There are a lot of options out there when it comes to planning your trip to Africa. You can go it alone and plan everything yourself; you can go with a group on a set itinerary; you can pitch a tent somewhere and hope for the best. But just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. For most people, a trip to Africa is a lifelong dream — a bucket-list journey — and it’s important to make it count. For those travelers who want the trip of a lifetime, an incredible life-changing experience, well, you’ve come to the right place, since that’s our specialty!

Below, we share seven reasons why you should choose Hills of Africa for your next trip to Africa. We are not for everyone (see DIYers and group travelers, above), but we are the best at what we do!

Personal Attention

We have team members based in each destination, and we personally select our tour guides, accommodations, activities, and destinations to provide our clients with the highest level of service possible. Before you leave, we have a team dedicated to ensuring that you have all of the information you need to prepare for your trip, every question you may have is answered, and no detail is overlooked.


We pride ourselves on our vast knowledge of southern and eastern Africa. Our founder, Sandy Salle, grew up in Zimbabwe, and other team members are either from the continent or have travelled extensively to ensure our knowledge of the accommodations and activities we recommend is up-to-date and accurate.

Serengeti safari


We hand-select tour providers who share our belief that tourism should benefit local communities and the environment. Conservation and community involvement are two of our main priorities as a company, and we carefully ensure that every trip we plan has a positive impact on the areas visited.


Our focus is on luxury, and we recognize that means different things to different clients. But our founder, Sandy Salle, summed it up by saying that her definition of luxury is all about the way she wants to be treated when she travels — notes in her room, VIP assistance on arrival, private tours that are tailored to her interests, and more. Personal service and attention to detail are hallmarks of working with Hills of Africa.


Visiting Africa is life-changing, and we want to make sure the experience is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. That’s why we’re not interested in providing off-the-shelf itineraries … we’re way more out-of-the-box thinkers! We want to customize every detail for you and your fellow travelers so that you can see Africa in the way that will be most impactful for you.


Sustainability is one of the key pillars of our business. We want to help ensure that the beautiful animals and landscapes that exist today are here for generations to come. Our goal is for all of our visits and our clients’ visits to have a positive impact on the environment and animals that make Africa so very special. As mentioned above, this means that we only partner with lodges, tour operators, and experiences that are ethical, sustainable, and dedicated to the wellbeing of Africa for now and into the future.

Birds in Botswana


We always include a little bit of magic in our itineraries. It might be a surprise experience or a special moment, a personalized note or gift, that little something extra that makes your trip that much more unique and magical. It’s the extra Hills of Africa touch that sets us apart and ensures your memories will be magical.

If you are ready to add a little magic into your trip to Africa, please reach out! Send us a message at or give us a call at 1.800.940.9344, and we’ll get started planning your trip of a lifetime!

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