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Martin Smith, Managing Director

Martin Smith, Managing Director

Kingfisher Safaris

(24 Reviews)
Office In:
United Kingdom United Kingdom
5-10 employees (Founded in 2012)
Member Of:
Botswana Guides Association
Tour Types:
Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Botswana BW
Kenya KE
Madagascar MG
Mozambique MZ
Namibia NA
Rwanda RW
Seychelles SC
South Africa ZA
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
Zambia ZM
Zimbabwe ZW
Martin Smith, Managing Director

Martin Smith, Managing Director

With over 70 years combined experience our objective is to share with you authentic wildlife experiences in Africa. With our personal service, experience and expertise we will make your African adventure a special and unforgettable journey, whatever your budget. We offer mobile tented safaris in Botswana, operated by us or you can come with us on an adventure to the best wildlife areas in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa on our bespoke safaris.



Kingfischer Safaris organized a 10-days safari in Zimbabwes for us in April 2019. Martin is a professional and very correct person and above all available to clarify all matters. The correspondence is very fast. Tented camps and lodges are charming and equipped with every comfort; the staff are really welcoming and helpful, i felt like i was in family; great food anytime and anywhere. (Fantastic experience was celebrating Easter lunch in Hwange NP with a big table in the middle of the busch all together with guests from other camps, really a beautiful surprise!)
Kingfischer safari organizes your trip in detail, for this I recommend this for your next trip!

Professionalism and efficiency for a fantastic safari

We went on a safari in Zimbabwe last April and we have to thank Kingfisher Safaris and Martin in particular for the experience we experienced. Martin and his agency are of a kindness, a willingness, a seriousness and a truly unique professionalism. We visited the parks of Northern Zimbabwe, the Mana Pools NP, the area adjacent to Lake Kariba and Hwange NP. We stayed in fantastic tented camps and in really excellent lodges where the quality of food, service and staff were superb. We were also quite lucky both in terms of quality and quantity of sightings, especially in Hwange NP. In conclusion, we strongly recommend choosing Kingfisher Safaris to anyone who wants to experience an intense, true African experience in contact with uncontaminated nature.

Amazing tour and fantastic service from start to finish

My girlfriend and I recently did a 7 day camping safari in the Delta which we organised through Martin at Kingfisher Safaris. When booking some months ago, we found Martin online and were immediately impressed by his responsiveness and helpful and accommodating service in planning our trip. Once we booked our safari, Martin also assisted us in booking our own self drive camping trip in Namibia beforehand, providing some great tips and knowledge for our planning, but also making arrangements for us on the ground which meant we had the piece of mind and backup of his 'on the ground' support network. This was invaluable in making our trip efficient, practical and safe.
Our Delta safari was run by guides Charles (for 3 days) and then Pilot for the remainder. Both of them are fantastic, super knowledgeable and experienced (which you can tell by the way they are respected by other guides in the park) and are perfectionists in making the safari experience as perfect as possible. Right up to the day we started our safari, Martin was available by email to answer any question. The assistants on tour are equally helpful and friendly. We had an amazing and unforgettable experience through Kingfisher and highly recommend it. We look forward to one day hopefully being able to do it again.


My girlfriend and I booked the 3 night tamarind canoe safari with Martin from Kingfisher Safaris and we absolutely loved it. We started at Chirundu and canoed around 70km to Mana Pools (only an average level of fitness is required) with nights spent on sand islands in the middle of the Zambezi river. As soon as we set off we were greeted with a large pod of hippos and then a herd of elephants on a sand bank ahead of us. That was the start of an incredible experience viewing so much wildlife including gliding just 5 yards away from a 14ft crocodile sun bathing on the bank! There were hundreds of hippos, many crocodiles, elephants, birdlife and also zebras, impala and waterbuck viewed on the banks to name a few. The feeling of being in a canoe sat 6 inches above the water and feeling so close to the animals was amazing and something we’ll never forget.

Since I booked the trip Martin has been first class in his rapid response to emails (mostly within an hour/couple of hours) and arranging extras not even part of our canoe trip such as charter flights and transfers. His fast and helpful replies really put my mind at ease, he is so well organised and always contactable if you have any problems or questions so right away the stress of waiting for a response is removed.

We certainly recommend people do the tamarind canoe trip as we had an unforgettable experience, and without doubt I would advise people to book with Martin of Kingfisher Safaris, I can’t recommend him enough.


What a fantastic trip to Namibia … what a country, what land, what a fabulous experience.
The tour was superb. The guide was a dream - knowledgeable, enthusiastic, a great ambassador for his country - a joy to be with. The places we stayed were great … some glamping, a hotel and an upgrade to a safari lodge (altho we would have prefered the tented camp as per the itinerary). The food was excellent, prepared by excellent cooks. The service was superb and the absolute pinnacle was finding hot water bottles in our beds in the bitterly cold desert nights. In Damarland, we tracked desert elephants and came across a herd of eleven; we tracked a rhino and baby for about 90 minutes - very exciting - but didn’t find them; we saw desert giraffes … again very exciting. And it was brilliant to be in remote, empty places with no phone connection, no internet and just be consumed by the land and the here and now. At the lodge when we were having an early breakfast, a male lion appeared at the waterhole … and when he’d finished we could hear him roaring in the bush.
I would book through Kingfisher Safaris again - Martin was always at the end of the email, always helpful and knoweldgeable. I would also go on a trip with Wilderness Safaris again - thorougly recommend Diverse Namibia tour.

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