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Lioness resting in park in Tanzania on Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris

Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
  • Global Operator
  • 1980
  • Saratoga, California, USA
  • 3

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Fabulous experience! January 2017

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
We took our first bird watching trip to Colombia, with Cheeseman's, and LOVED it. The guides were excellent (and fun! we are still in touch on FaceBook); the accommodations and travel arrangements were perfect (clean, quiet, pleasant). We saw hundreds of new bird species, loved walking throughout the jungles of the Andes ... and also got to sample quite a bit of Colombia itself with visits to several iconic towns such as Cali and Manizales; working with local guides; meeting a local botanist at his organic farm. The food was a little drab, but that's simply the local fare in Colombia and not to be helped at small lodges way out in the middle of the forest ... but happily our guide brought along some delicious spices for those of us who like more flavor.
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Every trip was awesome. August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My old prof from DeAnza is the best. If you are interested in wildlife and have a thing for biology, this is the group for you. I went on countless whale watching trips and safari in Tanzania. Every trip was awesome.
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Loved it! August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I went to Tanzania and Kenya with Cheesemans' in February 2014. There is no substitute for experience . Doug and Gail Cheeseman created an exceptional and flawless experience for us. We trusted them with our lifelong dream trip to Africa, and they did not disappoint. The majority of our safari-mates had been on one or more safaris with Cheesemans' previously. I will be going to Africa again with them in 2015!
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Fantastic! August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Very nice people, very well organized and fantastic voyages. Go!!

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Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris was founded in 1980 by a couple, Doug Cheeseman, a zoology and ecology college professor with his naturalist wife, Gail. Their passion for nature and all living creatures made them pursue safaris all around the world and realizing how fulfilling those journeys felt, they wanted every wildlife lovers to have the same experience.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris have been focused on providing comprehensive wildlife tours. Their group size ranges so, travelers seeking comfort of small group could choose trip that have participants of 8 and those who prefer larger could choose accordingly. Their itineraries are carefully laid out and that gives travelers’ time to see animals and, as some of their trips have professional photographers touring along, chances of getting a good pictures of animals in action are high.

Who Travels With Them?

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris are catered to wildlife enthusiasts looking for an in depth nature experience.

Where Do They Operate?

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris operates their safari trips all over the world, with a focus in Africa. They focus on providing wildlife tours and have itineraries to places that have ample of mammals, birds and nature. They work with local guides, professional photographers, and wildlife researchers, leaving travelers with an in-depth knowledge of the animals’ behavior they encounter. The founders’ love for wildlife and nature is apparent in the attention they pay toward being a responsible tour operator and practicing ecotourism.

Why Travel With Them?

Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is a good choice if you are looking to observe and experience wildlife with a safari tour operator that practices ecotourism. Their tours are designed for animal lovers with a passion for travel who enjoy learning about the animals they come across.

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From Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris

Come watch wildlife with us! Our distinctive worldwide tours travel to destinations unique for abundant and photogenic mammals, birds and nature. All our trips emphasize maximum time in the field, action-packed wildlife photography, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leadership, small groups, and custom itineraries perfected during more than 35 years of leading tours. We have a non-smoking policy.

How We Started

In 1975 during Doug Cheesemans' summer hiatus as a zoology and ecology college professor, he and naturalist wife, Gail, led their first expedition to the Pacific Ocean waters of Baja. Both had a contagious passion for nature and all living creatures, and they soon found themselves leading incredible safaris each summer to international destinations like Africa, South America, and beyond. Doug and Gail wanted to share their unique experiences and enthusiasm for wildlife with others, so Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris was born in 1980 with a goal of providing a higher standard of wildlife travel. Tours were designed specifically to provide participants with maximum time in the field to experience nature and to inspire travelers with the values of conservation and education.

Catching his parents' passion for wildlife, Ted Cheeseman joined Doug and Gail in leading international wildlife tours in 2000. As a boy, Ted grew-up with the business, often accompanying his parents on their international adventures. His contributions have been extensive as he combines his years of experience in the wild lands of the world and his graduate degree in conservation biology with his technical and computer savvy.

Our Tours and Leaders

We travel only to the richest wildlife areas whether the habitat be savanna, forest, reef, or ocean. Each of our tours is scheduled during the best time of year for viewing wildlife and is organized so participants can experience a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and fish along with their unique behaviors.

Each expedition includes local leaders who reside in the destination area to insure the best wildlife observations and to allow the opportunity to give back to local communities. We also carefully select leaders who are tops in their field to insure that your experience is the best it can be. A complete

Our company philosophy provides you with:

  • A focus on watching all wildlife and birds.
  • Maximum time in the field. We often leave before breakfast and come back in the early evening, allowing us to travel further to experience more each day.
  • The best opputunites for good photography. Being out in the field during the soft morning and evening light, and for the maximum amount of time, allows for fantastic photography.
  • A non-smoking policy! All our trips are for non-smokers only.
  • Small groups. On rainforest tours the total number of participants is 8 to 12. In africa, group size is 15 to 18 with two to three leaders. In antarctica, our smaller groups allow everyone to go ashore at the same time without concern for timed shifts.
  • High leader/participant ratio. On all tours we hire local resident guides who are experts on the native birds and mammals to complement our very knowledgeable tour leaders.
  • Quality accommodations.
  • A tour that is customized for the best time of year to see the most wildlife. Itineraries are improved every year - we have no repetitious, tired itineraries. We pay attention to your feedback.

Trips & Specials

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23 days
Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 10,750


  • Feel the pulse of the African bush during carefree mobile camping in Botswana.
  • See how the rains shape the wildlife action in the Kalahari Desert.
  • Experience the Okavango Delta at Moremi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Feel the roar of Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
  • Explore predator rich areas to photograph Leopard in trees and resting Lion prides.
  • Track and photograph a habituated Meerkat family.


  • Explore Northern Pantanal
  • Boat trip on the Pixaim River and drive to Porto Jofre
  • Jaguar and Giant Otters on the Cuiabá River and tributaries from Porto Jofre
  • Enjoy a Boat trip then travel back up the Transpantaneira
  • Land-based explorations on nearby Araras for tapir, tamandua, and birds
  • Visit Rio Cuiaba surroundings by boat for Jaguar
16 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 10,300


  • Explore Lake manyara national park
  • Visit serengeti plains in ngorongoro conservation area
  • View the mara river and famous ungulate herds on the serengeti
  • View seronera river in the serengeti national park
  • Explore Ngorongoro crater
  • Visit the Tarangire national park

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