Our Story

African Blue Tours has been operating successfully since 2001 and continues to grow from strength to strength. Based in Cape Town and in operation for 17 years, we combine our local knowledge along with personal travel experience throughout Southern Africa, to provide our clients with a complete regional touring solution.

We specialise in bespoke private touring with an emphasis on complete flexibility and real local knowledge, offering a variety of upmarket private tour and safari experiences which remain totally customisable to suit our clients wishes.

We also offer a wide range of top quality scheduled group tours and safaris via our trade partners.

ALL of the tour and field guides are qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and as required by law are registered with South African Tourism. ALL of the vehicles carry the required travel permits and Public Liability Insurance. Our aim is for our clients to have the best and most memorable experience whilst immersing yourself in our beautiful country; and as we say here at African Blue Tours:

The difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary travel experience, is that little something extra!

Deciding on where to go and what to see in South Africa can be extremely difficult as there is just so much on offer – two oceans, dense forests, semi-arid deserts, impressive canyons, open savannas, expansive mountain ranges, diverse fauna & flora, really amazing wildlife, etc, etc. – why not let us help you create the adventure of a lifetime.

South Africa really is a “World in One Country” … let us show her off to you!

Our Vision

To be a leading boutique tour operator in South Africa by providing the best customer experience from start to finish!

Our Mission

To provide a world class South African tourism solution,  while always striving to exceed our clients’ expectations  – achieved through professional staff, our true passion for the industry and meticulous attention to detail.

Our Values

HONESTY | INTEGRITY | TRUST | RESPECT | AUTHENTICITY

Our Team

David Smith
David SmithOwner / Tour Consultant
I am one of the lucky few to have grown up and still live in the beautiful suburb of Camps Bay, only 5 minutes from the city centre of Cape Town.

I joined the tourism industry in 1996, when we opened up our home to hosting visiting tourists, The Bay Atlantic Guest House, which keeps going from strength to strength and in 2002 extended my accommodation offerings to a small selection of apartments in Camps Bay….

Duncan Petrie
Duncan PetrieTourist Guide
Originally from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg I decided to take a change of pace and was fortunate enough to find myself working in greater Kruger area, it was there that I started getting involved in the tourist industry. Working my way up to a safari guide I discovered the joy and pride of being able to present this amazing country with all its natural beauty, intricate history and culturally rich people to visitors from all over the world….
Matthew Bloomberg
Matthew BloombergTourist Guide
Matthew took to guiding naturally and is always enthusiastic to show people this wonderful country which he has explored from a very early age. The tours he enjoys most are the Cape winelands; the Peninsula; the Overberg; Garden Route; West Coast; Table Mountain and the city.
Let him take you there…
David Solomon
David Solomon Apprentice Tourist Guide
David is a surf coach for our sister company Stoked Surf School and is the youngest member of the African blue team. He is currently enlisted to help with transfers and various pick-up/ drop-off scenarios but is building himself up towards a bright future as a fully qualified tour guide. He is an exciting addition to any adventure and his upbeat character and unique style will help make your holiday truly unforgettable….
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Our Rating System

The African Blue Tours rating system was implemented in order to provide a frame of reference, based on our personal opinion for your expected level of luxury and overall customer experience on each of our packages.

Please note some packages may have multiple ratings due to optional accommodation styles.

African Blue Platinum Rating

Beyond Luxury

African Blue Gold Rating

Premium Luxury

African Blue Silver Rating

Luxury

African Blue Bronze Rating

Comfortable

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What Client’s Say About African Blue Tours

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

Hello David, I really want to thank you for the fantastic 2 day Kruger tour! Everything was just perfect and all of the guys – Rufus, Jan, Sam and Aaron were so friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely recommend this to all my friends!
Susanne Steiger, Germany
“Thank you for the safari! We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely contact you if we decide to do any other safaris when we are next in SA.”
Michelle Pillay, South Africa
“I must say that African Blue and David Smith made my recent trip to South Africa an experience I will remember for years to come. David made recommendations based on my agenda and interests. He was accurate and very professional.
He even recommended where to stay! and YES! was he right!! I enjoyed every second of my stay in South Africa.”
Whenever I go back I will look for you guys again!
Thanks, A very satisfied costumer”
Jaime Zablah, Company inc.
“David,
Ron and I had a great time visiting your country in a large part thanks to you!
We really appreciated your arrangements for all the transport and tours.
Most especially the open and honest conversation you shared that gave us greater insight into the transformation your country is undergoing.
We would not hesitate at any time to give you excellent recommendations to anyone that might ask and will refer your services to all our friends and corporate associates.
We wish you all the best!”
Barb Campbell, USA
“My wife and went to South Africa in August of 2011 and hired David and his company Africa Blue to assist us. It turned out to be one of the best things that happened to us on our trip. David was very professional, all his recommendations were excellent, he has an excellent knowledge of the country and was very easy to work with.
Our time in South Africa was made better by meeting David and sharing some time with him.
I highly recommend African Blue Tours and would tell anyone arranging a personal or professional tour to South Africa to use his services.”
Ron Campbell, USA

Our Awards

The Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in tourism and is given only to companies that consistently achieve great traveller reviews in that year.

African Blue Tours has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for the past 7 years and we wish to thank all of our past clients who took the time to complete a review as there is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our clients. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on client reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence in our tours, service and continued commitment to excellence.

The Tripadvisor ‘Hall of Fame‘ was given to African Blue Tours in 2018 & 2019 due to being awarded a Certificate of Excellence for the five consecutive years and is the ultimate recognition of consistent quality and performance.

This induction into the Hall of Fame is a true source of pride for the entire team as it recognises our consistent and continued commitment to providing the best possible customer experience year after year.

Accreditations

Interested in our Safaris?

4 Day Zululand Lodge Safari

Safari Description Situated in the Zululand region of South Africa, this multiple award-winning, Big 5 family-run safari lodge set within

3 Day Zululand Lodge Safari

Safari Description Situated in the Zululand region of South Africa, this multiple award-winning, Big 5 family-run safari lodge set within

3 Day Sanbona Safari

Safari Description Animals that roamed the area freely living amongst the San for centuries have been reintroduced to this

2 Day Sanbona Safari

Safari Description This is our flagship Cape Town safari package, offering an authentic Big 5 safari experience in a

Interested in our Tours?

White Shark Diving Tour

Tour Description Swimming with Great White Sharks could sound like a crazy idea, but surrounded by a solid

Private Port Elizabeth Township tour

Tour Description Townships are the heart of urban African life. They’re a repository of history, culture and life

Private Port Elizabeth City tour

Tour Description Port Elizabeth has a history bound up with that of the arrival of the 1820 British

Surfing in Cape Town

Tour Description If you know how to surf but don’t know where to go, leave the search to