Guided Journeys BY THOMPSONS AFRICA
In the arranging and operating of variable sized tours in Southern Africa, with set itineraries and frequent departures, Thompsons Africa leads the field. These packaged holidays offer something special, unique and memorable and after 35 years of perfecting our tours, we proudly claim that our service cannot be beaten. Our signature product, ‘Fully Guided’ means what it says: we do all the work, you relax and enjoy the experience, knowing that you are in capable and experienced hands.
Absorb the highlights of Africa under the most relaxing conditions. This is the ultimate in convenience and safety. Sit back and relax, allowing your highly competent Tour Guide and Driver to take care of all the details. Our Tour Guides are trained to provide fascinating information and commentary in an entertaining manner on every aspect of Africa you’re likely to encounter.
Our company has grown to be what it is by the provision of superior quality, top-notch service, and value-for-money holidays. Our reputation is outstanding, and we will keep it that way.
WHAT SETS US APART
- We own and maintain an impeccable fleet of modern air-conditioned vehicles.
- Our recommended tours display the very best of Africa. Our Tour Guides are amiable, welcoming and passionate about their areas of expertise; they speak English, German and Spanish, and our wider network of Tour Guides speak most other languages.
- A tour can be an exhausting whirlwind but our itineraries are designed with welcome stretches of leisure time so that guests can relax and do their own thing at their own pace.
- Our tours range from a leisurely fortnight, enjoying highlights of South Africa, to an intriguing half-day into the renowned township of Soweto. Long or short, to any destination, the Thompsons Africa touch is unique.
- Tours for at least two people depart without fail on the pre-advertised days - usually daily or weekly. Activities and most meals are included, and hotels are selected for the high standard of service that we require.
- Our Guided Journeys have been operating since 1997!
FULLY GUIDED PRIVATE JOURNEYS FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL GROUPS
If anyone understands family travel, Thompsons Africa does. We offer the perfect package: just the family or small group (four to eight people), a Tour Guide and the most flexible of itineraries to suit younger members especially.
The number and length of game drives, content and timing of meals, and length of the safari is entirely flexible so as to fully accommodate your needs. Lively kids? Nobody’s fussing. There’s no finer way for a young family, or small group, preferring a less structured holiday, to travel together.
We have a selection of entirely private tours for intimate groups of four to eight people, travelling with your own Tour Guide and Driver - a superb option for a 50th birthday party treat for esteemed clients, or simply family or friends who prefer exclusivity and privacy.
JOURNEYS WITH OUR GUIDES
Our NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) qualified permanent Tour Guides are the very best calibre of staff. Consistently being awarded as winners in various Guiding categories such as Western Cape Guide, Tourist Guiding Excellence and Best Tourist Guide of the Year, many of these passionate staff members hold university degrees in marketing, photography, tourism and education but have chosen to place their focus on realising the dreams of our guests. Join them on one of our exciting Guided Journeys or Tailor-Made packages – you will be completely blown away by their knowledge, excitement and passion! They speak English, German and Spanish, and our wider network of Tour Guides speak most other languages. All of our Safari Guides have completed additional courses enhancing their skills to ensure the best possible experience for guests. These include the Kruger National Park Orientation Course, a botany course at Skukuza Nursery by a qualified botany expert and some have completed the VPDA Course (Viewing Potential Dangerous Animals).As one of our guides said, ‘....tour guides are ambassadors of the country and have to ensure they put the country on the map. Guiding is no longer a hobby but a profession and guides have to be trained to do the job so that they render an excellent service for tourists...’.
Our fully Guided Journeys are the perfect means to travel and experience Africa with your family to share an adventure and create inspirational and lasting memories. On these we see grandparents, parents, and children connecting, sharing activities, sharing discoveries, and creating bright, collective family memories.Our inter-generational Tour Guides also understand the ever-changing needs of participants - no matter their age or fitness level. There is something enchanting about being miles away from the rituals of day-to-day life and enjoying a journey together that brings out the spirited side of family members of all ages.
A minimum age limit of 7 years applies to our scheduled Guided Journeys, however, there is no age restriction on our private Guided Journeys.
UNSHARED TRAVELLERS WELCOME
Guided Journeys are a hassle-free and enjoyable way for you to discover Southern Africa if you’re travelling alone. Travel as part of a group and share experiences with like-minded people from all over the world. Visit the popular sightseeing activities and follow set departure dates for easy planning. Everything is taken care of, including your day-to-day itinerary, hotel check-ins and luggage handling. As a single traveller on our set departures you are guaranteed a single room when you purchase a single supplement and on selected departure dates, a single supplement waiver.
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