• 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

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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The enigmatic Hamerkop.
Birds of South Africa: five amazing species.

Southern Africa has an amazing number and variety of birds. From the biggest living bird to ocean-going pelagic species, an array of raptors and a plethora of tiny Passerines, the 971 recorded species are enough to keep any birder busy for a lifetime. And, while some are rare or require tremendous effort to see, there are plenty of common birds that are pretty spectacular, or at least very interesting in their biology...

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Giraffe and Oxpeckers sen on the safari.
Greater Kruger Discoverer Trip Report

August's Greater Kruger Discoverer Safari Trip Report. After close to a year and a half of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was time to roll out the safari vehicle as our six clients from the USA arrived in South Africa. We had started chatting with them in April, discussing exactly what they wanted from their experience, and eventually settling on a Greater Kruger Discoverer safari for 6 people, three of...

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