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Starting From ZAR 52,890 / per person

Essential Namibia Birding

Namibia 13 Days
Starting From ZAR 54,220 / per person
Starting From ZAR 29,225 / per person

Windhoek to Victoria Falls

Botswana 19 Days
Starting From ZAR 78,975 / per person

Eastern South African Endemics

South Africa 16 Days
Starting From ZAR 59,050 / per person

Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand

5based on 4 reviews
South Africa 14 Days
Starting From ZAR 49,000 / per person

Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 2: Escarpment & Kruger

5based on 2 reviews
South Africa 9 Days
Starting From ZAR 31,650 / per person

Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands

5based on 5 reviews
South Africa 9 Days
Starting From ZAR 45,200 / per person

Western South African Endemics

4.94based on 3 reviews
South Africa 12 Days
Starting From ZAR 45,100 / per person

Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger

5based on 2 reviews
South Africa 11 Days
Starting From ZAR 45,300 / per person

Botswana: Water & Wilderness

5based on 2 reviews
Botswana 13 Days

Essential Namibia Wildlife

5based on 1 review
Namibia 13 Days
Starting From ZAR 57,995 / per person
Drakensberg Rockjumpers
Chaetops frenatus and Chaetops aurantius – the only two Rockjumper species in the world, both found only in South Africa, and Lesotho as well in the case of the Drakensberg Rockjumper. These are must-sees for any keen birder visiting South Africa, the former found across a range of altitudes in mountain fynbos habitat and the latter only found above about 2000 a.s.l in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Sugarbirds
Promerops cafer and Promerops gurneyi – once again, there are only two species of Sugarbirds in the world. The Cape Sugarbird is found in fynbos habitat while Gurney’s is found in high-altitude grasslands in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, wherever Proteas and other suitable flowering plants are found.
Ground Woodpecker
‘Geocolaptes’ – the ‘Earth Flicker’. This unique Woodpecker has evolved to live in almost treeless habitats across South Africa’s highlands and south-western regions. It’s a cracking bird, often seen in family groups, perched or flying from rock to rock, with their plaintive calls ringing out across the silent valleys of their mountain habitat.
Dune Lark
Namibia’s only true endemic, the Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochalmys is found in the dune fields of the central and western Namib Desert, an austere environment where only the desert specialists can survive. Bagging this bird in the awesome environment of Sossusvlei in the Namib is certain to be an experience of a lifetime!
Rudd’s Lark
Southern Africa is well-endowed with Lark species, and Rudd’s Lark (Heteromirafra ruddi) is a very special Lark indeed, with an estimated global population of less than 5000 individuals spread across parts of South Africa’s high-altitude grasslands. There are only three members of the Heteromirafra genus, the other two also within very limited ranges but in East Africa, thousands of kilometres away from our Rudd’s.
Blue Crane
South Africa’s national bird and one of the most beautiful of all Crane species, the near- endemic Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradise) occurs across a large part of the interior and southern parts of South Africa, with a small, isolated population in Namibia’s Etosha Pan region. It’s still reasonably common, with large flocks to be seen in the wheat growing regions of the Western Cape and the grasslands around Wakkerstroom.
Green Barbet
Perhaps warranting separate species status, the woodwardi subspecies of the Green Barbet (Stactolaema olivacea) is found only in one isolated forest (Ongoye Forest) in South Africa, as well as southern Tanzania. Ongoye is fairly easy to access from Eshowe, and depending on the distribution of fruiting fig trees within the forest, the chances of seeing this species are usually good.
Narina Trogon
Although widespread across the African continent, the Narina Trogon is always thrilling to see. A denizen of thick woodland and forest, the male’s green back blends in well with the sunlit foliage of the canopy, though his brilliant red breast often stands out to make the bird blatantly obvious – when he wants to show it to you, that is!
Orange-breasted Sunbird
Another fynbos endemic, this little jewel (Anthobaphes violacea) is reasonably common in the Western Cape, wherever there are flowering Ericas and other fynbos plants. It can be a bit of a poser, perching up on a twig to observe the photographer while he or she clicks away at it. Just another special species to see on a Cape birding trip!
African Penguin
An endemic Penguin, this species (Sheniscus demersus) occurs only along the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. There are two large mainland breeding colonies near Cape Town and a visit to either is a must on a visit to the region bringing one into close contact with good numbers of these endearing (if smelly!) birds.

