Your soul-enriching adventure awaits !
Mirror Word Safari's is a family run South African based safari tour that started in 2013. Touching on all the finest parts of South Africa, you will experience a wide range of culture, food, flora, and wildlife. Tour the vibrant city of Cape Town, the coastal bliss of Cape Point and Hermanus, the untouched beauty of the Swartberg Mountains, and the wildest wildlife in the South African bush - no fences in between! These safaris trips are designed to be so much more than just sightseeing tours, but a time of soul-enriching fellowship, joy, and relaxation. Join us in exploring the natural beauty that is South Africa, all while diving deeper into the understanding that God believes in YOU!
Our passion for nature and love for animals have been part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Just after we got married in January 1979 we started doing missionary work in the rural areas in and around the Kruger National Park. During our children’s early years, we often camped in the Kruger Park. At times, we even left our tent pitched in one of the camps so we could come back whenever we had a day or two open. Francois also had a special pass to come in after hours to preach in the staff villages at some of the camps. We rented the, then very rustic, Ndzaka camp for a year in advance and would take people there for weekends. We also knew several people who owned farms in the Timbavati Game Reserve and were privileged to go there as a family as well as doing ministry camps with our church members. We just could not get enough!
Passion opens doors, so we were not surprised when an opportunity came for us to build and run our own lodge in the Sabi-Sands Game Reserve! It was an unforgettable time, experiencing the Big 5 on a daily basis, on foot! Francois did walking safaris and game drives while Lydia managed the admin, bookings, rooms, linens, and cooked most amazing bush-meals, baked bread and made deserts on the open fire. After 5 wonderful years that door closed for us and we relocated to Hermanus, where Francois started the first boat based whale watching cruises in Walker Bay.
After almost 10 years in business, in December 2000 Francois began writing again and the book, 'God Believes in You' was released 4 years later. This led to him being invited to speak at various Christian camps and churches and soon we were back into full time ministry. Francois started with the Mirror Bible translating project in 2006 and for the next eight years we would hire one of the remote Manyeleti tented camps for 5 weeks at a time and with a solar panel charging our car battery he would use an inverter to charge his laptop and do the translation work with only animals interrupting our privacy!
During our ministry travels in Europe and America many of our friends showed a keen interest to see Africa through our eyes and encounter the passion of our Mirror conversation. This led to the birth of the Mirror Safaris in 2013. To date we have hosted 9 which included two back to back events as well as a second safari in 2014. Since we only take 10 people at a time, we are considering to again open an opportunity for a second Safari per annum in the future.
Christo is currently living in Cape Town, where he works as a private chef and accomplished artist. A creator at heart, you can find him pouring his time into his beautiful artwork and coming up with new ways to entertain your palate. His paintings are stunning creations that each tell a unique story, and have been featured in prominent studio locations around Cape Town. Growing up in the bush has given him a trained eye for spotting elusive game and being keenly alert to their presence and movements. He will be your trip leader, tour bus driver, drink maker, and hands-on assistant. If you will not come back on another Safari for the magnificent Fauna and Flora and amazing animals, you will certainly return just to be spoilt by him! To view a sample of his artwork, visit his Instagram page here.
Andrew Nisly is currently working with Mirror Word Safaris in an administration role. He first met Francois and Lydia at a lunch with friends while traveling in South Africa in 2014. After hearing Francois speak at a later event, he fell in love with the Mirror message and eventually returned to South Africa to experience a Mirror Word Safari first hand. He and his lovely wife Abigail live in a beautiful little town called Sioux Narrows in Ontario, Canada. They own a small gift and clothing shop and import goods to sell from around the world. Andrew has traveled extensively and has the first hand experience to help with booking travel and accomodations, packing, general travel tips, safety, and payment options. He manages the Mirror Word Safari website and email, and is happy to answer any questions you may have about your trip of a lifetime!
Mirror Word Safari - Fall 2022
Exact dates and itinerary to be confirmed. We expect to resume our yearly trips in October/November of 2022. We can't wait for you to join us!
Our accommodations in Cape Town and Hermanus were over the top incredible! The rooms were 5 star all the way with views to die for! The restaurants we went to were unique and so amazingly delicious!! We saw just about everything!! Tons of Lions, Leopards in trees, Baboons, Hippos, Rhinos, Elephants...and that was just the first night!!! The Best part to me is always spending 2 weeks with Francois and Lydia and Cristo! Scripture comes alive, new friendships are birthed and South Africa is the most incredible place you will ever Visit!! Don't miss the opportunity to go on a Mirror Word Safari! Plan now to attend!!!
Full of wonderful, lovely, exciting, memorable moments. The entire Du Toit family go above & beyond with their love and care!!!
-Barbara Jean Howerton
An absolute blast. I could not have asked for a more perfect trip. It was exceedingly above all that I ever imagined and I would absolutely do it again!! I am forever changed!!
-Kellie Jones McPherson
This trip was above and beyond. Not only is South Africa a beautiful place, filled with wonderful people, animals and majestic scenery, it comes with amazing food and drink! We laughed, feasted and enjoyed every single minute of our Mirror Word Safari 2016. The things we experienced and the people we met will forever be in our hearts and minds. The Du Toit family are so gifted in hospitality and mad cooking skills, each day was a new experience in life and love! As my husband said, "a five star experience at bargain prices". Can't wait to do it again!
- Lee Maynard
The Lord had prepared a feast for me in Mirror Safari and all I did was show up! Everyday day was filled with beauty, amazement and wonderful fellowship that words could only understate. I loved that it was an authentic safari (not touristy) and yet I was pampered. Not only would I recommend the Mirror Safari, I can't wait to do it again!
There are really no words to accurately describe the immense beauty or the richness of friendship that you will experience on a MirrorWord safari. Every single moment was full of wonder, beauty, awe, and fun! The du Toit family are the most excellent hosts, the country is absolutely stunning, and the conversations are life-giving. It was an unforgettable experience!
-Sabrina Ludwig Finn
THE most incredible trip of my life! First, my heart was deeply impacted with the message and truths of God's overwhelming love for us that was shared at the Word School Second, the Safari was a trip of a lifetime! All the wonderful animals and amazing scenery were really too much for words! And last but not least, the best part of the trip was the love and kindness that we all experienced from our hosts, Francois and Lydia, and all their amazing staff! This trip/adventure was so amazing that I plan to attend every year!
A few of our favourite photos. To see the entire gallery and guest photos click here.
2020 Mirror Word Safari
Because of the constant changing rate of exchange we charge our trip fee in South African Rand. To find the price in your preferred currency please contact us or use Google to give you an estimate.
Prices include two domestic flights, all accommodations, transportation, safari game drives with snacks, all meals at the Farm and Brent's Place, drinks, and all breakfasts during the trip.
Some additional notes on cost:
Meals aside from breakfast in Cape Town, Hermanus, Blyde, and during transit days will be had in excellent restaurants where guests will be responsible for their own meals. A light meal at a restaurant costs on average between R70-R120, dinners, R150 to R250, depending on venue and appetite. Most restaurants and shops will accept all major credit cards, and there are ample banks and ATMs accessible should you want to carry South African Rand in cash.
WHAT GUESTS ARE SAYING
So much more than seeing exotic animals in their natural habitat, our MirrorWord Safari was a life changing adventure! Hearing and feeling Father's love throughout the adventure is a memory that will last a lifetime; we would do it again in a heartbeat!