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About African Sky Safaris & Tours

African Sky Safaris & Tours is a small, highly experienced African tour operator based in South Africa.

Introduction

African Sky Safaris and Tours is a South African Tour Operator which was established in 1998 as a closed corporation in South Africa (Cc No 98/24392/23). Since then, we have successfully acted as a world-class tour and safari operator in South Africa and other countries in Southern Africa. Our office is based in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, from where we co-ordinate safaris and tours which we conduct in all corners of Southern Africa. Our tour and safari guides are based in various areas of Southern Africa, from Cape Town in South Africa to Livingstone in Zambia.

African Sky strives to bring you a unique and memorable Southern African travel experience through our expertise and our commitment to ensuring that each of our clients depart from Southern Africa with memories of a wonderful adventure in one of the world’s most remarkable areas. We are members of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (membership number 1145), and subscribe to their code of conduct. Each member of our team has a number of years' experience in the Southern African tourism industry.

Our office team

Riaan Viljoen

Riaan Viljoen

General Manager

Riaan is a graduate of the University of Pretoria's School for Economic and Business Sciences. He has over eighteen years experience in the Southern African tourism industry and spent two years in Europe and the United States. There he acquired an understanding of the perceptions and expectations of foreign visitors to South Africa. He founded African Sky Safaris & Tours in 1998.

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

Sales Manager

Andrew spent around ten years as a tour and safari guide before taking an office position, first as a sales consultant and then as the Sales Manager of African Sky Safaris & Tours. Andrew has extensive knowledge of all matters pertaining to photographic safaris and tours in Southern Africa. He is able to expertly assist with all questions relating to your tour or safari. He will provide you with detailed proposals and will work with you until you have created a perfect fit between your specific requirements and the service offered. Wildlife photography is his hobby and passion.

Kobie Mouton

Kobie Mouton

Operations Manager

Kobie joined the African Sky team in 2012, first gaining valuable knowledge of the country and our clientele through dedicated guide work and then assisting the operations team. Kobie's passion for people, his ability to tackle problems with a cool head, fairness and team skills propelled him through the ranks to Operations Manager. He will ensure that all the logistics of your safari, tour or honeymoon go off without a hitch from the moment you step onto the tarmac until you depart our beautiful corner of the continent.

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira

Provisional Reservationist

Samantha grew up in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. She owes her love for nature, art and the great outdoors to time spent on childhood holidays in the dramatically scenic landscapes of the Garden Route and various musical tours to the culturally vibrant city of Cape Town. She joined African Sky in 2015 as the provisional reservationist and assistant to the Sales Manager. Her administrative tasks are predominantly to ensure that all of the accommodation reservations are made and managed in the most efficient manner possible. She is currently completing a BA Languages and Literature Degree through UNISA as well as pursuing her classical singing diploma with the UK-based Royal Schools Of Music.

Rentia Grobbelaar

Rentia Grobbelaar

Administration

Rentia is a perfectionist who ensures that the office administration and general filing work is done with the precision of building a space shuttle. She maintains a comprehensive filing system which enables the rest of our team to always have the necessary documentation and information at their finger tips. She also ensures that all necessary legal documentation is filed in the prescribed manner in order to ensure our compliance with compulsory statutory and governance requirements.

Lisa de Klerk

Lisa de Klerk

Consultant & Copywriter

Lisa discovered her passion for the written word at a very tender age, devouring every book she could find. Born in Canada to South African diplomats and raised briefly in Los Angeles, Lisa has a restless spirit and considers herself an avid adventurer. She grew up in a family with a deep love for nature. The de Klerks enjoyed annual safaris in the Kruger National Park and the Kalahari since Lisa was a toddler, also frequenting Cape Town, Botswana and Mozambique. Lisa completed her Honors in Journalism at the University of Pretoria in 2013 and has written for African Sky ever since.

Jean-Pierre Pretorius

Jean-Pierre Pretorius

Webmaster

JP is responsible for the African Sky website as well as the social media sites, including our official Facebook page and YouTube channel. In addition to these tasks, he also works with video content relating to safaris, tours and wildlife. He has spent much of his working life doing graphic and website design, HTML, CSS and Flash animation. He joined the office team at African Sky in 2012 as the Webmaster to fill the need to have a dedicated employee working on our online presence.

