• 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...

  • 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 Gottschalk


  • Wildlife was at and above my expectations. I saw most of the mammals I had hoped to see (except Cheetah) and several that I didn’t expect. As regards birding I saw (mostly with the aid of my guide!) over 250 species on the Lawson’s tour (and nearly 400 in my 4 weeks in South Africa).

    Murray Delahoy


  • We saw an amazing variety of wildlife considering we only spent eight days on safari. It was particularly pleasing to see animals at such close quarters. It gave us a good opportunity to take some great pictures. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and so would like to rate it 10 on the Lawson Scale.

    Christine Daley and Family


Latest Blog Posts

Seen on the trip: the endemic Black Harrier, Bontebok National Park.
Western Cape Voyager Tour Trip Report

Safari greetings! This month we ran a Western Cape Voyager tour for two clients from Washington, USA, as part of an almost month-long sojourn in South Africa. And what a great place to start! The Western Cape is about as un-African as it gets without leaving the continent. Indeed, the scenery and landscapes are definitely not what one thinks of when thinking about Africa! But it's an incredibly beautiful part of the...

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Light aircraft safari charter flight arriving at airstrip
Safari packing.

Safari tour packing: a guide’s guide to packing for your safari: Who knows more about packing for a safari tour than a safari guide? Exactly. Check out our article by Leon Marais about packing for your upcoming safari trip.

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Spotted Hyenas around the safari car!
Safari Highlights: The Grim Reapers of Letaba.

On the average Kruger safari, Spotted Hyenas are seen more often than any other large predator. Yet they are often ignored, or given passing interest at most. A Lion's foot sticking out of the long grass will draw massive attention from visitors (in case it lifts its head), yet down the road a clan of Spotted Hyenas lying ON the road will maybe have a vehicle or two in attendance. Yet Hyenas...

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