South Africa - Our Beloved Country, has over the past few centuries evolved from a subsistence existence, survival of the strongest, where Mfecame was the order of the season. Through wars; Black on White, Afrikaans on English, Black on Black, (Brother against Brother at The Battle of Ndondakusuku, the bloodest battle in South African History) and apartheid, onto a democratic, still evolving society where 1st World and 3rd World rub shoulders in our cosmopolitan society. This is a land where politicians rule, and businessmen make happen, a land where the sun keeps shining and where the wonderous wildlife continues to exist under duress. This is a land where incredible battle stories are re-told for all to hear and learn about the history behind the events of yester-year that make our country what it is today.
The invitation is open to all to come and see, to come and experience how this land has come from what it was 300 years ago to being Rugby World Champions twice and been ranked number 1 in Test Cricket in the world. South Africa has some of the richest mineral deposits in the world and undoubtedly the most magnificent Game Reserves. The Country has evolved and is still evolving being led by political personalities, some of whom have had their own secretive agendas, some whom have been leaders with integrity and some have been inspired by religious convictions.
San Safaris will take you "OFF THE BEATEN TRACK" to points and places that have seen battles, wars, assassinations, arrests (lawful and or unlawful) and will enable you to make up your own mind as "whence we came from and "SOWETO" - so where to next!
South Africa will re-ignite your soul. Our Rainbow Nation will ensure you experience the mystique that our Beloved Country has to offer. You will return home with your own stories and perhaps a re-newed outlook on life. Perhaps your Africa experience, alive in your veins, will instill a new dream of your life to be, a deep desire to be yourself and a determination and will to succeed in your every endeavour, which is as deep as a young male lion wanting his own pride.
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What you will see in Southern Africa
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San Safaris Itineraries + Prices 2016


These may be arranged according to request and may include parts of Day 1, from the Two Day Safari, or trips north along the N3 to the Nelson Mandela Memorial, Bloukrans Monuments, Spioenkop, Vaalkrans and Winston Churchill Arrest Site.
Cost R 1750 sharing or R 2600 Single. The price includes transport, all applicable entrance fees, accommodation, all meals, tour organisation and guide’s tuition.


Day 1 - Ultimatum Tree, Fort Pearson, Battles of Tugela, Ndondakusuka, Gingindlovu, Inyenzane, Dingaan's Spring, Mtonjaneni Lodge Museum, Gqokli Hill and Ulundi.
Day 2 - Umfolozi Game Reserve.
COST = R 3700 sharing/R3900 single supplement. The price includes transport, all applicable entrance fees, accommodation, all meals, tour organisation and guide’s tuition.


Day 1 - Ultimatum Tree, Fort Pearson, Umgungundlovu, Piet Retief Memorial and it's Media Center, Battles of; Tugela, Ndondakusuka, Gingindlovu, Inyenzane, Gqokli Hill and Ulundi as well as Dingaan's Spring & Mtonjaneni Lodge Museum.
Day 2 - Umfolozi Game Reserve
Day 3 - Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Talana Battle & Museum, and Blood River.
Day 4 - Elandslaagte, Ladysmith, Platrand, Spioenkop, Vaalkrans, Tugela Heights and local museum.
Day 5 - Colenso (Ambleside, Clouston & Gun Sites), Bloukrans, Winston Churchill Arrest Site and Nelson Mandela Memorial.
COST = R 6200 sharing/R6900 single supplement. The price includes transport, all applicable entrance fees, accommodation, all meals, tour organisation and guide’s tuition.


