10 of the Best Safari Companies in the World
Safari. What an adventure! But only when you do it right. It’s not just the quality of the guiding and accommodation that makes a difference, it’s where and when you go.
The best safari companies give you access to exclusive, wildlife-rich areas, where you can fully connect with your wild side. Over the last decade I’ve witnessed the good, the bad, the very bad, but also the best safari companies in Africa.
The listing of the best safari companies is based on my own experiences along with National Geographic Adventure’s selection of the Best Adventure Travel Companies.
Out of hundreds of safari companies and tour operators surveyed, only the very top were chosen (based on criteria like education, sustainability, quality of service and spirit of adventure).
The magazine focused on the premise that “in a time when travel dollars are stretched, it’s essential that an outfitter delivers the trip of a lifetime, the first time”.
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1. Mark Thornton Safaris
It’s Not Only What You See. It’s How You See It.
Best For: Tarangire and Serengeti Walking Safaris, Tanzania.
2. Africa Adventure Consultants
Safaris for the Discerning Traveler.
Best For: A tailored multi-destination (multi-country) safari.
Destinations (East and Southern Africa): Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.
3. Thomson Safaris
Our Home. Your Adventure… for Over 25 years.
Best For: Safari in Tanzania. Destinations include: Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Selous Game Reserve, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Zanzibar.
4. Micato Safaris
The Travel+Leisure 6-Year Winner.
Best For: Exclusive, private safari. Focuses on Eastern and Southern African countries.
5. Gamewatchers Safaris
Exclusive Safaris in Africa’s Finest Wildlife Areas.
Best For: Classic safari experiences in East Africa.
6. Deeper Africa
Unforgettable African Safaris.
Best For: One of the world’s best safari companies, Deeper Africa are an East Africa Safari Specialist.
7. Volcanoes Safaris
The Number 1 Gorilla Safari Company.
8. African Portfolio
See Africa Through Our Eyes.
Best For: Typical safari itineraries for first-time visitors to East and Southern Africa. They also have trips to Morocco and Egypt.
9. The Africa Adventure Company
Your Passport for a Safari Trip to “Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries”.
Best For: An East and Southern Africa safari specialist, this is one of the best safari companies for good-value first-time adventures.
10. Africa Dream Safaris
Experience Your Dreams.
Best For: Activities concentrated in East Africa, including unique safari activities.
Other Very Useful Safari Contacts to Have
– Abercrombie & Kent – For luxury safaris.
– andBeyond – Also specializes in luxury safari travel.
– Norman Carr Safaris – The Zambia safari.
– Wilderness Safaris – Africa’s leading safari tour operator.
Customize Your Safari Adventure
There is no standard route in Africa. After more than a decade exploring I still haven’t seen half the continent. There is always somewhere new to go, and something new to try. So I really encourage you to live out the Africa of your dreams, wherever and whatever that may be.
It can be a little daunting at first. Check out the safari planning pages on Africa Freak to get started. Once you understand a little about African safari consider a safari trip request – it will help firm up your plans and turn them towards reality.