The Blyde River Canyon.
Admiring the Southern Drakensberg on the way to Sani Pass.
Elephant bull in the Kruger National Park.
Late afternoon at Olifants Rest Camp in the Kruger.
Misty morning drive at Tembe Elephant Park.
Breakfast break in Wakkerstroom.

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Welcome to our website, the online home of Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris, a specialized Birding and Wildlife Safari Company. The site was designed with a ‘simple and clean’ motto in mind. The imagery is mostly all ours (we had a bit of help with Botswana and Malawi), and we’ll be changing things regularly to keep it current. We have some great information on destinations as well, so we invite you to grab a cup of coffee and spend some time here as you ponder an African birding and wildlife experience. Get in touch with us if you have any questions or queries, we’re always happy to chat about birds, wildlife and travel!  

A bit about us, in a nutshell:

Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife Safaris, and Custom Safaris offers first class birding and wildlife trips to a range of countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. Contact us today to set up the safari of a lifetime!  We started out in 1990 with some of the first dedicated birding safaris to South Africa, in the process pioneering some of the now popular birding routes and stakeouts. Since then we’ve grown into a specialized birding and wildlife safari company, offering first-class birding and wildlife trips to a range of countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. Our range of set-departures cater for both the casual birder and the more enthusiastic ‘lister’, as well as the general natural history enthusiast. For those who prefer not to join groups, or who have specific travel requirements, we are also the custom-safari specialists. Either way, we’ll use our extensive knowledge and experience to create a fun, rewarding and memorable African experience for you.

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


Our Featured Set-Departure Tours: click on the photos to link to the tour page. See the rest of our set-departure tours here: Set-Departure Tours.

Featured Tours

Focus on Predators

September 2020

ZAR 49 875

Cheetah, Etosha
Essential Namibia Wildlife

October 2020

ZAR 69 550

Orange-breasted Sunbird
Western Cape Highlights: Birding the tip of Africa

November 2020

ZAR 34 400

Eastern South Africa Highlights #1: Drakensberg & Zululand

January 2021

ZAR 53 320 PPS

Eastern South Africa Highlights #2: Escarpment & Kruger

February 2021

ZAR 38 650 PPS

Kenya Safari
Birds & Wildlife of Kenya

April 2021

From US $ 5 975 PPS

Lawson's Photo of the Week

Six reasons to travel with Lawson's

White Lion of Kruger

On a private Kruger photo safari back in January we were lucky enough to see one of only a small handful of wild White Lions in the world, a young male from the greater Satara area. These white Lions aren’t albinos, but rather leucistic morphs of the normal tawny-coloured Lion. There may be as few as three authentically wild white Lions in the word, so we were very fortunate indeed!  See more about a custom photo, birding and wildlife safari here: Lawson’s Custom Safaris.


We have over a quarter of a Century of experience.

Lawson’s was founded in 1990 and we have 30 years of experience in running birding and wildlife trips in Africa.


We are obsessed with professionalism.

From the personalised species check-lists and itineraries we give to our clients to our guides cleaning the vehicle windows so our clients can have as good a view as possible, we are obsessed with being professional at all times. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun though!


We have a great reputation.

Within birding and travel circles, Lawson’s has always been a highly respected name.


We have passionate guides.

Our guides don’t do what they do as a job – it’s a passion, a calling and a way of life, illustrated by the fact that when they have spare time, they’ll be out in the bush birding, game viewing, researching and taking photographs. The binoculars don’t get put away at 17h00 every day…


We have an awesome support team.

We believe that part of the success of our safaris is due a great support team in the office. This translates into thorough arrangements for each and every trip, and a solid back up resource for the odd time when logistics in the field do go awry.


We go the extra mile.

We like to go the extra mile for our clients. It’s just in our nature to make each and every client’s experience the best it possibly can be.

Recent Client Comments

Hi Leon:
I cannot thank you and the rest of the team at Lawson’s enough for the wonderful experiences that you gave me over each of our trips. I have many wonderful memories which I will cherish. Without the extra support given to me I would not have been able to take part in this last tour which was without doubt the best ever and exactly the way that I could only have wished. You can be rest assured that I will continue to recommend Lawson’s to all and sundry as the only company to tour South Africa with.

Regards Graham Knighton, Adelaide, South Australia

Wildlife Safari Company

Dear Derek, Andy, Leon, and Mariana:
I thought you might like to see the follow up letter and checklists that I sent to our South Africa Tour participants.  It was such a fine trip and you all did such a fine job that I want to thank you one last time for sharing all your expertise and making the experience so enjoyable for the people on my trip.

Wayne Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society Leader

Wildlife Safari Company

To Leon:
You and Nic were the greatest guides I have ever had… and I have been on many guided trips. What a wonderful combination you made. Thanks again.

Tom Walker, Connecticut Audubon Society

Wildlife Safari Company 

The tour went fantastically well and all of our American guests were very happy with the tour.  It went like clockwork from start to finish.  This was my 197th tour as a leader, so I know a little about bird tour leading.  Your two guides, John and Bert, were very professional, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the mammals, birds, trees and shrubs and even more important, they were both terrific individuals.  I will have no hesitation in using your company again in the future.

Chris Doherty, Peregrine Tours, Australia

The whole trip was like going to heaven without the bother of dying first…

Brian Leech, UK