Lowveld Odyssey is a exclusive safari operation based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa.
We bring the 5* Safari experience to those staying in all types of accommodation in and around the Greater Kruger area, but not necessarily within a Big 5 Game Reserve. We cater for young and old. We offer Standard Game drives, bush walks, walk & drive combo's and
speciality Wow Safaris & Activities.
Our guides are the best in the industry, highly qualified and trained with more than 17yrs guiding and walking experience. We have taken what we have learned from working in some of the most pristing 5* Establishments and turned it into a day activity.
Our safaris are of highest quality and we can guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Lowveld Odyssey Safaris has traversing rights on a Private Big 5 Reserve a mere 5 minutes drive from Hoedspruit. For those who do not want to self drive to the activity starting point can book a transfer directly with us.
We look forward to having you on Safari with us!
Meet Jaco Becker - Owner & Specialist Guide
Jaco achieved his degree and post-graduate degree (BSc. Entomology and a BSc. Hons. Wildlife Management) in 2003 where-after he gained practical experience in several private reserves as Ecologist and Reserve Manager.
This is not where Jaco stopped. In 2004 he obtained his Fgasa qualification and never looked back! He started his guiding career at a beautiful 5* lodge in the
Sabi Sand Game Reserve - Mpumalanga.
After gaining some valuable experience in the field he wanted to explore other areas.
He then accepted a position at a game reserve just outside of Hoedspruit. Two years later he was offered a position at a well established reserve in Kwa Zulu Natal which gave him more opportunities to also get involved in Lion & Cheetah conservation.
Before starting his Private Specialist Guiding career, Jaco headed a team of guides in the Madikwe Game Reserve - North West Province. This is where he obtained his Lead Trails Guide and Tracking Qualifications with the Field Guides Association of South Africa. During his 14yrs as a Guide Jaco also guided private safari's in the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg National Park, Hluhluwe Umfolozi National park, Botswana & Kenya.
The bush is in his blood! If you are looking for a holistic safari experience, Jaco is the person to take you on this journey. No creature is too big or too small, every little
God created species draws his attention and stimulates him to know everything there is to know about it. The thing he loves most about his career is the fact that you will never know it all - every day holds a new experience and teaches you something that you
have never known before. His dedication and passion shows
on each and every safari that he conducts.
He is the link between what Africa holds, and you, as the guest.
Join Jaco today on the trip of a life-time!
Meet Diana Becker - Owner & Safari Planning Specialist
Diana achieved her Hospitality Diploma in 2003 where after she started working in Front of house at a well known Game Lodge in the Waterberg Region.
Her passion for the bush and wildlife was evident.
Diana decided to follow her dream to become a safari guide and obtained her Fgasa level 1 qualification a mere 3 months later, Diana was lucky to start her guiding career in the Sabi Sand Game reserve and became a qualified Trails guide within a short time while working at a World-renowned private game lodge.
Diana eventually moved to a lodge in the Sabi Sand Western sector where she soon became Head Guide. A few years later Botswana became her new address as she moved into a Managerial role at a flag ship 5* Lodge in the Okavango Delta.
Diana decided to return to South Africa ater 4yrs and joined the team as
Assistant General Manager at Madikwe Hills Private game lodge where Jaco was already head guide for 3 years. A year later Jaco & Diana got married and focused to grow their
career as a General management couple.
Together they Managed a lodge in Botswana and later returned to South Africa to start a family.
Diana's Hospitality & Recruitment company was born along with their first child in 2014.
Jaco & Diana was based in Hartbeerspoort, close to Johannesburg & Pretoria, but soon after the birth of their second child they realised that what they want is to raise their children in a bush environment. 6 months later they moved
to a Wildlife Estate on the outskirts of Hoedsruit, Limpopo.
As Diana says:
"We now have a bit of both worlds, the bush in our back garden and the luxuries of a town & shops in our front garden. My children have learnt what a Leopard, Lion & Hyena was before they knew what a Sheep or a cow looks like. What more can one ask for"