About Us

Who we are

Welcome to Rock the Route!

We believe that to truly experience any country, you need to get off the beaten track and get to know the locals. Immerse yourself in the local cultures, old and new. Listen to LIVE local music. Be adventurous. And that is exactly what we do!

Rock the Route was founded in 2014 with the goal of breaking away from the old, boring “touristy” style of travel and introducing freedom and adventure into South African tours. Our focus is on authenticity, quality, and personal experiences. Saving the planet while having fun is important to us too - our tours are eco-friendly!

We started out with owner-run tours between Cape Town and the Garden Route - now, after merging with Pangea Trails in 2018, we offer something for every kind of adventure traveller, all over Southern Africa. Our Rock the Route tours are shorter road trips and day trips in the Western Cape, and our Pangea Trails overland tours run throughout the rest of SA and neighbouring countries.

Leave the guide book in your backpack, join us on a road trip and let's talk to local people. Follow us on a hike to that hidden-spot, jump in the bus and go to that secret beach for a breathtaking sunset and listen to stories of what South Africa is really all about… From the perspective of people who LOVE where they live!

#FeelOurFreedom

What makes us the right choice

Meet our team

Rock the Route's team - Heinie Bosman

Heinie Bosman

Founder / Tour Ops

Five hour sunsets and finger foods, fizzy drinks and fresh moods. Rolling mountains and lazy beaches, these are a few of our favourite features.

Having grown up in the backpacker industry, Heinie met many a friendly traveler and grew to love the freedom of travelling. Having travelled locally and abroad himself, Heinie realised the beauty of the road trip and started facilitating youth travel in South Africa with spontaneous itineraries.

In his free time he drinks rum with local otters, contemplates the beauty of mortality and is frantically addicted to sunsets.

Heinie Bosman

Founder / Tour Ops

Five hour sunsets and finger foods, fizzy drinks and fresh moods. Rolling mountains and lazy beaches, these are a few of our favourite features.

Having grown up in the backpacker industry, Heinie met many a friendly traveler and grew to love the freedom of travelling. Having travelled locally and abroad himself, Heinie realised the beauty of the road trip and started facilitating youth travel in South Africa with spontaneous itineraries.

In his free time he drinks rum with local otters, contemplates the beauty of mortality and is frantically addicted to sunsets.

Rock the Route's team - Kim Kritzinger

Kim Kritzinger

Business Ops

The travel bug bit Kim at an early age, as she and her family spent time travelling both locally and abroad. After living in various parts of South Africa, Kim teamed up with Nicholas and they spontaneously decided to sell their possessions and go live in South America for a year.

After returning home with a new level of appreciation for South Africa, she’s since spent her time focussed on her two career passions: business management and marketing (because PC gaming isn’t a feasible job), joining RTR first as a marketing consultant in 2016 and then as a partner in 2017.

Kim Kritzinger

Business Ops

The travel bug bit Kim at an early age, as she and her family spent time travelling both locally and abroad. After living in various parts of South Africa, Kim teamed up with Nicholas and they spontaneously decided to sell their possessions and go live in South America for a year.

After returning home with a new level of appreciation for South Africa, she’s since spent her time focussed on her two career passions: business management and marketing (because PC gaming isn’t a feasible job), joining RTR first as a marketing consultant in 2016 and then as a partner in 2017.

Rock the Route's team - Alexander Wittig

Alexander Wittig

Sales

They call him the Germafrican. What started with a backpacking trip in 2003 turned into 10 year study residence in Cape Town.

Over time Alex developed from an international youth traveler into a youth travel provider in Southern Africa. Inspired by the abundant nature, culture and people of South Africa, he’s proud to call South Africa his second home.

Being the founder of Pangea Trails, Alex teamed up with RTR on many memorable tours. He joined the RTR family as the third partner in 2018.

Alexander Wittig

Sales

They call him the Germafrican. What started with a backpacking trip in 2003 turned into 10 year study residence in Cape Town.

Over time Alex developed from an international youth traveler into a youth travel provider in Southern Africa. Inspired by the abundant nature, culture and people of South Africa, he’s proud to call South Africa his second home.

Being the founder of Pangea Trails, Alex teamed up with RTR on many memorable tours. He joined the RTR family as the third partner in 2018.

Rock the Route's team - Nicholas van Tonder

Nicholas van Tonder

Lead Guide / Day Trips

Nicholas developed a passion for South Africa early in life and after school he went on to study Nature Conservation and Field Guiding.

That lead to a non-stop adventure, working locally and internationally in South America guiding, teaching and managing various accomodation places for a number of years.

When Nicholas isn’t travelling, he spends his time mountain biking, gaming and studying law.

Nicholas van Tonder

Lead Guide / Day Trips

Nicholas developed a passion for South Africa early in life and after school he went on to study Nature Conservation and Field Guiding.

That lead to a non-stop adventure, working locally and internationally in South America guiding, teaching and managing various accomodation places for a number of years.

When Nicholas isn’t travelling, he spends his time mountain biking, gaming and studying law.

Rock the Route's team - Lorenza Allan

Lorenza Allan

Social Marketing / Day Trips

Lorenza is passionate about travel and tourism in South Africa. An avid traveller herself, she’s got an unstoppable lust for the open road. Think Amazon boat trippin’ and altitudes that makes your head spin.

A natural born extrovert, chatter-box, connection-maker, she enjoys using her skills to create amazing experiences.

When at home, Lorenza enjoys making elaborate meals, thinking about the purpose of humankind’s existence and playing lego with her son.

Lorenza Allan

Social Marketing / Day Trips

Lorenza is passionate about travel and tourism in South Africa. An avid traveller herself, she’s got an unstoppable lust for the open road. Think Amazon boat trippin’ and altitudes that makes your head spin.

A natural born extrovert, chatter-box, connection-maker, she enjoys using her skills to create amazing experiences.

When at home, Lorenza enjoys making elaborate meals, thinking about the purpose of humankind’s existence and playing lego with her son.

Rock the Route's team - Morne Jantjies

Morne Jantjies

Transport Coordinator

A business man with an endless amount of energy, Morne spends his free time walking, running and cycling… while conducting business.

He joined the RTR team in 2018 and is in charge of managing the fleet of authentically South African buses that we use for our tours.

As a Knysna local, Morne has an appreciation for the Garden Route and its people. Next time you find yourself at a local sporting event, keep a look out for his friendly face!

Morne Jantjies

Transport Coordinator

A business man with an endless amount of energy, Morne spends his free time walking, running and cycling… while conducting business.

He joined the RTR team in 2018 and is in charge of managing the fleet of authentically South African buses that we use for our tours.

As a Knysna local, Morne has an appreciation for the Garden Route and its people. Next time you find yourself at a local sporting event, keep a look out for his friendly face!

Projects we support

Precious tree project

Precious Tree Project, a registered not-for profit business, is a local tree-planting initiative focused on the regeneration of indigenous and endemic forest trees along the Garden Route. For every seat we sell on a multi-day tour, we plant one tree to offset the carbon emissions of the trip

Precious Tree Project and Rock the Route

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