Our Story

Since 2007 African Profile Safaris has specialised in flying safaris – private, tailor-made tours led by experienced pilots who are also knowledgeable guides. From planning how to match the desires of adventurers, birders, hikers or any other special interest group, to leading trips from Egypt to South Africa with a healthy dose of Namibia invariably sprinkled in: African Profile Safaris has become a leader in pilot-guide tourism.

In recent years African Profile Safaris has branched out into planning ground-based safaris, applying the same exacting standards and care to their self-drive customers as they do for their air-borne counterparts. These self-drive safaris include specialised route planning, a fully detailed tour description and directions for clients, plus all the support material like maps and guidebooks.

Meet The Team

In Memoriam – OLE FRIEDE *29.01.2016

Ole was involved in conservation for 20 years, 8 of which as head of the Namibian Game Capture Unit. He had a degree in conservation and a background involving translocation of rhinos and various other animal species.

Most of our pilot guides have similar backgrounds, for us this is what makes our safaris different and old clients returning to us time and again wanting to travel with their specific guides again, building a friendship over the years.

“We are not only pilots. We are tour guides who fly. We have real stories to tell because we have the knowledge, the background and the experience in many fields, making a safari special,” says Ole. “There is a big difference between a charter flight and a pilot-guided fly-in safari. We are not the chauffeurs of the sky. We provide a holistic experience and our safaris are nature based. Our product is flexible and because we serve the low-volume, high end of the market, we can afford the attention to detail, the flexibility and freedom it affords. We are in the fortunate position that our clients experience the contrasts of our majestic land in its most spectacular form.”


As General Manager of a large African Tour and Safari operator her dream was always to work on a more personal basis with her guests and agents, focussing on tailor made safaris instead of mass tourism.

So when she decided to start African Profile Safaris in 2007, the focus was to offer tailor made safaris to individuals, small groups or families. Of course being married to Ole, they share a love for nature and have extensively travelled in Namibia and the neighbouring countries.

Marie & Shani
Being a third generation Namibian she grew up in the farm community of Grootfontein; As mom of two small children she like to introduce the family angle into safaris, introducing guests to the local people and diverse cultures of Namibia.

In November 2007 she was joined by her sister in law Marianne, together they have over 20 years experience in the travel industry.

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