• Birding and Wildlife Safaris, Trips and Tours in Africa
Birding & Wildlife Safaris, Trips & Tours in Africa

At Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife, and Custom Safaris, we offer first-class small-group birding and wildlife safari trips and tours in Africa. Our footprint extends across the Southern and Eastern parts of this great continent, with over 30 years of experience in offering you bucket list safaris of a lifetime!

As Africans, we know where to take you for the best small-group birding and wildlife tours. We arrange privately-guided safaris for the individual searching for authentic experiences. So whether you’re after up-close encounters with the Big 5 and birds, or you’re still not sure where to go, contact our passionate team for ideas and itineraries.

Plan A Custom Safari

Custom Safaris are ideal for those who like flexibility or have special interests.

What our guests say...

  • This was the trip of a lifetime. I would love to come back and have Lawson’s show me some other parts of Africa-perhaps Namibia. Not sure if I will be able to do it, but I’m already trying to figure out how. Dr Davis did a custom South African safari with us in March 2022.

    Dr R Laurence Davis


  • Dear Leon, The trip is slowly sinking in. We had a great one. The stage was set by the different habitats Eastern South Africa has to offer, but with your expertise you pulled out an amazing number of birds. Thanks to your knowledge of the calls and songs combined with a very sharp eye we had great success in finding the birds I wanted to see. Thank you for... Read More

    Volkert van der Willigen


  • My family and I (a group of six) just returned from a two week exclusive tour with Lawson’s Custom Safaris out of Nelspruit South Africa. Our trip was fabulous.... Lawson’s helped us with thoughtful and responsive answers to our many initial questions on how to schedule our time in South Africa... Our guide in Kruger was Leon Marais. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable in all kinds of wildlife,... Read More

    Debra Rectenwald


  • 'Rocked it' is an understatement!! I had the time of my life! I can't wait to return. Thank you Leon and Lawson's Safaris for helping me fulfill a life-long dream. Donna did a custom wildlife photo safari with us in August 2021, and we are pleased to have her booked on our Tanzania Wildlife Safari in November 2022.

    Donna Gottschalk


Latest Blog Posts

Monotonous Lark, Kruger National Park
Birding Tours: the Larks of Southern Africa

If you are coming on a South African birdwatching trip, be prepared to see a lot of Larks! Larks have featured in the writings of playwrights and philosophers throughout written history. And while they are generally not much to look at (for the average person that is), their beautiful calls are perhaps what has given them a place in the mind of man. Southern Africa is generously endowed with Larks (Family Alaudidae),...

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Martial Eagle seen on a birding safari
Birding the Kruger: the Raptors.

Raptors of Kruger. What raptors can you see on a Kruger National Park Birding Safari? For many a birder, the raptors are a firm favorite, embodying power, grace and beauty, and seeing a new species of raptor is sure to get the pulse rate up for a few minutes. They make great photographic subjects and, when on an African birding safari, new species of raptor are bound to be seen pretty regularly,...

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African Rock Pipit, Wakkerstroom
Eastern South Africa Endemics trip report

Above: African Rock Pipit, Wakkerstroom Eastern South Africa Endemics set-departure tour trip report, November / December 2021. Last year we hosted Volkert van der Willigen on our epic Eastern South Africa Endemics serious birding tour from 19 November to 4 December. With international travel still in the doldrums, Volkert was the only participant, which was to his advantage as we could then also concentrate on the birds he's missed on previous trips...

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Looking for a more tailored safari?

Should the above African safari packages not pique your interest, reach out to our team of safari specialists for more information on our tailored safari tours and packages in Africa here