Wildlife and Birding Tours


Sustain possesses significant experience in tailor-making tours to all parts of the subregion for a multitude of local and international clients. Tailor-making tours is an art and what makes them special is consummate experience, adaptability, capacity and relationships.

Our custom tours are ideal for those who have special interests, prefer personalised experiences and guide attention, and enjoy flexibility. We have arranged everything from short trips within individual provinces to extended multi-week tours crossborder trips into different countries and multiple provinces.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer you rewarding, memorable and fun custom safari.

The basics of the Custom Safari.
Custom Safaris can be designed for single travellers, couples, families or small groups of friends. Contact us and we’ll take your interests, availability, budget and needs in to account in coming up with a suitable itinerary and price. Our custom-made trips can be based on birding, general wildlife or photography, or a combination of all three. Custom-made tours are ideal for those who like independence and flexibility as there are no other tour participants to take into consideration. You’ll have a dedicated guide to escort you from start to finish, close personal attention being a big feature of a private safari. Our guides are not only experienced in terms of the wildlife, but also have plenty of experience with people, so he or she will bring just the right balance to the tour – they’ll be close and personal but without going overboard, knowing just when to give bit of space and privacy. Indeed, such is the success of our Custom Safaris that we have a loyal group of repeat clients, who often choose to travel with their favourite guide or guides.

Custom Safari itineraries.
There’s lots of choice when designing your Custom Safari! All of our set-departures (see more here: Set-Departures) can be converted into Custom Safaris. These can be tweaked to fit your availability and budget. We also have some Standard Itineraries covering South Africa which are pre-priced to help you get an idea of what we can do. These are just a guide and can be tweaked to suit you. We can also come up with other itineraries based on your interests. Custom-safaris can be fully-guided, self-drive or a combination of the two. They can also be a combination of fully-guided and FIT (Fully Independent Traveller), for example a guided Kruger safari followed by a stay at a private game lodge.

Custom Safaris are a great way to experience Africa! Spend time being hosted by one of our expert guides on a tailor-made safari and just sit back and enjoy the country, birds, wildlife, food and drink – that’s what it’s all about!  


Click here to see a trip report from a tailor-made birding tour we ran in November 2019 for Thomas De Meulenaer from Belgium.