I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences. A born and bred South African with a love for our culturally diverse country.
I am the managing director of Saltycrax Adventures, an inbound tour operator offering unique and customised tours for individual and group international travelers wanting to explore our beautiful country. I love making people's dream a reality, finding unique and off the beaten track places.
I am also the founder of SAVE Foundation, an NPO that runs various humanitarian and conservation projects in Africa. These projects vary from assisting schools in townships with managing, fundraising and renovations to sports development projects; teaching skills such as swimming, skating and surfing and allowing participants to compete nationally.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"South Africa, Cape Town, Garden Route, West Coast, Kruger, Johannesburg, Durban and road trips around the country.
Foodie tours, Wine tours, Adventure activities like Kite Surfing, Surfing, Shark cage diving, Safaris, Extreme sports activities, sports, and fitness.
Responsible Travel ideas, Volunteering days or weeks, community visits.
Accommodation, Car hire and local advice on great places to eat and explore!"
How did you get involved in travel?
"I have a great passion for South Africa and love exploring its diverse landscapes, tasting foods of international standards, sipping on world-class wines and immersing myself in the many cultures and the history of our country.
I love to show off our country and believe strongly in cross-cultural understanding. I think that people from different cultural backgrounds learn to understand each other through travel. Establishing SAVE Foundation was a natural progression; to create a sustainable and ethical bridge between tourists and locals wanting to assist communities in need."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Where do I start? I can't choose so I'll leave you a few one-liners. If you want to know more, just ask :-)
- South Africa: Traveling from Durban to Cape Town without touching a main road
- Namibia: Our 4x4, sand deep to the door in the Skelton coast desert with no signal or a person in site.
- Peru: Sunrise at Machu Picchu
- Russia: Drinking vodka shots with the International police in Moscow
- China: Having photos taken of me by the locals on the Great Wall of China
- Cuba: Getting lost in Havana with no road names
- Czech Republic: Going head-to-head with a tram in Prague
- UK: Being stuck in Dover on the way to France with no visa
- USA: Traveling coast-to-coast across America
- Zanzibar: Dive tackling a Masai Worrier on the beach
The list goes on..."
Featured trips & expertise
This whirlwind tour features the best of Kruger National Park - home to more than 500 bird species, 100 reptile species, and 150 mammal species, including the Big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, and leopard) and the endangered African wild dog.
Get ready for the road trip of a lifetime! Explore the Western Cape, Little Karoo, Whale Route, and Addo Elephant National Park, and more. Ride down Africa's largest dune on a sand board, explore Wilderness National Park in a canoe, relax and shop in Cape Town, and jump from the world's highest bungee bridge (if you dare!).
Delve into South Africa's rich cultural heritage through its diverse cuisine on this five-day food tour of the Cape Town area. This vibrant city is bursting at the seams with exciting culinary experiences. You'll swirl your wine glasses at a vineyard, attend an African musical dinner theatre performance, and learn to cook traditional Cape Malay dishes with a local.
Safari through three separate zones of Botswana on this family-friendly route. You'll start off amidst the herds in Chobe National Park, known for its elephant population, then fly down to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. This lush ecosystem is bustling with flora and fauna, and you'll take them in from both western Moremi and your final stop on the Pom Pom Lagoon on the delta's eastern side.
"Chasing the light"—a photographer's true calling—has never been this invigorating as you explore the most mesmerizing mountains, rivers, coastlines, and plateaus across the Western and Eastern Capes in South Africa. Flexible for all budgets and skill levels, photographers will explore the shadows of Cape Town's colorful neighborhoods, capture stunning sunrises atop Table Mountain, and cruise the Stanford River in search of glistening sunbeams. End your trip by heading east along the coastal Garden Route for even more photographic scenes of nature and wildlife, including rare rhinos and meerkats in their natural habitats.
After arriving in Johannesburg, you will have the chance to explore the vibrant "City of Gold" including the many art galleries, markets, and historical museums. You will also take a township tour through Soweto, South Africa's "living museum" filled with rich history, before departing for Kruger National Park. A few days in Kruger National Park will give you a full opportunity to discover the reserve's thousands of wildlife species and unique heritage spots before you depart back to Johannesburg and visit Blyde River Canyon along the way.
Recent trip reviews for Carla
Our 21 day South African “Investment Trip” · South Africa - Sep 17 - Oct 12, 2019
Our 21 day South African “Investment Trip” was over the top in so many ways: tailor made itinerary by Carla and Deidre @ Salty Travel with revisions, figuring out and responding to our “wants”, including:
*Cape Town/Presidents Hotel @Bantry Bay - 2 bedroom 2 en-suite bath sitting room and kitchenette, delicious European & full breakfast (eggs cooked to order), delightful staff and daily chocolates!
*Hermanus/Baleens Hotel - unique in style but very comfortable and close proximity... read more
South Africa leg · South Africa - Oct 9 - Oct 16, 2018
Carla was incredibly helpful, friendly, approachable, knowledgable, and adaptable to my changing requests. Even when I thought I was being annoying with my constant questions, I definitely never got that impression from her. I would absolutely use kimkim again, and would recommend Carla to anyone thinking of visiting South Africa.
Day wine tasting tour · South Africa - Sep 17 - Sep 17, 2018
We started planning our trip several months before coming to South Africa. Carla was extremely responsive, she worked with us on itinerary to accommodate our interests. She worked through small issues and we had a wonderful informative tour with our guide Mark. Highly recommend.
Garden route, South Africa · South Africa - Jun 23 - Jun 26, 2018
The trip was amazing from start to finish! I had an amazing time. Carla and my tour guide, Julian were superb! Thank you.
Safari and Johannesburg City (Soweto) · South Africa - Apr 21 - Apr 26, 2018
I found the experience to be good overall. I especially enjoyed the Tremisana lodge in South America and the folks at Marc's treehouse were very accommodating. They had not received my requirement or did not accurately record my requirement for an ensuite but they switched rooms without any problems.
It happened to be a low season and the switch perhaps could not have been possible during the high season.
Initially I found Carla, my kimkim travel agent to be hard to get a hold of... read more
safari with Sophi · South Africa - Apr 20 - Apr 20, 2018
great day trips to both cape point and the safari!!
Table Mountain · South Africa - Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2018
Thanks Carla for your guide through emails. Everything was perfect, on time and the price is reasonable. The driver also cooperative and give us lots of information about cape town. Will definitely recommend this tour.