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Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris

Mpumalanga, South Africa tel: +27 (0)13 741 2458 | info@lawsons-africa.co.za | www.lawsons-africa.co.za

Southern Africa Wildlife Safaris

Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris opened its doors in 1990, and as such is the original South Africa birding company. Back then there were very few resources available to the birder, such as the where-to-find books, websites and apps available today, and many of the routes, stakeouts and hotspots Lawson’s still use were first pioneered by Peter Lawson over twenty five years ago.

Since those early years, Lawson’s has grown in stature and scope, and even though Peter retired in 2010, the company still retains that family business ethos, with his daughter Mavourneen Pearce as the brains behind the operation, assisted by her business partner Leon Marais, who also leads many of the African wildlife safaris tours. They are in turn assisted by a small and able team, comprising Sue Ricketts in reservations, Lyndell Luyt as Mavourneen’s able assistant and handler of the set-departures, Nadine Strydom as fleet manager, and John Davies as their Central and East African specialist and able tour leader.

Lawson’s has also established relationships with a number of capable and trusted freelance guides across the country, whom they use for many of their regional South Africa wildlife safaris.

Birding safaris and wildlife tours include set-departures, custom safaris and ground operations for a number of reputable tour operators from the UK, USA, Australia and Asia. Lawson’s pride themselves on superb organisation, attention to detail and excellent guides. All in all they strive to create fun, rewarding and memorable birding, wildlife and photographic safaris – that’s the bottom line.

Barbets, Bee-eaters and Big Game

African Lions
 
This 9 day tour is one of their most popular South African wildlife safaris itineraries.

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Penguins and Sugarbirds

Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris Tour
 
This 9 day tour which covers the Western Cape is pretty hard to beat in many respects –

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Essential Namibia

Namib Desert
 
Namibia is one of the continent’s most unique countries. With this 13 day tour

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Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger

Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger
 
This 11 day tour combines the best of both of these iconic regions in a concise itinerary

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Windhoek to Victoria Falls

Windhoek to Victoria Falls Safari
 
This epic 19 day road trip takes one through the heart of Namibia, into the Caprivi Strip,

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Drakensberg Rockjumpers

African Birding
 
Chaetops frenatus and Chaetops aurantius – the only two Rockjumper species in the

Sugarbirds

South Africa Sugarbirds
 
Promerops cafer and Promerops gurneyi – once again, there are only two

Ground Woodpecker

Ground Woodpecker
 
‘Geocolaptes’ – the ‘Earth Flicker’. This unique Woodpecker has evolved to

Dune Lark

Dune Lark
 
Namibia’s only true endemic, the Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochalmys is found in the

Rudd’s Lark

Bird Watching Rudd’s Lark
 
Southern Africa is well-endowed with Lark species, and Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra

Blue Crane

Wildlife - Blue Cranes
 
South Africa’s national bird and one of the most beautiful of all Crane species, the near-

Green Barbet

Green Barbet
 
Perhaps warranting separate species status, the woodwardi subspecies of the Green Barbet

Narina Trogon

Narina Trogon
 
Although widespread across the African continent, the Narina Trogon is always

Orange-breasted Sunbird

Orange-breasted Sunbird
 
Another fynbos endemic, this little jewel (Anthobaphes violacea) is reasonably

African Penguin

Penguins and Sugarbird
 
An endemic Penguin, this species (Sheniscus demersus) occurs only along the coasts of

Other Wildlife

Where does one start in terms of ‘other wildlife’ in Africa?

South Africa alone has a vast treasure trove of wildlife and natural history to be seen and experienced. Encounters with big game species such as Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo and Rhinoceros are always a highlight, and, on a safari, the moments between sightings of these species are usually filled with a plethora of birds, other mammals, reptiles, trees, plant and all the ‘little’ things that make the ecosystem tick over. Big critters notwithstanding, South Africa is rated as one of the top three most biologically diverse countries on the planet, so there’s virtually no limit to the natural history one can see and experience in South Africa. Add in the other countries in the sub-region, and you have a lifetime’s worth of wildlife-based experiences on offer.

South African custom safaris

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    Wonderful tour company!

    We very much enjoyed our week exploring the South Cape region, Western Seashore Park, and …. Show More
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    Wildlife of the Cape & Kruger

    This was a Lawson’s set departure and it was my first time to visit Africa. The standard o…. Show More
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    Great tour! Hope to travel with Lawson’s again!

    Recently completed the set departure Birds and Wildflowers of the Western Cape tour and it…. Show More
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    Western Cape. Birds and Wildflowers

    We were pleased from the first contact with Lawson’s staff. Lyndell was our contact person…. Show More
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    Lawson’s Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris

    What we love about Lawson’s in coming from Adelaide Sth Australia is their organisation, a…. Show More

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