A WildEarth Expedition, hosted by Tristan Dicks

We are honoured to have Tristan Dicks, our very own ‘leopard whisperer’, host and guide this WildEarth Expedition in 2022. His vast knowledge of Djuma and its leopards, and his unmatched talent for finding these elusive cats will make this an experience that is not to be missed.

There are only 8 spaces available, so secure yours before they sell out.

Stay in Djuma’s Vuyatela Lodge, with a panoramic view across the dam.

Book your spot through expeditions.wildearth.tv

(Submissions received before booking opens will not be considered.)

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Join just seven others on this Expedition hosted and guided by Tristan Dicks

June 9th – 13th, 2022

Bookings open at 19h00 CAT (17:00 GMT, 18:00 BST, 1 PM EDT, 10 AM PDT), 30 minutes after the end of the Sunset Safari, on Sunday the 11th of July 2021

First come, first served

$3,800 per person sharing or $7,600 for a single occupancy room.

Share with a travel companion of your choice or ask us to match you with a suitable room mate.

The price excludes travel between your home and Hoedspruit.

All activities, meals, transfers and certain drinks are included.

Sample itinerary

Day 1

You will be welcomed at Johannesburg airport by Tristan Dicks, who will be your host and accompany you on your mid-day flight to Hoedspruit. Once in Hoedspruit, there is time for a quick shopping trip to get any special drinks of choice and bush essentials you might have forgotten to pack, before your transfer to Djuma.

Once in Djuma, you will be shown to your room and have some time to settle in before tea and coffee on the deck, your first game drive and maybe already seeing some of the famous WildEarth characters.

After your drive, it’s time for drinks and dinner, and some great personal time with Tristan.

After dinner, the time will have come to return to your room and fall asleep to the night sounds of Djuma.

Day 2

After a good night’s sleep, the day starts bright and early with tea and coffee on the deck. Then it’s time to head out on a morning safari with Tristan in search of spotted and other cats and maybe meet some of the animals you know and love so much.

Afterwards, you will have a sumptuous breakfast and then it’s time to relax, check your pictures, discuss the first day’s adventures –  or just catch up on some sleep – in preparation for afternoon tea and safari.

For those that are energetic and adventurous, you will have the opportunity to go on a bushwalk with a Djuma guide and find the smaller things that live here.

The afternoon safari will end at the Djuma bush braai site to round off the day with a typical South African meal, a proper ‘braai’ in the middle of the bush.

Day 3

After the morning game drive and breakfast, you will leave the Sabi Sands briefly for a visit to one or more of the WildEarth Kids projects. A unique opportunity to see first-hand the difference both Djuma and the WildEarth viewing community are making.

You will return for lunch and some early afternoon relaxation, or some time in the photographic hide and soon enough it will be time for tea and the afternoon game drive.

Dinner tonight will be Shangaan style and include a performance by Shangaan dancers.

Day 4

Time flies and this will be your final full day at Djuma with Tristan. After the morning drive and breakfast it’s therefore high time for another bushwalk and an opportunity to show off your newly acquired knowledge of tracks and signs!

Lunch will then make sure the appetite you will have worked up is taken care of and after some time to catch your breath, it will be time for tea and the afternoon drive again.

After returning from the afternoon drive, you are invited to a special Goodbye Party to look back on the many great moments of the trip. The members of the WildEarth crew that are at Djuma will join you for the party.

Day 5

All good things must come to an end, so after a final morning game drive and breakfast it’s time to pack your bags and leave Djuma behind to either start the voyage back home or to your next holiday destination.

There’ll be laughter and tears on this day, but mostly a lot of looking back at funny, touching, amazing, and otherwise memorable moments of your safari and, no doubt, your host.

General info

Payment Info:

50% within 7 days, 50% after three weeks (2 x $1,900 per person sharing)

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Payment can be made via Credit Card, PayPal or bank transfer (South African or Dutch bank). We will not be able to accept check payments.
Should you have any questions about this trip of a lifetime, please send them to  and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Cancellation periods and refundable amounts are as follows:

More than 5 months     $2,800

3 – 5 months                   $1,400

Less than 3 months        $       0