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About Us West Aussie Adventures

Southern African Safaris owner & founder Simon Atherton is a Western Australian native. A global international travel agent for the last 15yrs, Simon started dedicating himself to the African continent back in 2012 which lead him to create a independent specialist agency to Africa with Southern African Safaris (SAS Travel) with the backing and support of Travel Associates Australia Pty Ltd in 2016.

“With the arrival of the pandemic, I undertook undoing 2yrs of reservations to refund ... devastating it was but I still remained positive, used my creativity and created West Aussie Adventures along with business partner Eddie Snooks in April 2020. Eddie back in 2007 was my employer with Travellers Club (Barrack St. Perth) a National domestic booking agency who was also the owner of Active Safaris & Planet Perth, convier of group travel within Western Australia. Both of us have remained good friends over the years”

“West Aussie Adventures (WAA) is Western Australia’s first ever fly-in fly-out North West Safari similar to and inspired by an East African safari. No long drives between locations, air transfers on a Cessna Grand Caravan between remote locations saving you driving 3000 kms+ which opens up the State to people who don’t have the time or enjoy all-inclusive tours or simply re-visiting past memories. WAA’s route is unavailable commercially and exclusive to the company with private ground handlings and aviation”

West Aussie Adventures (WAA) remains as an extension to Southern African Safaris (SAS Travel) and affiliated to Travel Associates Australia Ply Ltd who supplies all the back-end licences and accounting for the business and provides the companies ATAS Accreditation.

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We love travel

  • West Aussie Adventures packages include all key elements which make them truly exceptional.
  • Direct rates offered to you with discount consideration on all group travel services & coastal cruises.
  • Fast, efficient service with around the clock customer service 7 days.
  • Valuable local knowledge, essential to delivering to you the best tour options.
  • Due to Covid-19 Southern African Safaris, West Aussie Adventures & Travel Associates Australia is currently home-based.
Over the last 8 years Simon has gained a wealth of knowledge focusing on Southern Africa as a destination specialist, including escorting private group tours annually. “I joined Travel Associates Australia Pty Ltd to work alongside an elite group of like-minded travel consultants who are transforming the way we think about and sell travel” says Simon. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to elevate and grow my new travel destination business SAS Travel & Reps to the highest level” (MAY 2016)

Our Experience in Travel

Simon has participated in some of world’s biggest African product conferences ingesting a wealth of product and geographical knowledge to the continent and here, he has unbiased listing of all properties geographically, producing this database of the 'best' or 'experienced' or 'recommended' Product links will take you direct to the 'official website' for the utmost best information, availability and prices in local currency.

Travel Associates Australia Pty Ltd is proud to announce that top Perth travel agent Simon Atherton has joined its growing team. Simon will work out of his home office based in Perth, Western Australia developing SAS (Southern African Safaris) Travel & Reps as a destination specialist for Southern & Eastern Africa, Madagascar & Mauritius, along with continuing to service his many clients who his knowledge in the global travel and cruise market.

“Simon has been in international travel for 15 years now and has an incredible work ethic and great energy,” says Lance Bracken, Director of Travel Associates Pty Ltd. “He also has a wealth of knowledge in Southern Africa, which is essential to educating clients in the process of buying that perfect holiday itinerary. I’m very happy that he’s decided to be part of the team.”