Day 1 - Meet and greet at O.R. Tambo airport - Johannesburg. Transfer to Soweto - Hector Pieterson Memorial, Regina Mundi Church, Nelson Mandela & Bishop Desmond old houses’. Lunch at Wandis. Continue to De Wildt Bush camp for 4 nights.
Day 2 - Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves lunching at Lion and Rhino Park.
Day 3 - Voortrekker Monument and Melrose House.
Day 4 - Tswaing Meteorite Crater and Hot Springs Resort at Belabela.
Day 5 - Transfer to Pilgrims Rest, God’s Window and Blyde River Canyon for 1 night in B&B.
Day 6 - Transfer into Kruger National Park to Skukuza Camp for 3 nights.
Day 7 - Game viewing, bird identification, Star gazing and Game Count.
Day 8 - Game viewing, bird identification, Star gazing and Game Count.
Day 9 - Transfer to Dundee – home for 4 nights at B&B with a stop at Majuba.
Day 10 - Talana Museum, Battle of Talana and Battlefields tour of Blood River, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.
Day 11 - Elandslaagte, Ladysmith Siege Museum, Spioenkop.
Day 12 - Battle of Colenso, Tugela Heights Battlefields tour viz. Battles at Railway, Hart’s and Pieter’s Hills.
Day 13 - Transfer via Mgungundlovu, Piet Retiefs’ Memorial, Media Centre, Dingaans’ Spring, Mtonjaneni Historical Museum, Shakaland, Fort Pearson and Ultimatum Tree to B+B Durban area - Home for 5 nights.
Day 14 - Durban beachfront and visit to Old Fort.
Day 15 - Ushaka Marine World, Moses Madiba Stadium.
Day 16 - PheZulu Zulu Village, Weeping Tree of Delville Wood and Nelson Mandela Memorial.
Day 17 - Tour of Durban - Museums, Umgeni River Bird Park and lunch at harbour.
Day 18 - Departure Durban and transfer to Johannesburg for evening flight home.
Day 19 - Arrive Heathhrow Airport.
COST = R 25 000 sharing/R35 000 single supplement. The price includes transport, all applicable entrance fees, accommodation, all meals, tour organisation and guide’s tuition.


School Safaris on request as shown above. Participants will be required to bring their own sleeping bags and will stay in dormitories.

Leadership and Team-Building

“To study the mistakes of the past, the problems of the present and suggest solutions for the future” and then to apply those ideas to your organisation.
Mistakes -
* All the South African blood that has been spilt on South African soil by South Africans.
* Apartheid.
To undertake an itinerary, as listed on the itinerary page, and to have the happenings at each of the Cultural Sites explained to the group. Group discussions and analysis on the decisions made by the Leaders of the day both Political and Military which resulted in the eventual outcomes will be then held with possible alternative actions that could have been taken by both parties involved at the time. Participants are encouraged to “THINK OUTSIDE” the box. The C.E.O. will then be asked to give HIS VISION of the company. The group will then be broken up into departments with each Head of Department chairing departmental discussions on “THE WAY FORWARD” to be followed up by a report back by the departmental Heads. Ideas and motivation will be “cross pollinated” with the theme of “thinking outside the box” being at the fore. The basis of the talks should keep in mind the PRINCIPLES of LEADERSHIP and the end result will prove a POSITIVE STEP FORWARD for TEAM-BUILDING in terms of new initiatives and motivation within the organisation.

“Talk is cheap, there is no value and or meaning behind any spoken word until the deed is done.”

Keith Decker
I have recently had the pleasure of accompanying Kevin Smith on trips that he has arranged for me and others to the KZN battlefields and game reserves.
The first tour was to the battlefields in the Escourt area including the battle sites at Doornkop, Bloukrans, Rensberg Koppie and the Churchill capture site. Kevin's knowledge of the history pertaining to these sites brought the reality of battles to life. Many of the sites are not well known and yet Kevin was able to locate them with ease. The second trip with a group concentrated on the Ladysmith area and the KZN escarpment. The first site visited was the impressive Platrand monument which detailed a large number of battle sites in the Ladysmith area. Kevin once again had no problem in creating a vivid impression and understanding of the battles that took place in this area. From Ladysmith we travelled to the KZN escarpment on onto Kerkenberg where we visited Retiefs Rock and the impressive “Kaalvoet Vrou” monument with her back facing to KZN.
The third trip I joined a group on a two day tour visiting battlefields along the north coast and adjacent interior of KZN. The tour started at the Ultimatum Tree on the Tugela and we visited 14 different sites between here and the outskirts of Ulundi. At each site Kevin gave a detailed and interesting description of the circumstances surrounding the battles which allowed one to understand fully and become part of the history of the area. Kevin arranged accommodation for us at a very pleasant and reasonably priced dinner bed and breakfast establishment that night. The second day we entered the Umfolozi game reserve where Kevin was able to demonstrate his other passion and interest in wildlife and the African bushveld. We spent an informative and very interesting day with Kevin before heading home. 
The last trip I took with Kevin was when I joined him together with a group of teenagers from the school where I teach (Waterfall College ) in Weenen Game reserve. The youngsters were spending a week with Kevin touring the battlefields including a trip to the game reserve. It was clear on my arrival that the tour was a great success judging by the enthusiastic and happy group that accompanied Kevin. Another interesting day was spent in Kevin's company before I returned home.
Keith Decker. Email:

