Animal experience hosted by Mathieu

5 hours, Hosted in English, French and Dutch
A local favourite
Often booked by people who live nearby.

What you'll do

The world is at your feet.

Snakes and reptiles are as well.

I organize trips to some of the most remote corners of the Western Cape and South Africa to search for herpetofauna (the reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period) in their natural habitats.

Not just snakes & lizards.

Tracking mammals, spotting birds, photographing insects and even night walks are on the schedule.

This brings us to some remote wild locations, alone in nature.

Are you in?

Day trip/itinerary:

- Early morning pick up (6am) with coffee/drink and snacks.

- Field Guides available for the drive to the location.

- Arrive at the Herping location (7am)

- Short safety brief (15Mins)

- Time to head out and Herp (7:30am)

- Explanations about the ecosystem and different species we encounter

- Photographic opportunities once animals are spotted.

- Morning walk ends (12am)

- Break for lunch, Rest. Talk about species encountered.

- Afternoon hike starts (4pm)

- Sunset viewpoint (7pm)

- Drop off (8pm)

Guests will leave with a new appreciation for nature and the animals and wildlife that live there. Walk with like minded people sharing knowledge and stories about our natural world. This experience will leave you with a sense of wonder for the smaller creatures that are often over looked.

Looking for a unique wildlife experience, this is it.
The world is at your feet.

Snakes and reptiles are as well.

I organize trips to some of the most remote corners of the Western Cape and South Africa to search for herpetofauna (the reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period) in their natural habitats.

Not just snakes & lizards.

Tracking mammals, spotting birds, photographing insects and even night walks are on the sche…
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water bottles will be provided.
  • Tickets
    Entrance fee will be covered for National Park entrance.

Meet your host, Mathieu

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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I was born in Belgium, and moved to South Africa when I was 6. I immediately fell in love with nature and more specifically snakes and reptiles.

Since then I haven't stopped, and with over 20 years of experience with snakes and reptiles, and over 10 nature based expeditions. I would like to share my passion and love for these often feared and misunderstood creatures.

'Fear only exists in the absence of knowledge'

Come face your fears, or learn something new. Gain an appreciation for something you never had before.

"An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment" - Sir David Attenborough

My Qualifications:

BSc - Environmental management
FGASA Nature Guide - South African Tourist Guide License
Advance snake handling course (Black Mamba)

'I stand for, what we stand on'
I was born in Belgium, and moved to South Africa when I was 6. I immediately fell in love with nature and more specifically snakes and reptiles.

Since then I haven't stopped, and with over 20 years of experience with snakes and reptiles, and over 10 nature based expeditions. I would like to share my passion and love for these often feared and misunderstood creatures.

'Fear only exists in the absence of knowledge'

Come face your fears, or learn something new. Gai…
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Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

Caring, expert hosts

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Diverse animals

Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.

Where you'll be

South Africa ranks as the third most biodiverse country in the world. It is recognized for high levels of endemism and is home to over 95,000 known species. The country also boasts a diverse range of biomes, from forests to deserts, estuaries and marine systems.

Mountain - The Cederberg Mountain range

Desert - Orange river Northern Cape

Countryside - Fynbos in the Western Cape

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Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sun Hat

Sunblock