About Johan Kriek ( ZA Trax Creator)
How Did Johan Kriek (Cradock, 1957) get nicknames like the Bushman and Overland Guru?
If you travel with him through Southern Africa you’ll soon find out.
Johan is a certified tour operator and guide. For over 40 years he shared his passion for travel in 4×4’s and on motorcycles through the vast wilderness of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
His liking for classic vehicles is in balance with his knowledge of the African flora and fauna.
From a very young age Johan Kriek grew up holidaying with his parents in the now famous Kruger National Park, and travelling to visit friends and family in the semi-desert plains of the mighty Karoo.
Those intimate bush holidays and travels across wide open spaces were the building blocks that set alight his love for travelling and exploring the great outdoors of Southern Africa.
Accompany us on travels and discoveries across endless horizons and find out why Johan has earned the nickname of the avid “Bushman”
Just a short note to thank you profusely for a simply magnificent break. Truly, truly epic! What fantastic off-roading! Thank you for all your detailed planning, behind the scenes preparation, overall hard work, attention to detail, wise advice and for simply keeping the whole show on the road! And for disciplining those late night music scoundrels! All of the above much appreciated by Ewen and me.
Philip Young (UK) May 2019
We have found Johan to be knowledgeable of the area we visited. He was very informative with regards the history, plants, trees and wildlife. He knows the roads as well as the driving conditions and assisted the convoy with choices with regards driving and gear selection. He is a friendly person who got on well with the group. We enjoyed our trip tremendously ! We can recommend ZA Trax and Johan as a tour guide for any excursion.Having never visited the continent nor travelled on a guided 4x4 tour, my fiancé and I had no idea what to expect from our upcoming week in the bush. One of our greatest concerns was safety, and immediately any worries were assuaged by our guide, Johan's, attentiveness and professionalism. Our busy minds were quieted by the rush of wind and wild lands that passed alongside our caravan and nights spent around the fire talking story and enjoying the play of animal sounds soon lulled us into the single most relaxing and memorable journey we have yet experienced. Our guide's knowledge of the region, experience as an overlander, and passion for sharing it all with others can not be beat. If an authentic, overland experience is what you seek, then look no further. Can not recommend this trip and Johan enough!
Mason Schreck, San Francisco, July 2016
We have found Johan to be knowledgeable of the area we visited. He was very informative with regards the history, plants, trees and wildlife. He knows the roads as well as the driving conditions and assisted the convoy with choices with regards driving and gear selection. He is a friendly person who got on well with the group. We enjoyed our trip tremendously ! We can recommend ZA Trax and Johan as a tour guide for any excursion.
Nadia Marais (RSA) March 2017
Hi Johan. Thank you for the perfect organisation for our Botswana Trip. My wife and me have been very impressed and enjoy the trip. We had well informed an good rangers. All the Lodges had been gentle, clean and well organized. A real adventure for Europeans. You can use me every time as reference for future activities
Max Fenner, Switzerland, October 2016Johan Kriek
Our Safaris & Tours
Local is “Lekker”
(Guided self-drive safaris – you must be totally self sufficient)
- Botswana including Tuli – Secrets of an old Botswana guide
- Drakensberg Escarpment & Greater KNP – One of the best off-road routes in South Africa
All Inclusive Safaris
- Wild Makuya & Tuli Block Safari (Wilderness, Wildlife and History)
- The African Ivory Route (Wilderness, Wildlife, Culture and Brilliant 4×4 routes)
- (Botswana (Tuli) & South Africa (Blouberg Reserve & Kruger National Park)
Guided Motorcycle Tours
The Defender Trophy is a family-friendly overland event is not a driving competition, neither does it test your physical fitness. It is an event for Land Rover Defender enthusiasts, for people with green blood in their veins, who simply love to drive their Landy’s while exploring the beauty of nature in all its facets.
Corporate | Team Building
Film crews, Photographers and Journalists
Looking for that special back drop for your movie, advertisment or photo shoot? Look no further, tell us what you’re looking for and we know where to find those special places.
Need a professional guide for your media work in Southern Africa?
Contact Johan and you’re done. We know the right people, the right places, the trax and the ropes.