About Us
About Us

Our Mission

Through authentic and immersive safari experiences, we promote the longevity of our unique wilderness concessions and support and strengthen our local communities.

Our Purpose


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“These wilderness areas are for wildlife. They are loaned to us as visitors so that we can help conserve them and sustain their natural integrity.”

Marinus Smith

A partnership steeped in passion Two people on a journey

Marinus Smith was undoubtedly born with an affinity for the wild. His passion for the bush secured his future right in the heart of the wildlife world, spearheading South Africa’s game capture industry in the late 1990s. Ida’s ambitious career in the wildlife veterinary field led her to game capture, where she and Marinus would ultimately cross paths. Their dynamic partnership was solidified in a secret wedding ceremony (in the wilderness, of course), and they built a successful game capture company, before eventually settling in the Lowveld where they launched Wildside Africa.

This is the story of how it all happened – a journey of challenges and triumphs, culminating in the brand that invites you to Exeperience Our Africa.

At Wildside Africa

Our History

At Wildside Africa
 

  • 1994
    The birth of Bundox Wildlife Services, capturing & translocating wildlife across Africa.
  • 1998
    Bundox involved with leopard monitoring after relocating 22 leopards to reserves in Zululand.
  • 2002
    Partnered with ACE (African Conservation Experience) to run conservation experience projects.
  • 2005
    Marinus and Ida were married at Phinda and the couple opened their first safari lodge, Bundox.
  • 2012
    Bundox Safari Lodge opened in its current location in the Greater Kruger Park area.
  • 2014
    Wildside Africa opened with Indawo Trails Camp (now Bundox Explorer Camp) in the Greater Kruger.
  • 2015
    Acquired Mankwe Bush Lodge – first camp in Botswana – and opened Xobega Island Camp in the Delta.
  • 2017
    Acquired Tuskers Bush Camp (now Tuskers Explorer Camp) in the Moremi Wilderness Area.
  • 2020
    Rebuilding Mankwe due to devastating fire in 2016 & upgrading old Indawo Camp to Bundox Explorer Camp.

Botswana Properties:

Maun Office
Tel: +267 77 005 478
Tel: +267 73 893 587

South Africa Properties:

Bundox Safari Lodge
Tel: +27 60 581 1065
Tel: +27 71 949 5808