Safari Professionals can bring this experience to you with your own personalized Private African Wildlife Viewing Expedition. You set the itinerary. The safari moves at your pace with a variety of well-planned excursions, accommodations, and meals designed to make yours the trip of a lifetime.
Since 1987, we have been designing and conducting private wildlife viewing expeditions that exceed the expectations of our travelers while protecting and enhancing the lives of the people and wildlife of Africa. Through a simple, yet thorough, planning process, we can help you identify and prioritize all the elements that will become your personal safari.
Planned entirely to accommodate your interests and needs, this is Africa as you have imagined it - the Africa of Theodore Roosevelt, Karen Blixen and Ernest Hemingway. The expansive savannas, stunning landscapes, untamed wildlife and ancestral tribes are all waiting for you.
IMPACTONAFRICAMarch 3, 2014 - Today is World Wildlife Day!
The United Nations and governments throughout the world have declared today as World Wildlife Day, in order to bring attention to the increasing pressure of poachers on some of the most iconic wildlife species on the planet. Highlighting the growing challenges of protecting elephants and rhinos, this day is meant to shine a light on the worldwide trade in illegal wildlife products - a flourishing business worth an estimated USD $19 billion. From massive elephant ivory tusks to delicate endangered butterflies, the illegal wildlife trade is one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world.
We applaud these efforts and we remain optimistic that, as more people become aware of the plight of many endangered species, pressure will continue to build to protect these precious creatures, wherever they are.
IMPACTONAFRICA The Serengeti Shall Not Die!
In 1959, Dr. Bernard Grzimek declared that the “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” through his groundbreaking film and book of the same name. His Academy Award winning documentary introduced the Serengeti migration to a worldwide audience. Dr. Grzimek’s pioneering work led the way for today’s conservation scientists, who continue to probe the mysteries of life on the East African savanna.
Today, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park faces the threat of a road being built in its northern region – across the centuries-old route of the Serengeti migration. Despite pressure from powerful voices from around the world, the plan for this road – dubbed the “Serengeti Highway” – has not been permanently abandoned.
Safari Professionals is teaming up with its IMPACTONAFRICA Council of Conservation and Scientific Advisors to encourage meaningful action to protect the Serengeti. Wildlife tourism is the primary reason the Serengeti has remained relatively intact and may be the best hope of insuring its survival. Therefore, one of the most important actions you may take to help in this initiative is to go to the Serengeti.
Safari Professionals will donate a minimum of 10% of the profits from all IMPACTONAFRICASerengeti safaris to research and conservation projects reviewed by our Council of Conservation and Scientific Advisors.
IMPACTONAFRICA Council of Conservation and Science Advisors
Tom LaRock’s Safari Professionals is pleased to announce the formation of the IMPACTONAFRICA Council of Conservation and Science Advisors. This group of esteemed volunteer conservationists and scientists will provide professional guidance in the development of safari programs and will help evaluate project proposals submitted to our IMPACTONAFRICA program.
And, we are honored that two highly recognized conservation science professionals have joined with us to initiate this important endeavor –Terry L. Maple, Ph.D and Michael Hutchins, Ph.D.
Dr. Terry L. Maple serves as the volunteer Chair of the Council. Dr. Maple served as the founding CEO of Zoo Atlanta, creating the vision that led to the stunning renaissance of a condemned zoo into a world-class showpiece. During his tenure, Zoo Atlanta established a Nairobi-based program of African conservation research – one of a handful of zoo-supported research programs in Africa with a full-time zoo scientist in residence.
Dr. Michael Hutchins serves as Safari Professionals’ Director, Conservation and Science. Dr. Hutchins has served as Coordinator of Research at the Wildlife Conservation Society's world-famous Bronx Zoo, the William Conway Chair of Conservation and Science for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and, most recently, CEO of The Wildlife Society. Michael is an accomplished author and editor, having published over 200 books, articles and reports. His extensive world-wide travels have included Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.