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  • Lawsons Safaris are excellent
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand
    Evelyn Catt24 Jul 2018
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    I have been with Lawsons on four occasions {2010, 2014,2016 2017} and each time the experience has been nothing short of excellent. The guides are very knowledgeable,friendly and are generous in sharing their knowledge of the birds and wildlife that we encountered. The organisation of the safari is always 1st class and everything goes very smoothly. I would {and do} recommend anyone to use Lawsons for a wonderful African experience.
  • Lawsons
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand
    Carole Waite20 Jul 2018
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    I can not give less than 5 for all categories. Although it was a long time ago I remember it clearly. I am a veggie along with another guest and they had chosen eating places to ensure we had some excellent choices, not always so easy then. I was ill for a little while and they took me to a chemist, and made sure I was ok. This is a family run business and as such they can provide a wonderful personal experience and extra service where needed. I haven't even covered the off main sights and sounds they gave us. As such I have continued to receive their excellent newsletter and always hope I may return with them again
  • Lawsome!
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand
    Andy Oliver23 Jun 2018
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    We've known Lawson's since 2003 and have travelled on two private safaris with them to KwaZulu Natal in 2004 and Malawi in 2016. Two fantastic experiences and it needs to be something special they don't offer to do a wildlife experience in Southern Africa with someone else. What we like most about them is they stayed in touch and very friendly to us during the 12 years we couldn't travel.
  • Great Birding!
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 1: Drakensberg & Zululand
    Hugh O'Riodan21 Jun 2018
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    Superb! Great birds! Two trips so far and want to do more.
  • Great tour! Hope to travel with Lawson\'s again!
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 2: Escarpment & Kruger
    Sandra paci16 Sep 2016
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    Recently completed the set departure Birds and Wildflowers of the Western Cape tour and it could not have been better. The bird, botany and wildlife sightings were great. Our guide, Martin Benadie, was extremely knowledge, easy-going and fun to be with. Accommodations and food were very good to excellent. Everything was handled with the utmost efficiency and professionalism beginning with my very contact with Lyndell in the Lawson's office. Lyndell also handled many extras for me, including additional nights in Cape Town, a short safari in Kruger and Sabi Sand, flights and transfers, etc. I look forward to traveling with Lawson's again.
  • Lawson\'s Tours are first class
    Eastern South Africa Highlights Part 2: Escarpment & Kruger
    John and Pam Hall30 Nov 2014
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    We have travelled with Lawson's on four separate occasions and hopefully intend to travel with them again later on this year. We have used their guided tours and also self drive. On all occasions the detailed planning and information provided has always been first class. They are always prepared to go out of their way to ensure your trip runs smoothly. Highly recommended.
  • Wonderful!
    Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
    Kaye O'Riordan21 Jun 2018
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    Awesome! Fantastic experiences in Kruger on one trip and Kwa Zulu Natel on second trip. Great times and great value!
  • Wonderful tour company!
    Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
    Teresa Norris21 Sep 2016
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    We very much enjoyed our week exploring the South Cape region, Western Seashore Park, and Little Karoo and week and a half adventure from Johannesburg through Kruger National Park and back! It was the fall season but still we saw 350 species of birds and about 20 species of mammals. Excellent, experienced and well informed tour guides.
  • Northern Kruger Trip
    Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
    Chris and Rosey Thompson1 Mar 2018
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    My wife and myself have just been on a custom tour of the northern Kruger Park with Lawson's and what a great experience it was. We have used Lawson's before for birding day trips into the Kruger, which we can also highly recommend so we had no doubts about asking Lawson's to arrange an extended trip. Everything was perfect, Leon, our guide, was brilliant. We would highly recommend Lawson's to anyone who wants a great wildlife or birding safari.
