Leora Rothschild is the owner of Rothschild Safaris, which has made consistent appearances in our World’s Best Awards since she founded the company in 1998. Growing up in South Africa, she frequently visited reserves and natural areas like Kruger National Park; now, she is often on the road (she’s taken more than 15 trips in the past year) to keep tabs on the various corners of her home continent, where, she says, “the government, wildlife, camps, management, and guides all change on a regular basis.”
During her travels, she meets with locals and sometimes stays in private homes, tests out trendy types of trips like gorilla treks and walking safaris, seeks out guides and collaborators (recently, a helicopter pilot in Botswana), and visits new restaurants, camps, and up-and-coming parks. One trend she’s noticing: travelers to classic “safari destinations” are increasingly interested in connecting with people and cultures, not just animals. She can help set up experiences to help guests get to know their destination, whether that be backstage access to a local band’s sound check or a street art tour and hands-on lesson with a neighborhood graffiti artist. On top of her Africa expertise, Rothschild has extensive experience traveling down under and made time for a trip to Australia and Fiji last year.
"Leora Rothschild of Rothschild Safaris made my safari dreams come true and then some. Our trip to Zambia exceeded my expectations while staying within my budget. Leora is the consummate professional, and her advice was spot on. She is responsive with a good sense of humor and adventure. She even arranged a romantic private dinner on our anniversary as a surprise. We are already planning our next safari with Leora." - Lynne Bolduc
"Leora has been taking care of all my travel arrangements to Africa since the very beginning. So far, I have been to seven countries, and will be adding a new one this year. Leora and her team, near and far, go above and beyond to make sure the client has an unforgettable experience. I would never even think of traveling with anyone else, and I always highly recommend her services to everyone and anyone who is willing to listen to my amazing stories — and believe me, I have some wonderful and exciting stories to share, especially after thirteen trips to the amazing African continent. She makes you feel like you are family!" - Mary Jane Sesto