About Us

BushTrails is the result of twenty four years of learning and dreaming about establishing a safari company that is utterly focused on its clients. As the business developed over the years, services that are needed to make it possible to have a worry free visit to Africa was identified and addressed.

The end result is a safari company that is aimed at making it easy to plan, book and GO!!

From the beginning, BushTrails steered away from the general safari company profile - we will never load you on a bus full of strangers and send you on a trip with a rigid itinerary. Instead we focus on small, intimate groups - just you and your friends and/or family. And we make sure that you are in control at all times - changes to itineraries take place all the time!!

We ensure that you are always just a phone call away from answers to questions you might have. Our USA representative is based in Birmingham, Alabama - call us anytime!

We take care of you from beginning to end - from booking your air travel, helping you pack, making payments easy and hassle free and ensuring that you have all the information you need to leave and return - without having to spend a moment wondering what has and has not been taken care of!!

Trust us with this bucket list item - we know what you want and we know how to deliver!!

Meet The Team

Jaco van der Westhuizen
Managing Principal
Radi van Zyl
Admin and Finance
Brian Weyers
Marketing
Michael Oelofsen
Safari Guide
Dawid Tjingerero
Safari Guide
Xander Schoeman
Safari Guide and Pilot
Johanco Steenkamp
Safari Guide and Pilot
Corinna Slaughter
USA Representative
An adventure with Jaco is priceless! He will truly listen to the kind of adventure you would like to have and deliver so much more! My wife and I had an amazing off the beaten path experience with a complete stranger and left with memories of a life time, but the best of part of the whole trip was gaining a friend, who I now consider my brother.

Jeremy Lock

Texas, USA

2017-02-01T12:21:31+00:00

Jeremy Lock

Texas, USA

An adventure with Jaco is priceless! He will truly listen to the kind of adventure you would like to have and deliver so much more! My wife and I had an amazing off the beaten path experience with a complete stranger and left with memories of a life time, but the best of part of the whole trip was gaining a friend, who I now consider my brother.
"It was more than we ever imagined."

C. Sykora

5.0
2017-01-26T10:59:45+00:00

C. Sykora

"It was more than we ever imagined."
"Thank you, BushTrails!! Not only did you fulfill my wildest expectations, but I went back a second time for more..."

B. Thompson

Pasadena, MD

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2017-01-26T11:08:15+00:00

B. Thompson

Pasadena, MD

"Thank you, BushTrails!! Not only did you fulfill my wildest expectations, but I went back a second time for more..."
"The stunning views, the warm golden sun, the breathtaking beauty of the flora and fauna of South Africa was positively intoxicating..."

J. Newton

Bradenton, FL

2017-02-07T08:49:36+00:00

J. Newton

Bradenton, FL

"The stunning views, the warm golden sun, the breathtaking beauty of the flora and fauna of South Africa was positively intoxicating..."
My wife and I have travelled with Jaco for close to 5 weeks over the course of 2 trips to Namibia and Botswana. We have stayed in various accommodations, from 4 star lodges to bush camps in tents. We travelled primarily to photograph wildlife. Jaco has an intimate knowledge of both countries and our travels have been absolutely superb in every respect. We were able to visit areas only a local would know about and his knowledge of the countries and wildlife is first rate. He also happens to be a great guide and good company, as well as an excellent cook. For anyone looking for an up close and personal experience travelling this part of Africa you cannot go wrong with BushTrails. Highly recommended!!

Jim McChesney

New York, USA

2017-02-01T12:22:25+00:00

Jim McChesney

New York, USA

My wife and I have travelled with Jaco for close to 5 weeks over the course of 2 trips to Namibia and Botswana. We have stayed in various accommodations, from 4 star lodges to bush camps in tents. We travelled primarily to photograph wildlife. Jaco has an intimate knowledge of both countries and our travels have been absolutely superb in every respect. We were able to visit areas only a local would know about and his knowledge of the countries and wildlife is first rate. He also happens to be a great guide and good company, as well as an excellent cook. For anyone looking for an up close and personal experience travelling this part of Africa you cannot go wrong with BushTrails. Highly recommended!!
We have utilized BushTrails’s services for two different safaris. Not only have we had the best experiences but it has been the best way to take a vacation. I wish BushTrails could coordinate and guide all of our global vacations!

Chris & Kirsten Bergstrom

Wisconsin, USA

2017-02-01T12:20:47+00:00

Chris & Kirsten Bergstrom

Wisconsin, USA

We have utilized BushTrails’s services for two different safaris. Not only have we had the best experiences but it has been the best way to take a vacation. I wish BushTrails could coordinate and guide all of our global vacations!
Bushtrails provided the best family vacation we have taken in decades! I cannot imagine a more informative or enjoyable way of touring Namibia and southern Africa. Jaco is an expert travel guide / companion (and excellent chef) who made us feel comfortable and safe throughout our first-time camping safari. So many great family memories. We highly recommend to all!

Scott Mortman

Tel Aviv, Israel

2018-09-17T09:32:20+00:00

Scott Mortman

Tel Aviv, Israel

Bushtrails provided the best family vacation we have taken in decades! I cannot imagine a more informative or enjoyable way of touring Namibia and southern Africa. Jaco is an expert travel guide / companion (and excellent chef) who made us feel comfortable and safe throughout our first-time camping safari. So many great family memories. We highly recommend to all!
"Thank you Pieter. I just checked out the new site. Beautiful. Easy to browse. Great pictures! But, really, it's hard to express the emotions that these activities evoke. The friendliness of the people that we met. Or the memories that people will take home with them. We never tire of talking with folks about our trips. "

Wendy Graves

2017-02-07T08:50:47+00:00

Wendy Graves

"Thank you Pieter. I just checked out the new site. Beautiful. Easy to browse. Great pictures! But, really, it's hard to express the emotions that these activities evoke. The friendliness of the people that we met. Or the memories that people will take home with them. We never tire of talking with folks about our trips. "
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