About Us

MaTakaTaka –means „Bushbaby“ in the native language of “Sesotho” and is a small primate which is indigenous to Africa. It is at the same time the nickname of founder Daniela Mates as she has an enormous enthusiasm and passion for the African Bush.

MaTakaTaka Tours & Safaris was established in 2015 with the strong belief to be able to offer a unique safari experience and outstanding service for Africa lovers. We ensure that you will experience unforgettable moments and a “Safari Of A Lifetime”. We have developed a specific concept for tailor-made safaris and arrange a tour specifically for your needs, taking your interests and wishes into account. Our team prides itself with many years of experience in travelling Southern Africa and we all see ourselves as absolute Nature Lovers. Based on our experience and qualifications in the lodge and tourism industry, we guarantee a personal service which will make your vacation an unforgettable one!

Daniela Mates:

Daniela visited South Africa in 2003 for the first time and was immediately fascinated by the beauty & diversity of the country. In Germany she worked for many years in the consultant and media industry but her longing for Africa grew with every visit… eventually her love for Africa grew so big that she left her old life behind to start a new career and life in Africa. She enrolled in a 1-year-course to become a Professional Field and Trails Guide. Her passion for the African bush is infectious and she will make use of all your senses to let you experience the magic of Mother nature in all its glory. Daniela is a qualified Trails Guide and is therefore not only be able to guide you from a vehicle but also to walk with you on foot through Big 5 Game areas or to guide you through Africa’s beauty on horseback.




Anna-C. Nagel:

Anna fell in love with Africa in 2010 when she participated in a volunteering program where she spent three months in the middle of Kruger National Park. The fascination for the African continent continuously grew and made her leave her old life in Germany behind to pursue her dream to become a Field Guide in South Africa. Anna’s positive charisma, her contagious humor and her knowledge about the bush make her a fantastic safari & tour guide. Her passion is wildlife photography. She likes to share her knowledge in this field to help her guests capturing the perfect moment. 






Natali Arn:

Natali is originally from Switzerland and came to South Africa in 2009. She took a 1-year-course to become a Field and Trails Guide, which she completed with excellence. She has mastered the tasks of organizing and planning and has gained enormous knowledge on her extensive tours through Southern African countries, eg. Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe besides South Africa. Her personal passion lies within bird watching.






Jürgen Öhl:

Jürgen has been a tour guide in South Africa since the ‘80s and lives his passion for country, wildlife and nature to the fullest. Besides his knowledge about South Africa, he also has a variety of stories from his many adventures which make a night around the campfire just perfect. Spiced up with a lot of expertise and a pinch of humor, Jürgen offers both information and fun- an unbeatable combination when it comes to traveling with a private guide.