RETURNAfrica partners with local communities in order to develop, brand, market and manage a collection of high-quality experiences at iconic destinations in southern Africa.
RETURNAfrica’s origins lie at Pafuri in the far north of the Kruger National Park. It is here, on the ancestral land of the Makuleke people, that we have built a unique partnership and a collection of superb safari experiences. Our operation is rooted in more than two decades of friendship with the Makulekes, who lost their home under apartheid but who have now returned as our landlords, our business partners and our guides.
Our concession lies in a vast triangle between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers along South Africa’s northeastern frontier. Between them, the two great valleys embrace one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes with mountains and gorges in the west giving way to plains, pans, baobabs and fever tree forests in the east. The land, particularly the low-lying floodplains near the confluence at Crooks’ Corner where our camps are located, harbours an abundance of life. Huge herds of elephant, buffalo and other game congregate here, especially when the surrounding bush lies parched before the rains. Predators and scavengers, ranging from the great cats and hyenas to servals, genets, civets, caracals, amongst many others, find shelter here. The wildlife roams without the hindrance of borders in a transfrontier park that spans three countries. Our diversity also brings a profusion of birds, with numerous specials in what pundits regard as South Africa’s most rewarding birding destination.
In Cape Town, our portfolio includes Welgelegen Boutique Hotel. Spaced in two Victorian-built houses, Welgelegen is in a tranquil and quiet area. Within a short walk of the more bustling Kloof Street some of Cape Town’s best local restaurants, bars and artisanal stores can be explored. The Cableway, Camps Bay and The Waterfront are no more than a ten-minute drive, and with views of both Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, Welgelegen truly is its translation: Well situated.
RETURNAfrica partners with the African Safari Foundation, an independently managed not-for-profit, to build partnerships that return benefits to the land and all those it sustains. Please contact us should you wish to make a donation to the Makuleke community or their land. All projects are carefully selected and responsibly governed.
RETURN to Africa where it all began
RETURN the land to the people and the wildlife who once roamed it
RETURN benefits to our partners and communities who own the land
RETURN to our true selves through a journey of the spirit
We base our tourism philosophy on three pillars: REMEMBER, RESTORE and RENEW
REMEMBER: The land, the people, the wildlife, the things in life that matter
RESTORE: The land, the natural balance, the dignity of people, our sense of self
RENEW: Our minds, bodies and souls