Epic trip through Southern Africa: meet the travellers.

“Let’s travel together and get lost in beautiful places.”

Why do we love to travel with others?

You have more to talk about and more to learn about yourself and others.
There are more challenges, risks and opportunities for adventure.

You get better pictures, extra stories, new ideas and above all, the more the merrier.

So, without further ado, let’s meet our fellow travellers.

The Pieterses

Peet, the accountant/entrepreneur looking for opportunities in Africa.

Juliana, the pharmacist pharming new ideas.
Their children Wian (11), Arno (9) and Peet (5) are being home-schooled.

Why did the Pieterses decide to go on this trip?

We believe in doing things outside of our family’s comfort zone and traveling in Africa for 7 weeks will take us out of the rut of our normal day to day existence and routine.

By traveling without all our comforts for such an extended time will help everybody in our family realise that they are capable of doing more than what they thought and that they can have a great experience (including difficulty) without all their comforts.

What are you looking forward to the most?

To travel light and learn as we go.

Spending hours on the road and in nature, having time to dream…

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams, with open eyes, to make them possible.”
T.E. Lawrence

What are you NOT looking forward to?

People may perceive some things on such a trip as negative, but it is often exactly those things that make the trip memorable.

The long roads, lots of time in the car, pitching camp often, cold showers, dust, bugs and all those things that are typical of such a trip my deter a lot of people but this trip won’t be such an adventure without these.

There is, therefore, nothing yet identified that we are dreading…

The Le Roux’s

Pieter, the plan making engineer who always wants to customize and improve the status quo.

Anthea, the systematic maths tutor who is passionate about her beliefs.
Their children Celeste (11), Lenae (9) and Francois (7) are attending a private school.

What are your expectations for the trip?

I think we are going to witness nature in all its glory. Not only the animals and birds but also mountains, water, clouds, trees and most of all the people.

We are expecting an authentic African adventure where not everything goes to plan.

What are you looking forward to the most?

We are looking forward to the escape the hustle of the city and appreciate what life is really about.

To cope with the minimum and realize it is actually enough.
We also look forward to spending quality time with one another and to talk about things that get lost in our everyday rat race.

The Van Huyssteens

Johan, the conservative accountant with a spirit of adventure.

Elri, the patient teacher (and opera singer) who’s always running.
Their children Rudolph (11), Dawid (9) and Lily-Marí (4) are being home schooled.

What are your expectations for the trip?

Lots of new adventures and stories.
Having time! For ourselves and one another.
We are expecting this journey to be life-changing and we hope to look differently at life when we return back home.
And all of us have a high expectation of seeing dad without his computer!

What are you looking forward to the most?

The boys are looking forward to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater, Okavango, and Zambia.
Lily Mari can’t wait to meet all the animals and spiders.
Johan is looking forward to soulful reconnection with his family and friends, preferably around a big campfire.
He also hopes the ZAR will improve! (The US$ are killing us.)

What are you NOT looking forward to?

Spending the coldest month of the winter in a tent up in the air.
Border posts.
Washing dishes with cold water.

The Ford’s

Coillard, is a focussed banker with a fear of crumbs. (Especially on the back seat of the For(d)tuner.)

Mariska is a resourceful writer with a heart for people.
Their children Robért (12) and Dawid (10) are attending a public school.

What are your expectations for the trip?

To immerse ourselves into a seemingly different environment and challenging our comfort zones.

To experience the natural and cultural wonders of Southern Africa and getting to know the people who live there.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Coillard is looking forward to the vastness of the Serengeti.
Dawid wants to see a cheetah chasing a gazelle.
Robért wants to experience the Victoria Falls and the jumping Masai warriors, while Mariska hopes for a rainstorm over Lake Malawi

Are you NOT looking forward to?

That time will fly by too quickly. For that reason, we are going to suck the marrow right out of this one!

There you have it. The only thing missing is YOU!

Please join this crazy journey with 4travellers, 8 intrepid explorers, and their 11 kids.

We trust that our adventure will inspire and motivate you to explore those places and experiences unchartered to you.