What we understand by the term “Tailor-Made Tours”
Travelling with a few friends or family members
Our clients can enjoy experiences missed by members of group tours:
- A sense of solitude and tranquillity in remote locations
- The freedom to make their own decisions throughout the trip
- The opportunity to become immersed in the culture of their host country
We place great importance on the choice of accommodation – from bush camps in the wilderness of Botswana to medieval castles in the Alps. Some of our lodgings are luxurious, most are small and intimate.
Custom tours, no catalogues
Our trips are planned in consultation with our clients to create an itinerary tailored to their time schedule, interests and travel budget. We will be glad to book transportation and any guided tours desired. The tour templates shown on our website are only intended as suggestions.
Enjoying the journey
Our clients do not rush to a single destination, only to spend the next week or two loafing. On our tours, the journey to each destination with time to stop at interesting sights along the way is part of the pleasure. The joy of discovering hidden treasures is the goal, not simply arriving at a destination.
Booking in advance for peace of mind
We take care of the logistics and organization of the tour so that you can focus on experiencing the beauty and culture of your host country.
No rigid daily schedule
Our itineraries do not normally include a fixed daily schedule. Instead, you can spend several days at each destination with the freedom to choose your own activities. The only exception are those tours that include a personal guide throughout.
Discovering hidden treasures
Without some guidance you would risk missing many of the hidden treasures each destination has to offer. We therefore strive to ensure that each accommodation is not merely a place to spend the night. Your hosts are your local guides. They will point out unique sites in their region and even take you there or arrange private excursions.
Experiencing the diversity of your destination
From restored 16th century olive mills to desert lodges, our inns and routes are designed to reflect the diversity of your host country.
Who we are
We are a non-group tour operator with offices in Germany and South Africa. We began as a specialist for tours of South Africa in 1998 but gradually extended our programme to other countries. Umfulana is a diminutive of the Zulu word for river and thus means “little river” or “stream”, a literal translation of the last name of one of our company’s founders, Martin Bach (“Bach” is the German word for stream).
What we do not offer
“We did it all in two weeks.”