The AT&M Story
About Time and Memories was founded with the intention of bringing people together to have an amazing experience in the African bush. We focus on creating memories that will last a lifetime, and we believe that the best way to do this is through shared experiences. The name and inspiration for our company came from a man named Amos Thomas Mkhonto.
Tom was a tracker with a unique set of skills that date back to the beginning of time. He was able to read the signs of the bush and track animals with an incredible degree of accuracy. Tom taught our founder a lot of what he knows about the natural ways and wonders of the African bush. We believe that Toms skills are an ancient art that should not be lost. One of Toms best skills was his ability to make people laugh and always ensure the best time was being had by everyone.
He was patient, calm and hardworking. Daniel learnt so much from Tom, beyond the scope of tracking but also in life and how memories should be made. We are committed to preserving these skills and sharing them with others. We believe that by bringing people together through safari and the love of good food, we can create experiences that will leave a lasting impact.
We hope that you will join us on our journey to preserve Toms legacy and share his love of the African bush with others.
Thomas and Daniel developed an incredibly special bond over the course of their 4.5-year working relationship. They spent almost 8 hours a day, every day, together doing what they loved best: tracking, finding, and spending time with wild animals. They also had a special way of connecting with guests, leaving lasting impressions of joy and unforgettable memories.
Thomas and Daniel had many dreams and aspirations for the future of this company. On their final day together before embarking on a new journey, Thomas was tragically killed in a car accident. This was devastating for Thomas's family, the guiding world, the tracking world, and Daniel.
Daniel was understandably grief-stricken, but he was also determined to carry on Thomas's legacy. He knew that Thomas would have wanted him to continue sharing their love of the African bush with others. With the support of Thomas's family and friends, Daniel has continued to guide safaris, track animals and wow guests. He has also established a fund in Thomas's name to help his family survive now that their bread winner is gone.
Thomas's death was a great loss, but his spirit lives on through Daniel and the others who were touched by his life. His legacy will continue to inspire people for years to come
Thomas was an incredibly important man in Daniel's life. He was a mentor, a friend, and a father figure. Thomas taught Daniel everything he knows about the African bush, and he inspired Daniel to follow his passion for tracking and guiding.
When Thomas passed away, Daniel was devastated. He knew that he wanted to honor Thomas's memory, so he decided to name his company after him. AT&M Safaris stands for "About Time and Memories" (Amos Thomas Mkhonto). This name reflects Daniel's belief that every moment spent in the bush is a precious memory to be cherished.
Daniel also wanted to ensure that Thomas's five children would be taken care of. He has set up a scholarship fund in Thomas's name to help them finish their education. The scholarship fund is funded by a portion of the profits from AT&M Safaris.
Thomas gave Daniel a local Shangaan nickname, which he called him by. The name was Mangovo, or Slender Mongoose in English. This was the inspiration for the logo of the company. The logo features a slender mongoose, which is a symbol of strength, agility, and intelligence. It is also a reminder of the close relationship between Daniel and Thomas.
AT&M Safaris is a company that is built on the foundation of love, respect, and friendship. It is a company that is dedicated to preserving Thomas's legacy and sharing his love of the African bush with others.
At About Time and Memories, we aim to show you the greatest experience as Thomas always did. We want you to leave our safaris smiling, just as there was never a time that Thomas wasn't. We would love to show you the true essence of safari and an enjoyable experience.
We want to give you an experience that focuses on the current time and creates many memories, just as Daniel and Tom had focused on the here and now and created a lifetime of memories together. Let us take you on an unforgettable journey together, in spirit and through adventure.