about_leftJULIAN HARRISON – AT THE HELM:

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 2001-2013 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 2005-2015. Harrison is the co-author of a book entitled “African Safari” published by Fodor’s Travel Guides.

 


 

THE PREMIER TOURS TEAM:

Minibus_PremierThe 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.


PRESS

Julian Harrison featured in the Boston Globe article “For less crowded tours, try a safari in peaceful Botswana”

Our own Africa expert Julian Harrison is featured in the in an Winter Travel article in the Boston Globe about planning  a trip a safari to Botswana, one of his areas of expertise. Click the image or here to read the article.

2016 Results Are In! Julian Harrison named Condé Nast Traveler Travel Specialist.

We could not be more excited to announce that Condé Nast Traveler has again chosen our very own Julian Harrison as their travel specialist for Southern Africa! You can read the article here: http://www.cntraveler.com/story/top-travel-specialists-we-trust

Around the World in 170 Days! Julian Harrison featured in Town & Country Magazine Article

  Our own Africa expert Julian Harrison is featured in the Africa portion of Town & Country Magazine’s New Grand Tour article about planning  a trip around the word in 170 days. Talk about an epic bucket list experience!

Premier Tours & Julian Harrison featured in Bride Magazine

We were featured in July 2016 Bride magazine for planning an ultimate romantic honeymoon in Africa. Julian Harrison is called an African Travel Expert.

Premier Tours’ Julian Harrison quoted in Money

Premier Tours president Julian Harrison is quoted for is Africa and Namibia expertise in Money’s 2016 article Where to Go in 2016. Namibia made the cut for March!

Julian Harrison named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “The Experience Makers 2015”

    In the December 2015 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, our esteemed President Julian Harrison, is on their list of “The Experience Makers 2015” for the Southern Africa region. You can read more at Conde Nast Traveler.

Premier Tours arranges trip for Shelley Reand and Alaska Airlines Magazine

Julian Harrison and Premier Tours got a special shout out from Shelley Reand in her Alaska Airlines Magazine article Safari and City on board planes and available online now. The great article covers all aspects of her South African tour that Julian and Premier Tours put together...

African Summer Special

Escape the North American winter blues and go on an unforgettable African safari with Premier Tours. We currently have an African Summer Special and are able to offer significantly reduced prices at 29 luxury safari camps spread across four different countries (Botswana, Namibia,...

Julian Harrison awarded a slot on Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a 12th year in a row

Julian Harrison awarded a slot on Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a 12th year in a row, that showcases the best specialists in the business—the people who have firsthand knowledge of destinations on the rise, can get you into sold-out hotels, and provide the best insider...
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