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Expertly led and passionately constructed, our tours aim to deliver the wildlife holiday of your dreams. Our diverse tour portfolio is designed to offer you a suite of incredible journeys be it searching for Jaguar in verdant corners of the Pantanal in Brazil, tracking wild Giant Pandas in China or enjoying a luxury safari surrounded by Africa’s Big Five.

Most of our tours are designed to fully experience a main target mammal be it Mountain or Lowland Gorilla, Blue Whale, Orca, Polar Bear, Bengal Tiger, Lemurs or Meerkats! We certainly not ignore the other mammals that occur in the prime regions that we have selected for our tours. Furthermore we will also make efforts to enjoy key birds, reptiles, amphibians, botanic highlights and of course cultural and historical attractions. Our tour leaders are incredibly experienced and well versed in all aspects of natural history and under their expert guidance, our tours are sure to be one of your ultimate wildlife travel experiences.

Formed by a team of committed nature enthusiasts and backed by solid administration and a commitment to deliver the perfect tour we look forward to sharing the joys of exploring the world of mammals and wildlife with you. We invite you to join one of our set-departure tours or we can design the perfect trip for you and your family and friends on a private venture.
Questions and Answers
We are a specialist mammal tour company offering a wide range of exciting safaris to some of our planet’s most pristine and remote regions in search of iconic animals and other wildlife.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Since 2008. After many years of running a highly successful birding company, we realized the need for a company offering a specialized portfolio of mammal-focused tours.

2. What is your company's mission?

Expertly led and passionately constructed, our tours aim to deliver the ultimate wildlife holiday; be it searching for Jaguars in verdant corners of the Brazilian Pantanal, tracking wild Giant Pandas in China, enjoying unforgettable encounters with the incredible Wildebeest migration in Kenya and Tanzania or whatever your particular objective.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Mammal-watching tours.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Simon Bellingham developed a passion for wildlife as a young child growing up in rural Zimbabwe. Although he has a Master's Degree in Chiropractic, and has worked for a number of years in the field, his passion for nature could not keep him away from the outdoors. Simon has worked in luxury game lodges, most notably Richard Branson's Ulusaba reserve in the Sabi Sands bordering the Kruger National Park. He has guided many celebrities during his time, including Kofi Anan, Mary Robinson, Graca Michel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Wales and Nigel Marven, and during his time at Ulusaba was always requested to guide Richard Branson and his family. It was during a visit to Ulusaba that Adam Riley realized Simon's potential and invited him to help set up and direct Indri.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Kenya & Tanzania. The sheer numbers of animals and the incredible photographic opportunities.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

“I would (and will!) highly recommend this tour, my expectations were well exceeded. I think the value for money of the tour was excellent. I really appreciated all the effort Gavin put in to ensure that we all had a good time on this tour. It was obvious that he is well trained (hospitality as well as birds and wildlife) and takes the role and responsibility of being a guide seriously. His sense of humour added to the experience. The drivers in both Kenya and Tanzania were great as well! Friendly, professional, and patient with great skill at spotting wildlife.”

Reviews and Comments
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 1  Paula Kenya & Tanzania 2011-06-17
Would (and will!) highly recommend this tour, my expectations were well exceeded. I think the value for money of the tour was excellent. I really appreciated ... view more all the effort Gavin put in to ensure that we all had a good time on this tour. It was obvious that he is well trained (hospitality as well as birds and wildlife) and takes the role and responsibility of being a guide seriously. His sense of humour added to the experience. The drivers in both Kenya and Tanzania were great as well! Friendly, professional, and patient with great skill at spotting wildlife.

 2  Michael Kenya & Tanzania 2011-06-17
Let me just say that the trip amply fulfilled our expectations. Gavin was an outstanding trip leader, as were the local guides/drivers. Gavin was an excellent ... view more guide, and we really appreciated his knowledge and insights into the animals and their behaviour as well as his birding skills. The local guides were excellent, too, especially Steven in Tanzania – he was outstanding, really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Altogether an excellent trip, and a good group of participants.

