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Travel and Leisure World's Best - Top Safari Outfitters of 2019

By Samantha Scott
July 15, 2019

Each year, Travel and Leisure Magazine announces their much anticipated list of "Worlds Best Awards."  

Results are consumer based, compiled from a survey sent to Travel & Leisure readers, so this list of small ship cruise lines is truly a representation of what real travelers prefer.

An African safari is at the top of many a travelers bucket list. However, this once in a lifetime experience can be difficult to plan. These top 5 safari outfitters, as chosen by the Travel & Leisure readership,  make the planning easy by covering all the bases and providing top notch service.

See also: our Ultimate Safari Planning Guide »

Here are the Top 5 Safari Outfitters of 2019 

1. African Travel Inc

Elephants spotted on afrian safari

Coming in at spot #1 is African Travel inc, a name many may not recognize, a new fixture in the Top 5 and coming back to the World's Best list after falling off since 2015.

African Travel Inc provide top of the line safari experiences throughout some of Africa's most classic wildlife spotting destinations. They can also design private and custom outings for those travelers seeking something truly unique. A variety of their tours have a community service component allowing you to give back to the local communities in Africa.

African Travel Reviews »

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2. Roar Africa

Group on a private african safari

For a luxurious safari experience designed by locals and a personal touch, Roar Africa is a geat place to start. Their safari lodges are handpicked with an eye towards being eco-conscious and itineraries can be designed in any one of 13 countries. Prepare for the luxury escape of a lifetime.

Roar Africa Reviews »

3. Micato Safaris

Group of female lions spotted on safari

A solid fixture on the World's Best List, #2 in 2017 and #5 in 2018, Micato is truly a leader in the luxury safari space. Founded in 1966, Micato manages to maintain a difficult balance between legacy and classic itineraries with a freshness and newness. If you want a lot to explore and choose from in your next safari, definitely check out Micato.

Micato Safaris Reviews »

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4. Deeper Africa

Bright red African sunset in botswana

Back in the Top 5 after dropping off in 2018, Deeper Africa provides authentic safaris specializing in East and Southern Africa. They work with expert local guides and focus on making sure your trip takes you beyond the tourist path.

Deeper Africa Reviews »

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5.  Rothschild Safaris

Cheetah sighting on african safari

Another regular fixture in the top 5, Rothschild has been providing luxury custom made safari experiences since 1998. They are a great option to consider for family friendly travel.

Rothschild Safaris Reviews »

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