Africa. It’s time.

It’s time for Africa ~ Shakira

the perfect african safari

It’s all here – the where, the when, the how to. Hello. My name is Marianne Birrell and I’m a safari planner and organiser. My main area of safari expertise is the private game reserves in and around the Kruger National Park, South Africa. (Please note: photographic safaris only. No hunting safaris are offered. Not now; not ever.)

Need some help?

If you’ve heard the call of the wild and going on safari is your priority, you have a huge amount of choices. It can be confusing, but John, Ute and I are here to help you make sense of them, and to guide you to the safari spot that’s perfect for you.

“There’s nothing else like safari life.
Not even close.”

the perfect african safari

We found the best.

We went looking for the perfect safari lodge. Here’s a taste, below. Our criteria? Great game rangers in the best game reserves. Then we looked for lodge excellence. And the final qualifier? Good value.

the perfect african safari

Safari: where, when, how?

A safari is a big journey, and so for many, it’s a once-off. You do have to get it right the first time. Read the questions most asked by first time safari travellers here and if you have more, just ask us. We are here to help.

Inside info ~ because we’re local.

We know local conditions like how to get around, the sizes of private game reserves you’ll traverse, who the neighbours are. You know: all those small, but important, background details that affect the quality of your safari. It takes local feet on the ground (ours!) to really know a reserve, or a safari lodge. You’re safe in our hands.

Safari talk.

Let’s talk safari. See our tours here and examine some different safari options. Then fill in the safari questionnaire here. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it helps us to focus on the type of safari you have in mind.

the perfect african safari

Our service.

My safari business is small and personal, with service at the forefront. I work closely with two great associates, John Grant and Ute Sonnenberg, within a wider network of safari specialists in all regions. Our price will be fair, and we’ll deliver good value. Meet the safari team.

We make it happen.

Based on your input, we’ll send you ideas on where, when, and how, as well as tips on discounts and seasonal specials. We’ll guide you on price and respect your budget.

Added value.

We communicate quickly and efficiently, and you deal directly with us. We have no vested interest in any safari lodge or safari corporation. It matters: we do not let commission levels influence the destinations we recommend. See some of our safari tours …

They trusted us; we delivered.

” All 14 days were above expectations, hotels, transfers, lodging, all safaris both on water, by car, walks with rangers, service at all camps, just all perfect. We did six places in 3 countries all smooth. Good job Marianne!”

“I normally do everything myself, but knowing that inside knowledge in Africa is very helpful, this time I went with an agent to set up a few safaris in South Africa. Marianne Birrell set everything up for me better than I could have done it myself after weeks of research.”

“Thank you for a beautifully planned trip, Marianne.”

the perfect safari