The Wildside Safari Company is a full DMC specializing in photographic and general interest safaris into Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, and more specifically in the 11 “Bucket list” safaris or itineraries featured in our “ Africa’s Ultimate Safaris “ book.

The company was founded by Ian Thompson and Shirli Carswell who both have years of travel experience in Africa, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with associations/links to various partners to facilitate bookings of any of the 11 Bucket list or Ultimate Safaris, or to tailor make safaris on request.

About Ian Thompson

Ian ThompsonAfter years in Advertising and then producing a number of major shows for local pay TV channel - M-Net, Ian decided to go it alone and created Wildside in 1995 – a company which specialized in Incentive and niche market travel in Africa. Since then, Ian has been guiding, filming, and researching various wildlife phenomena and behavioral patterns, whist running a sister Company called the Wildside Club, which has over 2400 members who are regular travelers to different parks in Africa. In particular, Ian has made a number of presentations on his interest and research over the past 15 years in the annual Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara, and regularly guides groups to experience the “Calving “ and the “ Crossing” events every year.

About Shirli Carswell

Shirli Carswell Shirli followed a career in advertising as an art director after attending art school. Her passion for wildlife, design and travel culminated in her starting her own company called JadeWorks, which focuses on the tourism industry, specifically lodges and safari operators around Africa. With Africa’s wildlife, contrasts and textures, it was a natural progression for Shirli to move into photography, and she periodically packs her overland vehicle and heads out to some wild destination to capture and build a library of images for her fine art portfolio and various projects.

Their philosophy is to share their enthusiasm and interest in wildlife, and to encourage others to become Africa addicts which will ultimately lead to more support for conservation.

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