About Us

Johan van Biljon

African Timeout

About Us

Welcome to African Timeout, your premier owner-operated tour operator based in Johannesburg, Gauteng – the vibrant gateway to Southern Africa. Founded to cater to the growing number of visitors eager to experience the diverse wonders of the new South Africa, we specialize in offering personalized soft adventure, sporting, and environmental tours.

Our Founder

African Timeout was established by Johan Van Biljon, a passionate wildlife enthusiast and outdoor lover with a background in civil engineering. Johan has been a registered Tourist Guide since 1998, bringing years of expertise and dedication to providing exceptional personal service. His mission is to make every South African experience unforgettable.

Our Services

While we primarily focus on the Gauteng and Mpumalanga regions, African Timeout is a comprehensive destination management company operating throughout Southern Africa. Our services extend to:

  • Escorted Tours: We offer a variety of tours showcasing the best highlights of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, and Mozambique.
  • Tailor-Made Tours: Our specialty lies in creating bespoke itineraries for small groups, tailored to meet the unique preferences and needs of our clients.
  • Large Group and Individual Travel: Whether you’re traveling solo or with a large group, we ensure a seamless and enriching travel experience.
  • Conferences, Executive, and Business Travel: We handle all your professional travel needs, from conferences to executive meetings.
  • Meet and Greet Services: Our team provides professional meet and greet services, ensuring a warm welcome for all our guests.
  • Transfers: We offer reliable transfer services with our modern fleet of air-conditioned vehicles, fully insured for passenger liability and meeting all National Transport Commission requirements.


Our Team

Our guides are seasoned professionals, registered with the National Department of Tourism (NDT), and proficient in various foreign languages. Our well-organised team guarantees prompt responses to inquiries and reservations, ensuring that every aspect of your journey is handled carefully and efficiently.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expertise and Passion: With decades of experience and a deep love for Southern Africa, we bring unmatched knowledge and enthusiasm to every tour.
  • Personalized Service: We pride ourselves on delivering personalised, high-quality service that caters to individual preferences and needs.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: From the bustling cities of South Africa to the serene landscapes of Namibia and beyond, we cover the entire Southern African sub-region.
  • Safety and Comfort: Our modern fleet of vehicles and professional team ensure your safety and comfort throughout your journey.

Contact Us

Johan Van Biljon
T/A African Timeout Tour Operators
P.O. Box 53, Bergbron 1712
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Phone: +27(83)655-1997
Tel: +27(11)477-4612
Fax: +27(86)511-7679
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.africantimeout.com

Credentials and Memberships

  • National Tourist Guide registration with the Department of Tourism (GP 0035)
  • Professional Tourist Guide (GP0035/1) registered with the Institute of Professional Tourist Guides of Southern Africa (IPTGSA)
  • Executive Member of the Gauteng Guides Association
  • Founder Member of the HOLA Tourism Network
  • Chairman of the Institute for Professional Tourist Guides of Southern Africa
  • Registered with the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA)
  • Member of SKAL International

At African Timeout, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable experiences across Southern Africa. Join us, and let us show you the heart and soul of this remarkable region.

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