Bush Explorations Africa is owned, led and operated by John Dixon & Nicol Wojke. We are based in the Lowveld in the Beautiful Limpopo Province of South Africa. Our Bush Explorations Offices are in the quaint Village of Kampersrus, just below the Klein Drakensberg Mountains, close to Hoedspruit the Safari Town, fondly called "The Hood".
Our Mission is simple; to take our Guests and their Families and Friends, on routes diverse and stunning, layered with excitement, Wildlife Experiences, following Ancient paths, showcasing true Traditional Cultural places and its Peoples, African History and hugely varied Scenery, discovering much more than the standard Safari experience. This we do by taking the roads less travelled, and go to the efforts of ensuring that sufficient time is built into the Safari Trip to do so. So, let us “Safari together”, it is an experience you will cherish and talk about over the years to come!
The Safaris and Experiences are Tailormade and the Trips are for a Minimum of 4 and a Maximum of 8. This ensures an up close and private Safari Experience. So, whether you are a Family, or Group of Friends you are able to budget and plan accordingly. Our Safari Expeditions are not scheduled runs and we will discuss and craft the Safari according to your potential dates, your budget, availability of the Safari Camps, Weather and Seasonality.
Born in 1969 in Frankfurt am Main Germany, Nicol spent most of her time growing up with her grandparents on the fields where she started exploring the wildlife. In these early years she built a love and passion for wildlife & nature. In her early teenage years she decided to move abroad and was living in the United States with her great aunt and uncle. Nicol was fascinated by the wildife in the North Western Pacific Region, as well as in the different cultures. Of course she took the opportunity to learn to be bilingual.
Nicol did an apprenticeship as a transportation manager and spent many years in the travel industry, working for airlines; tour operators and as a consultant, before she took the next step and became an international management assistant, working in the financial industry. While working in the banking industry she never stopped exploring the world, its peoples and its wildlife. At every opportunity she travelled. While initially her travels took her mostly to South East Asia, once she travelled to Africa and was overwhelmed with its beauty, nature, wildlife, cultures and its peoples. Since then she has kept returning at every opportunity to pursue further safaris and expeditions.
Because of her love for Africa, she could no longer resist and in 2014 she began studying Game Lodge Management and Game Ranch Economics at the Wildlife Campus, which she completed successfully and became an SA specialist.
Nicol has experienced all kinds of expeditions through Southern Africa, including Botswana and Zimbabwe with overland tours, from group safaris to private guided tailor-made safaris. Nicol's passion for Africa and her friendship with JD led to them combining their skills and expertise in order to give their safari guests the opportunity to make the safari of their life into the Wilds of Africa.
John was born in Durban, Natal in 1962. His formative years were spent growing up in Matabele-land in the then Southern Rhodesia. JD’s main passion is photography and filming, African history, traditions and culture of its peoples. JD is a fully qualified NFQ level 4 VPDA guide, with all relevant licences.
With a passion for all things wild, “JD”… as he is known in the safari industry, grew to live his passion out by starting in the safari & tourism industry in the Sabi Sands reserve in 1979, this as a junior “dog’s body” at the formation of the original Sabi Sabi, interspersed with farming projects and military service.
JD spent time immersing himself in taking out guests & visitors on safaris and bush walks. Assisting on game capture operations, setting up leopard research programmes, elephant research, training of field and operational staff, consulting on many development projects in diverse areas and regions, from the Southern African SADEC countries and West Africa Nigeria with the Mantis Collection, from reserves and lodge and camp operations, movie and documentary film shoots, events and launches. Sales and marketing shows to the tourism industry.
Having been fortunate to have spent time at some of the world’s best operations and worked with the top and finest of rangers, trackers and field guides, JD uses only owner led and managed camps with whom he has worked personally. Many of these people are firm friends from Sabi Sabi, Londolozi, Ngala Lodge, Thornybush, the old Khoka Moya Manyeleti, Entabeni and Legend Lodges in the Waterberg, Africa On Foot & Nthambo Tree Camp Klaserie Private Reserve, Walkers River Camp Timbavati, Tuskers And Xcobega Island in Botswana.
JD is able to make your expedition work with your budget and to maximise the experience with over 35 years of expertise, advice and by using the right camps and reserves, wilderness areas, at the correct seasons, with the proper equipment and 4 x 4 vehicles.
A safari expedition with JD is an experience you will not forget. Many of JD’s guests are return visitors with epic and amazing bush tales to tell.