Roof of Africa Tours is a small family-run business, based in the beautiful village of Underberg. Our dream is to introduce the world to this special place in Africa, so we ensure that you get the most value for your money. We have completely fallen in love with the area that we now call home so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to take you on a journey that we know you will fall in love with. We are confident that the memories you will make on your journey with us, you will hold close to your heart for years to come.
Owners - Emile & Nikita vd Heetkamp
Emile & Nikita vd Heetkamp took over ownership of Roof of Africa Tours in 2016 – with a passion for travel being the driving force!
From the first time you make contact with Roof of Africa Tours, you will deal with us personally as we want to make sure you get the best advice possible and to ensure a smooth booking process.
We love travelling ourselves so its easy for us to know what makes a good or bad tour and put every effort into making your trip special.
Sandile Mzolo grew up in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and has an abundant knowledge of the area.
He loves the culture and history of the area and has many stories to tell you.
Having worked as a guide on the Sani Pass and into Lesotho for many years, he has immense knowledge of the area’s fauna and flora.
Have a look at the amazing reviews Sandile get’s on Roof of Africa’s TripAdvisor page.
Peter Khomari is originally from Lesotho and his hometown is in the Mountains above the Southern Drakensberg.
He is extremely proud of the beauty, history and culture of Lesotho and loves sharing it with his guests.
Peter’s first passion in guiding was field guiding and he studied in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, he thus has an extraordinary knowledge of the plant and animal life common to this area.
Have a look at the amazing reviews Peter get’s on Roof of Africa’s TripAdvisor page.
Emile van den Heetkamp is registered as a tourist guide for the province of KwaZulu-Natal. He grew up in Durban and from an early age loved travelling with his parents.
With an old campervan they drove from the beaches of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape to the mountains of Lesotho and into the open plains of the Kruger National Park.
With that passion for travel instilled, what better way to grow up then to own your tour company. In this case, one just has to escape the mundane office environment.
Aldo Berruti is a deeply experienced guide based in the southern Drakensberg, where he leads unique and authentic vehicle-based tours and hikes.
Well appreciated by his clients as Trip Advisor and Facebook reviews show, he is very knowledgeable about the natural and human world of the Drakensberg, past and present.
Aldo is well known as a specialist bird guide; a natural progression from his earlier life as a research ornithologist, and was the founder Director of BirdLife South Africa, South Africa’s premier bird conservation NGO. Author of three books and with a doctorate in ornithology, Aldo is a curious researcher, a characteristic he has used to gain insight into the southern Drakensberg and Lesotho.
Durban Based Tours
Roof of Africa Tours has partnered with Wild Routes to ever improve our offering and create unique tour experiences that you will remember for a lifetime!
As we are based in Underberg and Wild Routes is based in Durban it thus offers the perfect relationship that benefits you, your guests.
Rest-assured that your entire tour will be handled in-house by one of our professional staff members.
Justin Perumal is committed to creating experiences that engage, surprise and transform the traveller ensuring they connect intimately with the KwaZulu Natal area. Wild Routes Africa, his brainchild, launched in 2016 now specialises in alternative tours and transfers throughout the province and beyond. His approach is simple — listen to your travellers. Their individuality is the key to a rewarding tour.
Exclusive Manyoni Private Reserve Safaris
Roof of Africa Tours has partnered with Luleka Safaris to gain access into the exclusive Manyoni Private Reserve
Luleka Safaris is based in the magnificent 23000ha Manyoni Private Game Reserve, home to the Big 5, cheetah, hyena, wild dog, along with many types of herbivores and smaller animals, including more than 400 bird species.
The majestic Ubombo Mountains form a breath-taking backdrop, coupled with the Msunduzi River which winds its way through the southern portion with its giant Sycamore Figs and Fever Trees, the Reserve is one of the most picturesque in the area.
The varied habitats give rise to ever-changing vistas which serve to enhance the safaris experience. A myriad of wild life encounters and photographic opportunities abound, whether you choose to explore on foot or in one of our customized vehicles. Relax and soak up the wilderness over sun-downers or with one of our famous ‘Ranger Coffees’. Our experienced guides will escort you and make sure you enjoy a memorable journey.