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 19 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 tour and safari packages via our approved 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


Our Team

David Smith
David SmithOwner / Consultant / Guide
Born and raised in Cape Town, I got into the tourism industry in 1996 when we converted our family home into a 4-star guest house and found myself assisting guests to ensure they experienced all our country had to offer from the Cape to Kruger.
On numerous occasions, they would actually request that I show them around and this served as the catalyst for African Blue Tours.
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 a 5-star private lodge within the Greater Kruger Park. 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
After living in Cape Town my whole life and a career mostly in the fitness industry, a friend convinced me to try tourist guiding as I have always been enthusiastic to show visiting friends & family my wonderful country which I have explored from a very early age.
I have not looked back since and absolutely love my “job”!
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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.

Beyond Luxury

African Blue Gold Rating

Premium Luxury

African Blue Silver Rating


African Blue Bronze Rating


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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.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2014 winner
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2014 winner
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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