in one of the most epic cross-continent journeys in the world, the Cape Town to Dar es Salaam train journey travels through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
Starting in Cape Town, this magnificent sojourn will take guests through the historic village of Matjiesfontein, the diamond town of Kimberley, and the capital city of Pretoria, then for a two-night stay at the Madikwe Game Reserve. The train then passes through Botswana into Zimbabwe where guests overnight at the Victoria Falls Hotel. After crossing the mighty Zambezi River, the train travels northeast through Zambia where guests can enjoy a bush walk at Chisimba Falls. The train continues the climb towards the Zambian/Tanzanian border, almost the midpoint between Africa’s two Great Rift Valley lakes. Descend into the Rift Valley itself and witness spectacular scenery as the train negotiates the tunnels, switchbacks and viaducts of the escarpment. Early on the last day, the train passes through the Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve on the continent and a vision of timeless Africa, shortly before the bustling arrival in Dar es Salaam.
- Golf – not too many golf courses offer hazards like a crocodile bathing on the banks of the water hole, or where the caddie yells in alarm “Imvubu” warning you of a hippo grazing on the putting green of the 13th hole; or an elephant sand-bathing in the bunker. The links and golf courses of Southern Africa regularly find themselves amongst the top 50 in the world.
- Fishing – The beautiful, languid waterways, ragged rocks overlooking wild seas, or bucolic lakes will all supply you with endless sites for fishing. We’ll supply you with rods, flies, bait and a cook to take your catch and serve it to you gutted, cleaned and beautifully prepared. Just bring your patience and we’ll do the rest.
Gold & Diamonds -
Well known for its discovery of diamonds and gold, Southern Africa has a lot more than just those valuable items to offer. The cities that grew up around these discoveries and the people that came flooding in to scratch, claw and generally dig their way to wealth led to bloodletting, fabulous wealth and poverty and absolutely jaw-dropping stories. I will take you on a journey back in time to when boots were thrown at brides, women dug for diamonds, and men became rich overnight.
Above & Below the Sea -
Underwater Tourism - Swim with dolphins? With sharks? How about seals? Scuba Dive perhaps? Or would you prefer a more gentle activity, say snorkelling gently upon clear, beautiful water? We will design the tour that gives you as much or little adrenalin as you would want. Super luxurious, fabulously interesting. Just let us know what you want to do.
If you are a twitcher, a lifer or a first time birder, Africa holds a myriad of exciting opportunities for you. From the conservation of birds and habitats to tracking rare and threatened species, you will be awed and thrilled by the number and varied sightings found on your tour.
There are a number of different routes to explore. For example, in the northern parts of South Africa there are over 500 bird species, 12 important bird areas and a Blue swallow heritage site.
On the East Coast you will find subtropical coastlines and endless beaches with many estuaries and lagoons, rare grasslands, a diversity of forests as well as cliffs, gorges and valleys; large wetlands, rolling hills bearing host and succour to millions of birds. The Kruger National Park, and all the nature and game reserves throughout Southern Africa support not only a wide variety of game, but also an extraordinary display of birds.
There are 58 of Southern Africa’s endemic and near endemic birds to be found in Southern Africa, many of them confined to the extensive grasslands and wetlands. For example some 460 species of birds have been found in KwaZulu Natal including Barrow’s Korhaan, Livingstone’s Turaco, Rudd’s Apalis, an Eastern Nicator and a Rosy Throated Longclaw. In the Eastern regions some of the target birds include the Blue Crane – the national bird of South Africa, and the very endangered Gurneys Sugarbird, the Bearded Vulture, and the delightful Pink-throated Twinspot. If you’ll let me know what birds are on your wish list, I will design a tour to create the best opportunities for you to fulfil your desires.
Cycles, Bikes, and 4x4 adventures -
Travel through South Africa by bicycle by motorbike or a 4X4 and experience the beauty of the wonderful countryside. Bring your own transport, or let us hire your vehicle of choice.
Explore the historical side of Southern Africa’s cities on foot. Stroll through man-made forests and grand old homes full of charm and interest. Drive to historic spots that set cities aside from the rest, places that saw great wars, enormous changes, development and growth, all with amazing stories to tell. Our guides will draw pictures in your minds and leave memories in your hearts.
- Cherry Festivals – Stay in some of the most beautiful accommodation as we lead you through row upon row of cherry blossoms forming clouds in the sky and carpets under your feet.
- Azalea – the azalea hedges awake a feeling of awe at nature’s bounty. Let us lead you to a place that appears to be the colouring book of nature.
- Botanical Gardens – a network of remarkable and beautiful Botanical Gardens abound.
- Namaqualand – Each year the Karoo lays on an extravaganza. Carpets of flowers bloom in the desert, drawing thousands to witness this unbelievable sight. You could be there on our exclusive tour, taking you to special spots, giving you unrivalled views.
- Unique fynbos – Take one of the Cape wildflower walks which are also famed for sightings of blonde-maned desert Lions and Cheetah.
Whether you travel by boat, 4x4 vehicle or plane, I can organise the most awesome photographic opportunities for you. Birds, wildlife, flora, mountains or waterways, this tour will be something you will talk about for years to come.
- An Adventurous spirit is required: abseil, take a jet flight, hot air balloon across the Magaliesburg, sandboard, bungee jump, drive a rally car, sky dive; whatever gets your blood pumping and your pulse racing.
- Luxury camping adventures tailor made for you.
- Dads & Lads – we offer an enormous range of activities for fathers and sons. From bush walking, cooking out in the open over a three-legged potjie pot, water adventures, canopy swings over high gorges, sailing, sleeping in a cave or an authentically restored ox wagon or even a tin Lighthouse; slide down a sand dune, fly a plane, 4x4 challenges, horse riding amongst wildlife in a game reserve, sleep under the stars in a luxury tree house, fly fishing. Create a lifetime of memories.