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The Experts in Tailor Made Wilderness and Wildlife Tours

Natural Focus Safaris, and our partner company African Wildlife Safaris have been specialising in travel to exceptional places for over 30 years. Our knowledgeable staff are experts in the destinations we offer and well-versed in creating private itineraries for both individuals and small groups. Our programs are designed to be flexible so we can put together individual, tailor made tours designed to suit our clients requirements.

Natural Focus Safaris

NFS was born in 2000 to meet growing demand for personalised itineraries to exceptional wilderness destinations outside of Africa. With a wealth of travel experience beyond Africa, our team of specialist consultants put their vast collective travel know-how together and curated a selection of fantastic products. The ever-expanding list includes eco-lodges, wildlife experiences, rail journeys, cruises and cultural tours. There are also escorted and scheduled departures, in places you might prefer to discover while accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.

Today, we offer destinations from the grizzly-strewn wilds of Canada & Alaska, through the polar sanctuaries of the Arctic  and Antarctica to steamy South and Central America, and all the way across exotic India and Bhutan. Our specialty is our ability to mix and match all the elements that interest you within our range of destinations, so you can enjoy a seamless holiday that suits your travelling style and budget.

African Wildlife Safaris

African Wildlife Safaris is the parent company of Natural Focus Safaris. It was founded in 1985 by Steve and Sara Cameron whose extensive travels throughout Africa inspired them to share the continent’s wealth of natural and cultural treasures with the world. Their love for the land, its wildlife and people is evident in the types of tours, lodges and camps AWS offers. Many of the operators we use provide local employment and traineeship programs, support wildlife conservation or are committed to leaving nothing but footprints in the landscapes they operate in. We also regularly donate to organisations such as The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

All our travel consultants have travelled widely across Africa, and can advise you on when to visit, where to stay and which style of safari would suit your individual needs best.

As an African safari is such a unique journey different to most other travel experiences, we have created a dedicated website: www.africanwildlifesafaris.com.au. Please visit this website to view the wide variety of tailor-made tours and safaris on offer.

What Clients Say

“The team of Anne-Marie and her local drivers Nixon and John were always ready with explanations and knowledge about all things Tanzanian which I’m sure didn’t all come from books – it came from their passion for the country and its life. Together they made our holiday truly remarkable and my wife Chrissie and I thank them all…”
William and Christine Hart, Tanzania, Read More
“A trip of a lifetime has become a reality for us. This journey was all that we imagined, and more – a wonderful exhilarating experience. Our every need was catered for – during the booking process, at arrival and departure points and during the cruise. The staff of the boat helped to make this trip an experience of a lifetime, one, to never forget. Thank you!”
Chris and Jack Cox, Antarctica, Read More
“Landing on Mombo airstrip at 4pm was the start of a trip of a lifetime, no time to waste checking in, it was straight to the pride of lions eating their kill from the night before. African Wildlife Safaris’ Michael Fitzgerald, who has the ability to know what you require with the attention to the smallest detail, has to be the most…”
Vivien Jones, Botswana, Read More
“My partner and I chose the Inner Passage Cruise with Natural Focus Safaris because we preferred the adventure aspect of wilderness areas, either by ourselves or with small groups…saw harbour seals pop their heads up and an otter catching a fish and eating it on a log in front of us was amazing…we have booked our next adventure…”
Brigitta Prenner, Canada & Alaska, Read More
“Andrea and I had a perfect visit to South America. The organisation was all “to plan”, enjoyable and memorable. We were amazed at what we saw. We were safe at all times. The travel arrangements were very good and the accommodation excellent. We want to go back sometime. Thank you very much…
Mike & Andrea Ahern, South America, Read More

Our Valuable Team Members

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Stephen Cameron
CEO & Company Co-founder

Stephen has travelled extensively throughout our destinations, including leading tours to India for tiger viewing, to Canada for bear viewing and accompanied groups on voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula. He has travelled widely in South America including the Amazon Rainforest, the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and The Pantanal, explored the Galapagos Islands, and has even traversed the remote kingdom of Bhutan. Steve’s travels  to Africa began in 1982, leading overland expeditions the length and breadth of the continent. Steve visits Africa several times each year, keeping up-to-date with developments in tourism and researching new tours and lodges. The park he loves most is the Serengeti in Tanzania, whilst his favourite safari is canoeing the Zambezi River through Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.

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Sara Cameron
Company Co-founder

Sara Cameron is a co-founder of Natural Focus Safaris and African Wildlife Safaris. Sara grew up in Zambia and South Africa, returning to England when she was 21. She then travelled the length of Africa twice before emigrating to Australia with Steve and co-founding African Wildlife Safaris. Sara has visited many of our destinations including Antarctica, throughout South America to Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands as well as Canada. Sara has also visited East and Southern Africa many times, and over the past 12 years has enjoyed taking their two boys James and Jeremy on safari. Highlights have been the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, canoeing the Zambezi, a camel trek in Samburu, and the historic sites of Egypt and Jordan.

