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Guided Safaris, Inc.

Honoring 25 Years
in Private Luxury Travel

San Francisco, California
(415) 814-6676
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Guided Safaris®
Honoring 20 years in bespoke Luxury Safaris.

Birding Safaris

Perched on the elegant necklines of handsome giraffe snacking on acacia thickets or pecking away on the backs of Cape Buffalo in verdant savannah, Africa offers the most unique birding adventure in the world. From the deep forested escarpments of the Great Serengeti to the famous Okavango Delta in Botswana, the numbers and range of feathered species across the continent is as astounding as the myriad activities to seek them - on game drives, guided walks, on quadbikes, by canoe, afloat in hot air balloons, biking and even, on horseback. Of notable interest to birdwatchers planning a safari in Africa is the Great Rift Valley panning all the way from the Dead Sea to Mozambique. Formed 35 million years ago, the resulting landscape of shifting tectonic plates that annually split the African continent by a couple millimeters, the Great Rift Valley is an impressive topography of habitats soaring from the tallest volcanic ranges in Africa to serene, picturesque craters rich in avifauna.
Birding Safaris
A lone White Rhino paces the shore of Lake Nakuru in Kenya amidst an abundance of Great Flamingo and White Pelican Guided Safaris®
Golden Winged Sunbird in Kenya’s lake highlands
Golden Winged Sunbird in Kenya’s lake highlands Guided Safaris®

Well-known for the Great Migration spectacle and discovery site of Leakey’s hominid fossils in the regions surrounding Kilimanjaro,

the Great Rift Valley has an incredible reputation for exceptional wildlife experiences and endless scenic splendors.

Dazzling with gem-hued rollers, bee-eaters, rollers, touracos, iridescent sunbirds and surreal hornbills, East and Central Africa are noted Important Birding Areas with their equatorial climate and impenetrable rainforests and savannah woodlands.

The Albertine Rift

running along Rwanda’s towering Virungas mountain range provides a remarkable habitat for Gorillas and other endemic primate species, with rainforest canopy trails en route filled with tropical bird songs. The wetlands of Lake Kivu draw unique species of waterfowl along the deepest lakes on earth. With over 650 species of birds found in Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest is a designated Important Birding Area with many endemic residents. The rare Shoebill is a remarkable find in the Akagera habitat.
Bisate Lodge in Rwanda during December’s intermediate season for Gorilla Safaris
A rare Starred Robin perched outside Bisate Lodge in Rwanda during December’s intermediate season for Gorilla Safaris Guided Safaris®
Yet perhaps nowhere else on earth is swamped with a more astonishing array of birdlife than the relatively small country of Kenya with 1100 known species of birds in its iconic game reserves and lake highlands surrounding the abundant forests of Mount Kenya.
These great lakes of Kenya are shallow and have no outlet to the sea, lending to a concentrated mineral content through natural processes of evaporation — with Lake Magadi being rich in sodium bicarbonate and Lake Nakuru and Bogoria being strongly alkaline, while Lake Naivasha is supplied with fresh springs luring in colonies of hippo. The birdlife here, in particular the large flocks of Flamingo, portray the quintessential images of Africa with fascinating species reigning over the wetland and haunting its Acacia-dotted woodland. Also delightful on safari here is the significant change in composition of species over short distances.
Kenyan Rift Valley Birding Safari
From left: Millions of Lesser & Greater Flamingo along the Kenyan Rift Valley (1); Verreaux’s Eagle (2); Steel-blue Whydah (3); Little Bee-eater (4); Sulphur-breasted Bush Strike (5); Malachite Kingfisher (6); Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird native to Africa, with zebra in the background (7) Guided Safaris®
Some thoughts on planning your birding safari to Africa
With our specialist birding guides, resident ornithologists in each IBA and game area that we explore in Africa, you can acquire a completely personalized game drive experience with the Signature Guided Safaris® journeys. Book a private safari and we’ll help tailor a unique birding safari for you in addition to capitalizing on your big game experience through our reserves. This exclusive option provides you with not just hands-on identification guidance and in-depth behavorial insight on the special feathered species that you encounter on drives, but also it affords you unrestricted joy in lingering longer, observing and photographing at your own pace with specific sightings that interest you more, getting so much more out of your journey with the privacy of your own schedule and private guide. Another wonderful aspect of safaris is that birding seasonality plays a great role in the wetter summer months that attract greater species display in the reserves at an appealing package cost called the Green Season rate. With such creative advantages and our Chief Designers’ acumen on each region, we can help you plan out the safari of your dreams.
Planning your birding safari to Africa
Our role in Bird Conservation
Africa and its Indian Ocean Islands offer incredible avian diversity with over 2400 varieties and some 130 bird families. The African continent is home to the world's second largest assemblage of birds in some of the most varied and pristine habitats remaining on earth today. Lush rainforests, teeming savannah, endemic grasslands and specialized woodlands are teeming with fascinating birdlife. At the heart of every Guided Safaris® journey is a strong commitment to help protect wildlife and wild habitat. Our luxury safaris are ecological models with a low-density sustainable tourism operation in visiting regions of extremely high species diversity where federal parks support has been limited. In these key wilderness areas we carry out projects that support significant habitat protection and considerable wildlife research to identify conservation solutions. Our explorations in these unique regions have often increased the amount of land under conservation protection and garnered anti-poaching effort in working with communities adjacent to the wilderness areas. Our interest in conservation goes beyond just the big mammal species; we are present in 8 biomes and 5 centers of endemism and our concern is ensuring that smaller species such as birds don’t go overlooked. Our journeys continue to generate awareness and draw considerable support for the future of bird and reptile projects in the regions where we traverse.


