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SafariBookings is the world's largest and leading authority for planning an African safari. Our online marketplace enables you to compare safari offers from 2,193 specialized tour operators. And you can be confident of getting the best price available. All safaris are offered under a ‘Best Price Guarantee’. To ensure the reliability and high quality of our service, we check the registration papers of all tour operators, and we also have 29,883 consumer reviews written by people like you. 

Not sure where and when to go? Use our expert content and make decisions like a pro. We have gathered together an expert panel of the world's most renowned travel writers specializing in Africa. These award-winning writers are responsible for creating and informing our content, including expert reviews and detailed park and country travel guides. Our content is being updated continuously to ensure you get the most current information available.

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The team behind the website

Wouter Vergeer

Wouter Vergeer

Netherlands NL
Co-owner

Wouter has a history as an internet entrepreneur and is one of the owners of SafariBookings. His first safari, in Tanzania, made him feel like a guest in a world ruled by animals. It was a humbling moment that sparked his passion for Africa. Wouter firmly believes in the SafariBookings project: making it easier for people to find their perfect safari, and linking specialized safari operators with clients all over the world. Wouter’s closest friends describe him as a realistic idealist. He can chat for hours about a fairer world where people and wildlife do more than coexist... they thrive.

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Jan Beekwilder

Jan Beekwilder

Netherlands NL
Co-owner

Jan is a serial entrepreneur. Since 1992, he has started more than 15 companies in 6 different countries, and initiated over 10 innovative online concepts-- most in partnership with his brother, Jeroen Beekwilder, and business partner, Wouter Vergeer. Jan was CEO, investor, and board member for several of those companies. He has backpacked the world, and made his home in both the US and South America for several years. Jan's favorite continents are Asia and Africa. He has been an avid birder since childhood and enjoys Africa's bird-life just as much as its wildlife.

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Jeroen Beekwilder

Jeroen Beekwilder

Netherlands NL
Co-owner

Jeroen is one of the owners of SafariBookings. He has a heart for people and a mind for business. His desire to feel connected powers his love of travel. He will always remember his first African safari with his family in Tanzania. The thundering hooves of the wildebeest migration over the endless plains made him feel like Dr Livingstone himself! In years to come Jeroen would like to focus his energy into helping other people. He would simply like to live in a more sustainable world with less focus on consumption and a greater tolerance and respect toward people... and animals.

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Dennis van Rooij

Dennis van Rooij

Netherlands NL
Web developer & team captain

Dennis is the captain of the web developer team and a key component of SafariBookings. Dennis loves the vastness of the Serengeti in Tanzania, which embodies his love of clean air and tranquility. In the office he is both loved and hated for playing Christmas music in October! Dennis loves to spend time with his wife and three beautiful daughters. He hopes for a world without borders so that people recognize their common humanity and consider themselves part of the same community.

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Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy

Australia AU
Director of content

Alan has lived and breathed travel all his adult life. As a travel writer he wrote many guidebooks for Lonely Planet. Alan is responsible for SafariBookings’ content and honestly thinks he works with the nicest people in the world (or at least in Holland). Alan strongly believes that a key part of travel is giving back – he runs an international NGO called RoundTrip Foundation (www.roundtripfoundation.org.au). He lives in Australia with his wife, Alison, who is his strength and his home.

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Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne van Zandbergen

South Africa ZA
Wildlife photographer & safari expert

Ariadne is a renowned wildlife and travel photographer who spends about half her time travelling Africa to obtain new imagery for her stock library (www.africaimagelibrary.com). She has visited most of the parks covered on SafariBookings, and many of them on a regular basis. Her work is her hobby but when at home she enjoys outdoor pursuits, including trail running and mountain biking in South Africa where she is based. Ariadne creates and updates the park and country content on SafariBookings.

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SafariBookings Expert Panel

Working closely with the team behind the website is our 22-member expert panel. Between them, these award-winning travel writers and reputed guidebook authors have written almost 1000 reviews on African parks, reserves and safari countries. They also provide invaluable input into our online travel guides, helping to answer all your African safari questions. Their comprehensive knowledge of travel in Africa provides the ideal first step in selecting your dream safari.

Alan Murphy
Expert
Alan Murphy
Australia AU
20 Reviews

Alan is a travel writer and author of over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Southern Africa and Zambia & Malawi.

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Anthony Ham
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Anthony Ham
Australia AU
44 Reviews

Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

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Ariadne van Zandbergen
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Ariadne van Zandbergen
South Africa ZA
101 Reviews

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

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Brian Jackman
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Brian Jackman
United Kingdom GB
46 Reviews

Brian is an award winning travel writer, author of safari books and regular contributor to magazines such as BBC Wildlife and Travel Africa.

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Christopher Clark
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Christopher Clark
United Kingdom GB
46 Reviews

Christopher is a British travel writer and has contributed to various Fodor's guidebooks and a range of travel magazines.

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Emma Gregg
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Emma Gregg
United Kingdom GB
82 Reviews

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

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Gemma Pitcher
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Gemma Pitcher
Australia AU
25 Reviews

Gemma is a travel writer and author of several Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guides to Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

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James Bainbridge
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James Bainbridge
United Kingdom GB
19 Reviews

James is a travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guides, including senior author of the guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

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Kim Wildman
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Kim Wildman
Australia AU
44 Reviews

Kim is a travel writer who authored and updated over 15 guidebooks, including Lonely Planet's South Africa and Bradt's Tanzania guides.

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Lizzie Williams
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Lizzie Williams
South Africa ZA
87 Reviews

Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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Lucy Corne
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Lucy Corne
United Kingdom GB
22 Reviews

Lucy is travel writer for a range of publications, including Lonely Planet's guides to Africa, Southern Africa and South Africa.

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Mark Eveleigh
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Mark Eveleigh
United Kingdom GB
36 Reviews

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 80 titles for CNN Traveller, Travel Africa, Africa Geographic and more.

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Mary Fitzpatrick
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Mary Fitzpatrick
United States US
14 Reviews

Mary is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including South Africa, Tanzania, East Africa and Africa.

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Melissa Shales
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Melissa Shales
United Kingdom GB
42 Reviews

Melissa is an award winning travel writer for Fodors, Frommers and Insight, including guides to Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Mike Unwin
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Mike Unwin
United Kingdom GB
43 Reviews

Mike is an award winning wildlife writer, editor of Travel Zambia magazine and author of the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.

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Nana Luckham
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Nana Luckham
United Kingdom GB
18 Reviews

Nana is a travel writer and author of multiple guidebooks, including the Lonely Planet guides to Africa, Zambia & Malawi and South Africa.

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Paul Murray
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Paul Murray
United Kingdom GB
15 Reviews

Paul is a travel writer, author of the Bradt guidebook to Zimbabwe and is closely involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe.

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Philip Briggs
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Philip Briggs
South Africa ZA
100 Reviews

Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

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Stephen Cunliffe
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Stephen Cunliffe
South Africa ZA
78 Reviews

Stephen is a travel writer and avid conservationist whose work appears in prestigious magazines such as Africa Geographic and Travel Africa.

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Stuart Butler
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Stuart Butler
United Kingdom GB
41 Reviews

Stuart is a travel writer and author of numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks, including Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

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Sue Watt
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Sue Watt
United Kingdom GB
26 Reviews

Sue is a travel writer, co-author of Footprint's guidebook to Tanzania and regular contributor to Travel Africa magazine.

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Tim Bewer
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Tim Bewer
United States US
21 Reviews

Tim is a travel writer who has covered 10 African countries for Lonely Planet's Africa, East Africa and West Africa guidebooks.

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