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Scintilla is part of Bidtravel, which has been providing travel services through some of the best known travel brands in South Africa for the past 15 years.

It goes without saying that in that time, we have recruited, grown and nurtured some of the best travel talent that Southern Africa has to offer. We know – and love – our part of the world, and our team prides itself in sharing their experience and knowledge with you to make your time here not only seamless, but also allowing you to leave with a deeper understanding of our people, region and culture. We are driven by innovation and curiosity, and you’ll see this in our website, which seeks out lesser known wilderness areas and experiences not commonly found in the travel world.

You’ll be able to do this with the comfort that your travel arrangements are backed by one of the most financially sound, listed companies in South Africa, with a strong emphasis on good governance and ethical business leadership. This means that your booking and payment is always secure with us, and wherever you travel in Southern Africa, we have the required network and backup to ensure we are always there to assist.

Professionalism, attention to detail and creativity: it’s a combination of which we are extremely proud!

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Our Travel Team

Meet the people who have criss-crossed Africa to understand it better, so you can experience the very best of it.

Lidia Folli
Lidia Folli

A veritable doyenne of the travel industry in South Africa, our CEO Lidia grew up travelling to Cape Town annually for her family holidays and has lasting memories of this beautiful part of the country. With a wealth of travel experience, one of Lidia’s favourite times to travel to bucket-list destinations is during the low season, to fully appreciate the destination without the crowds. With the travel restrictions of the past few years, Lidia seized the opportunity to explore her backyard and reconnect with her sons on long self- drive holidays across the country. Taking the roads less travelled and exploring remote mountain passes, has reignited her love for South Africa’s off-the-beaten-track places where life is slower, simpler and the connections with locals leave a lasting impression.
Cuan Rush
Cuan Rush

Cuan was born in Durban and has a keen interest in the wildlife and nature endemic to Southern Africa – a passion that was cultivated from a young age during family safaris to the Hluhlue-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Among Cuan’s many keen interests are the African bushveld and its’ spectacular wildlife, birding, traveling to (and exploring) new destinations and sampling delectable food and South Africa wines. After spending time managing a lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Zambia, this is the area which now holds a special place in Cuan’s heart. Drawing on his 18 years of experience in travel, Cuan enjoys sharing his incredible passion of Southern Africa with intrepid travellers.
Janine Southwood
Janine Southwood
Janine Southwood’s wanderlust spirit was ignited at a young age, on annual family road trips from KwaZulu-Natal, along the Garden Route to Cape Town. She has travelled extensively and is fascinated by Africa’s incredible natural wonders, many of which support the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet – from the mysterious rock churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia to the ancient pyramids of Egypt, the ever-changeable waterways of the Okavango and the incredibly fertile, Ngorongoro Crater. She’s racked up over 27 years in tourism, and began her career in sales, promoting Africa across the world, and injecting her passion and enthusiasm wherever she went. To fully experience the joys of the bush, Janine recommends a trip to North Luangwa in Zambia – a place she holds dear for its stillness and capturing the true essence of a safari.  People and places are ‘her thing’ and sharing the beauty of Africa, comes easily to this down-to-earth girl from Durban.
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Why Book With Us

We help bold travellers discover authentic Southern Africa. Our travel experts are vastly experienced, with extensive knowledge of Southern Africa that allows them to curate itineraries just right for you while also having a positive impact.

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Impact

Home to some of the world’s greenest destinations, the African continent has put sustainable travel front and centre for years. Sustainability initiatives are in place at many of our handpicked properties and our tours and experiences, aim to inspire and offer meaningful cultural connections with the people and places you’ll encounter along your Scintilla journey.

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

William & Constance, USA

Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

Jeffery & Barbara, Canada