on Safari during the Great Migration
Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

"Jambo" and welcome to Holden Safaris, a boutique and exclusive safari operator, based in Newport Beach, California.

You can get to know a place by visiting it.  Or you can know a place by living there. And then there's knowing a place by virtue of being born there.

Who would you turn to for advice on planning a safari to Africa?  An occasional visitor to Africa, a sometime resident or someone whose birthplace and heritage is Africa.

I'm Jim Holden, third generation African, Founder and Principal of Holden Safaris.

I established Holden Safaris in the USA after operating safaris from both Africa and the USA.  I like to say that I "speak both African and American;" a reference akin to the famous quote attributed to Winston Churchill, when he said, talking about the differences between America and England, "two great nations separated by a common language."

To learn more, click on the video "Why Use Holden Safaris."

Africa is a place of wonder, and just like my ancestors who arrived in South Africa in the 1820s I want to share my passion for the authentic Africa with you.

Take a look at the sample safaris below to give you some ideas.  Click through to our online itineraries.  Then let me know what appeals to you.  Please call me at 949-500-0094. 

“Step back into Africa.”

As we say in Swahili, Safari Njema, travel well.
Asante Sana,
Safari Jim


African Safari and Primate Experience

This safari is perfect for those seeking a classic African Safari in Kenya's Masai Mara and an opportunity to track both Gorillas and Chimpanzees.   The Masai Mara is home to the Big Five and guests will seek the incredible wildlife on twice daily game drives, including a night drive to look for the nocturnal animals.  Close encounters with endangered Mountain Gorillas await..  Then travel to Fort Portal and Kyaninga Lodge for an exciting Chimpanzee tracking experience. This is an adventure not to be missed.

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Beguiling Botswana

Adventurous travellers seeking a truly remote African safari will be thrilled to discover it in central Botswana. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and one of the least visited, nothing can prepare you for the sheer wonder of exploring this vast reserve with its wild, untouched beauty.  Combine it with the amazing Okavango Delta and Linyanti Concessions and you've got an unforgettable experience.

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