This Tour Is Offered By
Southern African Tours
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2008)
- Member Of:
- SATSA & CTT
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range tours that can start every day
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 SATOURS. His team have been creating unforgettable African safaris since 1999.
Longing to relive an amazing experience!
It's been close to 3 weeks since we got home and if there was ever a trip we didn't want to end and would like to repeat without changing anything, it would be the trip my family took in Southern Africa in August. From the beginning when I reached out to Craig, the experience had been excellent. Between Bianca and Craig, every detail was worked out keeping our requests and tastes in mind while leaving an enormous amount of room for last minute requests and changes. And the suggestions both Bianca and Craig gave were definitely worthwhile and they also worked with us when we wanted to books specific Marriott hotels as I had tons of points to spend.
Initially a trip that should have only been 10 days ended up being 27 days when the planning ended and included 5 countries - Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. And we enjoyed every minute of the trip regardless if we needed to get up at 3 AM to take a hot air balloon ride. We just saw so much including incredible scenery, animals on the various safari, Cape Town (one of the most beautiful cities I have seen). And we also had amazing food and stayed at some excellent bed and breakfast places, farm houses and hotels.
But the best part was the time spent with Bianca and Craig. Not only did they take care of our every request, but they made sure we an amazing experience. And it's the extra things they did which made the experience great. One of the places we stayed at suggested a restaurant for our dinner, but before it was decided on, Bianca and Craig checked them out and their menu. There were many similar behind the scenes things that Southern Africa Tours did from the first time I reached out to them and this made the difference. We can't wait till August, 2025 when we return for Malawi, Namibia and Zambia and look forward to traveling with Bianca and Craig again.
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!
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