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The original African Wanderer Tours and Safaris was the brainchild of Roy Van Vuuren who sadly passed away at the end of 2017.

He had been based in Viljoenskroon in the Free State running a successful inbound tour company when Anton and Emma Roberts met with him in 2001.

The couple were in the process of starting a tour company and together they decided to expand the African Wanderer brand into KwaZulu-Natal where they were based.

Both branches have been operating tours and safaris from that date onwards, but after Roy’s passing in 2017 the original African Wanderer ceased operations.

About Page – Crossing the border between Botswana and Caprivi

African Wanderer Tours and Safaris continues its KZN branch and offers quality tailor-made tours throughout South Africa and into neighbouring countries, as well as some great local tour itineraries direct to the public and to Travel Agencies worldwide. With nearly two decades of experience, you can be sure of exceptional knowledge and service.

Who are we?

Anton Roberts took to tourism in 1998 after a short term in the army and a spell working odd jobs trying to find something that he enjoyed. He qualified as a tour guide and bought a ‘kombi’ minivan, whereupon he began doing safaris to various parks and reserves and day trips as a freelance guide.

Working with various wildlife film crews, researchers from all over the world and photographic clients Anton gained experience on all levels of tourism, conservation, film making and photography.



Emma Roberts traveled to South Africa from her native UK in 2001, where she met and married Anton and they set up the tour company shortly afterwards.

They have been running the company together since that time, with Anton often guiding the tours with his passion for wildlife and Emma at the ‘front desk’ corresponding with clients and providing office support.

Ten years ago African Wanderer moved to Hluhluwe and started up its own accommodation establishment: Umkhumbi Lodge. This is a family friendly lodge with 2- and 4-sleeper chalets offering a catered stay on a small game farm in beautiful surroundings. Go to Umkhumbi Lodge website.