I emailed African Tracks Safaris asking to set up a custom Day Tour from Pretoria including the Bush Baby Monkey Sanctuary, Lion Park and Elephant Sanctuary. African Tracks Safaris responded promptly and organized everything! Johan was wonderful to spend the day with and very knowledgeable on the places we visited and South Africa in general. He also took a ton of pictures and a video for me, which are fantastic keepsakes.
I was in Pretoria for work, and had a full day to kill on a day trip while waiting for my flight back home. I decided to look at the painful 2am flight time as an opportunity to actually do something fun and see a bit more of the area than I usually have time for with earlier mid-day flights. I asked the very kind and helpful lady who ran the guest house (Touch of Class – which I also highly recommend!) and she put me in contact with African Tracks Safaris, which turned out to be just the perfect fit for a perfect, relaxing and incredible day. They offered a variety of options that could be tailored to just a morning tour, or multiple Safari Packages or Holiday Packages in South Africa, depending on traveler’s needs, with several “combo” options to choose from depending on time, budget, and interest. Options ranged from family-friendly day trips to The Elephant Sanctuary, day trips to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, and/or day tours to The Lion Park, all of which are ideal as a Day Tour from Pretoria and child-friendly allowing for a bit more interaction for kids and families. These can be combined with day trips to local African craft markets & Lesedi Cultural Village as well, or if you want to refresh those distant memories from freshman anthropology class, you can visit the “Cradle of Human Kind” site to appreciate the historical significance of this area in human evolution.
I opted for a day Safari in the Pilanesberg National Park, about 2 hours away, and perfect for a day trip from Pretoria. The park itself was scenic, with a few blinds where you could get out and watch the animals safely from a discreet wooden enclosure, and a decent restaurant in the middle that offered such fare as ostrich burgers and beer which, on a hot safari day, hit the spot. What really made the trip lovely though was the excellent and attentive service from our knowledgeable guide at African Tracks Safaris, Johan. Even before the trip, he went out of his way to accommodate our last-minute request for a day tour and showed up right on time with a pleasant smile and patient, courteous attitude. Friendly and outgoing, he was full of facts, and knew exactly where to find the animals despite the heat and dry season, and never made us feel rushed. This was my 2nd safari, but African Tracks Safaris stood out for the thoughtful details – from complimentary park guidebooks, bottled water, and amarula chocolates, to always making sure we had ample time for photos or just soaking it all in. Ill-prepared for an impromptu safari with only iPhones, Johan even kindly shared his photos with us after! I’ll definitely use African Tracks Safaris next time I’m in town.
Dear Johan – African Tracks Safaris,
Some weeks ago we returned safely home from our trip to South Africa. Coming from Germany via Johannesburg we arrived in Pretoria on 21st April. The manager of the Bohemian House recommended us a day tour with African Tracks Safaris and this was really a good advise. We had the great pleasure to spend the afternoon with you. Herewith we would like to thank you for making a city tour of Pretoria possible and telling us many interesting things about the city and your country. By the way, the Italian restaurant you recommended us was really not bad.
Next day we started a three day tour onboard the Rovos Rail (very nice and old fashioned station building!). It was a unique experience for my wife and me. But the highlight of our stay in your country was our visit to Thanda Private Game Reserve. We have spent there three nights and with the help of our guides we have seen many beautiful animals. The final destination of our trip was Capetown. We enjoyed this beautiful city and visited Cape of Good Hope, of course.
All in all we enjoyed a very nice holiday in South Africa. But the very best and the most beautiful experience we made are the people of your country. We met only nice and friendly people, proud of their country and always happy to talk to us and ready to answer all our questions. So we both decided to come back to South Africa or to another country in this region, may be in 2018.
Possibly you do not remember us, therefore I enclose some photos to this email.
We wish you all the best and thanks a lot again,
Marion-Sybille Feja and Tomas Schmidt
A recent Holiday Package in South Africa offered by African Tracks Safaris guest review.
I am writing this from the comfort of my own living room. Our flights went very well. Birgit insisted that I have a wheel chair and I did in both Johannesburg and Doha. We slept through most of the flights, ate a little bit and ended up feeling pretty good by the time we landed in Frankfurt. Of course, coming home always lifts the spirits. The suitcases are empty and everything is in its place except some cables and stuff that I have to deal with. We still bask in the memories of our South African adventure and will do so for many years to come. For us, it was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget. Thank you for creating that experience for us.
Birgit is very worried about your dog and we both hope he is doing better. Have the vet found anything they can treat?
Once again, we thank you so much for your efforts and dedication that made our South African adventure truly unforgettable. You have a wonderful country and your love for it shined through as you showed it to us and gave us a truthful insight. You brought the reality of South Africa to us in a way that no television story or novel could ever do.
We spent a lot of time together during the past nearly five weeks and we certainly hope that it’s the beginning of a friendship relationship. Please give our best to Liesl and our wishes for both of you to find your dreams. We hope to see you both one day in Europe. Thanks again for all that you did.
Birgit and Rich
We are just arrived back home this morning after having a fantastic holiday in South-Africa. The last days this week in Cape Town have been as beautiful as the days in the Gauteng area, together with our friends family and of course, the two days, we had the pleasure to travel around with you. Andre gave us the CD-ROM yesterday on the airport on our stop-over from Cape back home to Hamburg and we are more than delighted about the excellent quality of the photos!
It was a pleasure to have you as our tour guide and whenever you need a reference here in Germany for interest people, we will be there!
Again, thank you so much for all the beautiful hours together with you on our sightseeing tours through Pretoria as well as Safari in the Pilanesberg National Park. We are looking forward to our next Trip to South Africa. We will be in touch with you to speak about a Safari in the Kruger National Park for the next tour to South Africa.
Again, thanks from Manu and Sophia as well!
Just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful Day Trip from Pretoria on Safari in the Pilanesberg National Park.
NP. It was an unforgettable day tour that we will always cherish. If you ever need a
recommendation, please feel free to call on us.
We are looking forward to the pictures that you took on our adventure also. We will be flying back to the U.S. early Thursday morning. If you don’t get a chance to burn the CD before then, please feel free to mail it to us at your convenience.
Greg & Paula
San Diego, CA, USA
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The photos are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. They
are so much better than the ones we took with our little camera.
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