Welcome to Untamed Travel Africa! If you are interested in a tour like no other tour, one that will take you to untamed places in Africa, Frikkie von Solms of Namibia is the guide for you. Frikkie’s tours are much more than mere sight seeing; he specializes in small groups and the personalized adventure you will have will challenge you, deepen you, delight you. I have known and learned from Frikkie since 2012 on numerous adventures he has led me on throughout Namibia. Tours outside Namibia can also be arranged. You might ask, “who is Frikkie von Solms?” Let me tell you a little bit about this man’s life, his background, education, career, and the unique skills he acquired during his journey through life, all of which contribute to his being an extraordinary guide for the adventurous soul.
In 1964, as a young man, as required by law, he served for two years in the South African army as a fully trained parabat during the war for Namibia’s independence. Frikkie then attended the University of Pretoria, majoring in history and social studies and prepared for a career in education. He played Rugby for Pretoria and is an avid Rugby fan. While at University he met the woman who became his wife and mother of his children, Hildegonda, Tillie for short. He wrote his thesis on the Bushmen. He says this was “easy” because he grew up with them.
After graduation, in the early 1970’s, Frikkie and Tillie began their teaching careers in the Otiwarongo region which is located in north central Namibia. There they started a family and created a home.
In 1978, Frikkie left the traditional classroom at the request of his superiors to create the Outdoorschool Swakopmund, or Veldskool. The purpose of this school was to give students from all over Namibia an opportunity to learn survival and leadership skills in an outdoor setting in the Namib Desert. The work he did with these young people made a deep and lasting impression on them. Many of them still keep in touch with Frikkie.
In 2015, Frikkie retired from Harnas, but he is not one who spends his time in a rocking chair watching Rugby matches. He and Tillie moved to the coast, to Henties Bay, and not long after they launched his tour company, Untamed Travel Africa. Together they are the heart and soul of Untamed Travel Africa.