About us

Intent on Safari Limited is registered in the United Kingdom, under company house number 08738563.

We are a personal and professional tour operator specializing in holidays to East Africa & India.    Using luxury tented accommodation, and elegant lodges. All safaris are organized through professional local destination companies, and are personally guided by us or alternatively guided by local freelance guides selected by us. You will be guaranteed a fantastic safari.

We will organize your safari from the very start to the very finish. Working with owner operated destination management companies specialized in their niche country, and based on the ground to assist us. We know that we have the expertise needed to put together your safari.

As an internet based company we do not have the overheads of third party travel companies and tour operators therefore removing those costs from your safari, whilst giving you the assurance of booking and paying for your safari through a UK registered company.

Why go on Safari with us

All our experts are based on the ground. This gives us a huge advantage when it comes to giving you first hand up to date information and valuable advice.

We are a small personable company. You will have our undivided attention from the time you enquire, until you have returned home from your safari. We appreciate that the success of a safari is dependent on our understanding of your interests and expectations and there is no better way of doing this than having an introductory ‘chat’ over the phone. We feel this is the quickest way to start planning your wildlife safari, and for us to understand fully your expectations.

We are professionals. Your safari will be organized down to the last detail, with the assurance of knowing that you will be able to communicate with us at any time during your trip, local time, not having to wait for your overseas agent to open for business.

Value for money. We can offer you a luxury safari at a very affordable price.

A bit about us

Laura Simpson

Laura grew up a bit of a global nomad. Having moved around as a kid, she went to school in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam and eventually Holland where she finished high school and went on to get a Masters Degree in Biology at the University of Wageningen.

Her love for wildlife and travelling came together when she became Project Manager for the Serengeti Cheetah project.  Having the Serengeti as an ‘office’ was an absolute privilege!  Being based in Tanzania allowed her to explore the rest of what east Africa had to offer from Gorilla trekking in Rwanda to rafting the Nile in Uganda! In 2010 she joined Colin in setting up the Amazing Tanzania safari company & mobile camp. They ran the company for ten years before moving to Scotland to set up Intent on Safari.  She now looks forward to working with you to put together your safari of a lifetime.

Colin McConnell

Colin is a fourth generation Kenyan/Brit.  His great grandfather, was a pioneer farmer in Kenya in the early 1900’s.  Apart from a six year spell living in the UK and working as a reinsurance broker in Lloyds of London, he has always lived in Africa and considers himself an African. Being in the tourism industry in East Africa for over 25 years he has managed well known lodges and camps such as, Gibbs Farm, Sanctuary Kusini Camp for Abercrombie & Kent, and Ndutu Safari Lodge. Prior to setting up Intent on Safari, he ran his own safari company, Amazing Tanzania Ltd.  He has hosted and guided many visitors, including well known personalities! A highlight was being invited by CNN to guide Anthony Bourdain on his Parts Unknown series in Tanzania.

Colin has traveled extensively throughout East Africa. He has an undying love for the exceptional landscapes, flora and fauna that East Africa has to offer. An old hand with many contacts and connections to point you in the right direction for your ultimate safari experience. Colin still leads and guides safaris, primarily for private groups.

If you are thinking of coming as a group then Colin & Laura would be more than happy to accompany you to make sure things go smoothly, share their passion of the wilderness, and share a story or two.

“Our safari guide, Colin McConnell Kenya born, a rugby forward with specs and a sense of humor”

Sir Anthony Sher - Guardian Newspaper

My guide is Colin McConnell a fourth generation African born in Kenya who lives in Tanzania and knows this area like I know the deli counter at Barney Greengrass.

Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, Tanzania

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