Exciting changes to image and branding within the Thompsons Travel Group

Celebrating 30 years in the tourism business, the Thompsons Travel Group kicks off our anniversary celebrations this year, with new corporate branding, accompanied by an energized enthusiasm to create remarkable holidays for our global passengers.


…so many new developments to keep us all on our toes and we look to the future with anticipation – 2010 here we come!


Having grown from humble beginnings since the company’s inception in 1978, The Thompsons Travel Group has become one of Southern Africa’s largest holiday suppliers, with over 600 staff within South Africa and six neighbouring countries.   The Thompsons Travel Group encompasses six distinct divisions, each with its own clear identity.  The two divisions that work hand-in-hand to supply holiday packages throughout Africa to international travellers are:
Thompsons Africa AND Thompsons Touring & Safaris.

Bright orange within the Thompsons Africa branding reflects the vibrancy of an African sunset, and the earthy brown incorporated into the Touring & Safaris branding is reminiscent of a safari in Africa.

THOMPSONS AFRICA is a Destination Management Company, with years of extensive, hands-on experience, providing the international leisure traveller with extraordinary travel itineraries.  We offer a full range of travel services, from transfers, airport meet and greet, through to specialized itineraries for groups and tailor-made itineraries for individuals.  We excel at the more tried-and-tested itineraries and routes, however we are also adept at unique customized holidays and special interest tours, such as birding safaris, wellness and golfing packages and breathtaking wedding and honeymoon packages.

THOMPSONS TOURING & SAFARIS operates our fully-escorted (overland guided), set itinerary, scheduled departure tours throughout Southern Africa.  Our fully-escorted tours are our flagship product.  With over 30 years of perfecting our tours, we can lay claim to a truly unbeatable service.  To maintain this service excellence, we have invested in our own impeccably maintained fleet of vehicles, we also employ our own Tour Guides and Tour Drivers.  Our Tour Guides are the best in the industry; experienced, hands-on, friendly and passionate about their areas of expertise.  We run all of our own overland escorted (guided) tours, as well as day tours and adventure activities in all of the major centres, and we offer private tours for families and small groups.  

After the launch of our company logo, our next step was to re-brand all of our touring vehicle fleet.  Our vehicles now sport magnificent pictures of wildlife, with captions taken from popular songs, to depict a sense of holiday fun and frivolity.  

Our Meet & Greet staff have been kitted out in bright royal blue and orange uniforms so that our passengers arriving in Africa will be welcomed with warmth and colour at the very beginning of their African holiday adventure.


Thompsons has always focused on two core principals: knowledgeable staff and exceptional service.  

We are taking this philosophy a step further in our ‘journey to remarkability’, and to show our commitment to our passengers to provide exceptional service, Thompsons Africa is spear heading and developing, along with other key players in the tourism industry, a TRAVELLERS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHARTER, which will IDENTIFY and PROTECT the RIGHTS of TRAVELLERS WITHIN SOUTHERN AFRICA, to be release shortly - watch this space!  


We have added more colour and some fun to our Durban City Tour, which is the ideal introduction to this coastal 'hotspot', a city shaped by its early Colonial Settlers, the indigenous Zulu population and the Indians that arrived as indentured laborers in the 19th century.  New to the agenda is a fascinating visit to the Phansi Museum, home to a beautifully displayed private collection of Southern African artifacts and traditions, including elaborate beadwork, headrests, Zulu clay pots and various other treasures.  The highlight of the new tour is the chance to enjoy a traditional Indian ‘Bunny Chow’ at Durban’s famous Blue Lagoon.  ‘Bunnies’ as they are affectionately referred to by ‘Durbanites’ are fresh loaves of bread, hollowed out in the centre, and filled with to the brim with fresh vegetable or meat curries – Durban curries are well known to be pretty fiery, with nicknames like ‘Mother-in-law’s tongue’, but one is able to purchase a ‘Bunnie’ to suit all palettes.  ‘Bunnies’ are best enjoyed, using your fingers and taking in the warm Indian Ocean vistas of Durban’s Blue Lagoon.  Still included in the tour are the ‘old favourites’, like a drive along Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’, a drive past Durban’s City Hall and a stop at the Durban Botanical Gardens, founded in 1849 and home to a fine mix of African, Asian and American trees and plants.

In Johannesburg, where South Africa’s social transformation is most evident, our City Tour has been tweaked to include more arts and culture.  Our passengers will now drive through the newly renovated suburb of Melville, as well as stop at Newtown Market, where a variety of African arts and artifacts are on sale.  Now included is a visit to Museum Africa, Johannesburg’s premier cultural history museum – here you can step into and feel the vibe of a typical 1950’s shebeen (bar), complete with mannequins in Stetson hats, a gumba-gumba record player and an inescapable pub atmosphere.

To find out more about our Durban and Johannesburg city tours, please click on the link below:


Getting the Munitenge through the Victoria Falls border was quite a scene with 15 people shouting instructions from all directions as the driver and Thompsons team dug furiously below the boom for two hours in order to maneuver this 16 metre x 4 metre beauty through the gate, as she made her way to the Chobe River.  The Munitenge, named after a local Paramount Chief of the Chobe district was ordered at the end of 2006 and was eventually officially christened by the Chief’s wife on the 19th February 2008.  “It was a proud moment for us all as she set off on her maiden voyage”, said Rex Kelly of Thompsons Africa, Botswana.  

The Munitenge is classed as a 50-seater, but can take the weight of 90 people.  It is constructed entirely of aluminium and fibre glass and is therefore, despite its size, very light at under 3 tons.  The pontoons are compartmented so if one or more rupture, she will remain afloat.  She is powered by two 60 horsepower fuel-injected 4-stroke motors and, with her shallow draft creates very little wake, which is important in an area sensitive to high-density boat traffic.  A small viewing deck, with standing room for 10 passengers is situated centrally upstairs.  His and Hers porta toilets are located at the stern and life jackets are available on board in the event of an emergency.

The Chobe River is renowned for awesome wildlife sightings as well as some of the best bird life in Africa!  For a full range of holiday packages and tours in Chobe Botswana, a safari destination of the highest quality, please make use of the below link to access further information and suggested itineraries.

Please do get in touch with us for advice on travel in Africa or for a quotation on a safari holiday of a lifetime!

Alternatively, visit our website for a wealth of destination information and holiday packages and tours.

Happy Travels!

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Thompsons Africa are travel specialists to Africa with 30 years experience in the industry. We offer a full range of travel services from group tours to tailor made holidays for individuals. With 14 of our own ground handling operations in Southern Africa, we are always close at hand to assist our passengers. Our guided overland tours are our flagship product, with our own fleet of impeccably maintained vehicles, and our own Tour Drivers and Guides, you can be assured of a quality experience.

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