Dave Herbert, CTC, has had a love affair with Africa since he first visited South Africa as a student in the 1960s and began work as a safari guide. In 1968, he started an overland camping and tour company, which he sold in 1970. He then moved to Johannesburg to start African Travel to serve Europeans traveling to the continent. Dave’s involvement with the US travel market began in 1976 when he started African Travel, Inc. In 2010, he founded Great Safaris, a company focused on upscale, sophisticated travel experiences to the continent of Africa.
How is Great Safaris different from other safari outfitters?
DH: The distinction with Great Safaris is that we established the company in Africa before we actually established our office in the United States. We have really focused on the product and having our own trained people to be able to handle the luxury experienced American traveler. Another difference is: all we focus on is the luxury market. “Luxury” is not just a high-priced product; it’s a state of mind. It is anticipating what experienced travelers require or expect.
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As unrivaled as it is picturesque, the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is a very special place. Not only is it home to Nairobi National Park, whose residents include giraffes, lions, rhinos and zebras, but it is the only city in the world with a park of its magnitude, let alone one with such wild tenants.
Visitors to this magical place can easily walk from the city streets to the African plains within minutes, coming very close to magnificent creatures and seeing how they are destined to be viewed – in their natural habitat.
Mike Nesbitt thinks the travel industry is about relationships. We happen to think he’s right. For the past 34 years, Mike has been working in the travel industry, developing relationships with ground operators, tour companies and travel agents. As the president of African Safari Company, Mike ensures that each client is treated as an individual and with the special attention that will ensure both the traveler and the travel agent are satisfied with his programs. Mike personally selects his safari operators, a job he says is too important to delegate to anyone but himself. Read the rest of this entry »