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South African-born Julian Harrison is the President and driving force behind Premier Tours, a leading company specializing in African tours and African safaris. If you are looking for a memorable safari in Africa, look no further as Harrison is highly regarded as an Africa expert.
He started his career in tourism with the South African Tourism Board and among other responsibilities, accompanied foreign journalists and television crews on assignment through wildlife areas to cover conservation related issues. In addition, he co-presented a weekly radio talk show on tourism and conservation and served as an honorary game ranger with the Natal Parks Board.
  After transferring to the United States he specialized in the promotion and development of eco-tourism, and as a result has guest lectured at venues such as the Smithsonian Institution and George Washington University. He served on the environmental committee of the American Society of Travel Agents and on the North American Advisory Board for South African Tourism.

He is also a founding member of the United Nations Environment Program's Initiative on Sustainable Tourism Development. Trips planned and arranged by him include legendary actor Paul Newman, Jack Hanna's Animal World which has been shown on the Discovery Channel and for prestigious publications such as the Frommer's Guide to South Africa, New York Newsday and Conde' Nast Traveler Magazine.In the August 2001/02/03/04/05/06/07/08/09/10/ 11 & 12 issues of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, he was recognized as one of the top travel specialists" in North America. In addition, he was recognized in Travel & Leisure magazines "A-list" of travel specialists from 2005-2012. Harrison is the co-author of a book entitled "African Safari" published by Fodor's Travel Guides.

The staff at Premier Tours, some of whom have been with the company for over ten years,  are all very knowledgeable about Southern & East Africa, and have traveled to the continent numerous times in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.  They have arranged everything from basic camping safaris to high profile celebrity trips.  Unique safaris include weddings ceremonies on elephants and in Masai Villages.  In addition, some have led tour groups as naturalist guides to several major African safari destinations African Tours & Safaris - Premier Tours
Individual experience ranges from over 30 years in the travel industry, to participation in research projects in various African countries including Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Zaire (Congo) and Zimbabwe, as well as working with an array of African mammal, bird and reptile species while conducting behavioral and enrichment programs at the Philadelphia Zoological Society. One particular member of staff (Bob Berghaier) continues to guest lecture on travel and conservation subjects related to Africa at various institutions including Arcadia University and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he writes, and has had several articles published in a diverse assortment of publications over the years.

Julian Harrison was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine from 2001-2013 as one of the top travel specialists” in North America.

In addition, he was featured in Travel & Leisure (September 05/06/07/08/0910 & 11) Magazines “A-list” of travel experts with Southern Africa being his specialty.

Bob Berghaier was also recognized in Travel & Leisure (September 07/08/09/10 & 11) Magazines “A-list” of travel experts with East Africa being his specialty.


“Our tour was coordinated by a Southern Africa expert through Premier Tours”
-- Conde’ Nast Traveler Magazine.

“Knowledgeable operators – born and raised in South Africa –highly recommended”
-- Frommer’s Travel Guide.

“Julian Harrison is one of the most knowledgeable and trusted safari experts I know. Conde’ Nast Traveler readers rave about the safaris organized for them”
-- Wendy Perrin, Consumer News Editor, Conde’ Nast Traveler Magazine.

“As the number one specialist on Africa, this company knows every game lodge and the people who run them. Premier Tours is your liaison in arranging the perfect trip”
-- Passport Magazine.

“Premier Tours, a specialist in travel to Southern and East Africa”
-- Luxury Travel Advisor.

“Now Africa received him, and would change him, and make him one with herself”

“Specializing in safaris, Premier Tours is one of the most successful in the world”
-- Gloucester County Times.

“A memorable experience, especially the unexpected”
--actor Paul Newman.

“Our trip was filled with the big five of the jungle - lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant, and leopard. When it was over, we were all left with a longing for more”
--actress Charlize Theron -- In Style Magazine.


“My wife and I are planning our third trip to Africa. Every time has been adventure that has marked our lives. If you are thinking about your first trip to the continent- trust Julian and the Premier Tours team to care deeply about each segment of your amazing trip. If you are returning to the continent, we trust you are experiencing the value, insight and personal touch that Julian’s team brings to creating an adventure customized for you and your family.”
-- Dave and Terry K., San Diego, CA

“We were very impressed by the (level of detail and depth of) knowledge displayed by your planning. You really know your business”
-- John and Betsy J., Charlotte, NC

“It was a fantastic trip! One of the best I’ve ever taken, if not the best! We now know why you are so highly recommended!”
-- Rob S., Hockessin, DE

“It was truly a dream trip and cheers to you for making it all happen flawlessly. Simply put, it was outrageously fantastic!”
-- Marianne H., Hoboken, NJ

“I had very high expectations and I’m happy to say they were exceeded in every way. It all went off like clockwork”.
- Steven J., Summit, NJ

“We all had a wonderful experience on safari. I don’t see how it could have been better. Thank you so much for your guidance in putting this extraordinary trip together.”
Roy S. Newberg, OR

“Thank you again for your services. We have already recommended you to our friends. We will certainly contact you again on our next trip to Africa.”
– Diane L. Irvine, CA

“It was a fabulous trip and we will continue to recommend Premier Tours to all who ask.”
Kathleen K. San Francisco, CA
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