Fodor's The Complete Guide to African Safaris
Premier Tours Review
Although it's based in Philadelphia, Premier Tours is owned and managed by people born and raised in Africa who have organized all kinds of safaris, from basic camping trips to celebrity vacations. CEO Julian Harrison specializes in the development of ecotourism on the continent and is the founding member (and first USA tour operator) of The UN's Environment Program's Initiative on Sustainable Tourism Development. Other team members lead tour groups as naturalist guides, and participate in research projects in various African countries. Beach escapes can be added to safaris.
Destinations serviced: Botswana, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Most popular package: Cape Town, Botswana, and Victoria Falls, 12 days, from $6,995.
Philanthropy: They support Children in the Wilderness and also contribute to the Ongava Game Reserve research center in Namibia.
What they do best: They have expert guides and interesting itineraries.
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