Connoisseur Safaris

Connoisseur Safaris offers a hand picked selection of  luxurious game lodges, tented safari camps, beach resorts and exclusive hotels together with unique travel experiences in the East African region. Experienced in-country staff are here to create memorable adventures which neither compromise on luxury, nor on personal attention to service. Our chairman, Mike Kirkland and managing director Torben Rune, both third generation Kenyans, take a personal interest in the planning through to the completion of every Connoisseur Safari. 


We are the luxury brand of Southern Cross Safaris, the most established, most reputable, owner-managed safari tour operators in East Africa. Southern Cross Safaris has over 50 years experience and manages its own fleet of over 100 vehicles, ranging from transfer vehicles, safari microbuses, air-conditioned 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers to open-sided Land Rover 135TDi's. In addition to our extensive fleet, the Southern Cross Safari group also operates its own luxuriously appointed Cessna 208 Caravan airplane, two luxury safari camps (in Amboseli and Tsavo) and several watersports centres on Kenya’s Diani Beach.


We pride ourselves on our ability to meet the needs of the most demanding and discerning clientele and have been recognised by over 12 awards in the last few years, including being voted "Best Tour Operator in Kenya" for four consecutive years. Our reputation is firmly established within the travel industry worldwide.


We have now taken "Safari" to a new level and created a distinctive platform from which Connoisseur Safaris can offer the most luxurious custom safari experiences in East Africa.