Hope is the thing with feathers
- Emily Dickinson
Sample a Signature Guided Safaris® experience:
The Great Rift Valley - Private Birding Safari with big game viewing

SIGNATURE GUIDED SAFARIS®

The Great Rift Valley

Private Birding Safari with big game viewing

There’s no journey quite like it; Everyone at some point in their life dreams of an African safari and visiting wild, majestic landscapes where Lion and Elephant reign free on endless plains. Nowhere quite embodies this vision better than East Africa.
At a glance
• The Albertine Rift & Gorilla Safari in Rwanda
• ‘Out of Africa’ moments in the Kenyan highlands
• A Luxury Safari in Masai Mara Game Reserve
• Over 1000 species of birds to be collected!
Livingstone’s Africa - Exclusive Birding Safari with Victoria Falls

SIGNATURE GUIDED SAFARIS®

Livingstone’s Africa

Exclusive Birding Safari with Victoria Falls

A Grand Southern African journey: Fly over Victoria Falls and vast deserts of Namibia, set out on luxury safari in renowned private areas of Botswana, ending with a relaxing getaway in Cape Town. With over 500 species of birds in the Okavango Delta alone.
At a glance
• Guided Victoria Falls & sunset cruise on the Zambezi
• Cape fur seals at Skeleton Coast & Goliath Herons
• Explore wetland birding in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
Discover the Cape of Good Hope and its Penguin colonies
Some favorites from the field...
As a treat for our safari guests, our collection of Guided Safaris® luxury lodges provide local bird books in your room as well as complimentary use of binoculars for game drives. However, if you’re looking for personalized recommendations on any safari gear or professional equipment to bring along for your private use, our safari designers have taken countless journeys to Africa and are always at hand with up-to-date recommendations for every region.
Martial Eagle
Martial Eagle
African Fish Eagle
African Fish Eagle
Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller
Saddle-billed stork
Saddle-billed stork
Wattled Cranes & Lions
Wattled Cranes & Lions
Egrets & Elephants
Egrets & Elephants
Carmine bee-eater
Carmine bee-eater
Ross’s Turaco
Ross’s Turaco
Double-toothed Barbet
Double-toothed Barbet
Pel’s Fishing Owl
Pel’s Fishing Owl
Seychelles Blue Pigeon
Seychelles Blue Pigeon
Ostrich at Namibian dunes
Ostrich at Namibian dunes
Shoebill
Shoebill
Grey Crowned Crane
Grey Crowned Crane
Long Crested Eagle
Long Crested Eagle
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Founded in 1995, Guided Safaris® is one of the world’s premier luxury safari brands with an award-winning portfolio of private regions & prestigious camps. We lead safaris into Africa’s most exclusive private game regions through an environmentally-responsible experience. We invite you to customize your private safari to Africa with us. Talk to our Chief designers at Guided Safaris® to craft out special memories for your very own tailor-made journey to Africa.


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