Gary Lotter | Art of Safari

Gary Lotter | Safari Specialist, Founder & CEO

My childhood passion for wildlife led me to becoming a safari guide, where I shared my love for the African wilderness with international travellers. Over the following 25 years I moved around Southern and East Africa, working at – and eventually leading – some of Africa’s best safari travel companies. I was privileged to gather a wealth of knowledge about luxury African safari travel, which I now pour into ensuring your best safari experience. More about me on LinkedIn.

I believe most travellers to Africa arrive eager to see her iconic animals and experience her unique luxury safari lodges. However, they leave with vivid memories of seeing the starriest skies while lion roar in the darkened distance, and of the peaceful solitude of an African sunset. I think you’ll love what the African wilderness will do for your soul.

Art of Safari is the culmination of a dream to combine our greatest passions, encouraging you to visit Africa’s unique wilderness and wildlife and guiding you to the best safari experiences the continent has to offer. My purpose is to make sure that we inspire you in everything we do, and that you have an unforgettable safari travel experience, from our first meeting to your dream safari – and beyond.

Africa’s wildlife is most active at dawn and dusk – rise early or you’ll regret being asleep while everyone else was watching that leopard! Do sleep in once though, but not too much. Instead, wake up early, order some coffee, open up your safari room and watch (and listen to) Africa waking up. Lastly, Africa is big and best experienced slowly. Spend three or four nights at each location.

My African Canvas A selection of my favourite luxury African safari experiences

There are eight bandas at Beho Beho.

Beho Beho | Selous Game Reserve

With a backdrop of plains, hills and woodlands, panoramic views of the Rufiji river floodplain, and Lake Tagalala on its doorstep, Beho Beho is ideally situated in the highlands of…

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With their jolly striped flanks, zebra always add pizazz to the wilderness. Makgadikgadi zebra migration

Being dazzled by the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration

The Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration is one of Southern Africa's most surprising phenomena. Each year, Botswana zebras trek between the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in search of fresh grazing. Why…

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A bush dinner in the Masai Mara Triangle hosted by Cottar’s 1920s Camp will make you feel like an explorer of old.

Cottar’s 1920s Camp | The Masai Mara

Take a step back in time at Kenya's Cottar’s 1920s Camp, where the golden age of exploration meets modern-day adventure safaris in an untouched, exclusive conservancy. Expect endless savannahs straddling…

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Rufiji River boat safari | Have sundowners next to the water in the Selous Game Reserve.

Cruising the Rufiji River Delta

Instead of a traditional game drive, how about an unforgettable aquatic safari on a Rufiji River boat? The Selous Game Reserve is a prime wildlife destination and the water dimension…

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Bush sundowners are a must when staying at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park.

Elsa’s Kopje Meru | Meru National Park

Take an open-air bath on your porch, overlooking the plains of Meru National Park in northern Kenya; walk in the footsteps of the lion-loving Adamsons, made famous by Born Free;…

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Bush sundowners are a must when on a Meru safari.

Exploring marvellous Meru on safari

Meru National Park is set in the dry wilderness of northern Kenya, far off the beaten track of the regular safari. When on a Meru safari, you'll discover arid country,…

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You’ll see the most spectacular sunrise from your Loisaba star bed.

Getting starstruck in a Kenyan star bed

There’s no better way to experience the African night sky than sleeping in a star bed. A luxury Kenyan safari offers this unique engagement with the wilderness. Crawl under your…

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A Samburu safari puts you in touch with the arid, wild north of Kenya.

Going on safari in Samburu's semi-desert

A Samburu safari in puts you in touch with the arid, wild north of Kenya. Take a game drive in this elemental wilderness and come face to face with the…

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You can go on canoe safaris from Ruckomechi Camp.

Zimbabwe | Big Five, Zambezi Floodplains & Victoria Falls | 8 Nights

As a nation, Zimbabwe is forward-thinking enough to have set large areas of pristine wilderness – like Mana Pools and Hwange – aside as national parks, yet still has one…

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What a sight – zebra, giraffe, elephant and wildebeest all at one waterhole near Little Chem Chem!

Little Chem Chem | Burunge Wildlife Management Area

Discover Tanzania's Rift Valley Lakes from Little Chem Chem, which overlooks Lake Burungi on a conservancy that is the last wildlife corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks. Slow…

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If you get really lucky you might spot a cheetah and her cubs while on a game drive from Mara Plains Camp.

Mara Plains Camp | The Masai Mara

Cross a narrow wooden bridge suspended over the Ntiakitiak River to reach Mara Plains Camp, located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy just north of Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. This…

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Enjoy private riverside dining at Matetsi River Lodge.

Matetsi River Lodge | Victoria Falls

From its tranquil location on the banks of the Zambezi River, Matetsi River Lodge offers the best of both worlds. Authentic wildlife viewing experiences are a stone’s throw away, while…

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Greystoke Mahale is set on the edge of the forest overlooking Lake Tanganyika.

Greystoke Mahale | Mahale Mountains National Park

Discover the chimps of the remote Mahale Mountain National Park at Greystoke Mahale, a lodge with six exclusive bandas overlooking Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika. From here, you can explore the lake's…

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The tented suites at Mwiba Lodge are tucked among boulders overlooking a river gorge.

