About Bush Butlers

At Bush Butlers, we are passionate about Africa and sharing our wonderful continent with the world. We believe the best way to experience all Africa has to offer, is to combine the wishes of our clients, our first-hand experience and collaboration with hand-picked suppliers and destinations, to create bespoke, unforgettable journeys that will be cherished forever.

Tailor-made Safaris

Whether you are looking for an ultra-luxury safari, family friendly bonding experience, an extraordinary honeymoon or intrepid off-the-beaten track adventure, we can make any African bucket list trip a reality.

The Bush Butlers

Bush Butlers is a privately owned touring company. We pride ourselves in not only delivering unforgettable, bespoke and authentically African trips, but also in building relationships with our clients.

Expertise you can trust

The Bush Butlers team has extensive African Safari guiding, 4×4 and trip design experience. Over the past 15 years, the team has hand-picked and collaborated with top suppliers and destination representatives.



Trips completed


Satisfied Clients 




Top African Destinations

There is so much to experience in Africa, probably too much to complete in a lifetime. Bush Butlers have extensive knowledge of the must-see and extraordinary destinations and activities in each country.

Destinations Map


The Bush Butlers

The Bush Butler team is made up of a core management team in Johannesburg, the USA and a network of highly skilled freelance guides and suppliers. Meet some of the team based in Johannesburg;

Niel Jacobs

Niel Jacobs

Owner, Safari Expert, 4x4 Enthusiast and Raconteur View Details
Sandra Jacobs

Sandra Jacobs

Owner, Safari Planner, Registered Tour Guide, Mom & Explorer View Details
Richard Phiri

Richard Phiri

Cook, Local Expert & Marathon Runner View Details
Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Tour Guide, Conservationist & Archer View Details
Niel Jacobs

Niel Jacobs

Owner, Safari Expert, 4x4 Enthusiast and Raconteur

Niel has been guiding off-road trails and tours since 2002 and has several years of off-road experience in some of Africa’s wildest and most remote destinations. Niel is at his happiest when he is in the outdoors and experiencing Africa’s its wildlife; cultures and hearty cuisine.
Niel is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa, the South African Tourism Board & is a registered professional 4×4 trails and overland tour guide to name a few.
When Niel is not in deep dark Africa exploring somewhere, he loves being with his family in Johannesburg and spending more time on his new mountain bike.

Sandra Jacobs

Sandra Jacobs

Owner, Safari Planner, Registered Tour Guide, Mom & Explorer

Sandra grew up in Germany and has travelled all around the world. She fell in love with the bushveld and African culture, and has made sunny South Africa her home. Sandra has extensive safari knowledge and experience in both the front and back-office, having worked as a safari planner and a guide for groups over-landing in Southern and Eastern Africa. Sandra’s experience makes her an expert in planning and creating dream tailor made tours.

Sandra always aims to exceed expectations and gets a thrill when guests go home having experiences Africa and once in a lifetime experiences. We are fortunate to have her on our team. Sandra loves traveling, camping in the wilderness and is a proud mother of two. She also gets a kick out of exploring roads less travelled and finding new and exciting destinations to visit!

Richard Phiri

Richard Phiri

Cook, Local Expert & Marathon Runner

Richard grew up in Hwange National park which is Zimbabwe’s flagship nature reserve that boasts the big 5. Richard speaks 7 local languages which come in very handy while traveling and finding the untapped gems via the locals. Having grown up in the bushveld, Richard is an almost endless source of knowledge and has many fascinating bush stories to tell around the campfire or “bush tv”. Besides being an amazing cook, he loves running and has competed in a few marathons already. Richard also enjoys wildlife photography and will ensure your holiday is filled with joy and laughter.

Andrew Morgan

Andrew Morgan

Tour Guide, Conservationist & Archer

Andrew has a true passion for the bush and has spent many hours on wildlife research projects and game captures in wildlife sensitive areas like the Tuli block in Botswana. His true love of nature and wildlife is always present and contagious, there is probably nothing Andrew does not know about when it comes to the bushveld and its inhabitants. Andrew also enjoys wildlife photography and is an avid archer.


Why Us?

Unique Tailor-Made Tours

Bush Butlers offer unique, off the beaten track or popular tours made to your specifications. We collaborate with our clients and suppliers to create exclusive African adventures that are unforgettable.

