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.)

“There’s nothing like safari life.

Not even close.”

the perfect african safari

We found the best.

Here’s a peek at some of our perfect safari lodge choices. Two criteria are non-negotiable for us: great game rangers, and great game reserves. Then, we chose lodges based on unflinchingly superb safari experiences. We found all that, plus good value, here. And there’s more!

the perfect african safari

Safari: where, when, how?

A safari is a big journey, and for many, it may be a once-off. So yes, you 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. We’re here for you.

Inside info ~ we’re local.

We know local conditions, like how best to get around, the sizes of private game reserves you’ll traverse, who the neighbours are, etc. Much detail is not included in safari websites, and it takes feet on the ground (our feet!) to to really know a reserve, or a safari lodge. (Review platforms don’t do it; they are too easy to manipulate.)

Safari talk.

Let’s talk safari. See our tours here and tell us which safari tour speaks to you.

Please note that your details are private and we will never share them with anyone.

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. We have found value, and we aim to share that with you. 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, too.

Our added value.

We communicate quickly and efficiently. You deal directly with us. Plus, we have no vested in any one 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