Who are we?

About CUstom Safaris

With offices in the United States, Rwanda and Kenya, Custom Safaris specializes in designing and operating extraordinary private safaris. With clients in the United States and throughout the world, including the news and entertainment fields, Custom Safaris is considered one of the premier safari operators for bespoke travel to Africa. Allow us to create a unique experience just for you. We’ll customize it, perfect it, and operate it. Our staff is experienced, well connected and incredibly well traveled. We’re passionate about what we do.

Meet our team

Linda Friedman

CEO / Founder

Kathy Obbish

Managing Director

Ben Friedman

Director of Operations

Merarry Kanyesigne

Managing Director Rwanda

Nancy Karanja

Manager Safari Operations

John Ngure

Safari Operations

Jacob Friedman

Safari Logistics

David Nganga

Senior Guide

Lina Lenaiyasa

Projects Coordinator

Mollie Rosen

Safari Rafiki

Sumoro Lecharkole

Senior Guide / Northern Frontier

Joseph Ngigi

Senior Guide

James Morinte

Senior Guide

Custom Safaris in the News

By Shivani Vora with Forbes

One-Of-A-Kind African Safaris

Good news: The safari market today is far more personalized, and trips can be designed to cater to any traveler's interests.

By Michelle Higgins with The Baltimore Sun

Cheaper flights to South Africa not impossible

For American travelers, one of the biggest expenses of any trip to Africa, whether a South African safari or a beach holiday in the Seychelles, is simply getting there.

By Michelle Higgins with The New York Times

How to Cut the High Cost of Flying to Africa

While many travelers pay a premium to see millions of wildebeest migrate west and north toward the Masai Mara in July and August, tour operators like...

By Elissa Leibowitz Poma with The Sun Sentinel

On South African safari, visiting Cape Town and Victoria Falls

We'd like to experience two safaris -- one in Namibia or Botswana and one in South Africa -- then drive in and around Cape Town. Is this overly ambitious for a 2 1/2-week trip?

By Deborah Dunn with The Wall Street Journal

Gorilla Treks in Rwanda: A Bucket-List Must

The country’s mountain gorillas are luring an upscale crowd, generating funds that help sustain the rare apes. Finally, a wildly extravagant vacation you can feel good about

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