I could start by listing all the strengths of our small team, but to us it is just standard that our professional drivers are all Swiss and well-educated, multi-lingual guides. To have a comprehensive knowledge of Switzerland and our neighboring countries, their history, culture, and traditions is an absolute requirement in our profession just as much as a good general education, polite manners, and the readiness to provide first class service.

However, this is what makes our team special compared to other tour operators:

We love our profession! And we honestly look forward to welcoming each and every guest! It is a pleasure and honor for us to provide every guest with a “warm welcome” and to show our guests the beauty and special features of our home country. Positive feedback from our guests motivates us every day anew.

Carmen Aebi

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Profession: Founder and Owner of SwissSafari GmbH, CEO, Operations Manager, Professional Driver/Guide (licensed to run a tour company),

Languages: My mother tongue Swiss German, English, French, German, some Italian

Hobbies: Nature and all about the Universe, travelling and hiking with my husband, my TRIUMPH motorcycle, our loghome in the Jura mountains, gardening, building, my business

Private travel experiences: I visited more then 45 countries – most of them by motorcycle.
I love touring by motorcycle because one must minimize the needs and can focus on what is really important.  It allows you an insight into places where tourists don’t go, and to meet with locals on the same level.
My first tour in 1980 took me to North America which I toured on a Honda street bike in 6 months  from East to West and from North to South. This trip was the beginning of a long touring carreer!
In hard work specially designed was my desert proved Honda offroad motorbike. On this motorcycle I toured in summer 1983 to Spain, Maroc and Algerie and across the  Sahara desert. I did not expect a place on earth to be so hot like the Sahara in summer – it was an outstanding experience!
In winter 1987 was the start to my longest and most adventurous tour! My husband and I travelled from Switzerland to South Africa, me again on my dear Honda off roader. We were 18 months on the road and I can say that this trip was the most memorable one I had in my lifetime; in many points of view.
But my other motorcycle,  my Triumph Bonneville 750cc which is a British beauty “created” in the year 1980 and one of his last original generation took and still takes me on many great tours. With this “dear friend” I explored whole of Switzerland many times and toured almost every country in Europe including Finland, Norway and Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Italy France, Germany, Austria and Spain. And after all these years of touring I know of course Switzerland like the back of my hand – also the very hidden places!

Professional travel experiences: goes back to the foundation of SwissSafari (2002).

My favoured place in Switzerland: I am an outdoor person and love all places in the nature. Our  loghome in Wolfisberg, the Bernese Alps, the Ticino and Grison are some of the places. But I love also to slender through our old towns which stand for our long history and tradition in Switzerland.

My favoured places on earth… are all places with an intact natural environment. All places where I can stay in peace and freedom and may trust to be warmly welcomed.

I love Switzerland because… of it’s beauty and it’s diversity within a small area. Because of the different cultures in peaceful togetherness. Because of safety and freedom in the country. I have my roots here, it is my home!

I work for SwissSafari because…. I had the idea to organise and create great tours for Switzerland-visitors who are “searching for that extra something” on a tour. And to make sure they get a hearty welcome in my homeland.

Special: On my many  motorcycle tours, where I learned to live from my personal belongings which found place in a suitcase not bigger than 40 x 40 cm and which took me to countries where poverty and violence is normal life I have learned a lesson: I have learned  to be grateful for my life which is in peace, harmony and prosperty and in a country where I have a say. When I founded SwissSafari I promised me to share my success with some of those who are not so lucky and never got an even break – to share with some of those who live in poverty,  are defenseless. Listed on the website are my personal sponsoring partners who make great jobs but rely on kind-hearted poeple like us.

Kurt Kühne

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Profession: Travel Agent, Guide, Ambulance Driver

Languages: Swiss German, German, English, French, Spanish

My hobbies: Trekking and skiing in the mountains, travelling, nature.

My private travel experiences: I have had the privilege to see almost the whole world. On August 21, 2015 I have concered the Breithorn (4164m/13’661ft) – what a fantastic experience!

My professional travel experiences: Guiding groups to Middle- and South America, Australia and to the Far East. Tours in Switzerland.

My favoured place in Switzerland: It is impossible to name one place – it is the whole country.

My favoured place on earth: My home and my garden.

I love Switzerland because …I have read a lot about our ancestors. To the natural beauty of the country, they implanted this desire for freedom and justice into us.

I work for Swiss Safari because …it is the best company I know. All aspects of a reservation are double checked and everything is done to provide a truly professional and personal service.

Hugo Gasser

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Professions: Certified Mountain Leader, Tour Manager, Driver, freelancing Business Process Engineer.

Languages: Swiss German, German, French, English and adequate knowledge in Spanish and Italian.

My hobbies: Interests: history, geography, ethnology, politics. Sports: travelling, hiking, winter sports, ballroom dancing and tennis.

My private travel experiences:  I travelled a good deal on my own across more than 60 countries on 5 continents, many of which were developing and emerging nations.
For this reason I have the deepest respect for the  people and ethnic groups I met as they never cease to amaze me by their adaptability to reshape the face of their region, while at the same time the natural surroundings strongly influence the way in which their culture is expressed.

