The name really speaks for itself! – Ultimate Adventures. It all started 11 years ago, with the dream of exploring Africa’s wildest destinations while delivering top quality self-drive tours that the whole family could enjoy. Attention to detail and personalized service was the foundation of our business and hasn’t changed throughout the years. We have braved the snow-covered passes of Lesotho, to the highest dunes in the Namib, from beginners to professionals and even tracked from Joburg’s busy life to Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti migration, if you ask us we have done it all.
Ultimate Adventures is our baby, and as a husband and wife partnership comes passion, dedication, and with this we differentiate ourselves from the rest. Our mission is to make every adventure memorable and to create stories that will be told for years to come. Every person on an Ultimate Adventures trip arrives as a guest and leaves as a family member!
One thing to remember….you don’t have to have the best 4x4 by far, you don’t have to be the most experienced camper, what you have to be is a lover of the outdoors, the one that seeks new adventures and new friends, one that enjoys sunsets and sunrises with a twist, may it be elephants in your view, or the never ending valleys and mountains of Africa’s finest destinations….let’s be honest, no one could say no to this!
Simon Steadman, co-owner of Ultimate Adventures, a registered Professional 4x4 Trails and Overland Tourist Guide, 4x4 driver training instructor and assessor and sat on the founding committee of OGATO (Overland Guides and Tour Operators). I have been guiding off-road trails and tours since 2006 to some of Africa’s wildest destinations including a 44-Day expedition to the Serengeti. One of his greatest assets as a tour guide is his ability to remain calm in the most trying of circumstances and to think clearly and logically while under pressure. Other good traits that go down well with his clients are his fine cooking skills, warm and gentle nature, and the great hospitality that anyone enjoys.The co-author of the very successful “4x4 Routes of Southern Africa” book published by Mapsource in 2011, contributing two chapters to the publication. The host and executive producer of the successful off-road DVD,” Ultimate Off-Road Guide Volume 1”, with Volume 22 just being completed and available to order.
Desiree Steadman, Co – owner of Ultimate Adventures. With a passion for the outdoors and the great desire to make every adventure memorable. I work well with groups of people and always brings the fun factor. With 5 years of corporate Sales and Marketing experience, it is in me to build relationships, and understand the needs and requirements of every client, ensuring Ultimate Adventures continuously delivers top quality service. I am passionate about conservation, making me the ideal candidate to head up the conservation department and is continuously on the lookout for new conservation initiatives for Ultimate Adventures to support. All of these qualities ensure that clients of Ultimate Adventures will always leave us feeling part of our adventure family.
Alan Watson’s passion for the outdoors stems from childhood holidays on South Africa’s Wild Coast or Christmas in the Kruger. As an adult he qualified as a Skipper, Dive Master, raced inflatable boats, sailed yachts, raced enduro motorbikes and driven most 4x4s. But building and running a reserve and luxury lodge in a remote harsh area has been his greatest achievement. Now part of the Ultimate Adventures team, his aim is to help further expand on the success of the business by delivering world class off-road adventures and welcoming new members to the Ultimate Adventures family.
Andreas Ropertz, has had a life-long interest in all things outdoor and nature. His easy going attitude and sense of humour appeal to many, which contributes to making a trip with Ultimate Adventures fun and enjoyable. He has good organizational skills and the ability to adapt to the ever changing conditions that Southern Africa inevitably throws at you. He has undergone numerous 4x4 driver and recovery courses so you can rest assured that whatever the situation you may find yourself in, assistance is close at hand. Nothing pleases him more than providing his guests with good food and good company around the campfire.
It is always his goal on any trip to provide guests with the Ultimate Adventure! Andreas is accompanied by his wife Allyson who assists in all the activities around camp and gently puts her feminine touch on things. Allyson has been in the travel industry most of her working life and has led many groups to overseas destinations.
Andre Strauss has had a life-long affair with the outdoors which started during his years as part of the bush war. When he was younger it started with hiking and backpacking just about every trail in South Africa and acting as a hike leader making sure everybody arrived safely at their destination. He was also an enthusiastic scuba diver and qualified as a master diver. Then he joined the Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa as an off-road marshal for off-road races like the Swazi 500, Lesotho Roof of Africa and 1000 Desert Race in Botswana. Here he learnt the arts of wild camping, vehicle recovery, off-road driving, convoy rules and the challenges of doing route surveys for races in the middle of the Botswana bush, long before GPS’s were around.
He qualified as an MSA A grade clerk of the course and acted as route director for the 1000 Desert race from 2010 – 2012. Here he learnt to handle pressure and deal with problems calmly and professionally that arose during the course of a race. He was also involved in the laying of the obstacle course and running of the Bridgestone Club Challenge for 10 years. He has also done driver training and vehicle recovery for Tiger Wheel and Tyre at Base 4. Andre also did the Bushveld Mosaic course in 2010 to broaden his knowledge of the bush. He has always tried to not only convey his technical knowledge but to instil an enthusiasm for off-roading and nature through his sense of humour. Andre heads up the Ultimate Adventures Off-Road Academy, ensuring all of our driver training is run professionally and that each student gets the most out of their training experience with us. .