Our Guides

Amanda Hamann

Amanda Hamann

Tour Guide

Amanda has been a national guide for more than ten years. She is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced guide and can shed light on almost any topic, from the history of the region to the cultures of the various tribes as well as the habits and behavior of the various mammal species. Amanda will enrich your traveling experience in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Clients often remark on the fact that she is an exceptional hostess.

Andre Hamann

Andre Hamann

Tour Guide

Andre is an experienced tour guide who has been leading safaris and tours for African Sky for more than eight years. The depth of his knowledge on Southern Africa is nothing short of astounding, as any client who has toured with Andre will bear testimony to. He is registered as a national guide with the relevant authorities and is an expert in virtually all areas involving travel in South Africa and Namibia.

Mary-Anne Finlay

Mary Anne Finlay

Tour Guide

Mary-Anne's experience in the Southern African tourism industry spans a period exceeding twelve years. She has a three year diploma in travel and tourism management and has guided extensively in Southern Africa. She is experienced in leading tours in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Mary-Anne is a keen photographer and enjoys sharing her knowledge on the great and small elements that make Africa unique.

Alida de Villiers

Alida de Villiers

Tour Guide

Alida grew up on a farm in the African country of Zimbabwe. She accompanied her family on numerous safaris in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia from a very young age. A love and understanding of nature have been with her for as long as she can remember. She has since turned her love for Africa into a career as a tour guide - a position that allows her to share her passion and knowledge of the beautiful countries in Southern Africa with international visitors from around the world.

Suzette Erasmus

Suzette Erasmus

Tour Guide

Suzette started in the industry in 1998 part-time and completed all the relevant courses to become a national tour guide. She has been a national guide since 2000 and has a passion for traveling. Suzette grew up in the Limpopo Province, but is currently based in the town of Kleinmond in the Overberg region not far from Cape Town. Suzette is an excellent hostess and a very knowledgeable guide who is sure to add greatly to your enjoyment of any tour in South Africa.

Willem Heckroodt

Willem Heckroodt

Tour Guide

Willem Heckroodt is a registered part-time national tour guide with a deep love for wildlife and the wilderness areas of South Africa. Willem's time providing night tours at the Pretoria Zoological Gardens has endowed him with a wealth of knowledge about the mammals and birds of South Africa, which makes him a great asset on a safari to one of the country's many national parks.

Carmen Sonnenberg

Carmen Sonnenberg

Tour Guide

Carmen has more than thirty years' experience in the international travel and tourism industry. She has worked as an international tour guide for twenty years and, in her words, has traveled over 3 million kilometers through Southern Africa with travelers from across the globe. Carmen loves nature and learning more about other cultures. She is able to offer tours in English and Dutch.

Ludwig van der Westhuizen

Ludwig van der Westhuizen

Tour Guide

Ludwig has been working as tour guide for 7 years and comes from the service industry, where he worked as an assistant manager at a hotel. Here he discovered his love for people and tourism. Ludwig is qualified to tour in the Western Cape and enjoys the Garden Route region very much. He is particularly passionate about the wine and food of the Cape, especially wine tourism. Ludwig considers himself to be a very active tour guide, doing as much as he can with his clients. He does, however, draw the line at jumping off a bridge. Ludwig’s motto: “Tourists must leave as friends; friends of mine, African Sky, and South Africa.”

Nicolene Vermeulen

Nicolene Vermeulen

Tour Guide

Nicolene Vermeulen is a national tour guide and a faculty head and lecturer in tourism at Boland College in Stellenbosch. She has published two books about tourist destinations on South Africa's N4 and N5 roads, and is one of the best tour guides available in the Western Cape.

Sarah Weaver

Sarah Weaver

Tour Guide

Sarah is a vibrant, dynamic individual who has been involved in tourism since leaving school. She loves the outdoors and is a keen mountain biker. Sarah harbors a special interest in wine and nature and often spends her free time enjoying both. She considers herself to be an eternal optimist and loves the challenges of being a guide - a position that consistently enables her to learn more.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris

Tour Guide

Tim Harris is a national tour guide based in the Western Cape. He specializes in tours of the historic city of Cape Town, the verdant Cape winelands, the West Coast, the whale-rich Overberg region, the magical Garden Route and the Klein Karoo surrounding the town of Oudtshoorn.

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What We Are

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Our Office

African Sky is based in the capital city of Pretoria.

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