Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours

Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours

Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours
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Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours ( T/A as WILDTRACKERS private safaris ) is a Cape Town based Tour Operator, established in 1998 by Wayne and Catherine Donaldson. We believe that quality of service and the personal touch make a big difference to our guests. Every guest has a different expectation of their time on tour. It is for this reason that we prefer to offer private tours. We are able to structure packages according to our client's requests, time constraints and budget. We welcome questions and are happy to organise your entire stay in South Africa , including accommodation all around the country, tours, internal flights and safari packages to our Private and National Parks.We specialise in privately guided safaris in Southern Africa, as well as private up-market tours around the Western Cape & Cape Town.
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Alexandra S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
What a great experience! We have booked Wayne as our guide for the private Safaris in October and it was the best decision. So many great animal sightings! Wayne knew all the spots and places where to go so we had a fantastic time in the bush. We really enjoyed his cooking skills and the sundowner drinks. If we will ever come back to ZA we would definitely book Wayne as our guide again. Best wishes from the sisters from Germany!
Written 17 October 2022
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Laura R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We spent 2.5 weeks on safari /touring South Africa with Wildtrackerssafaris/Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours and had an amazing experience. Our Guide, Wayne Donaldson, was fantastic. He has deep knowledge of Cape Town, including the Garden Route and is experience as a safari guide is the best. Wayne exceeded our expectations in every way and provided the 6 of us with a trip of a lifetime. All accommodations were exceptional, including restaurants and meals prepared in camp. Wayne's knowledge of the bush and animals was such a gift to our overall safari experience. Thanks to Wayne for providing outstanding hospitality and preparing a tour that exceeded all our expectations.
Written 26 September 2022
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Kate Heinle
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was my first time in South Africa and on a Safari,
but I don't think it could be better. Our guide and Ranger Wayne shows us so great, interesting and beautiful places. It was a great experience and I when I come back I would only do thus trip with him again.
Written 17 October 2022
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TLW100
Somerset West, South Africa17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We were invited guests to Walkers Bush Villa in the Timbavati reserve in July 2019. Thanks Wayne for always finding something spectacular to look at....Leopard (twice) Elephants...soooo many of them and the Lions....to name but a few. Great to have an experienced ranger to learn from on every trip...be it early morning game drives or sundowners. An incredible experience with wonderful memories made.....I think we will all be waving at the Giraffes for many years to come (ha ha ha). Thanks Wayne, much appreciated!!
Written 1 October 2019
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虎 哥
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
We had such an amazing time with Wayne and the staff at Keer Keer. We were so well fed and were made to feel very much at home. Wayne goes that extra mile in making sure that the smallest details are covered - things such as food allergies, food and drink preferences, and his commitment to making sure that we managed to catch our share of great sightings. Will definitely be back and will definitely be recommending to our friends. Cheers Wayne, have a good one!
Written 15 May 2019
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Hi Eugene & Sofie, Many thanks for the great review!!. I am so happy that you and your friends had a great time on safari with me at the Keer Keer lodge in the Timbavati. A more rustic style camp, but I think its great for the budget traveler, and the more adventurous safari tourist. Till next time Regards Wayne
Written 19 September 2019
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Scottie1977
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
It's difficult to put into words how fantastic the time our group spent with Wayne was..but I'll give it a go.

The first thing I have to say is that the knowledge of the land (both on our Safari and Cape Town visit) is second to none. We were a group of 8 who rented Walkers River Camp for 6 days for my 40th birthday and both Wayne and his father (Pat) made it the trip of a lifetime for everyone. The attention to detail and planning was outstanding, taking in the big 5, the ugly 5, the small 5 and then some more - the experience was something dreams are made off.

The respect for the animals and land felt reciprocated as every animal seemed to know Wayne and his father. We were also lucky enough to have Wayne cater for the group with evening meals and breakfasts fit for royalty, sampling traditional dishes each night and a breakfast selection often found in the best Mayfair hotels. All our meals were suggested by Wayne and agreed on before we arrived along with what we would like the bar stocked with in the camp. A Self Catering accommodation with a chef available..perfect.

Wayne and Pat were the perfect addition to our group and pitched perfectly avoiding the feeling of overbearing tour guides. They're stories of the land, animals and growing up in the surrounding areas are the things BBC documentaries are made off. It was a treasured gift that I will carry for the rest of my life.

Speaking of gifts, each night we had sun downers (evening drinks) in some of the most majestic spots on the planet. This was all topped off with a surprise arranged on one of the plains for my 40th birthday by Wayne and Pat where a fire pit, bar and chairs had been set up..he wasn't kidding when he said he was taking me to the best bar in South Africa..celebrating my 40th with the Donaldson's and my friends as we watched the sun go down as Giraffes and Zebra walked by was...well,exactly as it sounds.

Taking the private camp gave us the perfect rest and relaxation time between our drives. Although we were in camp we could sit and watch the animals in transit and often eye ball them as the came up to the perfectly hidden electric fence of the camp.

Leaving the camp after our visit was emotional but thankfully we had arranged for Wayne to take us out in CapeTown to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, The Cape of Good Hope and the surrounding land. Wayne also arranged for his contact Jamie to take us on a Wine Tasting Trip, again like Wayne and Pat, Jamie was a true gentleman with a passion for South Africa and Wine that radiating throughout our group.

Throughout this whole experience Wayne had his camera and took pictures of the entire trip, these pictures have an editorial feel and could easily be found in the pages of National Geographic and of course VOGUE (well... the ones I am in).

Wayne is a chef, photographer, Cape Town specialist, Safari Legend and all round top guy. If you are thinking of making arrangements with him then don't hesitate, this is the guy, along with his father, who will deliver the holiday of a lifetime. I've been back for 4 days and am still emotional over the trip and experience the Donaldson's gave us.

