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Since 1957, Southern Cross Safaris has built a reputation as one East Africa's premier safari tour operators. The company is an owner-run destination management company (DMC) operating from a head office in Nairobi, with regional offices in Mombasa, Arusha and the spice Island of Zanzibar and an international office in the United Kingdom.

Recognising that the secret of our success lies in a hands on personal touch, our service-oriented company has resisted the temptation to grow too large. Managing Director and proprietor of Southern Cross Safaris, Mr. John Lyall, leads a specialised, dedicated and dynamic team who plan and execute every safari, incentive group, conference or event in East Africa.


Being a specialist operator, we cater for both the private and corporate sectors, specialising in the design of tailor-made itineraries for individuals and groups throughout East Africa. We undertake all facets of tailor-made travel, special interest holidays, incentive and conference and event planning, from travel arrangements to media liaison and leisure time activities.


Africa offers a wide variety of holiday options, from touring the ancient and narrow streets of the historic town of Lamu, to being in the middle of over 2 million migrating wildebeest and Zebra, or simply relaxing on a tropical Island. The product that we offer in East Africa is carefully selected and represents an exclusive collection of small intimate safari camps and lodges, and unique beach hideaways. Each of the suppliers we use, are all carefully selected according to their commitment to delivering a unique quality of experience and hospitality. Often located in prime wilderness and game viewing areas across the region, the opportunities available to guests afford them a rare appreciation of the beauty, diversity and magic that is a truly 'wild' East Africa - all in the relative comfort and style expected of today's discerning traveller. Many of the camps lodges and small beach hideaways that we offer, have their own original interpretation of nature reflected in either its design or situation. From low impact tented safari bush camps to romantic tree houses on the shores of Lake Maynard. Experience the austere beauty of the Serengeti at dawn, the splendour of a cocktail under an African sunset or the timeless culture and history of the romantic spice island of Zanzibar.

Within our brochure, website and tariff, we have endeavoured to offer a hand picked selection of not only competitively priced but also top class game lodges, tented safari camps, beach resorts and exclusive hotels within the region. The ability to meet the needs of the most demanding and discerning clientele, has firmly established Southern Cross Safaris with an excellent reputation with the travel industry worldwide.

TAILOR-MADE holidays allow guests the absolute freedom to design itineraries specifically to suit their own needs and interests, through accurate and unbiased travel advice.

HONEYMOONERS are spoilt for choice and many establishments in East Africa welcome such special arrangements.

FAMILY holidays can be relaxing in East Africa, as most small camps and lodges welcome children. Indeed many establishments offer supervised children's clubs and activities that are very appealing.

SECURITY should be top of everyone's agenda. Booking with Southern Cross Safaris, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a reputable and reliable tour operator.


We constantly check on the accommodation we offer and that all are of the highest possible standard. We will also plan your safari bearing in mind the weather patterns and advise you on what clothes and equipment you should take. Flexibility nowadays is essential in travel and for this reason our tailor-made itineraries are more often than not, put together for our clientele according to individual needs. Wherever your clients may travel in East Africa with us, you can be assured of an experience filled with old-style attention to standards of guiding, service and hospitality, as well as the individual attention to all our valued guests.


Our collaboration across the region, coupled with our long-standing reputation, provides us with, and ensures a 'favoured' client status with all leading East African hotels, lodge and private camp establishments. Our network of regular clients, tour operators, wholesale agents, incentive houses and travel agents worldwide, in turn enjoys this resultant competitive 'edge'.


  At Southern Cross Safaris, we do believe that the key to creating a superb holiday is absolute attention to detail, expert knowledge, good food and a flair for the unusual. No compromise is made with your travel arrangements and we ensure the very best driver/guides, scheduled airlines and private air charter companies. Southern Cross Safaris adheres to a strict self-imposed policy of high maintenance standards and a solid, reliable service delivery for all our guests at all times.

Thank you for your interest in Southern Cross Safaris, we look forward to arranging your forthcoming Safari to East Africa.