ABOUT SAFFA TOURS
SAFFA Stands For : South African
ABOUT SAFFA TOURS
SAFFA Stands For : South African
Saffa Tours promises an enriching and exploratory delve into the spectacular region of Southern Africa. Every distinct journey and tailored experience is created with our international clientele in mind. We pride ourselves on ensuring the highest quality of experiential travel ensuring an authentic, immersive journey, impeccably executed and truly unforgettable.
Your resident guides, immensely proud of their home and heritage, seek to show you the true magnificence of Southern Africa and the Mother City. From outdoor escapades, both on land and in the sea to discovering the country’s wildlife, culture and history, and feasting on local culinary delights - our tours make every moment an exceptional memory.
As you travel with your own private guide, in the extreme comfort of your private luxury vehicle, we strive to go beyond the tourist traps in search of what makes this destination so extraordinary. With your preferences taken into consideration, our itineraries are carefully curated to design a journey completely unique to you.
We do not want time to dictate your tour, or to deduct from your enjoyment. Our schedules are flexible and planned in such a way that you can effectively experience all that you want to – be it an extra hour lounging on the beach or another few minutes snapping that perfect Instagram. On our tours, we prefer to relish the moment rather than to constantly rush off to the next stop.
As the owner, director and head guide of SAFFA Tours, I, Josh, have spent many years exploring the Southern parts of Africa. My love for this remarkable place and my perpetual sense of adventure has led me to start this passion project. My extensive studies of the area, range of qualifications, and my company’s affiliations with South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), Cape Town Tourism (@lovecapetown), SafariBookings.com and the reviews/testimonials on Trip Advisor, Facebook and Google as well as our article written by Cape Town Insider, speak for themselves. This focal point of South Africa, where two oceans meet, cultures collide and beauty transcends, calls to be discovered – at least once in your lifetime. Let SAFFA Tours have the privilege of offering you the highest quality of experiential travel while taking you on the greatest adventure.
MEET THE TEAM
JOSH SEARLE - FOUNDER & PRIVATE GUIDE
Growing up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, on the East Coast of South Africa, I spent most of my former years connected to the ocean – surfing, fishing, paddling and learning. Besides the ocean, some of my fondest memories growing-up were over-landing, camping and hiking trips with my family. Travel was a big part of my childhood and has had a great influence on where I am today.
I came to Cape Town to continue my travel dream by qualifying as a guide and using this opportunity to explore more of this incredible city. Even with 34 countries ticked off my bucket list, Cape Town is still an incomparable place. This focal point of South Africa, where oceans meet, cultures collide and beauty transcends, calls to be discovered – at least once in your lifetime. To me, South Africa is a world in one place with a mosaic of culture, history, landscape, wildlife and adventure.
At the beginning of 2018, I started Saffa Tours, an authentic and immersive travel company, offering private guided services and tailored travel. I created Saffa Tours because I want to give people a customized, local experience of South Africa. I strive to ensure we go beyond the tourist traps to allow people to leave with more than just photographs and souvenirs.
I love my job as I get to meet the most interesting characters, exchange knowledge and stories, and show people what Cape Town and the Western Cape has to offer. When guiding, I like to think that I bring a holistic perspective and relatable approach. I have an aptitude and passion for history and geography, particularly in the Cape. I also offer specialized skills when it comes to adventure sports and outdoor activities, particularly when it comes to mountains and the ocean.
WIAN VAN ZYL - PRIVATE GUIDE & TRAVEL SPECIALIST
Wian’s passion for all things nature started on the Big 5 Game Reserve he grew up on, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. With an ecologist for a father, he quickly realized that he wanted to pursue a career in the African bush, a career that mixes his passion for Africa and it's wildlife as well as his joy in spending time with people. Becoming a field guide was the obvious choice.
During his 8-year guiding career, he’s been involved in Rhino Anti-Poaching efforts; he’s worked as a Safari Guide on Private Game Reserves as well as the Greater Kruger National Park and conducted Bird Watching Tours all over southern Africa and North America. Based in Cape Town, Wian spends most of his days exposing people to nature, beauty, and culture in and around the city and still travels all over Africa on Safaris.
“I find very few things as rewarding as hearing clients say they had the time of their life on their tour to South Africa.”
Be it a couple, family or group of friends he enjoys all aspects of guiding and sharing his passion for Africa and it's endless natural beauty to the World.