an African expeditions company


Siya Phambile is a Zulu term meaning 'going forward together,' and encapsulates the core translation of our business and ethics


We are a small and passionate African-based company specialising in customised safaris that offer a variety of experiences and travel to different places... Our focus is on giving the opportunity for both first-timers and experienced travellers to appreciate the full majesty of Africa in all its glory, by travelling off the beaten track to unique and less well known areas. From Day City tours, to Weekend Trips, to Month-long Expeditions, we can customise it for you

All of which set us apart from our competitors to offer you a special experience that gets full value for your money

In the spirit of 'going forward together,' we have partnered with several organisations, companies, institutions and charity organisations. These partnerships all help to serve the sustainable and ethical interests of the tourism, conservation, travel and local community aspects of Africa.

Below you will find our partners; click on their images for links to their websites

We are represented online by, the 'largest online marketplace for African safari holidays.'

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We are bonded by SATSA, the Southern African Tourism Services Association, established in 1969. At SATSA, they 'strive to maintain three key qualities in all the work [they] do: credibility, value and authority.'

The Safari Index Africa, Safari, Eco-tours, Holidays

We work together with, a local online platform 'focused exclusively on safaris and eco holidays in Africa, the Safari Index provides expert reviews on hundreds of game lodges, bush camps and tours as well as concise summaries of Africa’s renowned game reserves, national parks and safari areas.'


To provide a service business in a spiritual, meaningful way; safely and as comfortably as possible, in order to connect as many people to their 'primeval selves,' their African selves. We hope to generate learning, create an experience and have an adventure!


To become the leader in offering expeditions for dedicated, passionate, committed and like-minded travellers to experience Africa; exploring ideas/concepts in the process and to share these. Involving local communities, applying the ethics of sustainability and conservation with tolerance and with no racial or creedal discrimination.


Benjamin Wilson

expedition leader

South African

Benjamin has several years' experience as a qualified guide, both at a local lodge/reserve level and with overlanding tours. He is registered as a Tourist Guide with the National Department of Tourism and carries FGASA qualifications.

He has studied both architecture and a social science masters related to the urban development field, with an interest in history, research and policy.

Recently he returned from the Netherlands to South Africa, after deciding not to pursue a career in architecture, and has turned his full attention to Siya Phambile Expeditions.

Having traveled throughout Southern Africa and Europe, with a passion for wilderness, travel and conservation issues, he hopes to share and inspire these through expeditions.

Veld Cooper

general manager

South African

Veld spent a large portion of his working career with an international mining house where his duties included financial management, strategic planning and the mentorship and development of management trainees and staff.

From 1996, he started his own company Veld Cooper & Associates (Pty) Ltd (VCA), which provided a range of human resource development interventions across South Africa. VCA recently celebrated their 20th year of existence. He resigned from the board in 2010.

In 2004 he started up another successful company Siya Phambile Consultants (Pty) Ltd (SPC) which specialised in educational quality assurance and the accreditation of emerging providers of education and training nationally. 

Veld holds several international and local professional business qualifications. He has spent most of his spare time camping, caravanning, canoeing, enjoying the outdoors and is also an author. He has had a lifelong interest in music, politics, history and international affairs. In 2016 he turned his full attention from SPC to co-founding our expeditions company, Siya Phambile Expeditions.

The People of Africa

the soul


Great adventures and expeditions can only be made possible by the majesty of the African continent and its people.

Along the journey, meeting people from the great diversity of places and sharing experiences with them adds immeasurably to the trips.

They help to show us the way...

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Last updated 21 May 2020

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