Why use us?
Because it’s more cost effective to book through an agency in Africa so we are able to offer superior rates. Furthermore we offer complimentary financial protection.
What sets us apart?
When we create an itinerary for you, we place a lot of care and attention into ensuring that our proposal is perfectly suited to you. We do not run automated computer models that simply spit out itineraries and suggestions – we take our time to give you a good, honest, professional and well-priced proposal. In some ways, one could say we offer the best of the “old” combined with the best of the “new” – we run our business on old fashioned values using the best of modern technology! We are also a SafariBookings.com destination expert.
Over the years we have developed a culture or business ethos that focuses 100% on:
Up-to-date knowledge – Being based here in Africa, we have our ears close to the ground and know what is happening here RIGHT NOW, not what was happening the last time we went on a fact-finding mission. We keep up to date with developments in the hospitality industry – we know which hotels have new owners, which restaurants have deteriorated recently, which game lodges have had a re-vamp, which guesthouses have won this year’s awards, etc. This “inside” knowledge is valuable and is something that we pass onto you when planning your trip.
Expert product knowledge – We only offer destinations and accommodation options that have recently been personally tested by an Open Road Tours staff member. With our local knowledge, we will help you discover unique and charming places you might otherwise have missed. We invest in our consultants by regularly sending them on trips to see new properties and products as well as to ensure that standards at existing properties etc remain up to standard.
Perfectionism – At Open Road Tours we subscribe to the philosophy that the pass mark in tourism is 100% – anything less than getting everything absolutely right 100% of the time is just not good enough. Everything we do is obsessively checked, double-checked and then checked again to ensure that the programme runs smoothly once your holiday starts.
Passion for Africa – We are blessed to live here in Africa. We are absolutely passionate about this continent – this is our home and we genuinely can’t wait to share it with you!
Best Price Guarantee
No service fee – Open Road Tours do NOT place any service fee on our time and expertise in organising your tailor-made holiday.
No hidden costs – We believe in the long-term view and this means no nasty surprises – all of our pricing includes all taxes and tourism levies. All our itineraries will always have a detailed list of exactly what the tour price includes and excludes, so there are no nasty surprises.
Open Road Tours is a member of SATSA and our membership number is 2415. Please feel free to verify our standing with SATSA by contacting them directly:
Tel: +27-11-886 9996
Financial Cover – In addition to Open Road Tours being bonded, booking with Open Road Tours means you automatically have financial cover in the event that a property that you are booked into goes out of business or burns down etc. It is important to note that this financial protection is not travel insurance. You will have to make sure that you are appropriately covered against cancellation fees and curtailment costs in case of medical reasons preventing you from travelling.
Secure payment options – In the modern world of e-commerce, our bank has sophisticated software that facilitates payments to be made to us via their secure online payment system. This means that we never get to see your credit card details so there is never any risk of your personal details being compromised. You can choose between making a credit card payment using this secure online payment system or making an international bank transfer. Either way, your private banking and/or credit card details are entirely secure throughout the payment process.
24 hour Support – You need someone who not only knows Africa, but someone who is right here IN Africa to sort things out for you. Immediately! Since we are based here, in the same time zone as you will be in, we can react fast in the event of any issue or emergency. We have a manager on duty 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. We give this number to you prior to your arrival in Africa and we encourage you to call us at any time during your visit should the need arise.
Open Road Tours’ mission and goal is to help with all conservation efforts in South Africa.
We work best with camps, lodges and hotels that understand and protect the wildlife and ecosystems and are involved in these good causes. This includes protection through anti-poaching and promoting the reintroduction of indigenous species. Many African safari camps also support research projects that enhance an understanding of the wildlife areas in which they operate.
Just by travelling and booking with us, you help uplift local communities, enrich lives, fund conservation projects, and make a tangible difference in Africa’s wildlife, landscapes, and people.
Meet the team
Francois RaubenheimerFrancois is a full time guide who has worked for Open Road Tours for approximately 14 years. He has a yes can-do attitude to life and is always cheerful and thus very like able.
After graduation he joined the SA Police Force as a Detective.
Francois’s services are often used when clients feel the need for protection and privacy on their tours. He is often requested by clients due to his experience, engaging personality and thorough all-round knowledge of South Africa & the world.
The safety of his guests is his top priority whether in transit or walking.
Hannah RaubenheimerHannah is a Certified SA Specialist and the backbone to the business. She holds various qualifications in different areas of the Tourism Industry. She is very well organised and a huge asset to ensuring that we provide the best possible service to you, our clients. She’s always uplifting , and creative , loves tourism, learning new languages and is always friendly, helpful and keeps her clients informed at all times.
Hannah always goes the extra mile to make sure her clients are happy and have a good trip.
Günther RaubenheimerGünther has been involved in the Tourism Industry for 5 years. He holds various qualifications in Photography, Private Investigation etc. He has traveled extensively throughout South Africa and the world and has a great sense of humour and gets on very well with people of all age and race groups. Günther is very athletic and enjoys outdoor excursions ranging from open walks to trails, mountain climbing, golfing to extreme outdoor activities. He is our trusted bookkeeper and Honeymoon and Island Specialist. He is a “go-getter” , energetic, active and a high powered business manager.
PAUL BRUM, CANADA
Everything that Hannah did for us was amazing. The level of professionalism is top notch and with that also her friendly self shines through always. I feel that Hannah is the best and she really loves her work and it shows. Treat yourself and book with Hannah. No matter what you dream your trip to be I am sure Hannah can help you plan it.
UWE PATZLER, GERMANY
If you are looking for friendly people, marvellous hotels in enchanting places of South Africa, interesting stops on your journey, lots of knowledge from the countryside and a brilliant organisation, than you should make your travel with Hannah. We have one of the most beautiful holiday we ever had in a wonderful country with our excellent guide and her company. She was available for us 24/7 to sort any question and queries we had. Thank you Hannah for an unforgettable holiday in South Africa! We are excited and will come back soon!
PETER DAHLER, AUSTRALIA
Hannah's sterling efforts in organising our trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls ensured the experience we had was seamless and memorable leaving us with fond memories of South Africa, the people, the scenery, the flora and fauna, and, of course, the wine and the food. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, and her excellent co-workers. We look forward to utilising her services again at some time in the future and have no hesitation in recommending her company to our friends and family.