Voetspore in South Africa – Voetspore in Suid Afrika
Despite lockdown as a result of a global pandemic, Voetspore is on the road again. Last year, we travelled roughly along the boundaries of South Africa. This year, we journey inland.
Our journey starts in the north-eastern corner of South Africa at Pafuri. From there, it takes us past Klaserie, Dullstroom, the Waterberg mountains, the southern Free State, the Great Karoo, the Cederberg mountains, West Coast, across the Hottentots Holland mountains until we reach the continent’s southernmost point. South Africa still holds many undiscovered jewels…just waiting to be revealed.
Die reis begin in Pafuri in die noord-oostelike hoek van Suid Afrika. Van daar is dit verby Klaserie, Dullstroom, die Waterberge, die suid-Vrystaat, die Groot Karoo, die Sederberge, Weskus, oor die Hottentots Holland berge tot aan die mees suidelike punt van die kontinent. In Suid Afrika is daar steeds soveel onontdekte juwele. Hulle wag net om ontgin te word.
Suid Oos Vrystaat
Suid Vrystaat en Gariepdam
Slagvelde en die Noord Kaap
Johan is the Voetspore Team leader. This is his 14th Voetspore adventure since 2000. Covering more than 250 000 kilometers and visiting 40 countries in Africa makes him one of the most well-traveled modern-day explorers of the continent.
In 2017 the team ventured further abroad to India and it‘s incredible diversity, but in 2019 Johan brought Voetspore home to showcase SA’s unique beauty and hidden gems. This year, the journey continues. Johan is married to Alma and lives in Kleinmond in the Western Cape.
Stefan has worked on a number of Voetspore series as editor, photographer, and videographer since 2005. Because of his move to the Western Cape some nine years ago, he became less involved in the production, but made a welcome return in 2016 with the Reunion trip and again in 2017 as photographer and editor on the India series. Stefan was the cameraman for the ViSA 1 series and again so for ViSA 2. He is married to Elizna, has a 9-year old son and lives in Wellington in the Boland.
One of the longest-standing Voetspore team members, Gideon once again joins the team as the photographer on this year’s trip through South Africa. Gideon has been working with Johan for over 20 years on various productions, including most of the Voetspore series. This will be his 11th Voetspore trip. Gideon is well known for capturing breathtaking star trails and a Voetspore camp under the African skies without Gideon on the harmonica, is just not the same. He lives in Pretoria and has a daughter, Neva.
Streicher embarked on his first Voetspore journey when he was just 9 years old. He continued traveling with the team until the age of 16 when first school obligations and later university studies prevented him from joining the expedition. Now, as a post-graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, Streicher yet again joins the team on a journey through South Africa. Streicher is primarily responsible for capturing a different point of view through the action cameras and for updating the social media pages.
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism at the University of Pretoria, Nina ventured off to Cape Town as an event co-ordinator at Wild Clover Breweries. Realising her passion for people and nature, she joined Voetspore Safaris in 2018. Nina organises tours and also acts as host, cook and guide. During Voetspore in South Africa (2) she will do this for the Voetspore Team as well.
Norbert is a field guide and hails from Riemvasmaak where he has been actively involved in the development of the tourism facilities and 4x4 routes in the area. His first trip with the team was from Casablanca to the Cape in 2009 and this will be Norbert‘s 8th Voetspore journey. Norbert’s knowledge of the veld, the Namaqualand and Richtersveld areas makes his contribution to the team invaluable and the fact that he is great at baking bread on the open fire is a bonus!