About us

Johan Kriek

Johan Kriek is a certified tour operator and guide, who, for more than 40 years has been sharing his passion for travel in 4×4’s and on motorcycles through the vast wilderness of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.

His liking for classic vehicles is in perfect balance with his knowledge of the African flora and fauna.

From a very young age Johan holidayed with his parents in the now world famous Kruger National Park, as well as travelled to visit friends and family in the semi-desert plains of the mighty Karoo.

Those intimate bush holidays and travels across wide open spaces were the building blocks that set alight his love for travelling and exploring the great outdoors of Southern Africa.

Accompany us on our travels and discoveries across endless horizons and find out why Johan has earned the nickname of the avid “Bush Man”

Johan is married to Hellen, and between them they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren

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Gerrit van der Merwe

Gerrit van der Merwe recently joined ZATRAX after spending the last 23 years in a corporate environment. Although many consider it to be a ruthless rat race,  he learned to survive – but more  importantly it funded his passion for overlanding. “I worked to travel, and when the opportunity presented itself to make my passion my living, I grabbed it and hold it tight with both hands”

Gerrit is married to Alma and they have three daughters and a grandson. He is an overlanding expert and qualified first aider with great technical capabilities. He never travels anywhere without his trusted toolbox, and it gives him much pleasure in being able to  assist fellow safari travelers with bush repairs on our self-drive safari’s.