Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
About the Region
Africa is the place to see the “Big Five” - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - but there is so much more. With the equator slicing through its middle, Great Rift Valley lowlands transitioning into volcanic mountains, and enormous coastline, Africa is the most diverse continent on Earth. Our tours allow you to discover why an African safari is at the top of everyone’s bucket list.
Tanzania and Kenya
Doug and Gail Cheeseman have been leading safaris to Tanzania and Kenya since 1978. They know and love it well. With just four people in each of the nine-seater, pop-top Landcruisers, you will have plenty of space and flexibility for viewing and photographing wildlife in the best game areas such as Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Ndutu, Tarangire, Masai Mara and the Mara Triangle, Nakuru, and Samburu. The "big five" are found here - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Our goal is to spend the maximum time in the field, starting early and ending late, often taking picnic lunches to avoid the long noon-time drive back to the lodge. Lots of choices will suit your varied interests, such as walks in bird-rich areas or a cultural photo session in a local village. Our Tanzanian and Kenyan resident guides, who have led many safaris with Doug and Gail, will assure the best possible wildlife experiences in this truly incredible region!
Seek out an impressive wealth of wildlife in Moremi, Savuti, and Chobe National Parks in Botswana and South Luangwa in Zambia. Our amazing guides, Grant Reed in Botswana and Edward Selfe in Zambia, both experts on Southern African mammals, birds, and reptiles, know where to find Leopards and other cats. Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls - the widest curtain of water in the world. Travel to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park – Zambia's best game area, where night drives are allowed! Each safari member will have a window seat in a Landcruiser, and will experience mobile camping in Botswana, a luxurious lodge close to Victoria Falls, and four nights in permanent safari tents overlooking the Luangwa River in Zambia.
Immerse yourself in the world of Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda - a landlocked country in East Africa that lies in a cradle of mountains. The country encompasses diverse landscapes of plains, mountains, many large lakes and rivers with 60 protected areas including ten national parks. Its equatorial climate provides plentiful sunshine, moderated by the relatively high altitude of most areas of the country. Uganda has transformed itself from a country with a troubled past to one of relative stability and prosperity making it the perfect place to observe the daily lives of some of our nearest relatives.
Upcoming Trips to Africa
Botswana and Zambia
Portraits of Wild Africa
July 31 - August 19, 2021
Mobile camping immerses you in the wilds of Botswana, giving you a true African safari experience.
Migration and Predation
August 1 to 17, 2021
Our definitive safari to Kenya timed at the peak of migration—perfect for a wildlife enthusiast.
Quest for Island Endemics
September 17 to October 10, 2022
Madagascar is known as one of the greatest global destinations with over 90% of its wildlife being endemic.
August 16 to 22, 2021
Trek the forests of the Virunga Mountains to encounter Rwanda’s “gentle giant,” the mountain gorilla.
Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia
Desert Dunes and Wildlife
August 6 - 22, 2021
Experience the incredible beauty of southern Africa’s wildlife and stunning desert landscapes.
Migration and Predation
February 5 to 22, 2022
February is green on the Serengeti in Tanzania – a perfect safari backdrop for lions, cheetahs, and leopards.
September 24 - October 7, 2021
Visit Uganda and completely immerse yourself on this special great ape expedition.