Our Story

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!!

We offer

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Private and Exclusive Safari Experiences

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, your friends and family, and the wonders of the African Continent.

Customizable and Adaptive Itineraries

Build your perfect African Safari from scratch with the help of our experienced guides or choose from one of our pre-planned safari's as is or make it your own. With us, you're in control of your own adventure!

Experiences for every kind of adventurer

Whether you desire a thrilling adventure, family fun or that perfect photo, our broad range of hand-picked destinations, actvities and accommodations can offer you all of this and so much more.

Our 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

Testimonials

deb
deb
March 27, 2021.
Verified
African Safari - Trip of a Lifetime! We traveled with Jaco on a 12 day safari in June 2019 through 3 countries and had the experience of a lifetime! Our family of 4 included our 2 young adult sons. Our trip was private and customized to our preferences and budget. We felt safe from the moment that Jaco picked us up at the airport in Victoria Falls throughout the entire trip until he dropped us at the airport in Windhoek Namibia at the end of our vacation. We toured Victoria Falls, rafted the Zambezi River, walked with lions, rode elephants, learned so much about conservation and animal protection, drove quad bikes in the Namib desert, and cruised with dolphins off the Swakopmund coast in addition to the numerous safaris. So fortunate to have seen the Big Five along with so many more species, Jaco was an impeccable guide in national parks and private reserves! His knowledge and experience allowed us to see so many amazing animals. Jaco was attentive to every detail each step of the way, from the initial planning and booking to the timing of every activity along the way. When we arrived to each lodge he made sure we saw the sunset while enjoying a refreshing beverage, as he checked us in and hand delivered our luggage to our rooms. Jaco was so pleasant to work with and we appreciated his eagerness to adjust anything we desired. At the end of our trip, I had a problem with my airline ticket and Jaco stayed with us at the airport for over 3 hours until the problem was resolved. We would highly recommend Jaco and Bushtrails! I cannot say enough about Jaco and his superb customer service! Our African Safari exceeded all expectations and was truly our trip of a lifetime!
chris bergstrom
chris bergstrom
March 11, 2021.
Verified
Brilliant We have traveled numerous times to Africa. Our favorite experiences have been with Bushtrails Safaris. The personal touch by Jaco and his team exceeded all expectations. His ability to build an optimum trip based on your own personal likings are second to none.
alan s
alan s
February 11, 2021.
Verified
Don't Miss This Trip of Your Life!!!!! A phenomenal trip (September 2019). Great Guide, Great Pilot, Great Sights, Great Accommodations. ***** This was the best trip of our lives!!! We put our trust in Jaco and he tailored our private tour perfectly. Everything was taken care of. Our excursions and game drives were top notch and every day was a new adventure complete with plenty of great food, drinks and gorgeous sundowners. We not only had the sights of our lives, but also got acquainted with the local history and cultures. While our travel plans have been interrupted by the covid pandemic, we look forward to Jaco putting together another trip for us. If you have the opportunity for a Namibian adventure, Jaco is your guy!!!
Mjhebl
Mjhebl
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Amazing! Did a safari with Jaco throughout Namibia. It was a wonderful experience! Jaco is very knowledgeable and did a great job! From the itinerary to the accommodations, everything was first class. Wouldn't want to go with anyone else!
David C
David C
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Photo safari of a lifetime I have been to Namibia three times with Bushtrails on photo safaris. Jaco is a great guide and will cater your trip to the wildlife and scenic areas you would like to see. My last trip with Bushtrails I wanted to focus on the big cats. We were able to get incredibly close to lions , leopards and cheetahs and we saw kills by all three species. We also went on a river trip where we saw many elephants, hippos, water buffalo and crocodiles. Bushtrails chooses excellent accommodations for guest to stay at and the food is always good. I am currently planning another trip with Bushtrails. My last trip with Bushtrails was September 2018. September is a very good month to go. High temperatures are in the eighties with clear skies and no rain.
ScottM
ScottM
February 10, 2021.
Verified
Adventure of a lifetime My family and I were privileged to partake in the Bushtrails travel experience in Southern Africa. Jaco and his team created a family vacation for us that was without equal in terms of travel, safety, comfort, culture, dining and accommodations. For those seeking to break free at the end of this global pandemic, the open and beautiful vistas of Namibia (and its neighbors) beckon. And you will not find a better tour operator than Bushtrails. - Scott

Bushtrails Covid News

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world forever. This does not mean that enjoying life must stop or be put on hold indefinitely. BushTrails can help you with this.

We are operating in some of the healthiest environments in the world, the West Coast of Southern Africa. Facts; healthy semi-desert environment, very low population density, infrastructure conducive to social distancing, natural ecology etc. Couple this with stunning natural wonders, spectacular views and a diversity of fauna and flora waiting to be discovered and you can enjoy life without pandemic worries.