Mahlatini has been continually recognised as the best safari company in the industry, winning multiple awards including the Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company at the British Travel Awards for three consecutive years. These awards are completely consumer voted and thanks to our loyal customers and long-standing relationships with our suppliers, we were voted the best safari company in 2016,2017 and 2018.


Planning an African safari whether its a honeymoon, family holiday or solo travel adventure can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. At Mahlatini, we believe that the African experiences are not only about the destination, but we also understand that your experience is made so much more memorable by the people you meet along the way. We are the people who will be there for you with each step of your great journey. We are passionate about Africa and making your journey unique and life-changing. The wonderful thing is that we make people’s dreams come true.

What makes Mahlatini the best safari company?

Expert safari company

We’ve been a specialist in luxury African travel since 2002, so that’s nearly nearly 20 years of first-hand insight and experience of every destination we offer, every property we recommend and every activity we suggest. We would never recommend anything we haven’t experienced ourselves.We are one of only a few African specialist UK tour operators with a permanent office on African soil. We are an award winning safari company with multi-award wins, including being voted the Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company at the British Travel Awards for several consecutive years.

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Co-founders Greg & Chris with their British Travel Awards trophies

Friendly safari company

The trips we create are luxurious and exclusive, but the advice we give is down-to-earth and from the heart. When you book a safari holiday with Mahlatini, your dedicated travel expert will be with you every step of the way – from initial ideas and itineraries, to support pre-departure and throughout your trip. We must say that our personal service and attention to detail is legendary.

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Travel Expert Claire Picknell

Trustworthy safari company

We offer protection to our customers since we are registered and regulated by industry bodies ATTA and ATOL. All our customers also have 100% financial protection through the Travel Trust Association. We are most proud if the positive endorsement from our clients. Feedback on our service is independently verified by Feefo – we are continually recognised as Gold standard though their Trusted Service awards. We are a tour operator that you can trust.

We routinely go the extra mile to ensure that we not only plan the perfect itinerary but ensure that you are in good hands at every stage of your journey. That’s why we are thrilled to maintain an overall client satisfaction rating of 98%. Read our client reviews here or visit our Trustpilot and TripAdvisor pages.

Mahlatini is passionate about conserving our beautiful planet for future generations. We are conscious of the potential impact of long-haul travel, so have launched our own carbon-offsetting initiative with our nominated charity partner – One Tree Planted. For every client travelling with Mahlatini, we will fund the planting of one tree in reforestation projects across Kenya and Rwanda.

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Mahlatini’s awards and associations

Value for money safaris

We are able to compete on price with just about everyone, including you! If you booked the same flights, accommodation and activities yourself, our price would be similar or in most instances lower. Booking with Mahlatini means you get our invaluable advice and guidance, 24/7 support and 100% financial protection on top of this competitive price.

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Zebra sighting on game drive

Exclusive safaris

We’ve been around since 2002, so we know many of the suppliers and property owners personally. This means you can get preferential upgrades, exclusive activities, added extras and levels of care that are just that bit better than everyone else.

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Private dinner by the water

African travel inspiration

Often, people have a big picture vision of where they want to go and what they want to see. But more times than not, we can suggest alternatives that might be more off the beaten track or under the radar of the bigger, more generalist travel companies, helping you to fulfill your ultimate travel dreams. The most popular places are not always the best available and depending on what your expectations are we can always offer alternative suggestions that will make your trip unique and truly special.

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Submit an enquiry with your specific travel wish list and the most relevant travel expert will start tailor-making your unique itinerary.