Why Piper & Heath

Why Piper & Heath?

There are many things for you to consider when planning your safari. Should you consult a travel specialist
or figure it all out on your own? Who will give you the right advice, not to mention great value?
Here's why we think we're the right choice for you!


We offer a depth and authenticity of expertise that is unparalleled…

Piper & Heath is the brainchild and passion of safari veteran, Chris Liebenberg. With African roots going back more than three centuries, Chris is the heir of a safari knowledge and commitment honed over many generations. Born and raised in Namibia, his experience spans the breadth of conservation and ecotourism, including anti-poaching, game relocation, camp management, and safari guiding. As a result, Chris boasts a depth and authenticity of experience in Africa that is unmatched within the American travel industry. The combination of intimate destination knowledge, long-term personal relationships with many African suppliers, and innate cultural understanding is what makes Piper & Heath one of the United States’ premiere sources for custom African travel.


We aim to be the most accessible and responsive people you have ever worked with…

From the moment you first reach out to Piper & Heath, we are with you every step of the way. We invest whatever time is necessary to understand your dream safari, and will work tirelessly until the itinerary is perfect. Once your itinerary is finalized, we provide you with all the information you will need for your trip, including packing advice, visa and vaccination requirements, destination information, commercial flight options, and much more. Once you are in Africa, not only have we entrusted you to our reliable ground operators, but we also remain just a phone call or email away, with a dedicated team member available 24/7. And upon your return, we can’t wait to hear how it went–we love to see your pictures, hear your stories, and get your feedback on all aspects of your trip.


No one can offer better value for your travel dollar…

Whether your safari is two days of bush camping or two weeks on a private island, getting the most for your money matters. Our in-country relationships, negotiated property rates, and collective buying power allow us to assure you that booking through Piper & Heath is always great value. Not only that, but our destination knowledge combined with the time we invest with you personally mean that we can recommend an itinerary that will be great value for you, rather than an itinerary that is merely less expensive.


We are an American company, with all the benefits and safeguards that entails…

Unless you are a highly experienced traveler, have the inclination and time to do your own research, and are willing to bear the risk of booking with a foreign company, using an American-based travel specialist is crucial. Piper & Heath’s home office is in San Diego, California, and as a California Registered Seller of Travel, we are held to the high standards of the American travel industry. Not only does this lend security to your travel experience, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the ease with which you are able to interact directly and frequently with the person planning your trip is priceless.


We’re always doing what's best for Africa…

Piper & Heath has a strong and transparent commitment to ecotourism. Ecotourism is the ideal of having travel benefit the economic and political well-being of the host people. Your tourism footprint will have a singularly positive impact on your destination. You can rest assured that your itinerary–the properties, logistics, parks, and activities–have been carefully arranged so that your travels “do no harm” and will be beneficial to conservation, commerce, community, and culture in the areas you visit.


Our decades of bush guiding experience has bred an unshakable safety consciousness…

Whether your top concern while traveling is lost luggage, delayed flights, hippo attacks, physical overexertion, or crime, your safety and peace of mind are our top priority. We only arrange travel to destinations that we know intimately and have the resources on the ground to keep you secure. We remain personally available to you 24/7, even while you’re in Africa. We work only with reliable partners who have spotless track records in regards to the safety of their guests. We require that all travelers have full medical and evacuation insurance. And should an emergency arise, we have the connections, experience, and resources to successfully resolve the situation.