SAFARI TOUR OPERATORS

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Joss Kent, son of Abercrombie & Kent’s Geoffrey Kent, established &Beyond in 1991 as a luxury experiential travel and safari company. Born and bred in Kenya, Kent now runs and manages 33 world-class lodges in seven countries and designs high-end… Read More

AARDVARK SAFARIS

Aardvark Safaris was founded by Richard Smith and John Spence, with co-owner Alice Gully. It specialises in organising luxury holidays centred around Africa’s exquisite safari camps, beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean and extraordinary wildlife. Aardvark Safaris is no stranger… Read More

AFRICA EXCLUSIVE

Founded by John Burdett 25 years ago as an outlet for his interest in travel and specifi cally Africa, Africa Exclusive lets you enjoy a variety of remote locations in uncompromisingly luxurious accommodation. Burdett is keen to dispel the myth… Read More

AFRICA SAFARI

Africa Safari provides package tours to such traditional safari destinations as South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, as well as the opportunity for a little city-tripping— why not combine your safari with a visit to Dubai? Combination is the keyword:… Read More

AUDLEY TRAVEL

‘My passion is travel,’ says Ian Simkins, ‘and I’m a great believer that if you do something you love, success and happiness go hand in hand.’ This mindset evidently paid off as former investment banker Simkins was asked to run… Read More

BUSHTRACKS

The family-run Bushtracks has specialised in African travel and fl ying safaris for over two decades. With six generations of African lineage, the family knows the continent: there’s no directionless drifting through the bush, but rather the promise of a… Read More

EXPERT AFRICA

Before joining Expert Africa, managing director Chris McIntyre taught in Zimbabwe and travelled Africa extensively, writing numerous guidebooks about the continent. He is ‘committed to responsible travel’ , and returns to Africa regularly so he can give clients up-to-date knowledge… Read More

FREEDOM AFRICA

Freedom Africa offers more choice than most, with 11 countries in its catalogue. It has a particular focus on South Africa, with Cape Town and the Garden Route proving popular: a 13-day package for the latter is a favourite for… Read More

GAMEWATCHERS SAFARIS

Gamewatchers Safaris arranges safaris to all the leading parks and reserves in Kenya and East Africa, and operates its own awardwinning Porini camps within exclusive wildlife conservancies in Selenkay, Laikipia and the Mara. The aim is to conserve the natural… Read More

HAYES & JARVIS

‘Our best-known destinations are the Indian Ocean, the Far East and Africa,’ says managing director Lesley Rollo, explaining that the company tailors holidays according to how adventurous the customer is. Lion Sands lodge is a favourite in South Africa, as… Read More

IMAGINE TRAVEL

Imagine Travel has been offering personalised luxury safari experiences in remote locations since 2004, from ‘meandering around the Taj Mahal’ to ‘scaling Kilimanjaro or ogling at the Iguazu Falls’. Locations on offer range from the home of safaris, Africa, to… Read More

MAHLATINI LUXURY TRAVEL

Mahlatini, a Zulu word meaning ‘bushman’ or ‘lover of the African wilderness’, offers tailor-made safaris to destinations across Africa including Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania. The company has a number of offerings, and combining the adventure of a… Read More

MICATO SAFARIS

Micato Safaris is a nine-time winner of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Safari Outfi tters award: a testament to its unique and luxury safari offerings. Set up in 1966 by Felix Pinto, a high-ranking member of Kenya’s colonial government, and… Read More

NATURETREK

Naturetrek provides expert-led wildlife holidays worldwide, from birdwatching, botanical tours, bear-, whale- and tiger-watching holidays, to wildlife-oriented treks, conservation tours and expedition cruises. A popular offering involves staying in a fl oating eco-hotel in the heart of Brazil’s Pantanal, where… Read More

RAINBOW TOURS

Recently acquired by ITC Luxury Travel, Rainbow Tours offers trips in Africa, Madagascar and Latin America. Made up of a team of avid travellers and specialist agents, all of whom have lived or worked in the countries offered in the… Read More

REAL AFRICA

Managing director Robert Ferguson started out as a guide in the Himalayas, when climbing and trekking trips to Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho and South Africa sparked a love of Africa. Since launching Real Africa in 2000, the aim has been to… Read More

ROBIN POPE SAFARIS

Founded in 1985, the family-run business Robin Pope Safaris offers a comprehensive range of locations in Zambia ( Victoria Falls and South Luangwa National Park) and Malawi (Lake Malawi and Majete National Park), and has recently branched out into Zimbabwe…. Read More

SAFARI & BEACH

Safari & Beach specialises in family, honeymoon and adventures such as hiking on Kilimanjaro and fi shing. ‘We also of course have some fabulous diving opportunities in the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar,’ says Nick Jenkins, an Africa tourism veteran who… Read More

SANCTUARY RETREATS

Sanctuary Retreats is an award-winning collection of individually designed luxury lodges in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia, as well as boutique cruise ships on the Nile, Yangtze, and in Myanmar. Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing… Read More

