Natasha Iles | www.afrifriends.co.za
Started as the dream of one and the passion of the other… two people in tourism, who met on a trip to view the Solar Eclipse in Zambia (21 June 2001) and became friends because of their love of remote and wild places.
We are a Johannesburg based Safari and Tour Operator since 2005. We supply various specialized services to the tourism industry and work successfully with international agents, local operators and directly with international guests planing and guiding extraordinary journeys.
As an owner operated company we offer a highly personal and flexible service. Even though we have been in operation for more than 13 years, we are still a niche company – and will remain owner driven with personalized service to our guests. At the heart of every journey we design, is our love of the wilderness and its animals, which we share as a personal journey of discovery and rediscovery with our guests.
We work closely with our guests, channeling our passion into sculpting journeys of unforgettable memories and experiences by sharing the beauty and awe of South Africa’s wild places on private guided journeys. Our bookings for guided safaris and tours are mainly word of mouth or repeat guests, through this we are able to build friendships which enlighten all of our lives.
It is important to us that we grow the love and respect of these wild places to the point where all people will simply refuse to let these places, with their abundant wildlife and natural beauty disappear, but that they will remain to be explored by all like minded travelers.
Our goal is simple: we want each guest to fall in love with Southern Africa and leave as an Ambassador. AfriFriends is guided by a love and passion for our country of multi cultures. It is extremely important to AfriFriends that our guests return home with special memories that will remain with them and urge the telling of stories about the cultures, places, animals and experiences; that they will become as passionate about Africa and return to answer
‘The call of Africa’ again and again. We have thus implemented Strict Tourism Protocols for AfriFriends Guides so that guests have the reasurrance that we ready to recieve them with open arms (so to say as we are not allowed to hug or do a hand shake) but greet with a Warm Smile (through a Mask) to South Africa.
They can sit in our vehicles in comfort and smell that the Air conditioner has been sanitised, their luggage is sprayed down with sanitiser before its loaded into our vehicles, Guides and Guests temperature has been taken and they are travelling either on a long distance transfer to a Game Reserve for a Safari in the Open Air OR about to Tour around Soweto or Johannesburg in a clean, sanitised environment.
We already have the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) Covid19 Health & Safety Guidelines Badge for Tourism Protocols to be implemented when South Africa opens their skies to International Visitors again.
AfriFriends Tourism Protocols – the document that we sent to International Travel Agents or Direct Guests should they send us an enquiry for a Tour, Transfer or Holiday AfriFriends COVDI-19 Protocols that is displayed in all our Vehicles