Ultimate Adventures started 11 years ago, with the dream of exploring Africa’s wildest destinations while delivering top-quality self-drive tours that the whole family could enjoy.
Attention to detail and personalised service was the foundation of our business, and hasn’t changed throughout the years.
We offer off-road adventures in all corners of Southern and Eastern Africa, from the snow-capped mountains of Lesotho, to the wide-open plains of the Serengeti.
Ultimate Adventures is our baby, and with our husband and wife partnership comes passion and dedication, differentiating us from the rest. Our mission is to make every adventure memorable and to create stories that will be told for years to come.
One thing to remember… you don’t have to have the best 4×4 by far, and you don’t have to be the most experienced camper. What you do have to be is a lover of the outdoors, seeking new adventures and new friends. Someone who enjoys sunsets and sunrises with a twist, whether that be elephants in your view, or the never-ending valleys and mountains of Africa’s finest destinations…
Our Ultimate Adventures guarantee to you is that every tour will be run professionally and efficiently, to ensure that you make memories to last a lifetime, and become a member of our ever-growing family!
MEET THE TEAM
Simon Steadman is a registered Professional 4×4 Trails and Overland Tourist Guide, 4×4 driver-training instructor, and assessor. He was also on the founding committee of OGATO (Overland Guides and Tour Operators). Since 2006, he has been guiding off-road trails and tours to some of Africa’s wildest destinations, including a 44-day expedition to the Serengeti. One of his greatest assets as a tour guide is his ability to remain calm in the most trying of circumstances, and to think clearly and logically while under pressure. What also goes down well with clients are his fine cooking skills, warm and gentle nature, and the great hospitality that anyone would enjoy.
He co-authored the very-successful “4×4 Routes through Southern Africa” published by Map Studio in 2011, contributing two chapters to the publication; and is the host and executive producer of the successful off-road DVD, “Ultimate Off-Road Guide Volumes 1 &2.”
Desiree Steadman has a passion for the outdoors, and a fervent desire to make every adventure memorable. She works well with groups of people, and always adds the fun factor. She has five years of corporate Sales and Marketing experience, so enjoys building relationships, and understands the needs and requirements of every client – thus ensuring that Ultimate Adventures continuously delivers quality service. She is passionate about conservation, which makes her the ideal head of our conservation department, and is constantly on the lookout for new conservation initiatives for Ultimate Adventures to support. All these qualities ensure that clients of Ultimate Adventures always feel part of our adventure family by the time that they leave us.
Our Prestige range of tours is aimed at the off-road adventurers who enjoy a bit more luxury on their travels, and the intimacy of small groups. These tours are limited to a maximum of 4 guest vehicles, and no children under 12 are permitted. Our qualified bush chef will spoil you with a delicious breakfast and dinner every day, giving you more time to enjoy the bush as you don’t have to worry about cooking. We pride ourselves on our exquisite bush cuisine and attention to detail.
Accommodation on our Prestige tours is a mixture of camping while out in the wild, and staying at lodges or guesthouses when on the road, travelling to and from our destinations. This relieves you of the task of pitching a tent for just a one-night stopover.
Our Prestige tours will take you to the unique destinations you’ve always dreamed of visiting, but have never wanted to tackle alone. While exploring these exciting destinations, you will experience everything that the area has to offer, to make sure that you maximise the experience. All these activities and cultural experiences are included in the tour price − you don’t have any unexpected costs to worry about.
All our Prestige tours are personally guided by Simon and Desiree Steadman, and accompanied by Esrom, our qualified bush chef.
Prestige tours include the following:
- All accommodation costs
- All park entry fees
- All activities
- Guide fees
- Breakfast & dinner daily
- A gift pack
- A photo book
- VHF radio hire
The tours in our Adventure range are aimed at the off-road adventurer who is looking for a true bush experience, camping in Africa’s wildest destinations.
These tours are limited to a maximum of 10 guest vehicles, and children of any age are permitted. Our qualified bush chef will spoil you with a delicious dinner every day, so that you will have more time to enjoy the bush sunsets and not worry about having to rush back to camp and start cooking. We pride ourselves on our exquisite bush cuisine and attention to detail.
Accommodation on our Adventure tours is purely camping, in order to keep them as cost-effective as possible. We utilise only the best campsites in each area, with most having full ablution facilities. We spend a lot of time camping in unfenced campsites, so you get the ultimate bush experience on every tour, with some great animal encounters forming part of the deal.
Our Adventure tours focus on Africa’s premier wilderness areas, with new destinations added to the tour calendar every year. Destinations for these tours include gems such as the Okavango Delta, Serengeti National Park, and the great Zambia migrations of wildebeest and fruit bats.
All our Adventure tours are guided by our experienced overland guide, Laurent Changuion, and the dinners are prepared by Esrom, our famous bush chef.
Adventure tours include the following:
- All accommodation costs
- All park entry fees
- Guide fees
- Dinner daily
- A gift pack
Southern Namibia Explorer: 30 March-13 April
Tanzania Ruaha & Selous Expedition: 29 July-23 August
Ultimate Kgalagadi Experience: 16-27 October
Ultimate Botswana Adventure: 15-24 February
Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 6-16 March
Kaokoland Expedition: 14-29 April
Makgadikgadi Pans Baobab Adventure: 11-17 May
Okavango Delta Adventure: 8-16 June
Serengeti Migration Expedition: 22 June-21 July
Lesotho Sani Pass & Katse Dam Adventure: 7-10 August
Richtersveld & Fish River Canyon Adventure: 17-24 August
Mana Pools National Park: 14-24 September
Molopo River Adventure: 28 Sep-4 Oct
Gonarezhou National Park: 12-19 October
Zambia Migrations Expedition: 9-22 November
To book your place on one of these incredible tours, contact Simon and Desiree by filling out the form below.
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