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Anne-Marie (Annie) Zambelli
General Manager

With over 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, Annie loves the great wildlife and wilderness areas of the world. With a travel diary that reads like a year’s subscription to National Geographic magazine, Annie has led tours to Canada to see the polar and grizzly bears and travelled on the Rocky Mountaineer, journeyed extensively throughout India searching for endangered rhinos, tracking tigers and leading many group tours, cruised to Antarctica and explored Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Annie has also visited Africa countless times, spending two whole years as assistant manager of exceptional Mombo Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, visiting the colourful tribes of southern Ethiopia, and leading safaris to both Kenya and Tanzania.

Rolf Huber
Business Development Manager – VIC & NSW

Having worked for various airlines over the past few decades, Rolf has travelled all over South and Central America, and believes this region has a cultural flavour like no where else in the world. The Caribbean gets a special mention for its beauty, while Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and San Salvador rank amongst his favourite cities. Some of Rolf’s other travel highlights include exploring India’s Golden Triangle, the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the wilds of Alaska. He will never forget the time his flight was delayed in Anchorage due to the presence of grizzly bears on the runway, nor the time he went skiing in the morning, then swimming in the evening in British Columbia.

Dan Maher
Sales & Marketing – QLD and Northern NSW

Dan has been in the travel industry for over 30 years. In that time, he has travelled widely throughout the world, including Canada and Alaska where he crossed the continent exploring the mountains, glaciers and islands by rail, road and ferry. Dan has also ventured deep into the Amazon by riverboat, traversed the Andes in Ecuador by heritage train and navigated the Galapagos Islands by catamaran. He is a safari veteran as well, having gone gameviewing in all of the great game parks of eastern and southern Africa.

Kate Witton
Reservations Manager

Having clocked up over two decades in the industry, Kate has travelled extensively throughout Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East. She has also been to Antarctica. Kate’s South America highlights include cruising the Amazon, trekking the Inca Trail, mountain biking in Bolivia and swimming with turtles in the Galapagos Islands. India retains a special place in her heart as she worked as a tour leader there for a number of years, leading groups across the subcontinent, sometimes going as far as Nepal. Her adventures have taken her to all corners of the African continent – from Egypt, Morocco and Ethiopia in the north to Kenya, Zambia and right down to South Africa and Botswana.

Taleen Gaidzkar
Senior Travel Consultant

Taleen has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, but her passion for adventure remains undimmed. She has travelled all over the world, exploring much of east and southern Africa, trekked to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and she’s even been to West Africa! Taleen has also covered much ground in Canada & Alaska, and describes every journey to India she’s ever completed as a “treat for the senses”. In South America, Taleen has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, visited the rainforests of Ecuador, cruised the Galapagos Islands, traversed Bolivia’s high altitude salt flats and the Atacama Desert in Chile, explored far-flung Easter Island and cruised to Antarctica.

Michael Fitzgerald
Senior Travel Consultant

Michael has travelled a number of times to Canada and Alaska where he has cruised the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, traversed the Alaskan interior by road, trekked glaciers, got up close to grizzly bears and visit small towns like Ketchikan and Wrangell. Michael’s fascination with Africa began in 2010 when he first travelled to Kenya and South Africa. Since then he has journeyed through Botswana and Zambia, including exploring the Okavango Delta by dug-out mokoro, enjoyed incredible game viewing in Zambia’s South Luangwa and visiting the Victoria Falls. His most recent trip took him to Tanzania, where he ran with the Maasai and gathered bush food with the Hadzabe, an experience that will remain with him forever.

Kayla Budge
Travel Consultant

Kayla’s travels have taken her to India and Sri Lanka, with highlights including explorations of the Taj Mahal, Akbar’s Mausoleum as well as India’s colourful markets and vibrant towns. She counts Sri Lanka’s Sigriya Rock Fortress amongst her top ten destinations. Kayla has also travelled widely throughout East Africa, going on safari in Amboseli National Park and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, known for its abundant black & white rhino, as well as Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire Park in Tanzania where she experienced amazing elephant sightings.

Natasha Redondo
Travel Consultant

Natasha has enjoyed an Arctic cruise navigating the magnificent Svalbard Peninsula, and has covered a vast amount of terrain in Canada and Alaska. She’s spent time discovering Vancouver, visited many exceptional sites in Alaska and lived for a few months in Toronto. She’s even been to the remote Maritime Provinces of Anne of Green Gables fame! Tash has also travelled a great deal in Brazil, explored the surreal Atacama Desert, hiked in Patagonia and visited Santiago in Chile, the historic cities of Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay, as well as sensual Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The Rest of the Team

Behind the scenes, we have a range of personnel working in a number of departments including accounts, product development and supervision, sales support, and graphic design. These staff members are responsible for a range of roles including maintaining our accounts; researching new products and destinations; designing our brochures, newsletters, flyers and website; preparing brochure costings and liaising with ground operators.