African Safaris and Travel - Louis van Tonder
Having lived in
Africa for more than 45 years, we enjoyed exciting
adventures, exotic sights and wondrous journeys which took
us to the length and breadth of Africa, our mysterious
continent... What could not have been envisioned so long
ago, was that so many of our own African safari tours and
South Africa safari packages would be also be undertaken by
many other adventurers from all over the globe!
African Safaris and Travel, (under the leadership of
Louis van Tonder) has been actively involved in the safari
industry since the late seventies, arranging
tours and customized African safari packages. The thrill of sharing our
beloved Africa is still as fresh and exciting as it was back
We brought our safari businesses over to the U.S.A.
in 1994 to share our expertise as
Travel Agents with travelers
here and elsewhere abroad. This website, represents many
years of designing, researching and operating African safaris
and African safari packages to the
most popular safari destinations of Africa. The fact that we are often in
Africa personally, and have constant interaction with the
companies we represent, allows us to remain vitally
connected to the pulse of Africa - to her political, social
and ecological realities.
African Safaris and
Travel actively supports the principle of developing of
Africa's natural resources sustainably through low-density,
high quality Safari Tourism. "Environmentally intelligent"
Tourism is nowhere such an important issue as in Africa. All
our African safari tours and African safari packages have
been developed in conjunction with the safari outfitters who
are dedicated to conserving Africa's precious and unique
resources. All the safari lodges and safari camps featured
in our programs have been built with absolute minimal impact
on the local fauna and flora, and all safari camps we
represent, operate under the dictates of approved wildlife
For travelers who prefer to see
Africa at their Own Pace and on their Own Schedule, we
designing customized safaris, the ultimate in
custom-crafted travel. Let us tailor an exquisite African
safari to meet your exact desires, with no request too
difficult, no detail too small and no luxury overlooked. If
your safari questions not answered on our Frequently
Aked Questions Page -
http://africansafaris.travel/faqs.htm - Please contact
us with any questions you may have!
We invite you to join us on a safari in Africa. Once our
beloved continent has embraced you, and you have fallen
under her irresistible spell, you will return... again and
Louis van Tonder
Owner: African Safaris
You can't travel to Africa and not want to share the most
awesome adventure one can imagine! I can safely say meeting
Louis van Tonder changed my life in oh so many
ways... one by being my husband, but also by giving me the
opportunity to see some of the most special places on earth!
I'm am so very fortunate to have him as my partner and
fortunate to give people the opportunity to experience this
most incredible place!
To give you an idea of my background I am a multimedia
producer and have worked in the field of multimedia, public
relations for many years in many parts of the world. I
created and organized Project Booklift a non-profit
organization. which successfully raised substantial
corporate and private funds, Federal USIA Grants, In-Kind
Procurements for the operation of bringing needed books for
law reformation, for learning English and sciences, they
wanted to catch up with the western world.
This was an
International effort which brought books to the Czech and
Slovak Republics to nurture the new democracies. The
culmination of this International work resulted in two
"Woman of Distinction" Awards (1993), both in Los Angeles
and Santa Barbara and the “Woman of the Year” in Santa
Barbara. I was one of the subjects in a book by David
Forward entitled Heroes After Hours - Jossey-Bass Publishers
Other work includes incredible experiences with the
California Seafood council as the Communications Consultant.
I worked with this quasi-state agency in several capacities
including PR and grant writing work, developing and
coordinating their Public Relations Statewide campaign event
and presenting the CSC materials in this statewide tour.
Research and implementation of the Communications Program,
including PR in Brussels, Belgium at the International
Seafood Show, PR work at the Environmental Journalists
Conference at UCLA, creating export links with the
World Trade Center and putting together the design team of
the web site. I also Associate-Produced a video series
about "Fisher Folk" in collaboration with the California
State School of Education Office. I also produced and
composed the musical score for the series.
I was the
Executive Producer on a comprehensive curriculum and oversaw
the development to a multimedia format in a
proprietary 3D software. This has been distributed in
schools throughout the State of California.
You can find a lot of
stuff I have produced from horse events to beautiful Africa
in travelogues and promotional videos on my YouTube
I promise you, Louis and I can create the most amazing
time you will have in your life and we love doing it!
Co-Owner: African Safaris and Travel