  • Lawson's. Without peer
    Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
    Graham Knighton20 Jul 2018
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    Have travelled with Lawson's many times and regard them as friends. While they are bird specialists they are outstanding experts on all wildlife. They treat all clients as friends and do everything possible to ensure that all requests are covered.
  • Johannesburg to Kruger Wildlife Tour
    Focus on Predators: Kruger and Sabi Sands
    Brenda and Tony Hovell16 Nov 2017
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    We were escorted on a private tour by Leon at Lawsons from Johannesburg through to Kruger, stopping off at Dullstroom and Blyde Canyon. I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays We have ever hD. Everything was sorted by the guide, accommodation was wonderful and the best bit of all the tour was amazing, lovely wildlife, birds, insects so much to see, absolutely brilliant
  • Western Cape. Birds and Wildflowers
    Western South African Endemics
    Hugh Tyner16 Sep 2016
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    We were pleased from the first contact with Lawson's staff. Lyndell was our contact person and she handled things admirably. Great service from our guide, Martin Benadie. He was one of the best guides we've ever had. I highly recommend Lawson's. We will certainly use them again for our African travels.
  • Ten out of ten to Lawsons
    Western South African Endemics
    Rosemary Collins24 Jul 2018
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    Excellent experiences - great guides, great sightings of all creatures large and small, scaled, feathered and furred - but all with respect and care for wildlife and the environment. A company to be trusted to provide memorable visits to Parks in South Africa and beyond.
  • Adelaide May Safari
    Western South African Endemics
    Catherine Gower19 May 2018
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    Amazing. Would love to do it all over again
  • Wildlife of the Cape & Kruger
    Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger
    Paul Tsui18 Sep 2016
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    This was a Lawson's set departure and it was my first time to visit Africa. The standard of accommodation, food and service provided by Lawson's was out of my expectation. And most important of all, this tour gave me an unforgettable wildlife experience; in particular we had good time at Sabi Sands to stay close to lions & leopards. Besides, Lawson's also helped me a lot to plan for my tour extension to Victoria Falls.
  • Lawson\'s Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris
    Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger
    Diane Hart and Graham Bate16 Sep 2016
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    What we love about Lawson's in coming from Adelaide Sth Australia is their organisation, administration, communication and "nothing is too much trouble" attitude.Their guides are great, knowledgeable and flexible. It'sa great combination.
  • Windhoek, Namibia, to Victoria Falls
    Botswana: Water & Wilderness
    Rosemary Stapleton9 Feb 2018
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    My husband and I had a fantastic 19 day trip with Lawsons as we experienced different landscapes, lots of great birds and wildlife and stayed in excellent accommodation often in stunning locations. The trip was well organised and our guides were skilful and knowledgeable; all of which enhanced our holiday. The itinerary was flexible enough to allow those not so interested in birds to relax at the lodges whilst the keen birders were able to be out from dawn to after sundown. My friends have told me I can't stop smiling whenever I talk about our Lawson's safari.
  • Lawson\'s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris
    Botswana: Water & Wilderness
    Gerard Lillie23 Jun 2018
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    We used Lawson's for a custom guided tour and were extremely happy with our safari. We were interested in both birds and mammals. Our guide was very knowledgeable in not only birds and mammals, but with geology and flora as well. In addition, he knew the area of our safari like the back of his hand, making finding our quarry that much easier. We would not hesitate to recommend Lawson's and hope to use them again one day.
  • Lawson\'s Tour was everything I had hoped for.
    Essential Namibia Wildlife
    Andre Meyer3 Oct 2015
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    The custom tour arranged by Lawson's was wonderful. We toured multiple wildlife parks between Jo'burg and Durban. Our guide was great at sharing his knowledge and finding birds (333 species) as well as helping with our photography. The wildlife viewing was unforgettable.
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