Karl Steffen
Having returned recently from a trip through Zululand and Umfolozi Game Reserve with SAN SAFARIS-SOUTH AFRICA arranged by and guided by yourself[Kevin] I was very impressed with your profound historical knowledge of the Zulu and Anglo-Zulu wars complimented by your[Kevin] astounding knowledge of the fauna and flora along the way.
I could not have found a more professional tour guide with your comprehensive knowledge.
Thank you once again for a wonderful guided tour.
Yours sincerely, Karl Steffen. E-Mail:

San Safaris run by Kevin Smith reviewed by Mr & Mrs Pedley
It's not often that one finds a guide as knowledgeable and professional as Kevin Smith! We experienced this while on a trip with him and his company San Safaris.
Throughout our trip in Zululand and Dundee experiencing the history surrounding the Boer and Zulu Wars, Kevin shared with us his extensive knowledge and expertise. The organisation of his tour was exemplary, all accommodation arranged was clean, neat and of the highest standards.
We found that throughout the trip Kevin kept the needs of his clients at heart. It was important to him that enjoyment and relaxation formed an integral part of his tour.
We would certainly recommend persons of all age groups join him on a San Safari.
Bert + Louise Pedley. E-Mail:

Soames and Tess Pescud (Hong Kong).
Thanks for a terrific, memorable and informative day out.
We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed your company and your knowledge.
Thanks also for this wonderful follow up collateral; it’s both very interesting and a great memento.
We’ve kept your details should we come back.
Soames and Tess Pescud. E-Mail –

Frances Carr
I have been on one of Kevin Smith’s 5 Day Heritage Safaris with 12 waterfall College pupils and found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable and educational experience.
Kevin is extremely knowledgeable with regards to the history of the battles and wars in the area. In addition to his knowledge of the battles, Kevin’s knowledge of the geography and nature added great interest to the value of the tour.
Kevin’s enthusiasm and ability to adapt to the needs and interest of the group made the trip both enjoyable and successful.
I am happy to recommend Kevin Smith and SanSafaris to anyone who is interested in experiencing and learning about this part of our South African history, geography and wildlife.
Yours faithfully,
Frances Carr. E-Mail –

Lodging now available atop Hillcrest (on Bothas Hill) in Bob's Cave.

Contact Kevin for more information.
Accommodation R 195 pp (Meals not incl.) - B’fast R 35, Packed Lunch R 25, Supper Braai R 85

Contact Me
My name is Kevin Smith. I was born in a country once known as Rhodesia, schooled there, did National Service there and then studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. I have taught for the past 36 years, have been involved in coaching sport and have taught Physical Education, Geography and Life Skills. I initiated the David Hall Conservancy and have been in charge of the Grade 9 Outdoor Education programme at Kearsney College. I have taken early retirement to pursue the second love of my life and that is the "Environment – past and present". I have also pursued my interest in historical battle-sites, especially in Natal, where my Grandfather came from.
I would like to show you what our "Beloved Country" has to offer. As a National Tour Guide I am qualified to guide you in all nine Provinces in South Africa and should you have any interest please feel free to E-Mail me and I will send you a more detailed brochure and information sheet on my KwaZulu Natal Safari. If you desire to go on safari anywhere else in South Africa we can discuss your options, but booking well in advance is advisable. This is to ensure personal attention and a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening safari.
Contact me with regards to organising any kind of tour in South Africa. I'm certified as a guide in all nine Provinces and I can show you Africa as you have never seen it before.
“TERMS & CONDITIONS” - 50% Deposit on booking with balance before departure.
Cell/Mobile Phone : (+27) 0845559600 Call