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Base of operations: South Africa -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 2
M19118 is a family run tour operator based in South Africa. We specialize in creating and leading superb natural history safaris which focus specifically on birds or wildlife in general, depending on the clients’ interests. Founded in 1990, M19118 was the very first specialized birding safari company in South Africa. Today, our experienced planners and group leaders will ensure that your expectations are not only met but exceeded, as we get your clients to the finest bird and mammal hotspots in southern and eastern Africa. We do not run any hunting safaris and are not involved with hunting in any way.

You’ll want to return to Africa with us time and time again!

Recent client comments:

Please read a customer's testimonial:

We once again would like to say how much we appreciated your excellent guiding and companionship during our trip, which has made for a memorable time in South Africa. We'll be talking about the holiday for months, if not years; Jean and Chris Parrott, UK.

Both guides were really first class. Very knowledgeable, easy to get on with and they both "gelled" with some very old and grumpy ex-soldiers. M19118 are highly recommended as a guiding company; Ian Nason, of the Army Ornithological Society, England.

Thanks to Nic and Kim's help, we saw 333 species of birds, many mammals and reptiles, and a lot of very beautiful scenery and plant life. I liked the pacing of the trip and feel that I saw a great amount of wildlife in a short time; John Sherwood, USA.

I can recommend M19118 without reservation. We traveled with them in 2009 on a custom birding, wildlife and photo safari to Mpumalunga (Dullstroom, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger NP and Sabi Sand reserve.) They worked closely with us to plan a customized itinerary and all of their suggestions were right-on. Everything was extremely well-organized and we benefited from their long-time experience in this area. Our guide, Leon Marais, was fantastic - an excellent wildlife spotter and birder, and importantly for us, an excellent photographer as well, so he really understood our needs and desires. Leon worked tirelessly every day to make the most of our experience. We are now eagerly anticipating our 2nd custom trip with M19118 to the Western Cape and the Kalahari. Janet Zinn and Alan Baratz; USA.
Questions and Answers
Top-class birding and wildlife safaris in Southern and Eastern Africa.

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

Started in 1990 when amateur birder Peter Lawson decided that he'd had enough of the insurance industry and started what is effectively South Africa's first birding tour operator. Since then the company has expanded both in size and scope, but still retains the family business ethos.

2. What is your company's mission?

To provide top-class natural history experiences in Africa, and to turn first-time clients into friends and repeat customers.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Birding Safaris and Wildlife Safaris.

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

Founded by Peter Lawson, who gave up the insurance industry to follow his passion for birds, and now co-owned by his daughter, Mavourneen Pearce, and Leon Marais.

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

Although we have tours to various destinations and countries, our Escarpment and Kruger National Park trip remains one of our most popular packages, perhaps because we live in the area and so are extra passionate about it!

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

Clients talking about their next trip with us while they are still on their first trip with us.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M19118
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9-day Birding and Wildlife: Escarpment and Kruger National Park 9-day Birding and Wildlife: Escarpment and Kruger National Park 10% off.

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From the Mountains to the Savannah: A journey in diversity, taking in the birds and wildlife of the Highlands and the Kruger National Park.

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Tour Package
Birdwatching
Wildlife Viewing
ZAR 21970 South Africa

9-day Photographic Safari: Predators of South Africa. 9-day Photographic Safari: Predators of South Africa. 10% off.

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A photographic safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve, focusing on the big predators.

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Tour Package
Photography and Videography
Wildlife Viewing
ZAR 28890 South Africa

14-day Birding and Wildlife: The Best of the Zulu Kingdom. 14-day Birding and Wildlife: The Best of the Zulu Kingdom. 10% off.

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A 14-day intensive birding safari in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province, taking in the best birding spots from the top of the Drakensberg to the Indian Ocean shores.

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Tour Package
Birdwatching
Wildlife Viewing
ZAR 31425 South Africa

14-day Eastern South Africa and Swaziland Birding Safari. 14-day Eastern South Africa and Swaziland Birding Safari. 10% off.

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An epic birding and wildlife safari through Eastern South Africa and Swaziland.

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Tour Package
Birdwatching
Wildlife Viewing
ZAR 32995 South Africa
Swaziland

13-day Best of Namibia Birding Safari. 13-day Best of Namibia Birding Safari. 10% off.

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A 13-day intensive birding safari through the desert land of Namibia with a focus on the specials and endemics / near-endemics.

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Tour Package
Birdwatching
Wildlife Viewing
ZAR 32400 Namibia

14-day willdife and photography: The Cape and the Kruger. 14-day willdife and photography: The Cape and the Kruger. 10% off.

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A 14-day wildlife and photography trip taking in the wildlife, sights and sounds of two of South Africa's iconic regions.

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Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
National Parks
ZAR 29995 South Africa

7-day Kruger National Park Wildlife Safari 7-day Kruger National Park Wildlife Safari

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An in-depth 6-night / 7-day safari in South Africa's finest, most authentic wildlife region.

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Tour Package
Wildlife Viewing
National Parks
ZAR 15390 South Africa
Reviews and Comments
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 1  Janet Zinn Custom-made birding, wildlife and photography safari. 2013-02-21
I can recommend M19118 without reservation. We traveled with them in 2009 on a custom birding, wildlife and photo safari to Mpumalunga (Dullstroom, Blyde River ... view more Canyon, Kruger NP and Sabi Sand reserve.) They worked closely with us to plan a customized itinerary and all of their suggestions were right-on. Everything was extremely well-organized and we benefited from their long-time experience in this area. Our guide, Leon Marais, was fantastic--an excellent wildlife spotter and birder, and importantly for us, an excellent photographer as well, so he really understood our needs and desires. Leon worked tirelessly every day to make the most of our experience. We are now eagerly anticipating our 2nd custom trip with M19118 to the Western Cape and the Kalahari.

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