About us

SafariBookings is the world's largest online resource for planning a safari. You can easily compare specialized safaris offered by 2,162 tour operators. Or use our expert content on Africa and independent reviews to decide where and when to travel. SafariBookings' head office is located in Netherlands, Europe.

Veemarktkade 8 - Unit 6249
5222 AE 's-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands, Europe

The team behind the website

  • Wouter Vergeer

    Wouter Vergeer

    Co-owner | wouter@safaribookings.com | View Wouter Vergeer's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

  • Jan Beekwilder

    Jan Beekwilder

    Co-owner | jan@safaribookings.com | View Wouter Vergeer's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

  • Jeroen Beekwilder

    Jeroen Beekwilder

    Co-owner | jeroen@safaribookings.com | View Wouter Vergeer's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

  • Dennis van Rooij

    Dennis van Rooij

    Web developer & team captain | dennis@safaribookings.com | View Dennis van Rooij's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

  • Alan Murphy

    Alan Murphy

    Director of content | alan@safaribookings.com | View Alan Murphy's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

  • Ariadne van Zandbergen

    Ariadne van Zandbergen

    Wildlife photographer & safari expert | www.africaimagelibrary.com | View Ariadne van Zandbergen's profile on LinkedIn

    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.

The SafariBookings expert panel

The 22 panel members wrote a total of 969 expert reviews about the countries and parks covered on this website. Most are reputed guidebook authors and travel writers who work for leading guidebook publishers and/or specialized Africa magazines. All have been professionally involved in the safari industry for years and visited many parks and reserves. That breadth of knowledge is exactly what puts them in the position to write expert reviews.

  • Alan Murphy From AustraliaAU

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

  • Anthony Ham From AustraliaAU

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

  • Ariadne van Zandbergen From South AfricaZA

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

  • Brian Jackman From United KingdomGB

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

  • Christopher Clark From United KingdomGB

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

  • Emma Gregg From United KingdomGB

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

  • Gemma Pitcher From AustraliaAU

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

  • James Bainbridge From United KingdomGB

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

  • Kim Wildman From AustraliaAU

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

  • Lizzie Williams From South AfricaZA

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

  • Lucy Corne From United KingdomGB

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

  • Mark Eveleigh From United KingdomGB

    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.

  • Mary Fitzpatrick From United StatesUS

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

  • Melissa Shales From United KingdomGB

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

  • Mike Unwin From United KingdomGB

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

  • Nana Luckham From United KingdomGB

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

  • Paul Murray From United KingdomGB

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

  • Philip Briggs From South AfricaZA

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

  • Stephen Cunliffe From South AfricaZA

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

  • Stuart Butler From United KingdomGB

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

  • Sue Watt From United KingdomGB

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

  • Tim Bewer From United StatesUS

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