About us at Umkulu. Umkulu Safari and Canoe Trails was established in 1996. Two student paddlers and wildlife enthusiasts. These were the days where adventure and the unknown drove Hennie & Steve to explore the great rivers of Africa. Well they ended up travelling and overlanding, paddling and exploring. This all took place in Southern and Eastern Africa. They started exploring Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Specializing in overland tours, small group safari adventures and river rafting tours.

Umkulu Safari and Canoe Trails have established excellent working relationships with small adventure and tour operators in Africa. We have collaborated with local operators to offer the best adventures available.

We have endeavored to uphold our reputation to offer value for money adventures in Africa. We believe that our adventures should not be synonymous with unreliability, but rather be focusing on sustainability and responsibility. We have added a level of comfort without losing the sense of adventures on all our trails.

Our river & safari crew strives to respect, admire and honor the routes of nature. We would like you to join us on a lifestyle of adventure. and not just be a tourist on a river or safari trail, but rather a fellow adventure traveler. Hennie is still leading river and safari trails in Southern Africa. All our guides are trained in house and then certified by the local associations. APA: African Paddling Association and FGASA: Field Guide Association of Southern Africa.

What is hot in 2015/16

  • New 5 day transfrontier rafting trail on the orange river.
  • 6 day orange river kayaking trail – 215 km
  • New Wet & Wild safari and river combinations

We pride ourselves on our tailor-made experience and we are flexible to design the perfect adventure for you and your friends and family. Join our team at umkulu and experience some of the best river adventures in africa.