I am Eric Gentelet,
organizer of trips and photo safaris. I created Wildtours by passion for Southern Africa, a wild paradise still little known to the general public. I am very familiar with this region since 20 years, I have traveled a lot and worked by supervising itinerant paragliding courses. Wildtours is an artisanal structure, my trips are hand sewn and customizable.
Passionate about three activities that I conjugate professionally without moderation with a deep attachment to nature and freedom ...
- Mountain guide in the Alps, and for 20 years, on the volcanoes and Cirques de la Réunion, Madagascar, Cederberg and Drakensberg in South Africa
- Paragliding instructor from 1992 to 1996 in the Alps, co-owner of Azurtech Paragliding from 1996 to 2016 in Reunion
- I love to capture atmospheres, light of nature and show the tremendous richness and amazing vitality and diversity of life. You will find my Photos on this website's pages and it is even possible to buy them in the Photo Gallery.
Southern Africa is made up of 10 countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and two small kingdoms, Lesotho and Swaziland. Madagascar is also attached to it and I will add Reunion, where I live since 1996.
Namibia, Botswana and South Africa are in great demand: if you want the most beautiful accommodations, or the best value for money, it is better to book very far in advance (9-11 months). This is even more true if you want to travel in high season (July-November, Easter weekend, and mid-December to mid-January), and / or if you are more than 4 .
South Africa and Namibia are countries of wonderful diversity, surprising by the variety of landscapes and cultures. The climate is pleasant all year long, adapting a little the route to avoid certain regions where the winter is particularly gloomy or the summer too hot. There are many choices of accommodation, overall excellent qualities, you will love safari lodges, guest houses and camping in wild nature.
Botswana and Madagascar are jewels of biodiversity. The rainy season being very marked, it is from May to November that we can go there.
Lesotho and Swaziland being very small are included in some trips to South Africa
Reunion offers two facets, its coastline with beaches and seaside resorts then the interior of the island, very wild with Pitons, Cirques and active Volcano (World Heritage) all within a National Park.
It is this part of the island that I would make you discover hiking or paragliding.
Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi have recently opened up to tourism, I am getting to know them better before offering trips, except maybe for some adventurers who are thirsty for exploration to accompany me ...
Some travel ideas ...
The safaris that I propose are a mix of my passions. The goal is to immerse yourself in sumptuous wild landscapes, off the beaten path and make you discover new sensations, nature in all its splendor but also your own nature.
A full of emotions guaranteed in an extraordinary setting on an oversized scale!
To leave and live in a wild country, in direct contact with nature and its inhabitants, that, in the respect of this universe, its habits and customs and in complete safety.
I promise you a total stall of the daily life! A direct exit from your comfort zone!
We prepare our meals together after buying local products. As all my "adventure circuits" allow access to very isolated areas in autonomy in a specially equipped 4x4, the participants must have a group spirit, the will to help with common tasks and a certain flexibility in the face of unforeseen events.
Transportation is by minibus at Reunion and South Africa. In other countries, given the condition of the tracks it is in 4x4 with tents on the roof that we move.
Do not hesitate to contact me, I study all the proposals, even the most original, the most incongruous, to compose together your trip.
I also adapt to all requests that you are alone, as a couple, with friends, colleagues, family ... and at all levels (from beginner to adventurer).
Each trip has an impact on the traveler and often allows him to open up to new horizons. In the same way, each traveler leaves an indelible imprint on the country, the environment or the spirit of the inhabitants. So that this trace is the least negative and even the most profitable, I think that a concrete help to the inhabitants engaged in the way of the preservation of the nature and the help to the poor populations is a necessary contribution for each trip. With this in mind, I am committed to responsible tourism.