Turnkey Personal and Professional Service

The Bush Butler team is small, but highly experienced. We prefer it this way, as we get to understand the needs of our clients first hand. This in turn allows us to create and deliver special tours and adventures that are on-point with our client’s wishes.

Experts in exclusive African experiences

Bush Butlers brand of safari is centered around authentically African experiences. Whether it’s selecting a location based on pristine wilderness rather accommodation rating, or taking the back roads to magical destinations away from popular tourist spots, we excel at delivering unique experiences to showcase the raw Africa we love.


Sample Tours




Get Inspired!

There is so much to do and see, sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming! View some of the destinations and Bush Butler picked experiences Africa has to offer to get you started. Just point us in the right direction, and we will do the rest!

Top Destinations

Decide on your travel mode

Once you’ve decided on your next trips’ bucket list of destinations or activities, and the travel mode, send us your details to get the ball rolling.

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Fill in your details

Now that you know what you want to see, and how you want to see it. Send us your details so we can create a bespoke itinerary for you.

Contact Us

What’s Next?

Once you’ve submitted all your information to us, the Bush Butlers will be in touch via email or Skype to discuss your requirements or options in further detail. The final proposal will be sent in the form of an itinerary for review.

Sample Itinerary


Happy Clients

We specialize in tailor made tours, safaris and adventures. This is what our happy explorers had to say...

“South Africa, lock it in!”

I believe that Africa isn’t a place that you visit once. It steals a little piece of your heart and you have to keep going back! So be prepared, if it’s your first time it won’t be your last! We have just come back from an awesome trip with Bush Butlers from Johannesburg through Kruger National Park on to Inhambane, Mozambique, back to Joburg via Hlane National Park, Swaziland.

If you’re thinking about travelling to South Africa I’d highly recommend Niel and Sandra’s tours they are beautiful, salt of the earth people and you’ll have a great time and will experience parts of Africa you wouldn’t otherwise. Enjoy! 🙂 

Bridie CAustralia

“Best Adventures EVER!!!”

Where do we start?!? We have now travelled with Bush Butlers on several of our beautiful vacations to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and each and everyone one has been beyond amazing 🙂 The safari adventures, hikes, sailing, hot air ballooning over the Namib desert at sunrise, you name it, will blows anybody’s mind! The company owners, Niel and Sandra (who are also the tour guides),are some of the friendliest most amazing people one can meet and if you’re up for an adventure, give Bush Butlers a try! You’ll never regret it and the memories will stay with you for a lifetime xoxo 

Ryan Brady and Natalia KobyltVancouver, Canada

“Mozambique Tour”

If are you looking for an amazing adventure through Mozambique and you want a reliable, energetic, knowledgeable and most exciting tour guide the continent has to offer look no further then Neil – You heard it here first!!!

We thought we were booking just “another typical African Adventure” to Mozambique -but traveling with Neil from Bush Butlers- it turned out that we had actually secured a trip to paradise instead. Travelling with Neil as your guide is guaranteed to offer you a quality service outside of the regular expectations of just using a tour group – his knowledge and charisma and his super energetic personality will leave you in awe of his love for the African continent, the people and the animals that live in it !…

After our amazing trip with Neil – I hosted friends from the USA in Cape Town and used Neil again for a three day Cape Town trip – I have never experienced Cape Town as I did with Neil, and my guests were absolutely blown away by the wonders that is Neil Jacobs…

After these two most memorable trips, I think that just a walk around ones back yard with Neil asa guide will even be the most entertaining most interesting walk that you may ever enjoy in your own back yard – Guaranteed !!

Shaun South Africa, USA

“Namibia Adventure!”

I’ve just returned from an amazing 2 week adventure through Namibia and can’t recommend Bush Butlers more highly. Our guide was very knowledgeable, incredibly resourceful, and lots of fun. Bush Butlers planned the entire trip, prepared and cooked the majority of the meals, and led the way to every destination. It was very comforting to travel with a guide that truly knows the location and is able to assist with repairing tires, knows where to get fuel and food in very remote places, and how to avoid potential problems.

I can speak on behalf of our group of 16 people (11 adults and 5 children) that our experience was greatly enriched by the preparation and presence of our resourceful guide and we will all be traveling with Bush Butlers again as soon as possible. I highly recommend to anyone that is interested in traveling to Namibia. Friends of mine have also travelled with Bush Butlers to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and around South Africa and share the same sentiment. You will have the trip of a lifetime!



Let Bush Butlers create and deliver your next exclusive African adventure!