The name Untouched Adventures derives from our pioneering passion. We are dedicated to exploring new territory and opening it up for others to experience something that was earlier “untouchable”. Both the unfamiliar underwater world and the gorge-ous Storms River gorge are today enjoyed by many who would not previously have been able to enter these spectacular and secluded spaces.
It all started in 2003. Marthinus was sitting on the beach, praying for direction in his life and career. While praying, he stuck his hands into the sand and found a plastic scuba diving toy buried below. Instead of pollution or a forgetful kid, Marthinus saw his future in this prop.
Shortly afterwards, he splashed this idea in Jeffrey’s Bay where he opened a scuba diving school.
In 2009, he made a move to the beautiful Tsitsikamma. Here, additional adventures were added to his repertoire – including snorkelling and the very popular kayak and lilo adventure. The latter has evolved over the years from simply kayaking to kayaking and tubing and then to the use of lilos – a brilliant idea from his then new wife, Jenna – proving why he needed a female in the fun force. This lilo “lightbulb moment” has led to a very unique activity, since these fantastic floaters grant us access to a deeper section of the gorge, unreachable by kayaks.
During the early days, the company was very much a two-man show. Although Jenna was stationed on shore, she was swimming in the administrative tasks of taking bookings, answering phone calls and handing out gear to our excited customers. Marthinus found himself in deep waters – literally! – leading scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking trips. Those were adventurous days with little sleep, but we managed to keep our heads above the water. Since then, we have grown significantly and today we boast a terrific team with great guides.
Not only through our daily operations, but also by the way we contribute to our community, we like to offer people access to previously impossible adventures!
Our passion lies in education and giving others the experience and qualification they need to develop into all that they were supposed to be.
In line with this, we support a variety of projects each month: schools, sports clubs, clinics, churches, SMMEs and events.
Untouched Adventures is growing each year at a truly adventurous pace. In business too, we are regularly touching new territory and enjoying the thrill that comes with it.
Our main priorities have always been our customers and our team. We believe that valuing these two entities is the synergist behind our growth. As the company is advancing, we are focusing increasingly on our team members. Investments are made to qualify, develop and give each one of them the opportunity to grow to their full potential. Our goal is to build one of the top teams in the Garden Route tourism industry.
We continue to learn and develop in order to make our adventures even greater for both our customers and our team.
Pioneering is a pivotal part of our policy.
We have a highly qualified and vastly experienced team. Our guides are friendly, well qualified in first aid and safety procedures. You are in safe hands.
Marthinus is the founder of Untouched Adventures which he established in 2007. The company was started out of a passion for adventure, people and the beautiful country we live in. Most of his time is spent out in the mountains or under the water creating new ways to explore and enjoy this stunning creation God made for us to live in.
Jenna is Marthinus’ wife, his foot on the ground and finger to the admin, whilst he is out pioneering. She studied a Bachelors of Business (B Com), and majored in Hospitality Management. From Australia, she met Marthinus in 2008 whilst in South Africa on a Gap Year. Believe it or not, it was Kayaking up Storms River Mouth where she fell in love with the nature of South Africa, and Marthinus. He still claims she married him for the River - it is just that beautiful.
Estelle is our friendly and dynamic front of office staff and bookings expert. She does all things from bookings, phone enquiries, and being a warm and welcoming face for all our clients. She is a loving mommy to 3 beautiful kiddies.
Stan is a loyal and committed team champion, proud of always completing his duties thoroughly, and guests always comment on his in-formativeness, helpfulness and friendliness!
Romano always has a smile, even when its stormy weather! A good head for figures and a capable all-rounder, Romano never hesitates when there is work to be done!
Tate loves his job and is widely known as the team’s joker...although he is thorough and works very hard, do keep an eye out for his famous pranks!
Everton is a great communicator and loves his job. His team members usually call on him quickly, as Everton is resourceful at coming up with solutions to interesting problems!
Werner has worked in and around the Tsitsikamma MPA for more than a decade, and his love and passion for our indigenous forest, booming sea and spectacular Storms River Mouth is only surpassed by his love for his beautiful wife and son. Staff see Werner as more than a manager, but a friend and approachable ‘big brother’ around the office as his character is marked by justice and equality, gentleness and compassion, and he is a great asset to our Untouched Adventures Team.
New on the crew, Nico just loves guiding people up the Storms River. He finds such satisfaction in making the Kayak & Lilo trips such a memorable experience, and will go out of his way to ensure the customers experience a personal and enjoyable excursion.
Vuyo, although young, is proving to be more than zealous in his approach to work and life. He loves to meet new people and his mantra is to make sure everything on every trip is “SUPA DUPA”! As he guides you up the Storms River, you will hear his passion for nature and enthusiasm for life will be contagious, you’ll want to come back and do the kayak & Lilo all again!
Zibo is our Dive Instructor from KZN. He has returned season after season from Sodwana to dive clients here in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Environment because he knows and has seen too many special encounters to go back. He has now been with us full time since 2016. He has an excellent knowledge of our marine life and loves to explore and ensure clients get an unforgettable experience in the ocean.
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