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

I'm Jim Holden and I'm here to help you plan an authentic and unforgettable safari. I’m taking you back home, because Africa is where we all originate from. Don’t be surprised if you start crying as you feel a life-changing connection to the natural world around you.

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


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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Kenya, straddling the equator, is the country most identified with a safari.

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Tanzania is a huge country, almost twice the land mass of Kenya.

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Uganda was called by Winston Churchill, “the pearl of Africa” for its variety of wildlife and stunning scenery.

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Rwanda has been rebuilt since the terrible days of its genocide. It is now an alternative destination for Mountain Gorillas.

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Zambia has allocated over 30% of its landmass to wildlife conservation.

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Zimbabwe conveniently has its main wildlife viewing area, Hwange National Park, situated close to the Victoria Falls.

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Malawi is known for its welcoming people and inviting Lake Malawi, teeming with a good eating fish called bream, known in the USA as tilapia.

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Botswana has carefully controlled the development of its wildlife camps ensuring that they remain small and intimate.

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Namibia has the world’s oldest desert in the Namib desert.

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South Africa

South Africa’s tourism logo used to be, “A world in one country” with complete justification.

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