Elevate has been perfecting the design of the eco-luxury safari since 2005, combing Eastern and Southern Africa with the best luxury lodges – which excel in sustainable environmental practices and benefit local communities through educational and employment opportunities.
Join us on a safari that will inspire you and your family and protect Africa’s unique wildlife and habitat for generations to come.
We design bespoke safaris that have a light touch on the earth and a lasting impact on your soul.
Whether you want to experience unsurpassed wildlife in Tanzania’s Serengeti, visit the remote and achingly beautiful private conservancies of Northern Kenya, combine Cape Town and Sabi Sands in a luxury honeymoon, or drive off the beaten track in the Namibian desert, we’ll provide inspiration and guidance about the best itineraries, lodges, and experiences in Africa.
We know the foundation of a great safari is the chance to see some of the amazing wildlife that still roams the continent, and we’ve carefully selected the best eco-lodges that give you a front seat to breathtaking species. Our partners’ camps and lodges are intimate in size and big on hospitality, ready to embrace you with their warmth and personal attention while bringing commitment to wildlife and local communities.
We have developed close ties with many conservation organizations and local nonprofits, which can add an unforgettable dimension to your safari. Our ‘Service and Safari’ series combine short-term volunteering for travelers wanting to lend a hand with spectacular safari options.
It all started in Africa when our founder, Dominique Callimanopulos, began to explore the continent while still at university and fell madly in love with its beauty and infinite generosity. In 2005, she created Elevate Destinations, a travel company that connects clients to the world’s most inspiring destinations and the people that live there, winning many awards for its innovative ideas in promoting social responsibility in the travel industry.
Dominique never let go of her passion for Africa and continued to spend months at a time every year roaming its stunning landscapes, digging deeper into its challenges, scouting, and vetting the properties and issues that go into designing the perfect safari. Elevate Safaris is the fruit of these years of exploration and her true labor of love.
Our Family of Africa Experts
Our team has walked with wild elephants in Botswana, snorkeled in the virgin waters of Mozambique, ridden camels in Kenya, and toasted with sundowners on Table Mountain in Cape Town. We are here to share our passion and knowledge and connect you with Africa forever.
We’re a family of fervent travelers eager to plan your perfect safari in partnership with trusted professionals on the ground in Africa. From the moment you contact us, you’ll receive prompt and personal service and the kind of individual attention you rarely receive when dealing with large tour operators.
From guiding you to the best places for your particular interests, to connecting you with meaningful projects on the ground, our team at our US-based headquarters is knowledgeable about every aspect of travel in Africa, and all of our core staff has a background in sustainability. Our goal is to help you experience the transformative powers of Africa in the best possible ways, while making a meaningful difference to this most beautiful continent.
“Our trip was amazing and the process before and after was superb. You were able read our family and plan the trip exactly around what we wanted without us really knowing ourselves! We volunteered, went on safari, then visited the beaches for some relaxation. We’ve made lifelong Tanzanian friends and feel we really understand their country. The whole experience overall with your company was smooth and the trip was fantastic. I cannot say enough about my great experience!!!!”
– Mandeville Family, Tanzania