Why The Classic Safari Company

The Classic Safari Company is Australia’s leading safari specialist.  Since 1992, we’ve been exploring the world and sharing our passion, using our first-hand experiences to create exceptional safaris and journeys to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and beyond.

The Classic Safari Company was founded by South African-born Julie McIntosh, who wanted to share her passion for Africa’s people, wildlife and landscapes.  Sarah Hoyland joined the team in 1993, and has been a director and co-owner since 2000.  With a focus on creating luxurious bush experiences, Julie, Sarah and the team carved a niche by tailoring adventure holidays to intimate and exclusive safari camps in Africa’s premier wilderness regions.  

Our personalised, bespoke travel service now includes India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan; Central and South America;
and other far-flung corners of the world where there are wild and wonderful things to discover.

The common thread?  Untouched wilderness, incredible wildlife, rich and colourful cultures, exceptional hospitality and professionalism and, above all,
out-of-the-ordinary experiences you’ll never forget. All with little touches of class and style along the way, whilst experiencing some of the most exotic forts and palaces, best boutique resorts and luxury bush camps in the world.

Our office in the leafy suburb of Woollahra embodies all that The Classic Safari Company is about.  The journey begins as you walk up the stairs, entering a world of travel inspiration.   Come see us, and let our team of passionate safari specialists create the holiday of your dreams.

Who we are

We are travellers ourselves and we combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge
to create bespoke safaris, with serious style, for you.

Julie McIntosh Find out more

Julie McIntosh Founder/Director

I have travelled through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, India & Sri Lanka, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico & Brazil, to name a few.

Sarah Hoyland Find out more

Sarah Hoyland Director

I'm lucky enough to have stood on all seven continents having travelled through Europe, sailed to Antarctica, explored India on $10 a day (and much later in life I've retraced my footsteps in far superior style!), visited the Middle East, Latin America and traversed the length and breadth of Africa!

Jeffrey Shewell Find out more

Jeffrey Shewell Africa Specialist

Africa is my first love. I called Zambia home for several years & I've travelled extensively through South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt & Morocco. Away from the African continent I've also experienced India, Argentina & South East Asia.

Julia Salnicki Find out more

Julia Salnicki Africa & Polar Specialist, Zoologist

Whilst there are many places left for me to explore I am fortunate to have already experienced South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Morocco, Argentina, the Galapagos, the Amazon, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula.

Warren Smith Find out more

Warren Smith Africa & India Specialist

You name it, I’ve done it – travel, photography, business. I’ve travelled all over the world, spent time living in Europe and have worked in travel almost all my life. Feel free to pick my brains on any destination - I’ve probably been there.

Stephanie Carthy Find out more

Stephanie Carthy Latin America & Australian Specialist

I have extensive, first hand experience across all seven continents and with a strong worldwide geographical awareness. I'm never happier than when immersed in nature but have a conflicting soft spot for good coffee and wine.

Shelly Vernon Find out more

Shelly Vernon Africa & India Specialist

I’m Kenyan so I originally grew to know Africa as a local. I’ve travelled extensively through most of Africa and I can safely say I know the east of the continent like the back of my hand.

Ella Kiddell Find out more

Ella Kiddell Riding Specialist and Marketing

The UK is 'home' so I've explored much of Europe and now reaching the farthest-flung corners of Australia is my new mission! Further afield I've ventured to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania & Zanzibar, Kenya, Zimbabwe & Zambia plus lots of Asia and the Pacific.

Hélène Boderiou Find out more

Hélène Boderiou Finance Manager

Born and raised in Morlaix, France I grew up on the beach but moving to Sydney was always my plan. I’m the ‘Minister of Finance’ for the office but my passion for travel has taken me all over Europe, to the Americas, remote corners of the Pacific and beyond…

Jayne Paramor Find out more

Jayne Paramor Secret Women's Series

Since Sarah Hoyland sent me off on my first overseas adventure at the tender age of 24 i've had a lifelong case of itchy feet! I've explored all seven continents so I can help with almost any destination and I specialise in small group bookings, specifically the Secret Women's Series.

Trudy Hoad Find out more

Trudy Hoad Africa Specialist, based in Perth

Slowly but surely I'm ticking all the countries in Africa off my list, I have travelled through South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.

Journey Leaders

Graham & Susie McGregor Find out more

Graham & Susie McGregor Specialist Journeys Escorts

We have hosted groups through Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, India, Sri Lanka, Spain, Argentina and Peru and there are more in the pipeline!

Andrea Powis Find out more

Andrea Powis Secret Women's Series Escort

I am Chief Diva and Founder of Travelling Divas. I've teamed up with The Classic Safari Company to escort the incredible ‘ladies only’ journeys of the Secret Women's Series.

Chris Manfield Find out more

Chris Manfield Specialist Journey Leader

As a chef and published author I escort The Classic Safari Company's specialist small group journeys to the world's most tantalising foodie destinations.

Denise Ferris Find out more

Denise Ferris Secret Women's Series Escort

I've been leading motorcycle tours through India, Africa, Europe and the Americas for the past twelve years. I've teamed up with The Classic Safari Company to escort the two-wheeled journeys of the Secret Women's Series.

Jemma Wilson Find out more

Jemma Wilson Secret Women's Series Escort

I am the leading lady of Mai Journeys. I've teamed up with The Classic Safari Company to escort the incredible ‘ladies only’ journeys of the Secret Women's Series.

John Williams & Yola Cox Find out more

John Williams & Yola Cox Escorts - Riding Adventures

Join us exploring the wilderness on horseback - Kenya, Botswana, Argentina, Spain & Australia

Margaret Jones Find out more

Margaret Jones Specialist Journeys Escort

Nine African safaris in 12 years (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Kenya) have shuffled some other bucket-list destinations down the list, but I’ve also squeezed in several trips to the USA and New Zealand in that time.

Before I discovered Africa, my travels took me to Canada, France, Italy, UK, Vanuatu, Singapore and Bali, as well as USA and New Zealand

Paula Duncan Find out more

Paula Duncan Secret Women's Series Escort

I've teamed up with The Classic Safari Company to escort Mama Africa - a Secret Women's Series journey to Botswana and Zimbabwe

Tami Roos Find out more

Tami Roos Secret Women's Series Escort

I am an experienced teacher of meditation, a public speaker and author. I've teamed up with The Classic Safari Company to escort ‘Secret Women's Series’ journeys to some of the most inspiring destinations on the planet.

How we create tailor-made travel experiences!

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to the time you return.

A Team effort

We offer a number of specialist departures with designated itineraries, but beyond that, we design all our journeys and safaris to suit your specific travel goals and dreams. We will provide you with as much advice and inspiration as you need, but we also encourage you to work with us – the more involved you are in the process of planning your holiday, the more likely we are to meet and exceed your expectations. Come visit us in our stunning offices or call us to talk through your arrangements – that way your adventure begins long before you leave home!

115 years
of combined expertise
creating bespoke safaris

A Team effort

“People put a lot of trust in me when they ask me to plan their ultimate adventure, for many this will be a trip of a lifetime and it’s an incredible privilege and extremely rewarding to work together and help make a dream come true. ”

Kath Austin - Specialist

Want a tailor-made itinerary?

We know where to go, what to do and how to get you there!

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