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About Us

Melesi Safaris, is family owned and operated safari business where the journey is as extraordinary as the destination. 


Tim Melesi, a seasoned guide whose expertise in Africa is matched only by his charisma, thoughtfulness, and boundless enthusiasm. Fluent in Kiswahili, Tim possesses an unparalleled knowledge of the African wilderness and shares a unique bond with local communities. His storytelling prowess brings the wonders of the continent to life, making every safari an adventure to remember.


Alongside Tim is Diana, whose meticulous attention to detail and unwavering passion ensure that every aspect of your safari is flawlessly executed. Her charm and enthusiasm complement Tim's expertise, creating a dynamic duo dedicated to crafting unforgettable experiences for their guests.


The involvement of their sons, Max and Angus, adds another dimension to the business. Growing up in the safari environment and learning from their parents and the safari crew, Max and Angus bring a unique perspective and deep understanding of the industry. Their firsthand experiences and knowledge make them valuable assets as professional guides, ensuring that clients receive top-notch service and guidance throughout their safari adventures.


With such a well-rounded team at Melesi Safaris, clients can expect nothing short of excellence in every aspect of their safari experience, from planning to execution.

The Original Ker & Downey Safaris

Tim is a Director and Partner of The Original Ker & Downey Safaris Limited which, since 1946, has been leading safaris across eastern and southern Africa, connecting thousands of discerning travellers with the world’s most fabled wildernesses.


With a peerless guiding pedigree and a proud history of supporting local communities and conservation, we continue to bring unimaginable luxury to some of the wildest areas in Africa.


With more than 70 years of experience, Ker & Downey has the broadest network of campsites and conservancies, authentic cultural connections and remarkable conservation projects, in some of the most untouched and beautiful places in the world.

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