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
An Epic African Road Trip: Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls – 14 Days
Visit three of Africa's top destinations on this epic, two-week road trip. Start in Namibia for towering dunes, salt pans, and a self-drive safari in Etosha National Park. Head north to the lesser-visited Zambezi region next before exploring the wildlife-studded wonders of Botswana's Chobe National Park. Finally, end your adventure in Zimbabwe, overlooking "the smoke that thunders" at Victoria Falls.
Epic South Africa Road Trip: Mountains, Wetlands & Wildlife - 18 Days
This unforgettable 18-day road trip combines the best of eastern South Africa's wildlife, natural wonders, and cultural highlights. The adventure begins in the metropolis of Johannesburg, and from there you'll visit massive river canyons plus take self-drive safaris in Kruger and Hlane National Parks. Then you're off to protected wetlands for snorkeling and wildlife tours before finishing the trip hiking and horseback riding around the incredible Drakensberg Mountains.
Self-Drive Tour of South Africa's Coast: Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Durban & St Lucia - 10 Days
From bustling Cape Town to secluded St Lucia, you'll see the best that South Africa's Atlantic and Indian coasts have to offer on this 10-day self-drive itinerary. Experience golden beaches in Durban, take in stunning views from atop Table Mountain, and come face to face with hippos and crocodiles in iSimangaliso Wetland Park as you create lasting memories on this South African adventure.
Ultimate South Africa: Cape Town, Simon's Town, Franschhoek, Kruger & Johannesburg - 14 Days
This two-week sojourn in South Africa delivers the highlights, from cultural outings to wine tastings to wildlife adventures. In Cape Town, you'll get to know the region on city tours, guided hikes, and day trips to the Cape Winelands region to enjoy great food and wine. After walking with penguins near the southern Cape, you're off to Kruger National Park for wildlife safaris before ending the trip in Johannesburg, where you'll witness living history from the Apartheid era before heading home.
Discover Namibia's Dunes, Coast & Wildlife – 5 Days
Explore Namibia's wildlife-filled parks and dune-swept coastline on this compact tour. Start in the historic capital, Windhoek, then escape south to Etosha National Park to spot a kaleidoscope of African wildlife on safari. Continue along the remote Skeleton Coast to discover shipwrecks and German seaside towns, finishing in Sesriem for desert sunsets and cheetah sightings.
Coastal South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route & Big Five Tour - 7 Days
Discover some of the most beautiful coastal views of South Africa on this weeklong journey that hugs the shores. Start in Cape Town, where you'll explore the city's highlights before venturing on an epic ocean drive. Meander along the famous Route 62 for expansive mountain range vistas. Visit national parks and coastal villages along the Garden Route, which runs from the west to the Eastern Cape. Finish your trip in search of the "Big Five" with a safari game drive in Addo Elephant National Park.
Recent trip reviews for Carla
Aug 6 - Aug 22, 2021
We had an amazing time in South Africa and the ease of coordinating on KimKim and our specialist Carla was great. Would definitely book this way again!
Thanks for the great feedback.
I’m glad you had an enjoyable trip in my country.
I look forward to hearing from you again in the future
Our 21 day South African “Investment Trip”
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
Thanks so much for the very detailed review. I'm so glad you had an amazing time in South Africa.
We will take the feedback you have given about your Kruger experience to their management.
We hope to see you again soon in Southern Africa.
See you soon
South Africa leg
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.
Thank you so much for the kind words Rosie, it was just as much of a pleasure to work with you. Kaleb confirmed they had a wonderful stay here is South Africa. Until next time, take care :)
Day wine tasting tour
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
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)
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
Apr 20 - Apr 20, 2018
great day trips to both cape point and the safari!!
Thank you for rating your tours
I hope to see you again in future
You can contact me for anything at anytime
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.
I'm so glad you had a great time in Cape Town. I am here to help and love showing off our lovely country :-)
Hope to see you soon!