Our Story

Africa, Madagascar & Latin America Specialists

Born from one man’s deep love of Africa and unrelenting passion for responsible travel, Rainbow Tours began with a handful of people and an adventure to South Africa. It’s a love and dedication that remains, and drives us to pioneer new destinations and find new ways to explore well-trodden routes. Rainbow Tours now offer quality tailor-made holidays and group travel throughout Africa and Latin America and are proud to be the UK’s leading tour operator to Madagascar.

When Roger Diski established Rainbow Tours in 1997 he wanted to show that Africa was a place to be fallen in love with – not pitied. It was a belief that grew from his own experiences. Encountering majestic wildlife, grand landscapes and exotic cultures drove him to spearhead responsible travel through Africa.

Every journey he made forged long-lasting relationships with the communities visited and Roger ensured that each unique, handcrafted trip combined unforgettable experiences with ensuring that tourism actively benefited local people, without compromising on fun. His ethos remains at the heart of Rainbow’s core values today; each of our tours is carefully constructed to support the conservation of wildlife, protect surrounding natural landscapes and further development in our host communities.

But with a name like Rainbow Tours, it seems fitting we should have a colourful past. As a North London schoolteacher in the 1980s, Roger became a widely known anti-apartheid activist and regularly taught British students about the regime that reined in South Africa. His life took a turn in the direction of travel when he met Mannie Brown, the businessman behind African Hinterland – one of the first overland tour companies operating in South Africa. Unbeknownst to the backpackers, the lorries they travelled in were being used to supply the ANC with arms until apartheid fell and the ANC rose to power in 1994.

Roger, utterly captivated with the country, channelled his vivacious energies into establishing his own touring company (Rainbow Tours), taking groups of people on inspiring journeys to showcase the beauty of a fascinating and relatively untraveled continent.

Today we work closely with a select group of respected charities and NGOs to remain deeply involved in each of the countries we specialise in. Extreme poverty and limited healthcare access for disadvantaged Malagasy people are tackled head-on by Money for Madagascar with which Rainbow has funded water sanitation works and a classroom equipped with educational supplies.

We are also deeply committed to animal welfare, and you can travel confident in the knowledge that Rainbow have never and will never endorse captive wildlife tourism, such as exploitative elephant rides or "cuddles with lions". Any wildlife encounters you may experience with Rainbow Tours are 100% genuine and will never compromise the healthy or safety of the animals or travellers. Our code of conduct dictates how we should approach working across the globe.

Our passionate Travel Specialists are handpicked for their extensive first hand-knowledge and are committed to delivering exceptional service. Lucky enough to have travelled intimately through their specialist countries on countless occasions, they’ll turn your needs and interests into individual suggestions and construct the perfect, tailor made tour for you.

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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