Southern African Tours 

4.9/5 – 56 Reviews

$1,798 to $1,958 pp (USD)

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I'm Craig your dedicated host & safari guide

I'm Craig your dedicated host & safari guide

Southern African Tours 

(56 Reviews)
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South Africa South Africa
5-10 employees (Founded in 2008)
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Custom mid-range tours that can start every day
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I'm Craig your dedicated host & safari guide

I'm Craig your dedicated host & safari guide

Craig Lucke, owner/guide of Southern African Tours is deeply embedded in his work and has an intuitive knowledge built up over a lifetime of growing up on the continent. His tangible passion for travel in Africa that was born years ago when he decided to cross the length of the continent in a not so trusty Land Rover. Nothing could have prepared him better for his next adventure which was to be the birth of SAT. His team have been creating unforgettable African safaris since 1999.


The Trip of a Lifetime

We had the trip of a lifetime. It was all we had hoped it would be and even more. Thanks to the folks at Southern African Tours for the way they took care of us and for the people who guided us along the way. Levi, with Kurt Safari was wonderful; and how could we have asked for anyone better than Gareth in Cape Town. Both Levi and Gareth were very sensitive to my wife's mobility issues and took care of her tenderly as if they were caring for their mother. The same was true of Anthony in Johannesburg. We loved being at the Umbhaba Eco Lodge, Shearwater Explorer's Village, The President Hotel, and the Emperor's Palace. The ballooning experience in the wine country was fantastic and the people from the ballooning company were a delight. All of our flights went without a hitch. Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed our African adventure. Many thanks to Craig and Bianca for doing such an excellent job of turning our dreams into a reality.

Southern African Tours made our family trip a huge success

My wife and I had the goal to return to southern Africa ever since we took our elementary children to Zimbabwe in 1989 and 1993. It finally seemed that 2022 would be the year. However, this time our family of four had grown to 11, including our children’s spouses and five grandchildren spread out in both Ohio and Wisconsin. Our age span was from 8 to 70, quite a challenge to coordinate.

After lots of research and interviewing Craig and Bianca on Zoom, we finally made the choice. We weren’t the easiest group to work with considering our varied ages and expectations, but with regular communication we were able to develop a wonderful two-week itinerary for South Africa, Zimbabwe and a day trip to Botswana. We had some definite things that we wanted and they had a wealth of ideas. We also had financial restrictions that they were able to work within.

When we put everything together, it turned out to be our family’s trip-of-a-lifetime. We were able to tour Cape Town and the surrounding area. It was stunning. Then we moved on to Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park. We saw many natural wonders that we will remember for years to come. After that, we flew to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It was even more spectacular than we had remembered. If you’re at the Falls, make sure that you don’t miss the opportunity for a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana. You enter the park on safari vehicles and come out by boat. It was spectacular being up close to crocs, many hippos sunning themselves and in the water, and this was topped off by watching an elephant family swim across the river.

Southern African Tours worked out everything – the in-Africa flights, ground transportation and excursions. Both Craig and Bianca were the keys to the trip’s success. They were flexible, accommodating and caring as well as a wealth of knowledge. A real bonus is that our family has new friends in South Africa.

We highly recommend Southern African Tours for your future trip’s guide. They’re the best!

Perfect 12 day honeymoon

We had 12 days for our honeymoon in June 2022 and wanted to see as much as possible. Southern African Tours looked after us very well from the start and we certainly weren't easy customers. Bianca and Craig listened to all of our requests and worked with us to put together our dream vacation. On site, we got along very well with our guide Gareth right away. He really drove us everywhere and convinced us with his enormous knowledge. If we travel to South Africa again we will definitely book with Southern African Tours again!

Dream Africa Holiday

Wow, Southern African Tours custom tailored a 12 day trip for us that included all of my ‘ must see’ including Kruger National Park, Cape Town, Boulders Beach and Victoria Falls. Our trip was perfect and very reasonably priced. I can’t recommend these folks highly enough. Great company, very responsive!

Top notch and reliable

My daughter and I booked with Craig and Bianca for late March / early April 2022. Dealing with them was a great relief since we had just had our original tour cancelled by another operator and we ended up being very happy with Craig and Bianca's level of concern, communication and flexibility in laying out our semi-private tour. They kept us in the loop the entire time.

I feel we had excellent value for our money and ended up staying in great places throughout our trip. We especially loved staying near Kruger National Park as the accommodations were beautifully arranged and very peaceful. We had an excellent time on safari, where we were able to see tons of wildlife including the big five. Craig and Bianca showed up a great time all around Cape Town, making sure we had a safe and enjoyable experience. Very reliable and we would definitely rely on them if we ever had the chance to return to beautiful South Africa.

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