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Matthew Grace & Nicolette Grace ~ Founder & Owner

Matthew Grace & Nicolette Grace ~ Founder & Owner

African Safari Guru

(54 Reviews)
Office In:
South Africa South Africa
1-5 employees (Founded in 2005)
Member Of:
SATOA, FGASA, SATIB, DEAT, CASSETHA, For Wildlife Non Profit Trust & Prodly South African
Tour Types:
Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Botswana BW
Kenya KE
Mozambique MZ
Rwanda RW
South Africa ZA
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
Zambia ZM
Zimbabwe ZW
Matthew Grace & Nicolette Grace ~ Founder & Owner

Matthew Grace & Nicolette Grace ~ Founder & Owner

The African Safari Guru Travel Company was founded in 2005 based on a Passion for Travel, Adventure, Wildlife, People and the Spectacular Landscapes of Southern Africa. It has been for over a decade; we've been Planning and Customising Travel Experiences for our exceptional guests from all over the world. We are a Small Local Travel Company where we have established ourselves as one of the Specialist Travel Designers on the African Continent ~ So much of who we are today is where we have been!!!


Faultless - not one bad thing to say.

From initially inquiring to the transfers from the airport, to the safari itself - everything was seamless.
Any questions were answered promptly and the high level of service meant we felt comfortable in a country we had never travelled to before.
We had 10 days with 2 safaris per day meaning we saw everything we possibly could in different settings. Each location was different but the accomodation was stunning and clean.
Matthew and Nicolette ensured we had everything we needed and checked in with us periodically.
An unforgettable trip that we loved and was better than we could have imagined!
Thank you!

Competent and Honest

My wife and I are frequent travelers but have not yet traveled to Africa.
To accomplish this dream, I started to search the Internet about a year ago looking for someone to organize the trip. That is when I came across Matt Grace from Africa Safari Guru. Matt had excellent credentials and reviews on various Safari groups including Trip Advisor. I contacted Matt and told him what our interests were, the duration of the proposed trip, and our budget. To my surprise, a few days later, I received a very professionally prepared and detailed proposal. Upon review and a few clarification requests and questions, we agreed on an itinerary and locations to visit which included Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Marloth Park in SA, his lodge “Grace of Africa” at the edge of Kruger National Park, Mozambique and back to Cape Town for a two day stay at Franschhoek in a winery lodge. The total trip duration was 30 days and it included accommodation, tours, and transportation between hotels or lodges.
Now that we have completed our adventure and have arrived home and have had time to reflect, I just have to say that all that we had agreed with Matt was complied with. No surprises, sub-standard places/tours, or excuses. Matt and later his wife Nicollet were outstanding and did their utmost to make our trip a very memorable one. Everything Matt committed was met. He was very honest and responsive to all our questions and requests before and during our trip. To complete, if you are considering a trip to this beautiful continent and need help, do not hesitate to contact Matt as you will not regret it.

Wonderful service

Matt arranged two safaris for us - four nights at Sable Alley in Botswana and three nights at Kulala Guest Lodge in Namibia. Our original plans were to travel to Africa in 2020... and we all know how that turned out! Pandemic delays and life-in-the-live-along delayed our plans and Matt kept working with us and the lodges to postpone and re-book our travels. Fortunately we were able to keep our reservations and move the dates forward. Through Matt, we were finally able to realize our bucket list trips and visit these two beautiful countries.

Matt was communicative and is assuring - anyone who plans to use his services should relax and trust him to do what he does best: provide trips and accommodations in his beautiful Africa. As an example, we had to catch "hopper" flights from the local airports to the airstrips in the field. Matt assured us we would be met at each of the local airports, and we were. At each local airport the staff were waiting for us with our names printed on a board, ready to welcome and escort us. They did an excellent job!

The lodge we were booked to stay at in Namibia burned down and Matt worked with the lodge to find alternate accommodations at a lodge in the general area. He made sure we were alerted to the fire and need for alternate accommodations.

We were fortunate to see lion, cheetahs and leopard in Botswana, as well as many of the "usual" animals - elephant, hippo, sable, hyena, wild dogs, and many more. Sable Alley has a fantastic team who provide excellent service.

We stayed in a remote campground in Namibia, Camp Sossus. The chef, Daniel, trained under a Michelin star chef and he presented beautiful and tasty dishes at every turn. The stars in Namibia are a sight to see - so beautiful and so many.

Matt has many destinations for you to choose from... simply let him know what you are interested in and he will work with you to explore your dreams.

Thanks, Matt.

Matthew & Team bring immense knowledge and love of South Africa and curate a special experience

Matthew worked closely with us to design a safari experience tailor made to our needs.

For us, as first time Safari-goers, we did not know what to do expect. He patiently explained the nuances of different regions, accommodations, time of year nuances and travel distances to maximize fun and enjoyment.

We ended up doing a 10 day package in South Africa: 1 day driving on the Panorama Route, 3 days inside Kruger in the rustic Olifants camp doing bush walks, 3 days in the private game reserve Timbavarti at Shindzela camp doing game drives and finally at Matthew's own luxury reserve in the south of Kruger, Grace of Africa.

Each showed us different ways that one can safari and we loved it. Matthew was also quite responsive to us wanting to change up the itinerary on the fly and went out of his way to come up with off-the-beaten-path activities like a local waterfall and driving through rural towns

Incredibly knowledgeable with exceptional service

Where do I even start with how amazing this trip was, thanks to the detailed planning and professionalism of Matthew Grace, from African Safari Guru, and all of the staff we encountered during our three weeks in Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. We did not have to worry about a single thing once we arrived in Nairobi. All the planned accomodation, transportation and activities happened seamlessly. The quality of every camp and hotel was exceptional and Matt was very responsive anytime we needed to confirm details or ask a question, including late at night and weekends!!!

We were able to customise our trip up front with all the specific activities we were looking for. We ventured out on a night safari, visited a Masai village, flew in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara, and headed out on safari riding a camel, with a Masai Guide, to name a few.

We saw the Big 5 and MANY more animals. Each day on safari was unique and exciting! The safaris were personal, and our guides were very experienced and knowledgeable. Heading back to camp each evening and falling asleep to the sounds of lions roaring and hyenas howling among a host of other animal calls...was truly incredible :).

We will never forget the memories made on this trip. We hope to return again and without a doubt will be calling Matt at African Safari Guru.

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