My professional travel experiences: Guiding international groups in the European mountains, guiding Swiss groups to European countries, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, India, Far East and the Himalaya. Driving / guiding international groups throughout Switzerland and neighbouring countries.

My favoured place in Switzerland: The striking juxtaposition of natural and manmade landscapes in the mountain region with its heritage of culture and nature.

My favoured place on earth: Well, there is no planet like Planet Earth! Kidding aside. Because I am rather curious I like to ‘roam’ with a joy of discovery to untravelled regions but to return to my native Switzerland.

I love Switzerland for… its abundance of scenic attractions, cultural heritage, mountains, waters, plants, animals, tourist infrastructure. There is more than one could enjoy in a lifetime.

I work for Swiss Safari because… it is so manifold – no guest is like another, no journey is like another but the planning and organisation are, in principle, always similar: well done.

Stefan Cotting

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Profession: Driver/Guide, Travel Agent, Offset Printer

Languages: Swiss German, German, English, French, Spanish

My hobbies: Travelling, Trekking, World History, Languages and Sports.

My private travel experiences: In three decades of extensive travelling I have visited all 195 sovereign states acknowledged by the United Nations. Besides travelling I have discovered wide parts of the world while trekking as well. So I have completed several long distance hiking trails around the globe and crossed my native Switzerland 5 times on foot.

My professional travel experiences: Guiding international groups around the US and Canada for 3 years. Guiding Swiss groups to different countries around the Globe. Since 2012 with Swisssafari as Driver/Guide.

My favoured place in Switzerland: One of my favoured places are the Alps with its mountain passes and valleys.

My favoured place on earth: Switzerland because it has given me the opportunity to travel and to live a life that should not to be taken as granted. We are very fortunate in Switzerland.

I love Switzerland because …of it’s diversity, the 4 languages and the impressive mountain scenery that can be enjoyed with one of the best touristic infrastructures in the world.

I work for Swiss Safari because …I wanted to go back to what I like best, tour guiding and this time in my native Switzerland. I am pleased to show visitors my country with plenty of insight information.

Peter Bertschinger

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Professions: Polymechanic, Ski-instructor, Restaurant Manager, Driver/guide.

Languages: Swiss German, German, English and adequate knowledge in French.

My hobbies: Travelling, ski-touring, hiking, Geography Worldwide, Swiss History, Sports.

My private travel experiences:  I travelled more then 60 countries all over the world, inclusive the Antarktica.

My professional travel experiences: I started as a professional guide in 1987 and guided trips to New Zealand and Australia on more than 20 visits. I am also experienced in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Scandinavia, Kuba, Sri Lanka, Brasil and Myanmar.

My favoured place in Switzerland: The Swiss Alps with the beautiful mountain lakes.

My favoured place on earth: my native Switzerland.

I love Switzerland because… all is very well organized. Our infrastructure is most probably the best worldwide. The standard of living is high quality, the country is safe!

I work for Swiss Safari because… I love to show our foreign guests the beauty of Switzerland in a very personal manner and SwissSafari gives me the ideal platform to do that. All is well organized so that I can put my focus on my guests and their wishes. We are a great Team!

Peter Polin

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Profession: Semi retired Driver and Tour Guide

Languages: Swiss German, German, English, French and adequate knowledge in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

My hobbies: Travelling, Boating, Snowboarding, Paraglider Flying, Hiking and fideling with anything technical

My private travel experiences: Half a livetime of travelling in Europe, North, Central and South America and Asia by public transport, motor bike, camper van, boat including pitching a tent under the private airplanes wing. For the other half livetime plus a bit more there are still plenty of plans…..!

My professional travel experiences: Driver and Guide mostly on tours in Switzerland and Europe, but also on overland tours in Central and South America and between Switzerland, India and Nepal.

My favoured place in Switzerland: Propably the mountains since they share the natural beauty of most of Switzerland but also are a fantastic playground for eternal children like me to play sports of all sorts and to interact with nature.

My favoured place on earth: In my next live I plan to go back to most the places I have been to in this live.

I love Switzerland because …with a good education Switzerland has given me a fantastic start towards being able to do most the things I ever wanted.

I work for Swiss Safari because …the work is so satisfying and our dear customers often point out things to me in my own country that I wasn’t even aware of before.

Our Alphorn trio with Flag thrower

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Urs, Basil, Walter and Fredy – best flag throwerJ!

Do you know a tour company which has its own alphorn trio? SwissSafari does!

If possible we surprise our guests with a traditional Swiss welcome with alphorn sounds, because we are more Swiss than any other tour operators in Switzerland – it’s a unique welcome and remains unforgettable for the guests!

Or we can organize a great event with Alphorn sounds and the traditional flag throwing together with a dinner in a mountain restaurant, folks music and dance.

We are happy to provide this service in the name of your company/travel agency. Increase your own image in the eyes of your customer with this unique welcome! For those who like it more stylish, we have a special VIP welcome!

Ask me for more information.