Hartley’s Safaris and Oceans & Islands


We are an independent bespoke tour operator with offices situated in Johannesburg, South Africa and Lincoln in the United Kingdom.

Hartley’s pride ourselves on having two specialist divisions, Hartley’s Safaris and Hartley’s Oceans & Islands.

The name Hartley’s has been synonymous with Africa since 1834. Our origins are set deep in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, where David Hartley, one of the doyens of the safari industry operated Xugana Island Lodge, Xugana Mokoro Trails & Tsaro Elephant Lodge for 26 years. A natural extension of his lodge and charter operations was a tour organisation specializing in tailor made safaris to Southern, Central & East Africa.

In 2001, our Johannesburg office opened the ‘Hartley’s Ocean & Islands’ division with a focus on Island holidays and particular specialist knowledge on scuba diving. For the South African outbound traveller we offer holidays to remote island & beach wilderness destinations all over the world and for the inbound international traveller we offer specialist knowledge of Southern & East Africa’s diving & beach destinations.

The Hartley’s Team have secured a vast network of contacts, with direct access to all hotels, lodges, flights and transfers thus ensuring at competitive pricing. As a company, we are extremely proud of our respected and long standing reputation within the travel industry.



  • ϕ Pre & Post Conference Travel
  • ϕ Destination Management
  • ϕ Incentive Travel
  • ϕ Special Interest Tours
  • ϕ Corporate Getaways
  • ϕ Conferences
  • ϕ Teambuilding


Our passion is travel. We believe in growth through experience and want to move you and your team, offering a three dimensional, personalised and comprehensive package that begins from the moment you meet us and lingers.

The Hartley’s team think out of the box, we are committed to and strive for excellence. One of our strengths that we pride ourselves on is the fact that our business is built purely on referrals and repeat clients.


Our Portfolio

  • ϕ Investec
  • ϕ African Independent Insurance Brokers
  • ϕ Universal Healthcare
  • ϕ Murray & Roberts
  • ϕ Springbok World Cup Rugby Team 2011 (SARU)
  • ϕ International Society of Paediatric Neurologists (ISPN)
  • ϕ International Andreas Gruntzig Society (Cardiologists)(IAGS)
  • ϕ Coretalk (Pty) Ltd
  • ϕ Wheels Underwriting Managers (Pty) LTD
  • ϕ France-Reunion-South Africa Cardiovascular Disease Meeting (FRSA)
  • ϕ Mimecast
  • ϕ BASF
  • ϕ WOC21 World Orchid Conference 2014
  • ϕ TBWA South Africa

For the above clientele, we offered the following:

Personal travel service and incentive travel. Over the years we have been appointed as the official tour operator for pre and post travel for both local and international medical conferences held on our continent.

We enjoy the challenge of organising specialized team builds and one of our favourites to date included the hosting of the Springbok Rugby team’s pre-Rugby World Cup Team Build and getaway.

John Smit’s quote ‘one of the best days I have experienced in Africa as a South African’ and both Butch James and Victor Matfield’s autobiographies, make reference to the success of this teambuilding event!!

Leave the Planning to Us

  • ϕ We will engage in comprehensive brief and regular updates and feedback with our client
  • ϕ We will sift through the over whelming choices of destinations and experiences on offer and match this to your expectations, preferences, timing and budget
  • ϕ We co-ordinate the venue
  • ϕ We book the international, regional and domestic schedule flights (as long as they at some stage come through a South African airport).
  • ϕ We book all charter, rail and boat transfers where necessary
  • ϕ For attendees we plan:
    • Bookings for additional activities not included in the programme
    • Extended travel to the region for pre and post conference travel
  • ϕ Assistance to management of the day to day programme and a ‘travel desk service’
  • ϕ We source the permits & licences if necessary
  • ϕ We advise on motivational speakers
  • ϕ We organise the gifts & room drops
  • ϕ We book the entertainment
  • ϕ We include spousal programmes to include all the needs of spouses and family for the duration of the trip.

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