About Us

Specialists in the Art of African Travel

Established in 1918, Trans Africa Safaris is one of the oldest tour companies in Africa.
We are a boutique tour operator specializing in unique, well-conceived travel for discerning clients.


The company is family owned and operated. The late Brian Paterson joined the company in 1954, and today his three daughters, Jennifer, Beverley and Lesley are actively involved in all aspects of the business. The management team with over 150 collective years of experience, knowledgeable and personable consultants and expert guides come together to ensure a holiday of the highest order.

With a genuine commitment to service excellence, we provide clients with a comprehensive and efficient experience, underpinned by prompt and professional service. We strive to garner a thorough understanding of the needs of our clients and possess an in-depth knowledge of Southern and East Africa to assist in best addressing these requirements.

Based in Cape Town, we pride ourselves on the creative input and hands-on involvement invested in each customized itinerary.

Our core markets are North America, Latin America and Australia.

Several years back, we were featured in Travel & Leisure in an article titled “The World on a Platter” where were identified as an expert in providing tailor-made trips where creativity, personalized service and highly specialized offerings are key ingredients.

Trans Africa Safaris does not own any properties and, being totally independent, always suggests properties that we feel are best suited to each client. We are a boutique operator with a team that boasts a great work ethic and always strives to provide individualized and personal attention.

Over the years, we have personally welcomed thousands of guests to Southern Africa and our homes. Many have become close friends and we certainly look forward to welcoming many new visitors to the world’s most exciting destination.

Our primary goal remains “to create tours that are as enjoyable as they are educational and offer the finest services and accommodation available.”

In a nutshell, our company’s endeavours can be captured in just three words …

Experience.  Service.  Passion.


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