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Safaris with wildlife researchers, conservation biologists & naturalists

Big Cat Safari in the Masai Mara with Jackson Looseyia

3rd - 10th October 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Join Jackson Looseyia on an exclusive private Big Cat safari in the Masai Mara and Mara Triangle at a time when the wildebeest migration can normally be witnessed. Jackson Looseyia was the Maasai naturalist on The Big Cat Diary TV series.

Wildlife in Kafue National Park, Zambia with Stephen Mills

20th September - 1st October 2020 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Experience a genuine bush safari in Kafue National Park with naturalist Stephen Mills. There is a diversity and profusion of wildlife to be seen including the chance of seeing packs of wild dogs and swamp lions.

Welcome to Spencer Scott Travel.

2022 marks our 35th season of offering a hand-picked selection of special experience events. Every programme is tailor-made and evolves from months of forward planning, research and co-ordination.

We have been prevented from operating international programmes for the last two years because of the global restrictions introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Travel was the first industry to be closed by the restrictions and it is the last to open up.  People are starting to make travel plans and to take family holidays but the current problems at airports and with flights are going to take some time to be resolved. Delays and cancellations are largely down to added bureaucracy with extra paperwork and checks needed, and supply and demand issues caused by staff shortages.    

Please do check this page regularly for updates as we are planning new programmes for 2023. 

Safaris with wildlife researchers, conservation biologists & naturalists

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 Wildlife encounters of a different kind…….

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Safaris with your own private wildlife expert   

Prof Claudio Sillero – Conservation biologist and wolf expert

Dr Shivani Bhalla – Conservationist and lion expert

Stephen Mills – Naturalist, wildlife researcher & tiger expert

Jackson Looseyia – Maasai guide, naturalist and big cat expert 

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Joint-venture safaris with conservation organisations that financially support the long term survival of endangered species

Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme

Ewaso Lions

Painted Dog Conservation

Born Free Foundation 

Onçafari Jaguar Project

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Conservation Safaris

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Prof. Claudio Sillero with guests in The Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

If you are passionate about helping the survival of endangered species……… then one of our fund-raising conservation safaris is for you. Your participation financially supports a dedicated research programme and the long term survival of an endangered species. Our conservation safaris financially support Ethiopian wolves, lions and Painted dogs and other endangered species. They are uniquely hosted by the programme Directors who provide in-depth and insightful information on their field practices, monitoring and conservation initiatives.  You travel with the people who make a difference to the survival of endangered species – Prof Claudio Sillero, Dr Shivani Bhalla, Dr Greg Rassmussen, Peter Blinston, Steve Leonard and Virginia McKenna.These are pioneering ecological safaris taking conservation tourism to a more meaningful level.

  • Unique safaris hosted by programme Directors,  conservation biologists and vets who play a key role in sustainable conservation
  • You’ll see first-hand how field biologists conduct research in the bush
  • You’ll visit rehabilitation centres, education programmes, vet labs & bush schools
  • You’ll  meet local field staff
  • You’ll learn about realistic and practical solutions helping to reduce human/animal conflict and local environmental issues

  Born Free Foundation  ♦   Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme

 Ewaso Lions    Painted Dog Conservation  ♦  Onçafari Jaguar Project


 Animal Behaviour Safaris

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If you are fascinated by animal behavior in the wild…….. then a safari hosted by a wildlife researcher or professional naturalist is ideal for you. Their depth and breadth of knowledge of the natural world is impressive and their passion for all creatures great and small is boundless.  We’ve been working for over 20 years with Stephen Mills – one of the very best professional naturalists and wildlife researchers, and Jackson Looseyia for over 10 years, who is the most respected and senior naturalist in the Masai Mara, Kenya and an excellent photographer.  Our animal behaviour safaris focus on iconic species and provide close encounters with Mountain gorillas, tigers and Indian wild dogs. Let nature’s experts open ‘pandora’s box’ on animal behaviour. 

  • In-depth safaris hosted by wildlife researchers and professional naturalists
  • Get the bigger picture and the whole picture on why animals behave as they do.
  • Learn what makes an animal tick
  • Discover what it’s like to think like an animal, rather than assume it thinks like us
  • Better understand  how an animal’s physiology effects its behaviour



Action Shot Safaris


Simon King in The Mara


If witnessing the wildest action in the bush and nature’s greatest spectacles ticks the boxes for you ………. then a safari with a professional wildlife film-maker is perfect for you. Wildlife cameramen spend weeks, months and even years in the bush, waiting for and predicting when something spectacular and big is going to happen.  We have teamed up with the most engaging and dynamic cameramen and wildlife TV presenters including Simon King, Chris Packham and Jackson Looseyia. You’ll get their professional expertise, their personal tales of the bush and much more….

  • These safaris are hosted by famous wildlife film-makers and presenters
  • Their knowledge of specific wildlife habitats and the predators and prey that co-exist there is unparalleled.
  • They know every lugga and tree on the horizon and the typical weather patterns.  
  • They are expert in capturing the best shots, from the best angles and in the best light. 
  • Their excitement and wonder when something big happens never diminishes and is infectious.


To see rare and endangered species in the wild invariably involves travelling to remote places in distant lands and living to nature’s timetable.  You’ll need to turn off your default buttons and no matter how far this takes you outside your normal comfort-zone, you can relax knowing that you are in experienced hands – as well as the professional host a member of our own staff is with you the whole time, taking care of the minute details and your welfare.


Safaris with wildlife researchers, conservation biologists & naturalists

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