Top Three Safari Operators

Your choice of safari operators largely determines the success or failure of your safari trip.

Safari companies are unfortunately not all created equal. Choosing the wrong one for your once in a lifetime safari trip can have disastrous consequences.

So what can you do to avoid the bad companies and still get value for your safari money?

  • Get advice and recommendations from someone who has been on safari with the company you are interested in already in the form of reviews.

  • Find the companies who have the best field guides. The safari guide is a very important consideration when it comes to your trip because they can make or break the experience. If they aren't up to the job your safari will suffer no matter how good the company is that employs them.

  • Book with reputable safari operators to avoid the "fly-by-nighters", so reputation and years in the industry are important.

  • Don't skimp on price. Generally, most of the risky safari companies are to be found in the below budget category because they need to cut corners to maintain the extremely low prices. Stick to the rates categories and you should be ok.

A List To Sort The Wheat From The Chaff

I've set up a list of the Top Three Safari Operators in several African countries that conforms closely to all the right criteria listed above.

I have an advantage being the founder of African Safari Journals as I get to read all the safari trip reports that Africa travellers send through when they get back home from their journey.

I also own Top Safari Guides, a website that lists some of the best field guides in Africa according to their qualifications and experience.

From the operator reviews and their employed guides skills, it quickly becomes clear who the good safari operators are and who the ones are that you should rather avoid.

Take Corinne Love as an example. She booked a trip with what was one of the better known safari operators in Kenya and sent me a travel report of what happened. The result was a lesson in caution...

Don't Let This Happen To You On Your Safari

"Once in Africa, I found out that the African Safari Club employees had not been paid for between 5 month and 7 months. Had I known this, I certainly would not have booked with the company.

The safari vehicles were inferior to everyone else's, tyres being threadbare and seats all ripped and torn.

With the tyres in such a bad state and difficult terrain, it's not surprising that we had three punctures so we were left stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Once back at my hotel I personally witnessed a peaceful demonstration by 48 ASC workers asking for the right to be paid. And the outcome - they were all promptly sacked."

BEWARE - Although this particular safari company has fortunately since closed down, there are still others like this out there.

What Does the Top Three Safari Operators List Contain?

The list ranks the Top Three Safari Companies in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda.

It includes a link to each top three operators website, Facebook page and to online reviews about them and if available, a link to their guides biography profiles on the Top Safari Guides website so that you can learn more about their qualifications and safari experience.

It's based on:

  • The recommendations and experiences of former safari travellers on this website and other leading review websites and forums.
  • Reputations built up in the travel industry.
  • Official safari associations affiliations and accreditations.
  • Qualifications and experience of field guides.

...and compiled by yours truly, Bruce Whittaker (more about me), the founder of African Safari Journals and Top Safari Guides.

You can use the list to very effectively and quickly sift through the large amount of safari operators that exist in each African country to find the cream of the crop.

The safari companies are grouped into four rates categories on the list:

  • Ultra Luxury: Prices range from $800 upwards per person per night spent on safari.

  • Luxury: Between $500 and $800 per person per night spent on safari.

  • Standard : Between $350 and $500 per person per night spent on safari.

  • Low End (self drive safaris where applicable) : Up to $350 per person per night spent on safari.

The Advantages Of Using This List

  • Saves You Time

    I do all the legwork to determine the finest safari operators so you don't have to. Cuts down on your safari planning time considerably.

  • Make The Right Choice

    This is a once in a lifetime trip so you need to make sure to get your company decision spot on. This list very effectively pinpoints the best safari operators for you.

  • Peace Of Mind

    Sleep soundly knowing that these are the best safari companies you can get for your unique situation, and they won't let you down.

  • Field Guides Are Taken Into Consideration

    The best companies are the ones where the field guide and the logistics and support backing him/her up work effectively in tandem.

  • No Charge, No Obligation

    Request the list at no risk to you because it's free, and there is no obligation at all on your part. Your e-mail address is safe, I don't share it under any circumstances.

How It Works

Two very simple steps...


Complete the form below and request the list so that I can send you the correct top three safari operators information based on your safari destination and rates category.


I then e-mail the relevant Top Three Safari Operators List to you and include a link to each operators website, Facebook page and to online reviews about them.

And if available, I also link to their guides biography profiles on the Top Safari Guides website so that you can learn more about their qualifications and safari experience.

So all you need to do to get the relevant top three safari operators list e-mailed to you at no charge and no obligation, is to complete the form below...