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ABOUT SAFARI SPECIALIST ALLAN

We take your dream; add our passion and share our knowledge to create your unique safari itinerary.



Allan McMaster

Safari Planner, Birding Specialist & Private Guide


An avid adventurer and traveller with a passion for sharing his knowledge and experiences, Allan has welcomed thousands of safari enthusiast who have not only returned to enjoy his genuine hospitality, but also his endless bush-tales.

This love for adventure, Africa, it’s people and cultures started in the early 1980’s, when looking after school children during school outings to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, at a time before the commercialisation of safari camps in South Africa. It was this fascination of the African bushveld, which inspired a career in the safari industry which has spanned more than 20 years. With his experience working at high-end luxury safari camps throughout South Africa and Botswana where attention to detail and knowledge of the natural environment are essential, Allan has spent countless hours training and mentoring young aspiring guides and lodge managers, who now ply their trade at high-end luxury safari camps throughout Africa, many of them featuring on Safari Guru's favourites list. During this time, he not only developed a profound knowledge of the fauna and flora of the African wilderness but was also fortunate to have had the time to enjoy and develop his personal passion for ornithology.

Today Allan lives in the beautiful city of Cape Town and when not hosting guests in a remote part of Africa on a private safari, he enjoys sharing his intimate knowledge with Safari Guru travellers wishing to get more from their African journey in and around the Cape of Good Hope. Allan is as at home touring the wine regions of Stellenbosch or doing a scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula as he is tracking white rhino through the savannah on foot and looks forward to hosting Safari Guru guests visiting the African continent.

Why SAFARI GURU?


PASSIONATE

We are passionate about Africa; its people and wildlife and driven to ensure your trip will exceed expectations. We have over thirty years of experience in managing, guiding and travelling to high-end luxury safari camps in remote locations. We have travelled and continue to visit the continent extensively, and regularly to bring our knowledge and excitement to all of our bespoke itineraries.

ETHICAL

As well as the passion and knowledge we bring, we are specialists in bespoke journeys, for those looking for escapism, adventure, travel with purpose or for inspiration and/or family safaris that offer peace of mind, body and soul in remarkable destinations. We use camps, owners and operators who actively adopt sustainable practices to protect community, land and the natural world. You won’t pay more to use our services and have our personal connections and knowledge at hand throughout your journey.

PERSONAL

All of our safari itineraries are pieced together based upon our extensive real-life experience and first-hand knowledge of the very best camps, attentive owners and sustainable operators whom we know and trust to provide a dream trip based on your intimate desires. Together with our meticulous planning, you can be sure your trip will match and exceed your wants and desires.

Think you have what it takes to be a SAFARI GURU?


We are continually looking for destination specialists and well-travelled inspiring minds that can put their potential to use in our company. If you feel you have intimate African safari knowledge to share with the world, perhaps we should talk.

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