A deep love for Africa, the desire to promote sustainable safari tourism and the realisation that every safari dream is unique lead to the foundation of Art of Safari. Our objectives are simple: to inspire travellers to visit by showcasing the continent’s best safari experiences, and to tailor-make safari trips that help manifest each traveller’s personal safari dream.
Founders & owners
Art of Safari is the brainchild of Gary Lotter, and was brought to life in partnership with Trevor Fernandes and Clint Perring.
Gary started his career in the African safari industry in the early 90s as a safari guide at one of Africa’s most established luxury safari lodges, Londolozi Private Game Reserve. After Londolozi joined &Beyond – one of the continent’s largest luxury safari operators – Gary moved into management, living and working his way across South, Southern and East Africa (and India) over 19 years with the group. He left &Beyond as Chief Operating Officer, and moved on to head up two other companies as CEO – running four very different, well-known African travel brands – before founding Art of Safari. Gary continues with CEO duties, overseeing Art of Safari’s day-to-day operations.
Trevor has spent the last 30-odd years designing and operating luxury safaris. He’s currently the Managing Director of Wildlife Safari, a high-end safari operator based in Kenya that was established by his father, Tom, more than 40 years ago. He’s also the Group Chairman of the Southern World group, an illustrious tour company selling Australia, New Zealand and Fiji that Wildlife Safari extended its business footprint into. Trevor plays an invaluable advisory role to the Art of Safari management team.
Clint is a strategic digital communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience. He’s the owner and creative director of Kri8it, a full-service digital agency that he founded in 2001. With studios in Cape Town, George and Ireland, Clint oversees the design and development of beautiful, functional and responsive websites for numerous long-standing, high-profile clients – locally and abroad. The agency also provides effective digital marketing solutions, apps and social-media campaigns. Clint is Art of Safari’s go-to digital guru.
We believe that safari planning starts with inspiration, and to this end, our editor Leah has worked with our visuals specialist, Anya, and storytellers, Nick, Justin and Melissa, to create beautiful and inspiring content around the best things to see and do in Africa.
Our safari specialist Nicky will work with you to design your perfect safari; our operations team Stacey (in South Africa) and Fred (in East Africa) will expertly handle the logistics of your trip; and our carefully chosen partners on the ground will execute your dream holiday with seamless finesse.
More than that, Gary oversees every single booking, working closely with each team member to ensure every step is carefully considered, with your specific needs in mind.
With Art of Safari, the only crowd you’ll get lost in will be feathered, furry or hooved.