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 issues of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, he was recognized as one of the top travel specialists” in North America since 2001. In addition, he was recognized in Travel & Leisure magazines “A-list” of travel specialists since 2005. 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.


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...

Julian Harrison is tapped as an insider for his intel on by Town & Country Travel

Julian Harrison is tapped as an insider for his intel on Southern and East Africa by Town & Country Travel for their Top 100 Hotels that will change your life! Article Fall/Winter 2015


Premier Tours planned and arranged a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda for Klara Glowczewska – Editor in Chief of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, together with actress / activist Ashley Judd, and a host of other high profile travelers. The trip was published in the September 2008...


Premier Tours Named a Conde Nast “Dreammaker” Top Travel Specialist; CEO Julian Harrison Lauded for His Candor, Sense of Value and Ability Philadelphia, PA –December 10, 2012 – Premier Tours, a leading Africa travel and tour firm, specializing in African safaris, today announced...

Premier Tours-Sponsored Luxury Elephant Back Safari Featured In Coveted 2012 “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” Nominee Gift Baskets*

Premier Tours, in partnership with world renowned Wilderness Safaris, is proud to have been selected to provide a four-night stay, at the luxurious Abu Camp in Botswana, to the Academy Award’s talented Nominees in the best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best...


David Arquette’s Trip to Africa Inspires Safari Experience for Charity NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Before joining this season’s cast of Dancing with The Stars, actor David Arquette took his first trip to Africa with nonprofit organization...


Premier Tours entered into a joint promotion with Paramount Pictures (Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa) and Protea Hotels to offer an African Safari prize to a lucky contestant on the ever popular Wheel of Fortune game show. The show which was filmed on location in Hawaii, reaches an...