Travel with African Insight to see South Africa through different eyes - experience it with greater awareness and sensitivity and leave knowing that you have made a difference to the people and the places you have visited, and also to yourselves.
We tread lightly where we go, travelling with minimal impact and maximum benefit in all areas. So, if you want to see this world through the eyes of an African, lose yourself in the heady diversity of landscapes and wildlife, relax in soothing surrounds, dine like a king or challenge your bodies in various adventure pursuits, do it with African Insight, because we guarantee it WILL make a difference.
To enrich lives by creating unique interactive South African experiences that are : fun, affordable and sustainable whilst promote the diverse natural, historical and cultural heritage of the country. Our aim is to facilitate and uphold the objectives of Responsible Tourism through the establishment of vital partnerships, which provide benefit to local communities and support projects involved in environmental and biodiversity protection.
We are committed to tourism that does not impact negatively either on local people or on our fragile ecosystems, but instead inspires our guests to respect and conserve our planet for future generations.
Through integrating responsible tourism ethics at all levels of our business practice, we are able to provide affordable, fun filled, quality tours that include the major tourist icons (and so much more!) and "deliver" in terms of our mission. For the adventurous traveller we offer off - the - beaten - track destinations, experiences and adventures that make a positive difference in the lives of not only our host communities, but also enrich the lives of our clients and provide benefit to our wildlife and the environment.
We believe we can implement an integrated, sustainable business approach, based on the ’triple bottom line’ model of Economic, Social and Environmental responsibility.
We believe that each one of us has the potential to be a "Responsible Traveller", so to this end we strive to:
Ensure that travellers have sufficient information that will help them make informed travel choices.
Provide comprehensive background on the local culture, as well as social and environmental protocols to ensure travellers leave a positive impression on the minds of local people and take away memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are examples of tours organised by African Insight. For more details on the code of conduct, reponsible tourism, itineraries, dates and rates, please go to www.africaninsight.co.za.
Great North / Limpopo Big Five Safari
Spoil yourself with a luxury wildlife safari suitable for the whole family or perhaps a romantic getaway for two. Three hours drive from Johannesburg International Airport is the malaria-free, wildlife rich Madikwe National Park in the "Great North" region of South Africa. This world-class wildlife destination combined with an exclusive luxury bush lodge situated in the impressive rugged mountains of the Waterberg offers a magnificent South African safari for the luxury traveller.
Limpopo and Kruger Park
Over 100 years ago Rudyard Kipling, in his famous Just So children’s story series, wrote about "the great grey, green greasy Limpopo River all set about with fever trees". This tour takes you into the heart of the ’Land of Legends’ to the site of the one earliest kingdoms established in Southern Africa and the forerunner of Great Zimbabwe. Moving on we dip into the mystical and vibrant culture of the Venda people as we explore the "sacred lake region", then we explore the world-renowned Kruger National Park and finally the world’s third largest canyon.
Kruger Park and the Panorama Route
At the turn of the century, the eastern lowveld of South Africa bordering Mozambique was riddled with malaria and tsetse fly. Undeterred hunters decimated the wildlife to the point where there was very little left. Far-sighted men of influence formed a wildlife sanctuary where Africa’s big game was free to flourish and proliferate to the point where today the park is home to a larger number and diversity of animals than 100 years ago. The Kruger National Park is the size of Belgium or Wales, Tsetse fly free and a low Malaria risk, one of the world’s top 10 wildlife safari destinations, therefore a must see for the wildlife enthusiast.
The Kingdom of the Zulu
Regarded as the most diverse province of South Africa, KwaZulu Natal is known as the Kingdom of The Zulu. This is a landscape that has inspired the adventurous traveller to explore and discover since white man first landed 400 years ago. We explore the majestic Drakensberg Mountains at their most spectacular. See the rock art legacy left by the San, which has resulted in the proclamation of the area as a World Heritage Site. Share the hospitality and learn the traditional customs of a Zulu family. Walk the ancient rhino paths of one of Africa’s oldest game reserves, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park. Visit the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, the first area to be proclaimed a World Heritage site in South Africa.
Cape Town and Winelands
Table Mountain is one of the most recognizable beacons on the globe and stands over Cape Town, which was once known as The Tavern of the Seas as it provided a haven of hospitality for the weary traveller. Today this mountainous outcrop is being rediscovered as one of the most breathtaking destinations, unparalleled in the diversity of natural beauty, which makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sheer cliffs rising from the oceans give rise to mountains separated by craggy peaks and beautiful beaches. As we explore Winelands the landscape changes to fertile valley of luxurious vineyards and wheat fields.
The Garden Route
Mediterranean climate in South Africa !!! Yes. A narrow strip of land bordered in the south by the warm Indian Ocean and in the north by a serie of majestic mountains, creates conditions that have given rise to large tracts of beautiful indigenous forests rich in plant, animal and bird-life, thereby earning it the name Garden Route which has become synonymous with South Africa.
The Wild Coast Adventure
The Wild Coast, so called for good reason, is an area devoid of infrastructure and development where the local Pondo people are still dependent on horses to get around. We explore the treasures of this unspoiled region with a local Pondo guide, staying in community owned and run camps. This incredible adventure also allows in insight into the traditional customs of the Pondo people. We raft the waters of the Umkomaas River as it winds through remote and inaccessible mountains. We slide through an ancient forest on an exhilarating canopy level eco-trail and finally walk the ancient rhino paths of one of Africa’s oldest game reserves, Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Park and St. Lucia, the first area to be proclaimed a World Heritage site in South Africa.