 3  Dave & Debbie Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"Extremely satisfied and "WOW" best describes our marvellous African adventure. Fraser made the trip a wonderful experience. His in-depth ... view more knowledge and insights into all aspects of mammals, birds, history, geology, bioversity, etc made each day an exciting, memorable event. When we next return, we would definitely want Fraser as our guide. After the first day, we became a little concerned regarding the arduous travel schedule and number of one night stays; however, Fraser's persona made it all work. Looking back, the itinerary (even though there were some long drive days) was perfect for a first experience of Africa. Our driver/guide, Geitan, provided a superb bonus feature. In addition to being a gifted driver, he was knowledgeable, alert, personable and a perfect match with Fraser. I can imagine extreme difficulties associated with six people together in a land cruiser for 15 days, but in this case it all worked well. Accommodations and meals were well above what we expected. The Serena lodges were excellent, but we enjoyed the extra space provided in the Sopa lodges. The setting and newness of the Samburu Simba made it the best even with the lack of ventilation in the bathroom. This was a great first experience with the M18965 organization."

 4  Martin & Kerry Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"As you may well be aware of the beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater, picture the scene... It's about 8am, it had been raining all night, but had stopped ... view more about 15 minutes earlier, we had entered the crater, dropped through the clouds, past the rain forest crater edge, everything is glistening after the rain, all clean and fresh, then as the trees cleared and the crater base comes into view, we the round the corner and are surrounded by yellow flowers, the sun breaks through a cloud, the Zebra crossed the red dirt road, it looks back at us, as the rainbow is formed straight over its head............I got about 5 pictures off. Awesome, you couldn't dream it up......"

 5  Mary Lou Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"Just to thank you again for such a wonderful tour. We all enjoyed it so much and Markus is a grand guide. He knows so much about everything. Of course I ... view more was so happy to see the Meerkats and they were so close to us... We saw so many birds and the animals were just fantastic and so close could just about touch them. The lodgings were all great and we really enjoyed the boat. It was a great way to end the trip. All went very smoothly even the flying. It was amazing that you could do all that and (have it) all turn out so well."

 6  Kathy Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“We thought the whole trip was absolutely fabulous. It was well organized, ran smoothly as there are many factors to co-ordinate on a trip like that. The ... view more wildlife we saw was awesome, nature at its best... no signs of pollution. Thank you for co-ordinating this trip and giving us so much useful information before hand and your great organization. There always seemed to be a lively enthusiastic response from you to my emails, somehow it is not just a reply as many tour operators give... Well done!”

 7  Don Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“Just returned home this afternoon after our trip to Brazil. It was a great trip in every way - all details worked well and both leaders were outstanding. ... view more More later, but we did see and photograph Jaguar, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua, Giant Snipe, Crowned Eagle, Spotted Bamboowren, Slaty Bristlefront, Sharpbill, Long- trained Nightjar, Black-throated Piping-Guan, Pavonine Cuckoo, and many more, plus saw Maned Wolf, Tapir, all the 'big five' antshrikes, etc. About 450 birds, 23 mammals... we liked the fact that both Marcelo and Edson adapted the planned programme to better fit our needs, when requested.”

 8  Carla Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“This was the best trip I have ever taken. Everything exceeded my expectations. I was worried about logistics and our guide made it go incredibly smoothly. He ... view more took care of everything and made it seem effortless. He was the best guide I have ever had for many different reasons. Not only does he display incredible enthusiasm and knowledge of the area, but he also managed to learn about us and what interests us, and even what makes us comfortable on the trip. He also ... told us lots about plants, insects, etc. as well as cultural aspects. I particularly enjoyed how excited he would get when we saw certain animals. He clearly enjoys his work... He even helped me practice my Malagasy! After a few days, he seemed like a friend along for the ride and not just our guide.”

 9  Stewart Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“Thank you for a truly wonderful trip. What an amazing experience to see a giant panda in the wild and so close. It was for me, however, more than an ... view more adrenaline - pumping experience. It was a great priviledge, a priviledge to be in the realm of the panda and an even greater one to be given the opportunity of seeing one. I hope that both this experience and priviledge will reaffirm my commitment to helping the often struggling animals of this world.”

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