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 2001-2020 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 2005-2020. Harrison is the co-author of a book entitled “African Safari” published by Fodor’s Travel Guides.


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.


Wendy Perrin features Julian Harrison in “Dispatch from Kenya: What a Safari Looks Like Now”

Our own Julian Harrison was featured in an interview on Wendy Perrin where he discusses travel in a COVID world, and specificially hos experiences traveling to Kenya in late summer of 2020. Check out the full article at:...

Travel + Leisure A- List Top Travel Specialists

We wish everyone comfort, peace and good health. We do have faith that we will all get through this together and look forward to exploring this glorious planet again soon with you. We’re excited to announce Premier Tours’ own Julian Harrison (Africa) and Allie Almario...

Julian Harrison quoted in Readers Digest story

Our CEO and owner of Premier Tours Julian Harrison was quoted in Johanna Read‘s interesting Reader’s Digest article on how the pandemic has impacted Wildlife and animals around the world, including many of our favorite destinations in Africa and South America. Some...

Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Top Travel Specialists

We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during this most unusual of times. We wish everyone comfort, peace and good health. We do have faith that we will all get through this together and look forward to exploring this glorious planet again soon with you. We’re...

Travel+Leisure 2019 A-List Top Travel Advisor

We’re excited to announce Premier Tours and Julian Harrison are on Travel+Leisure’s 2019 A-list of Top Travel Advisors for our African Safari expertise. Premier Tours has been on the list since 2005, recognized for our knowledge and expertise to design the most astounding...

Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Top Travel Specialists

We’re excited to announce Premier Tours’ own Julian Harrison (Africa) and Allie Almario (South America) have both been included in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 list of Top Travel Specialists for their expertise in the Galapagos and Southern Africa respectively....

Wendy Perrin’s 2019 WOW List

We couldn’t wait to share the news: We’ve been named to Wendy Perrin’s 2019 WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts  It’s time to start planning your dream trip: Wendy Perrin’s 2019 WOW List of the world’s best travel specialists is out now and we’re excited to...

Julian Harrison awarded a slot on Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a 13th year in a row

Julian Harrison awarded a slot on Travel + Leisure’s A-List for a 13th 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 travel...

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.