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Painted Dog Group
The Painted Dog Group (PTY)Ltd is a registered company establish in 2020. The aim of the company is to provide specialised and personalised guided holidays for retired South Africans.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic the tourism industry has been devastated. The main focus in the past has been on overseas clients. With a ban on international travel many tour companies are looking closely at local tourism. As an owner run business, I am taking this shift one step further. I am narrowing my client base to retired South Africans only. I personally, will be the guide, the driver and the cook on each journey. From the early days of overland backpacker tours in old modified army trucks, to super luxury safaris in custom built vehicles, I have accumulated 23 yrs of experience. Prior to that I was in the catering industry, so you will be well looked after when it comes to meal preparation and food quality. I have safely covered thousand of kilometres in various types of vehicles and sincerely hope to cover many more. Furthermore, I have recently completed a corona-virus compliance training course.
Not all retired South Africans have a caravan, are into the camping thing, or want to drive. Before covid-19 there were very few companies offering retired South Africans a fully private and catered for holiday. Most large tour companies rely on foreign tourists visiting South Africa. Now is the time for change in the local tourism sector. Painted Dog Group wants to be one of the first to innovate the way we do travel. Now is the time to get retired South Africans of all races out there exploring our beautiful natural world!
Once inter provincial borders are open for leisure travel, it will be time for “Adventures for Pensioners”. All the journeys are designed to run during the week. This means quieter accommodation establishments and generally fewer people out and about. Furthermore due to the international travel ban, many National Parks and attractions will not be crowded with overseas tourists, what a pleasure! You will be picked up and dropped off at your home or accommodation, anywhere in the Pretoria or Johannesburg areas. Clients flying in from other provinces can be comfortably accommodated at our preferred accommodation, near the OR Tambo airport – The Safari Club.
All journeys depart on Mondays and Tuesdays, ensuring you are home for the weekend and you don’t miss out on spending time with the family. That first weekend home will be filled with exciting stories and hundreds of incredible photos to show.
Todd the Guide
As a qualified & registered tour guide, with more than 20 years of overland experience, I offer my personal service and passion for the outdoors to you. I have been a field and cultural guide in many parts of Southern Africa since 1995. If you love your job as much as I do, then you never have to work a day in your life.
Born in Johannesburg, I have lived and traveled extensively in Southern Africa. As a professional tour guide, I have had the privilege to see and experience more than most!
I have a passion to share the world I lived and worked in with you, once again. My journeys become yours. My experiences become yours
At this strange and unknown time, the last thing you might be thinking of doing is travelling! Eating in restaurants or coffee shops, going to the supermarket or being in any crowded place is a nightmare! Let me take you safely on an adventure! To excite your senses, introduce you to a world beyond your own, and fill you with memories you will cherish! I will personally collect you at your residence, guide and drive you to amazing places and prepare all your meals. Masks and sanitizer will be provided. The vehicle will be constantly wiped down throughout the day. I have a certificate for Covid-19 compliance training.
This is an absolutely personalised service!
Let me take the misery and frustration out of your next holiday. My journeys and holidays can also be tailor made to suite you and your partner’s needs. Longer journeys can be arranged and itineraries are flexible.
If you are wanting to travel with a group of strangers, then my tours are not for you!
Be intimate and private. Be safe! Be on holiday without the stress!
Tailor made itineraries to suite your budget and interests can be planned for you and your partner.
I have personally been to all the places and accommodation in each of the four options below. Now I would like the privilege to share these incredible journeys with you!
4 Day Sabie & Kruger National Park Adventure – a wonderfully exciting journey to the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. Exploring the Panoramic Route, visiting beautiful waterfalls and the thrill of abundant wildlife in the magnificent Kruger National Park. Awesome sights like the Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest and Gods Window are waiting to be discovered. Early morning game drives, picnic lunches and spectacular sunsets are on the menu. Drinks around the campfire and dinner cooked for you at your chalet. Comfortable en-suite accommodation and a private vehicle throughout the whole trip. Night drive in Kruger is an option (own expense).
3 Day Kruger National Park Safari – a tour concentrating as much time as possible in one of South Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. En route we travel through Dullstroom and scenic parts of the Panoramic Route. Early morning game drives, brunches in the bush. Sundowners with a view. Spectacular chances for wildlife and bird life photography. Sunset and Night Drives with SAN Parks are available as an option (own expense). Drinks around the campfire and dinner cooked for you at your chalet. Comfortable en – suite accommodation and a private vehicle throughout the whole trip.
4 Day Drakensberg Retreat – this is the trip you want to take after being cooped up in lock-down. Dramatic mountains, total tranquility and it’s not that far away. En route we visit the Spioenkop Nature Reserve. Opportunities to go wandering on a hike, visit San rock art paintings or relax next to rock pools in the Royal Natal National Park. The Drakensberg is the perfect place for a spa treatment or a round of golf. Extremely comfortable en-suite accommodation. Cosy dinners prepared for you at your chalet and sun-downers with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate National Park. Do some therapy shopping in the quaint village of Clarens. Free your soul after too many months of suffocation! Breath clean, fresh air in the mountains with me.
3 Day Sun City & Pilansberg National Park Getaway – heading into the North West province we discover the awesome Hartebeespoort Dam. A cable car trip to enjoy tea & cake with a view. Overnight at The Kingdom Resort with the option to visit the Sun City Casino to try your luck. Explore the brilliant Pilansberg National park, the most underrated wildlife park in South Africa. One of my personal favorite places for spectacular landscapes and incredible wildlife and bird sightings. Early morning game drives and brunch in the bush. Sundowners around the fire or overlooking a waterhole. En route home we meander through the Magaliesberg mountains. Comfortable en-suite accommodation and dinner prepared for at your chalet.
Most of the incredible photos you see on the site were taken by an amazing friend & client of 12 years – Andreas.
Hope you enjoy.