Conservation projects: Guest safari stories

Private Family Safari in South Africa with Guided Safaris

“I cannot recall taking a family trip that over-delivered in every aspect. This was a seamless, exciting and wonderful adventure for each of us!”

Family Safari in South Africa

Family Safari in South Africa


“As for Guided Safaris, from the very beginning of inquiry phone calls, Gareth was really responsive and helpful in planning a first time luxury trip for our family that fit our parameters of not too many small airplanes…As well, the selection of Lebombo first and Ebony second (with the Family Suite!) was brilliant!


The children read books, took photos, painted watercolor pictures, rode bikes, did archery & skeet shooting, played chess and decorated cookies with the kitchen staff at Singita. Of course, this was all in addition to participating in all 10 days of safaris at Singita Lebombo & Singita Ebony as well as touring Cape Town and the Winelands! As part of the lodge activities we also sang, danced and visited the community & cooking school. They were amazing in all aspects of the trip and it was a perfect age to take the children (12, 14 & 16),” says Deborah Goldman.

Family Safari in South Africa

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Safari Stories: Black Rhino & Leopards at Mombo

Black Rhino and Pula at Mombo Camp ©

Guest Journal from Mombo and Abu


“It was truly an outstanding trip.


We had a fabulous time at Mombo. Great Guide Moss.  Saw all Big 5 in a.m. of the second day…had a great wild dog chase..Impala, wilddogs, hyenas, ourselves in Camp Vehicle racing across the plains..while the lions just watched at the whole thing! (The impala got away). Also got to see a cheetah, and both Pula and Blue Eyes leopards – 2 times.  Loved what they were doing for the Rhinos. Sited one of the Black ones..very rare.

was very different. We were very fortunate to be there when the tested Paul Allen’s first Drone, over our outdoor movie theatre, to see if it would pick up the fires..which is what they are hoping will zero in on Poachers.  We stayed in Unit two, Jody Allen’s unit..fabulous.


I am proud an American, Paul Allen, who owns the 465,000 acres, is trying to use technology to stem the killing of those fabulous creatures.  Two books to read:  The Elephant Whisperer..heard about it there, and Elephant Company..


Here is the picture of the Black Rhino sited at Mombo Camp on Sep. 28 and Pula, sighted on the 29th, and then with her Kill in the tree.


Just a few of the many great pictures, and many great experiences.


Thanks for all your help.  It was a trip of a lifetime!”


Jeanne Robinson,
San Francisco, CA


Inspired? Follow the Robinsons’ fantastic Botswana adventure here

“A New Book from an Old Client”

Cover: The Sarcastic Lens © Richard + Amy Lynn


It is a bright morning as the Bay Area mist clears to reveal the silvery-blue Pacific seaboard through the large conference room windows at the offices of Guided Safaris. I have just flown home from a trip in the south of France and sit here with my copy of The Sarcastic Lens and its glossy postal wrappings on the table.


Page after page transports me to a rare, high-treat privilege to see over-the-shoulder, actual places revealed from our Guest’s perspective of journeys that were tailored right here in this very room. Descriptions of camps and regions conveyed to the mind’s eye before they actualized in person on travel, captured and printed in this fantastically weighty document full of life-on-safari experiences. Occasions for laughter and pathos, all the best-loved impressions from a couple’s ample companionship in life and adventure through 40 countries.


When Richard and Amy Lynn returned last summer from their latest African adventure we received a special email of thanks in our inbox. It began with a simple “We are back” and “Job well done” going on to recount their “Single greatest wildlife experience of all time”. They had a front-row Land Rover seat when the sad events recounting the last moments of Lady Ravenscourt were shed at Singita Game Reserves in South Africa. This resident alpha female leopard, one of Africa’s great legends and a constant subject for enthralled rangers and travelers in their magnificent records and photographs brought home, met her fateful maternal stand off against a dominant male on that wintery encounter. The email followed through with photos and a tale of sympathy torn from a very personal account. A morning that started with the mother and cub frolicking in the sunlight to the sudden entry of a third leopard on the scene. In their words, “Wow and horrific at the same time”.


