TDK Safaris is an American-owned/operated private South African plains-game concession, Kudamela, nestled in the beautiful Waterburg Mountains approximately three hours north of Johannesburg.
The TDK team is comprised of dedicated hunters and staff who are passionate about South Africa. To them, it is more than the hunt and the trophy; it is the love of the land, the animals, the people and the glorious African sky. In fact, TDK believes fully that South Africa will deliver an experience like none other.
Lisa & Wes McArtor – proprietors
Lisa & Wes, long time residents of Cody WY, and most recently of Cave Creek AZ, have been married for over 20 years and have 2 sons, Josh and Dakota. Wes grew up hunting in Wyoming with his father while Lisa grew up in Kansas and had never done anything like it. The joke in their household is, when they married, Lisa said there would never be any trophies on their walls. 20 plus years later she has learned to love the sport and enjoys this time with the family as well as sharing the time with the clients. They believe that hunting is one of the best ways to spend time with their family and to enjoy all God’s creations. Dakota has been an animal lover and hunter since he was very small and Josh’s first hunting experience was with his father and grandfather at the age of 12.
When Wes and Lisa started going to Africa in 2009, it was a nerve racking decision but an exciting prospect. The first thing they wondered was if it was affordable and were more than pleasantly surprised when they found out that it was. After the first trip to Africa, they were hooked and couldn’t wait to go back and did. The opportunity arose in 2012 to help assist their friend and PH/Outfitter, Kevin Brits, with starting a outfitting business. In true Wes and Lisa style, they took the ball and ran with it. So, in 2013, while on a hunting trip they took time to check out some properties. They were blessed to find and purchase, a parcel in the Limpopo province of South Africa, in the beautiful Waterberg mountains. They spent the first year building chalets, erecting safari tents, boosting the animal population, putting up a high blind and tending to the property.
Their love of Africa and the wonderful opportunity to share the African experience with others, gives them great joy and they strive to make Africa an experience of a lifetime for all their clients. Hoping to instill in all those who hunt with TDK Safaris, the same love of Africa that they have come to know.
Kevin Brits, Outfitter/PH
Kevin has hunted and guided in several South African countries such as, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. This has given him the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience on hunting the different plains game species and has also allowed me to hunt big game. As your Professional Hunter and Outfitter, Kevin strives to make your hunting experience a memory you will cherish forever.
Read Kevin’s full bio here: TDK Guides
Dakota McArtor, PH/Skinner
Dakota has taken over 45 species around the world which has provided him a great deal of hunting experience. He applies this experience and knowledge to ensure you have a successful and unforgettable hunt.
Read Dakota’s full Bio here: TDK Guides
Philemon Mojela – Tracker/Skinner
Philemon, native to the Limpopo Province, was born and raised on a farm in Marken where his father worked. It is on the farm, while playing in the bush as a boy, where he developed a knowledge of the land and behaviors of the wildlife. Philemon has worked the Kudamela property for 12+ years and the McArtors were delighted when he chose to stay on staff with TDK Safaris when they acquired the concession now know as Kudumela Bush Lodge.
Minette Brits – Chef
Minnette, the better half of Kevin Brits, has a passion for animals – especially the small or sickly ones. Her love of animals, and the land, blossomed while growing up on the family farm and continues to flourish as an adult. Art is equally important to Minnette; so much so that before joining TDK she owned a craft school and taught various classes. She now channels all her passions towards TDK clients, ensuring their stay is enjoyable as well as comfortable. To truly experience Minnette’s creativeness and care, take a seat at the dining table…YUM-MY!
Willie Brits – Grounds & Camp Assistant
Willie is the father of TDK Outfitter and Guide, Kevin Brits. Both are born and raised South Africans and share a love for the country’s national parks. Willie, the son of a minister, spent many years living in different parts of Southern Africa – from Vryburg in the Kalahari to the copper belt region of Zambia.
Prior to “retiring” on Kudamela to be close to their son, Willie worked in construction, now days, he is the primary caretaker of the camp and property.