“Tim Lapage IS the Africa expert. He was born and bred in Africa, knows the best guides, and the owners of the best accommodations personally. He flies his own plane through Africa from top to bottom. He can get things done that others can’t.” Drew Kuska – “The Tailor”, Australia’s premier ground handler.”
Safari means Journey in Kiswahili. It is a journey of the soul to experience wildlife in its natural habitat, and cultural encounters with indigenous people. Safari Experts is a word-of-mouth boutique tour operator that focuses on providing highly customized luxury travel and authentic cultural encounters for the discerning traveler. We have the vital insiders knowledge and can provide experiences that only insiders can make happen, because of who we are.
Tim Lapage was born and bred in Kenya and has over 60 years’ experience – the ultimate insider knowledge. Safari Experts is one of the rare elite travel companies whose leadership spends much of the year in Africa and around the world. They thrive on forging new frontiers and unearthing treasures to share with their clientele.
Each safari journey is a group creation, informed by multiple perspectives and enriched by years of varied experience. Our fee based highly-custom design service provides you with pricing that has unprecedented value.
Safari Experts believes in the power of travel as a way to enrich oneself and the world, to enhance understanding, to become globally savvy, to preserve tradition and culture, and to impact and strengthen international economies. Travelers return transformed.
No wonder travel and leisure rates Safari Experts as one of the best on the planet
TimTim Lapage, the founder of Safari Experts, is part of a rare breed of adventurers. He has created the highest level of expertise and exclusivity because of who he is: born and bred in the Great Rift Valley of Africa, and generations of roots in Australia. He has created over 3000 safaris in the last 20 years and taken over 9000 people to Africa. He has personally visited every corner of the continent and inspected over 300 camps and lodges and spends several months in Africa every year.
Simply put, he gets done what others can’t.
The list people he has met along the way includes luminaries like George and Joy Adamson, creators of the Born Free story; Jane Goodall, the word famous anthropologist; Beryl Markham, author and pilot; and Donald Kerr and Sid Downey, founder of their own legendary safari company.
”Tim has a knowledge and understanding of Africa, which only someone who was born and lived there can have.” – Helen Bairsto London, U.K.
Tana spent her life growing up and working in the travel industry. As the daughter of Tim, she has spent her life exploring various parts of the world with her family. She spent half her childhood in Kenya hosting Safari Experts clients through their home, which means that there is hardly a place that she does not know and most of the managers or owners of the camps are personal friends. Tana came to work full time for Safari Experts in 2007 after finishing university and spending a year traveling and hosting at a variety of camps throughout Africa. In 2009 Tana moved to London to set up the European office for Safari Experts.
Tana takes her job incredibly personally and puts together each trip with great care and thought, to make sure each client gets a trip that fits all their requests and then adds her little secrets to blow them away. She is a meticulous planner who loves sharing her knowledge of the world and planning life-changing trips that her clients say are their “trip of a lifetime.”
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Gail has 30 years of experience in the travel industry and has been a part of the Safari Experts team for 14 years. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa and South America and has guided women on wellness journeys. She especially enjoys sharing defining travel experiences with her husband and two children.
Gail is a passionate perfectionist orchestrating itineraries with precise attention to detail. She truly cares about her clients and inevitably develops friendships with them taking the time to get to know people, learning what they are passionate about, as she hand-crafts their ideal safari.
Gail will tell you that the best thing about her job is knowing that she has been instrumental in providing her clients with an experience that is considered by many to be life changing. “
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Francie is one of Safari Experts’ office team members and handles the financial and bookkeeping duties. She also assists in the preparation of itineraries with attention to all of the details that Safari Experts’ team pride themselves on in their commitment to the highest quality customer service for our clients.
Francie McNally joined Safari Experts in 2010 after completing a 20 year career as the CFO/Broker of a large Jackson Hole, Wyoming real estate firm.
Francie has a love of adventure and has traveled to Africa to experience the camps, staff, animals and culture that abound. She has also traveled extensively to Tibet and Nepal, as well Europe and other Asian countries. Helping people discover their passion for special travel to special countries is something Francie loves!
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“Forget you’re a hidebound New Englander, unbend, take part, contribute, be interested in everything – and everybody.” New Voyager, 1942
Jane’s professional and life experience is related to global sustainability, and social enterprise. She has introduced executives, adventurers, philanthropists, youth to delegates, First Ladies, Kings, and grass root heroes – in VIP Ambassador style. Those who have traveled with Jane have made memorable connections, explored, basked in exotic luxury, laughed, and changed.
The world is changing rapidly and it is priceless to experience the indigenous ceremony, dance, and music while it still exists in its authenticity.
“Some of my treasured moments have been facilitating “aha” moments for people who join me; to witness as they connect and fall in love with the world in deeper appreciation. It is exciting for me to introduce humanity to each other with a hope that there is an increased awareness of our interconnectedness. It seems to me that as we are more conscious of our interconnectedness we may be more kind to each other, more tolerant, and honest, and even have laughs together. Safari Experts is truly boutique and personalized, and provides the flexibility to share this vision.”