Ravenscourt Leopard © The Sarcastic Lens


We pasted this leaf from their journal into our blog and received an outpour of empathy from travelers who had spent time with this beloved leopard and her photogenic posing to the delight of safari guests the world over. Their tale was witnessed as though in person by each traveler dropping in with Guided Safaris that afternoon.

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The Stars of Sweni: A Magical Safari!

Singita Stories from Sweni Lodge - Meet the staff at


“There’s nothing more rewarding than making someone’s day; it’s an intangible feeling of gratitude that you feel from someone.”

The Singita Sweni guest book full of accounts from visiting guests will always refer to the staff as “Family”. Meet the star team who look after your every whim at Singita Sweni Lodge in South Africa. Watch the Video #SingitaStories



Family Safari at Singita Grumeti

Beautiful photography by Marjorie Kessler and her family on their recent trip to Singita Grumeti reserve in Tanzania with Guided Safaris. A special thank you from our team in San Francisco for sharing this wonderful safari album with us and our fellow travelers anticipating their own upcoming journey to the gorgeous Singita Grumeti reserve.

“The trip was absolutely spectacular. There are no words to describe the incredible time we had. As you know Singita does not miss a detail. Each lodge was extraordinary and we loved each one. We got to see Sabora and Serengeti House as well. Thanks for everything… Here are a few of my favorites. Would love to be featured for all to see. Looking forward to my next trip with you…!” – Marjorie Kessler + the Codos family from New Jersey.

The Game is On! Capturing a Cheetah hunt

The Richards family embarked on their first safari adventure with Guided Safaris over the winter holidays and captured this stunning collection of images.
It started out as a sunny afternoon game drive at Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania when they came upon a family of 4 cheetah relaxing in the plains. Suddenly – prey was spotted and a successful pursuit ensued for the Cheetahs. The Richards joined by their children, 13 and 14 years old, experienced the emotional drama unfold before them on their very first safari out in Africa.

“Thank you for everything. We had a great time. Singita Mara River and Sasakwa were particularly good.” – The Richards family.


Here’s their fantastic photo album…

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What travel can teach: Family Safari

Grandparents Mr. & Mrs. DuBusc planned their very first safari to Africa with their children Rob and Lisa Miller – and of course, the very excited grandchildren: Emily, Jeffrey and Audrey. Guided Safaris tailored a 4 night stay at the wild and authentic Singita Lebombo Concession in Northern Kruger, bordering the rugged Mozambique mountain range for an action packed adventure with game drives, archery sessions (non-game based, of course!) and a lesson in the Circles of Life in the great African wilderness.

One word would describe the trip … FANTASTIC…!! Here is a copy of Lisa’s report on her safari experience…in glowing terms..

– Richard Dubusc writes in his note to Guided Safaris.


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For those who are contemplating pulling the kids out of school for travel abroad…

A Travel Journal by Guided Safaris Guest: Mrs Lisa Miller

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The Weeber’s Migration Safari photo diary

Singita Grumeti Reserve was without a doubt the greatest wilderness adventure on earth for our safari guests all through this summer… Imagine coming home from safari with these spectacular wildlife shots to frame on your walls!

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Weeber from Iowa City were joined by their friend Mr. John Donelson on an unforgettable safari through the new Singita Lamai at the Mara River during the migration ending up on the equally game-filled plains of Singita Grumeti Reserve on an itinerary featuring Mara River Tented Camp, Sabora Tented Camp and finally, the world-famous Singita Sasakwa Lodge to draw it all to a magical finish. Steve says “Singita gets you a front row seat at the greatest wildlife shows on earth”. Guided Safaris helped plan this custom safari adventure for the couple in well-timed September when the plains were teeming with game and the safari experience proved to be a magical one. “The guides, staff, food and quarters were first class”, reflected Mrs. Weeber having previously embarked on a journey through Southern Africa with Guided Safaris a year prior to witness the outstanding Singita Sabi Sand lodges followed by a luxurious jaunt to Cape Town with the San Francisco-based studio specializing in these boutique resorts.

Here’s their fantastic photo journal…

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