• Custom Birding & Wildlife Safaris, Trips & Tours in Southern & Eastern Africa

Custom Birding & Wildlife Safaris, Trips & Tours in Southern and Eastern Africa

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.

What are the Basics of a Custom Safari?

  • Custom birding and wildlife safaris, trips and tours in Africa can be designed for single travelers, couples, families or small groups of friends.
  • Contact us and we’ll take your interests, availability, budget, and needs into account when curating a suitable itinerary.
  • Our custom-made trips can be based on birding, general wildlife, photography, or a combination of all three.
  • Custom-made tours are ideal for those who like independence and flexibility, with no other tour participants to consider. With a dedicated guide escorting you from start to finish, close personal attention is a big feature of a private safari.

Custom Safari Itineraries

There’s certainly no shortage of choice, flexibility and personalization when designing your custom birding and wildlife safaris, trips and tours in Africa. All of our set-departures can be converted into Custom Safaris, designed specifically for you, your availability, interests and the all-important budget.

We also offer pre-priced Standard Itineraries covering South Africa and a few other destinations, to help you get an idea of our services. These are just a guide and can be tweaked to suit your needs. Custom-safaris can be fully-guided, self-drive (in certain countries), or a bit of both. They can also be a combination of fully-guided and FIT (Fully Independent Traveler). 

Custom birding and wildlife safaris, trips and tours are a great way to experience Africa. Spend time being hosted by our expert guides on a tailor-made safari, and just sit back and enjoy the country, birds, wildlife, food and drink – that’s what it’s all about! 

Below are a few sample itineraries to inspire:

Masai Mara Migration Safari

Witness the greatest show on earth on this short but action-packed African safari tour. This is a fly-in / fly-out safari trip, thus maximizing your time in the Mara. With 6 nights divided between two different safari lodges we also maximize our chances of finding the big herds. This is an African safari experience not to be missed!

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Southern Tanzania Safari

If you've done most of the major safari areas of Africa and are looking for a trip with a difference, where you'll be way off the beaten track, consider our epic Safari tour in Southern Tanzania... See and experience some of the wildest places on the continent.

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Pel's Fishing Owl Quest

If the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl is a bucket-list bird for you, then this is just what you are looking for. We have a reliable spot in Limpopo Province, only 3.5 hours drive away from Nelspruit, offering very good chances of seeing this bird, especially during the April - September breeding season. Plenty of other great birds to see as well. If you aren't a local, this can be incorporated into a longer safari tour.

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Escarpment & Kruger Voyager

This 8 night / 9 day birding & wildlife safari trip is an ideal introduction to the birds and mammals of South Africa. The habitat diversity on this safari is incredible, and it offers a lot of 'bang for your buck'. Expect 300+ birds and 35+ mammals in prime season.

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Escarpment & Kruger Voyager Lite

4 night / 5 day birding & wildlife safari trip is ideal for those with limited time. 3 nights in the Kruger National Park and 1 night in Dullstroom to end off will offer wonderful diversity, combining the savanna of the Kruger with the highlands around Dullstroom. Expect to see a lot in only 5 days!

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KwaZulu Natal Voyager

 This 8 night / 9 day birding & wildlife safari trip coves some of the best of KwaZulu-Natal, one of South Africa's most diverse provinces. The tour itinerary include the iSimangaliso ('Place of Wonder') Wetland Park, Eshowe, Tembe Elephant Park and Wakkerstroom, one of South Africa's endemics hot-spots.

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Western Cape Voyager

This 8 night / 9 day birding & wildlife tour covers the best of the Western Cape Province, with all it's diversity and richness. Explore the Cape Peninsula, surely one of the scenic wonders of the world, and rich in endemic birds; visit De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Agulhas Plain; look for endemics in the desolate Tankwa Karoo; and end off at Langebaan on the West Coast. See a trip report here.

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Kruger National Park Discoverer

This 6 night / 7 day Kruger & Sabi Sand tour offers a fantastic Africa wildlife safari experience. The Kruger and Sabi Sand combination offers the best of both worlds, combining the scale and diversity of Kruger with the first-class predator viewing of the Sabi Sands. Expect to come away from this trip feeling extremely satisfied!

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Kruger National Park Discoverer Extended

This 9 night / 10 day Kruger & Sabi Sand wildlife safari tour is 3 days longer than the standard Kruger National Park Discoverer, offering even more time on safari, and thus even more awesome experiences!

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