Have you ever been on a trip that you want everyone to experience....this was it.

If you book..enjoying this life changing experience.
Written 29 March 2017
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Hi Scott, So sorry for the late response, but as you know I had a few back to back safaris after you guys!. So thank you so much for an amazing review !!. I like to think that we are on the right track with the way we do things, but seeing your review is overwhelming, and at the same reassuring that our private safaris are up there with some of the greatest safari adventures that you will get in our country. Going back though your photo's ... it really looked like you guys had a lot of fun, so I am very happy that your 40th birthday was spent with us in the bush, and that you had a blast!!. Once again ... many thanks, and till next time, keep well. Regards Wayne
Written 6 May 2017
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Daniel G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Wayne hosted my family during 3 great days at the Walkers Bush Villa. We were a quite diverse group with ages between 7 and nearly 80 and we all fully enjoyed the experience. Both at the camp and the bush Wayne did a great work and we all left thinking we should repeat at some moment.
Among several top sightings I would highlight wild dogs fighting hyenas for the leftovers of a kill, several leopards hanging on trees and huge buffalo herds coming for a drink.
Written 4 June 2019
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Hi Daniel, Many thanks for such a great review, and sorry for the late response ... just been a bit busy!!. It was really awesome to meet you and your family, and really enjoyed been able to guide you around on your safari in the greater Kruger National Park, at Walkers Bush Villa. We where really lucky with some great sightings, and that's what makes a safari out here so great, is that you just don't know whats waiting for you around the next corner. Until next time Keep well Regards Wayne
Written 25 June 2019
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jclavan
Delft, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We are Jose and Tom Clavan from Delft in the Netherlands. We made a trip with Wayne (3x).
And started in Johannesburg. The trip went down to Graskop,Walkers river kamp,Lower Sabie,Pongola,St.Lucia,Imfolozi and the Drakensbergen. Just like the last two trips with Wayne it was incredible.We tought it would be awsome but it was more then that. His knowledge of animals is to no end. And he has a great sense of humour. Thank you for making this a real dreamtrip. Hope to see you again in the future.
Written 26 September 2018
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EclecticTravlr
Greenville, SC46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We just spent 2+ weeks in South Africa on a private safari adventure of a lifetime! Many, many thanks to our tour operator/guide/ranger, Wayne Donaldson, for these experiences that exceeded our hopes and expectations. Our 16-day, private tour with custom itinerary for the six of us started in Cape Town, moved on to Stellenbosch and then took us along the Garden Route. Our lodging was a series of spectacular, unique, luxury Guest Houses. I could not begin to pick a favorite location or Guest House. In addition to planning our bespoke itinerary, Wayne selected restaurants and recommended local wines along the way, all of which were spot-on. Our itinerary was well planned but was flexible enough to allow for any changes we wished for along the way.
Then, the highlight of the trip … 6 days/nights in Timbavati Game Reserve. We spent 3 nights in each of 2 camps; both spectacular in their own unique way. Great food & drinks, luxury accommodations and awesome service and attention to detail. Sundowners in the bush were a highlight. During 12 game drives we saw and experienced almost everything the bush had to offer! Seeing the animals and birds were only the beginning. Watching them live their lives and gain a better understanding their “lifestyles” and habits was fascinating. Wayne went out of his way to be sure that we saw and experienced as much as possible, even the illusive male lion. This was an adventure I had dreamed of all my life, and Wayne made it all happen!
As an amateur photographer, I was really looking forward to capturing lots of photographic memories of the trip. With Wayne’s help, I got many! Whether it was his technical guidance, artistic suggestions or positioning the vehicle in the right spot at the right angle, I was able to get many “perfect” shots. Wayne has also shared his amazing pics of the trip with us. I can’t wait to get started on my trip photo album.
Wayne’s lifetime of experience in the bush, knowledge, passion for the animals and excitement in sharing our experiences was the bonus that Wayne brought to our adventure. I wholeheartedly agree with all the wonderful comments made by Wayne’s clients in the other TripAdvisor reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed our 16 days together and were truly sad to leave South Africa to go home. Wayne will always be a friend, and we eagerly look forward to our next visit to South Africa!
Written 14 October 2017
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Hi Diane, Many thanks for such a great review !!. This trip was a long time in the making, and I am so glad that it all went well. It was a real pleasure to be able to guide the 6 of you from from Cape Town, all the way up the Garden Route, and then finishing off with my best ... and that being our private safaris that we do in the Kruger. I take great pride in being able to show you a safari the way we think it should be done. Once again, thank you .. and we will hopefully see you again in the future!!. Regards Wayne ( owner & guide )
Written 18 October 2017
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cosmoproletVienna
Vienna9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
We (3 adults and a 2.5 year old) had the pleasure of touring Stellenbosch and parts of the Garden Route with Wayne in April 2017.

I cannot compliment him enough - we had a fantastic tour.

Wayne was not only extremely knowledgeable about wine, food and local culture he also gave us valuable insider tips for other parts of our trip. At all times he was flexible to adapt, on-time and made it possible to adapt the trip that even our baby did enjoy.

The only thing I regret is that we did not have the chance to go to Kruger with him - which seems to be his true passion. One more reason to return.
Written 14 June 2017
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Hi Peter & Nora, Thank you so much for the kind words!. It was a real pleasure to drive & guide your family around Cape Town & the Garden Route. I am very happy that all went well, and as you say a great reason to return one day, doing a nice private safari with me would be great!. Keep well, and until next time. Regards Wayne
Written 20 June 2017
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