Private Guiding

A safari with a private specialist guide creates a seamless experience and gives you unique insights. We have a team of fun, talented and brilliant guides in our team. We know they will make your safari extraordinary.


Take our guides with you on safari

Privately hosted safaris mean you don’t need to worry about one thing. Groups and families benefit enormously from a safari host who assists with all transition days and logistics on safari. Lost a passport, the kids are sick, the flight is delayed? Your private guide has it in hand. A safari is a big investment, so let a guide make it spectacular for you.

What we love in a guide

We want our guides to ensure your holiday is fun! We look for guides with skill and knowledge, but also charm and a little attitude to keep the quietest safari day entertaining. Yes, we want you to learn about the wilderness, but we also want you to taste our food, meet our people, laugh and experience it all firsthand.


Private tours of Cape Town and beyond

Whether you visit Robben Island with Mandela’s personal guard Christo Brandt, or get up early to photograph penguins with David, or climb Table Mountain with Bulelani, go wine tasting with Charlie – our guides make your time in Cape Town extraordinary. We have hikers, birders, botanists and wine aficionados to share their knowledge with you.

What our clients have said

Dave made our stay in Cape Town really great. We all loved our time with him and can’t recommend him enough.

Celine Farhat ( USA)

I cannot express how grateful I am to David Rogers Travel for organizing my trip. It was hands down the best trip of my life so far. I learned so much. I could not be happier than I am right now. Although I am incredibly sad to be leaving the bush and South Africa. The only thing I have to keep myself together is knowing I’ll be back again. I am leaving with so many wonderful memories and I made new lifelong friends.

Beth Kealy ( USA)

Thank you so much for planning a wonderful honeymoon for us. We had the BEST time. We really enjoyed Cape Town, and our time with Charlie, our guide. We got to see Table Mountain and Lions Head clearly the day we arrived and we picked the right day to go down to the Cape of Good Hope and were able to see the spectacular views. We also enjoyed learning about the history from Charlie and at the District 6 museum.

Kara Brickman ( USA)


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What do we do as private guides?

  • Our private guides are there to ensure its the safari YOU want. We manage the logistics of your African travel, meet you off your flights, confirm your transfers and flights, and buy permits. We liaise with safari accommodation management to ensure value-adds and special experiences just for you. Our private guides will ensure a surprise bush breakfast or mountain-top Masai Dance. Every day we are one step ahead to ensure all goes smoothly.
  • Travel is never that easy, especially when groups are travelling together. Through our trusted relationships with our suppliers, we’re with you every step of the way, to sort out any request or respond quickly and efficiently should things go wrong
  • We’ll liaise daily with your safari guide around the wildlife you’re particularly keen to see and the experiences you enjoy, whether that’s nature photography, visiting local communities, fishing, or bird watching. If its leopards you want to see or gorillas to track, we will do all we can to help you.
  • A guide can not only pave the way to make sure that your trip is as seamless as possible but they can also document your safari. All of our guides have photographic training and so they can not only be great companions and guide but they can also create memorable images and videos of you and your family and the experiences you enjoy. These photographic memories will last a lifetime — and really impress your friends.

Some of Our Guides

Charlie Ratcliffe

Cape Town/wine/birding guide

Meet Charlie


Bulelani Magoqoza

Cape Town/hiking guide

Meet Bulelani


David Rogers

Photographic guide

Meet David


Chase Wells

Safari pilot guide

Meet Chase


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