Mwiba Lodge | Maswa Game Reserve, Serengeti

Truly get away from it all at Mwiba Lodge, where just 10 tented suites are tucked among boulders overlooking a river gorge in Tanzania's southern Serengeti. In this exclusive concession,…

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Zambezi Canoe Safari | Drift along the Zambezi shore and see what wildlife you can spot on a canoe safari.

Paddling the Zambezi on a canoe safari

Follow Livingstone's epic journey on a canoe safari along the Zambezi in a tranquil bird- and game-watching opportunity like no other. Skirting half-submerged hippo and lurking crocodile, majestic elephant and…

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You’ll see spectacular Serengeti sunsets when sitting around the evening campfires at Sabora Tented Camp.

Sabora Tented Camp | Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti

Explore Tanzania's Serengeti in style at Sabora Tented Camp, an elegant 1920s-themed lodge with swimming pool, tennis court, spa and Jacuzzi. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your daybed…

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A Samburu tribesman will escort you to your Sasaab tented room at night, keeping an eye out for wildlife.

Sasaab | Samburu

Discover Kenya’s lesser-known Samburu National Reserve from the comforts of Sasaab, located just west of it. With Moroccan-style suites, indulgent spa treatments, game drives, bush breakfasts, cultural trips, camel rides,…

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Elephant are known to congregate at waterholes in northeast Zimbabwe.

Seeing big herds in Zimbabwe

For a spectacular Zimbabwe safari experience in pristine wilderness, visit Hwange National Park and its neighbouring reserves in the northwest of the country. If you go in the dry, winter…

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The black-maned lion found in the Central Kalahari gets its name from its unusual mane.

Seeing black-maned lion in the Central Kalahari

The Central Kalahari is one of the most remote wilderness areas in Botswana. Going on a luxury safari in this region is all about big skies and arid beauty. Instead…

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Wildlife, like zebra, drink at the river near Klein’s Camp.

Tanzania | Serengeti Vistas, Tented Bliss, Crater & Island | 13 Nights

Tanzania is the complete luxury safari destination, with pristine game reserves where animals roam freely, and, in the case of the Great Wildebeest Migration, en masse. Add some post-safari rest…

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The tents at Ngare Serian are set right on the Mara River.

Ngare Serian | The Masai Mara

Get the ultimate escape at Ngare Serian, just four tents scattered along the Mara River accessible only by narrow rope bridge. Set in the exclusive Pusinkariak Conservancy, it’s the perfect…

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Have sundowners on the shores of Lake Nzerakera when staying at Siwandu.

Siwandu | Selous Game Reserve

Discover Siwandu, a luxury tented camp on the shores of Tanzania's Lake Nzerakera. With game drives, water safaris and guided walks in the Selous Game Reserve, you’ll get to know…

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Sleeping in a Selous treehouse will add an unforgettable dimension to your luxury Tanzanian safari.

Sleeping in a Selous treehouse

A luxury, private Selous treehouse in Tanzania offers guests the chance to enjoy a safari under the stars in the middle of the African bush. You’ll experience the savannah at its most…

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Toast to your slow safari when staying at Chem Chem Lodge.

Slowing down between Tarangire and Manyara

This area of northern Tanzania is the birthplace of the slow safari – when you take a breather from frantically trying to spot game and simply be present in Africa.…

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Namib desert balloon safari | Your balloon will look tiny compared to the huge Namib Desert dunes.

Gliding over the Namib Desert in a hot-air balloon

A luxury Namibian safari is incomplete without going up in a hot-air balloon, over the Namib Desert. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure see you suspended in a wicker basket above this waterless…

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Sundowners are a must at Desert Rhino Camp.

Namibia | Big Skies, Desert Rhino & Safari Fort | 9 Nights

A luxury Namibia safari is a study in contrasts. This remarkable desert nation will likely be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, with its key areas presenting a complete landscape portfolio:…

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Each of the two camps at Lamai Serengeti have their own guest areas.

Tanzania | Baobabs, Serengeti & Chimps | 11 Nights

This luxury Tanzania safari effortlessly combines famous locations with less well-known, but equally fascinating destinations. Spend time in both the sea of land that is the Serengeti, and on the…

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Tintswalo Atlantic has a moody seaside location.

Tintswalo Atlantic | Cape Town

Lying within Table Mountain National Park, on the foothills of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic offers an intimate beachfront escape. Enjoy watersports, nature walks and hikes, pool and seaside lazing, or…

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Desert Black Rhino tracking lets you get close to rhino.

Tracking desert black rhino in Namibia

Fly into Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, a remote corner of northwest Namibia, for the safari of a lifetime. Wake up early and set off to track the highly endangered…

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What a beautiful pride of lion, spotted near Londolozi Tree Camp.

Londolozi Tree Camp | Sabi Sand game reserve

Follow the spoor of leopard, lion, elephant, rhino or buffalo on game drives or interpretive walking safaris, do outdoor yoga or dine in the wild at Londolozi Tree Camp. Situated…

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