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...
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.
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As a nature-based tour operator, we’re committed to delivering first-class small-group birding and wildlife safari trips and tours. We differentiate ourselves with our specialized nature tours which remain authentic and respectful to all those who call this land ‘home.’ Our tours are well-paced, although you may lose track of time immersed in the African bush!
Lawson’s are the custom birding and wildlife safaris, trips and tours in Africa specialists, with over 30 years of experience in the field. From short trips to the Kruger National Park to extended multi-week tours in Southern and Eastern Africa, we pride ourselves in offering you a fun, rewarding, and memorable custom safari.
We have expanded our offerings aimed exclusively at South African residents. These include walking birding and wildlife safari day trips in Kruger Park. Our 'Birding and Wildlife on Foot' experiences take place in Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, as well as in the Southern Kruger National Park.
Our local birding and wildlife safari day trips in the Kruger Park are just the ticket, with the Southern Kruger being an obvious choice. We offer trips in an open-sided safari vehicle from Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi and Kruger gates, and we also do pick-ups at the nearby hotels and resorts.
What our guests say...
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).
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
The quality & viewing were very good, it more than lived up to our expectations. We even enjoyed searching for the elusive lions! The driving in the bush was still very enjoyable & we did get to see a large pride in the end! Dave’s highlight – the leopard in the tree in the Kruger, also enjoyed the different varieties of birds which I wasn’t expecting. Val’s highlights –... Read More
Val & David Read
I would definitely rate Lawson’s as a 10. I had no worries about my stay---being transported from the airport to meet Leon, being assigned a room, being driven around all day, talking about the wildlife with Leon, the opportunity to photograph, the smells, the sounds, the good food was just perfect.
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The Kruger National Park is South Africa's prime safari tour destination. At over 20 000 square kilometers it offers one of Africa's classic safari experiences. From the hilly country in the south-west to the vast Mopani scrub plains of the north, there's a remarkable array of landscapes and habitat types, making it essential to book a trip that covers multiple camps. But, with 12 main camps to choose from, which one is...
An African safari is mostly about seeing incredible mammals. And, if you’re thinking about a safari, your first decision is which park to visit. The Masai Mara, the Serengeti, South Luangwa, Etosha, Moremi, Hwange, or Kruger National Park? All have an exceptional array of large mammals. Well, there are lots of factors that play a role in deciding which one suits you – cost, ease of access, time of year, length of...