Othentik Tour Design, Inc. is a US-based travel company specializing in the design of small group/private tours to Africa.  With our extensive local knowledge, we are committed to providing you with excellent advice and leadership, and the opportunity to experience this incredible continent.

We strive to find the most unique and authentic lodging and activities and work to create small group travel experiences and tour interactions – away from the crowds as much as possible.

We want you to get to know Africa’s people, the culture, the history, the food, the wildlife and the beauty as we do, so that you can create lasting memories that will bring you back again and again.

We are accredited by FUNDI as a Destination Specialist for South Africa.

Contact us now to book your tour.


Your travel companion

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Carol Tappenden

I was born in South Africa and have been fortunate to see most every corner of my country.  I have traveled all over the world and have been on Safari in Africa every year for the last decade.

Over the past 15 years I have researched and organized many international trips with complicated itineraries, both for business and pleasure, – alone and in groups.  I am accredited by FUNDI as a Destination Specialist for South Africa.

As an individual traveler and a small business manager, I have always been conscious of finding the most cost effective travel and accommodation options, whilst taking into consideration safety, health and relative comfort. I also believe in filling the days with meaningful experiences to ensure both good value for money and (more importantly), long lasting and wonderful memories.

I am often asked where my favorite place is in the world and honestly, I couldn’t bring myself to choose. I can say that of my favorite experiences, -feeling the roar of a lion vibrate through my chest and experiencing the sounds and darkness under the tree canopy on a guided night walk through the Amazon jungle certainly rank among the top ten for me (although there are so many more!!). Who knows, perhaps my best experience is yet to come, and perhaps it will be with one of you…

Looking forward to it.