I African safari tours

Making safari magic happen since 2001

example graphic Marianne Birrell was born in Namibia and grew up in South Africa. “During university holidays spent in Zimbabwe, I had the priviledge of enjoying Africa's wilderness - it's unspoiled beauty, incredible wildlife, the warmth of its people. This was the world we grew up in. After teaching and travelling, an opportunity came my way to work in a top Sabi Sand game lodge, and I took it. My experience in the safari industry began there."

example graphic This was followed by a decade in corporate life, half of it in Switzerland. "My husband and I quit the rat race and returned home to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released. We created Willowbrook Lodge in the Cape winelands (left), a delightful country house hotel that we owner-managed with enthusiasm. We established a solid reputation for our 12-room hotel while our country took its baby steps with democracy."

example graphic But the call of the wild is insistent. In 2000 the couple sold their riverside lodge and built a home in a private nature reserve called Eden, near Kruger Park. "Life among Africa's wild creatures was an incredible gift. Every day presented special surprises - like these giraffes gliding by our pool. Before long, we were exploring this top safari area. We visited many, many safari lodges, and I wanted to share the treasures we found."

example graphic This handsome golden-maned lion is called Little Leo. He was rescued from a sordid South African canned hunting farm, and now lives at Drakenstein lion sanctuary in the Cape winelands "near my current SA home. We have adopted Little Leo and Joy; all the lions here have been rescued from cages, circuses, or atrocious zoos in Europe or the M/E. We applaud ALL wildlife warriors, true heroes all. They remind us that WE are all the custodians of our planet."

Marianne Birrell Safaris ~ not your average safari team.