Member Profile – Thorntree Tours & Safaris

Thorntree Tours & Safaris is dedicated to offering travellers the very best that South and Southern Africa have to offer. Owner Lyn Mansfield is a qualified tour guide and boasts many years of experience in the tourism industry, which is put to good use when planning itineraries for clients.


The tour operator offers a wide range of travel experiences. They take charge of all arrangements such as domestic flights and airport transfers, accommodation, local sightseeing and even an experience at an exclusive restaurant. Every itinerary takes into consideration what the client’s interests are and is geared to ensure that all needs are met, within budget.


Top destinations in South and Southern Africa are high on the list for most clients, and Thorntree Tours & Safaris specialises in Big 5 African Safaris, special interest tours, historical and cultural tours, adventure safaris and bucket list safaris. There is something for everyone in the list on offer; and if a client is looking for something completely different, the operator will create a bespoke tour just for them.


Big 5 African safari experiences allow guests to revel in the warmth of gracious hospitality while relaxing and soaking up the tranquillity of our African bush. Top destinations for the operator include Kruger National Park, Cape Town, the Garden Route, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Panorama Route and further afield, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park in Botswana and Santorini Mozambique are popular.


Special interest tours delve into our heritage and include diamond mine tours, visits to archaeological sites and city tours, while a cultural or historical tour would introduce a guest to Johannesburg, Soweto or Lesedi Cultural Village.


An adventure safari could be anything from a half day city tour to animal encounters or even a walk in the bush with Elephants, a visit to a facility that works with Cheetahs and Wild Dogs, shark trips or swimming with dolphins, a full day Pilanesberg Game Reserve safari or even overnight (or longer) stays in a reserve.


Thorntree Tours & Safaris’ bucket list packages include off the beaten track safaris that will never be forgotten. This could be a trip to the bush, a luxury train journey, a stay in an eco-friendly lodge, bush and beach combinations, a holiday in a tent or treehouse… there is an option that suits every single dream.


Lyn Mansfield says, “Our experience in the tourism industry ensures that each step of your journey is well organised. Our tailor-made holiday will encompass your heart’s desires, from the thrill of the open vehicle safari with a lion nearby, to the awesome scenery of the mountains, pristine beaches, exclusive lodges and luxury trail travel…plus many more amazing adventures.”