SCOTT DUNN

Voted Favourite Specialist Tour Operator by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, Scott Dunn is a luxury tour operator creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to amazing destinations all over the world. Its Africa safaris are especially popular, probably because the… Read More

SCOTT TRAVEL

Scott Travel is an independent travel agency founded by Ruth Scott in 2000, which has since grown almost exclusively by word-of-mouth referrals and repeat business. Based out of Nairobi, it organises trips to the Masai Mara, Nairobi National Park and… Read More

SMOKESILVER TRAVEL

Smokesilver Travel creates personal trips to more than 18 countries across ‘Safari Africa’, including Botswana, Tanzania, Mozambique and Morocco. For founder Simon Wilson Stephens, who left a job at Merrill Lynch to pursue his love of travel, true luxury is… Read More

SOMAK HOLIDAYS

Since Somak Holidays was founded by Suresh Sofat in 1968, the family-run business has been organising holidays to their Kenyan homeland, expanding to many African countries besides the safari staples of South Africa and Kenya. These now include destinations in… Read More

SUN SAFARIS

Sun, sea and safari: you can have all three with Sun Safaris. The Cape Town-based tour agency offers the customer hands-on, on-the-ground knowledge of the best safaris in South Africa and Botswana. Specialising in Southern and Eastern Africa, it also… Read More

TAJ SAFARIS

In partnership with the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and &Beyond, who run luxury safari lodges, Taj Safaris offers safaris based on a sustainable eco-tourism model. The joint venture has resulted in the building of a circuit of lodges in… Read More

THE LUXURY SAFARI COMPANY

Years spent travelling around and working in Africa led Rose Hipwood to found The Luxury Safari Company in 2010. The possibilities of creating a once in a lifetime holiday are endless, thanks to her extensive contacts and entirely bespoke service…. Read More

THE SAFARI COLLECTION

Founded by Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley in 2009, the company has four distinct luxury and boutique-style camps and lodges in leading locations across Kenya: Giraffe Manor, Sasaab, Solio Lodge and Sala’s Camp. Fourthgeneration Kenyans, the Carr- Hartleys are descended from… Read More

THE SAFARI SPECIALISTS

‘Small, passionate, professional’ and based in Maun, the heart of Botswana’s safari scene, The Safari Specialists is a niche safari tour operator run by Tom Grimes, who cut his teeth managing the prestigious South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. In… Read More

TRANSUN SAFARIS

Transun is an independent specialist tour operator offering extraordinary husky safaris that allow its clients to experience ‘the thrill of being pulled through the magnifi cent snowscapes by your very own team of dogs’. Transun runs tours to the Arctic… Read More

TRAVEL BUTLERS

‘Everything about South Africa grabbed us — the culture, the incredible beauty of the landscape, the people, the wine and, above all else, the amazing wildlife,’ say founders Tracey and Paul Campbell, who trained as guides after falling in love… Read More

TRAVEL WITH JULES

Zoologist Julie Croucher started Travel with Jules in 2011 to offer a bespoke personalised travel service worldwide specialising in luxury long-haul holidays and honeymoons. It arranges unique experiences such as sleeping in tree houses or star beds, fl ying by… Read More

TRIBES TRAVEL

‘Every safari is different, always unpredictable, usually exciting, sometimes heartbreaking, but never boring… it takes you out of your comfort zone,’ says Amanda Marks, who founded Tribes in 1998. The fi rm was named thus to ‘show people the world… Read More

VISIONS OF AFRICA

Visions of Africa arranges luxury personalised safari holidays across Africa, from South Africa to Namibia, and Botswana to Zambia. From family safaris to private touring, self-driving adventure holidays to luxury honeymoons, Visions of Africa offers it all. Partnering with train… Read More

VOLCANOES SAFARIS

Volcanoes Safaris specialises in mountain gorilla and chimp safaris in Rwanda and at Uganda Luxury Safari Lodges. Led by expert Volcanoes Safaris guides, guests stay at unique and intimate lodges near the forest of Western Uganda, and get to explore… Read More

WILDERNESS SAFARIS

Established in Botswana in 1983, Wilderness Safaris creates ‘journeys not holidays’. Across various habitats, from the savannah to the rainforest, the desert and the ocean, it offers tailor-made services throughout southern Africa including logistics, sightseeing and accommodation. This means clients… Read More

WILDLIFE & WILDERNESS

At Wildlife & Wilderness, they craft luxury, tailor-made wildlifefocused holidays worldwide, from ‘Safari Africa’ to ‘Wild Europe’ to ‘Down Under’, focusing on witnessing primates, big cats, bears, whales and birds in their natural habitats. Long trips are a speciality. ‘We’ve… Read More

WILDLIFE WORLDWIDE

India may not be the first destination that springs to mind for a safari holiday, but Royal Bengal tigers and Asian elephants draw visitors for a unique safari experience. Alongside the vibrant and colourful culture of India, many of Wildlife… Read More

YELLOW ZEBRA SAFARIS

One of the fastest-growing safari companies, Yellow Zebra Safaris prides itself on being a company of on-the-ground safari experts. ‘We design trips we would go on ourselves,’ says Julian Carter Manning, who founded the fi rm with childhood friend Rory… Read More