Welcome to ROAR AFRICA – Provider of Ultra-Luxe African Safaris
ROAR AFRICA is the absolute leader in ultra-luxe Southern and East Africa travel, bar none. As born & bred Africans steeped in the culture, history, and beauty of our homeland, we unearth, know, celebrate and share the best of the best with our discerning travelers. We are also true citizens of the world, bringing a cultivated international presence and perspective to the impeccable journeys we create. Our company is synonymous with an expert, specialist brand of ultra-luxe travel that is insightful and enriching, adventurous and eye-opening – and totally life-changing.
Since 2005, New York and Cape Town based founder and thought leader Deborah Calmeyer and our bi-cultural team have provided the most comprehensive and discerning range of storybook experiences for guests, along with the ultimate in true insider access, and an extraordinary dedication to making every detail perfect. We are the only luxury travel provider where all operational activities are handled in-house, providing personalized, old world service – a seamless and uncomplicated experience beginning the moment our travelers step off the plane, and throughout their African experiences.
Everyone who works with ROAR AFRICA shares a long-term dedication to conservation, humanitarian work, and economic education and development in Africa, and we resolutely marry our resources with those of our clients to make a profound and powerful difference. Our guests frequently say “we returned home with the knowledge that we can continue to make an impact from afar”. Each personalized trip and experience we curate provides the most discerning kind of consciousness raising.
Working with handpicked eco-conscious luxury properties, ROAR AFRICA also provides the most deliciously indulgent retreats, romantic getaways, food and wine experiences, family reunions, anniversaries, honeymoons, family trips, and expeditions to exotic, less travelled locales for clients who want the seduction of total relaxation or total immersion in nature. With our fingers and laser sharp focus on the pulse of Southern and East Africa, we are seasoned and meticulous researchers, up to date and historically connected, no matter what the topic may be. You will be guided, taught and inspired by our extraordinary experts who are respected masters in their individual fields, exclusive to ROAR AFRICA.
With a deep understanding of the spiritual and emotional power of her homeland, Deborah has developed singular, transformational, immersive experiences like the life-changing Rewilding:ROAR and RESTORE retreat for the most profoundly adventurous traveler, based on the principles of rewilding, restoration, and healing as a deeper explanation for what we as humans experience on safari.
All of us at ROAR AFRICA are dedicated to sharing the Africa we know and love with the people we care for and who are in our care. The media and our repeat clientele agree, since we’ve been voted Travel+Leisure, A List of Experts, #2 in the World’s Best Awards (2018, 2019), and Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists (2017, 2018, 2019) and Deborah as one of the Top 30 most Powerful Women who Travel by Condé Nast.
ROAR AFRICA’s itineraries traverse 13 countries in southern and east Africa such as Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. We handpick every lodge (and every room in every lodge) we ever recommend, and we vet them annually. Our long association with Africa means that we know the owners, the staff, the guides and the trackers – we have grown up with these people, and trust them to look after you. Your association with ROAR AFRICA means that you have an insider track to Africa, as such we have our own people on the ground. This means that you will never find yourself outsourced to a ground handler. For any first-time safari traveler to Africa, The Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, and leopard) is a top priority. But with ROAR AFRICA, you will discover a depth to the safari experience that is both priceless and rare.
Pilar Guzman – Editor in Chief Conde Nast Traveler
“I can’t begin to express how wonderful and well thought out every detail of our trip was. The conversation really begins and ends with you and your team. You have built such a wonderful business that fills a great need in the seemingly crowded high-end marketplace. You seem to have all senses firing at all times and the rare ability to anticipate–and somehow with such a delicate hand. A long way of saying that I notice and appreciate everything.”
“We cannot put into words how fantastic our first time has been in South Africa and Botswana. Probably the most amazing and outstanding experience in both of our lives. We almost feel it was a dream.”
The first woman President and CEO of PBS
“Every visit to Africa is an experience that not only is memorable but changes your life – the way you see, the way you think, the way you feel. Come to Africa with Deborah Calmeyer, and you can experience everything because you’re not worried about anything. The detail of your trip is taken care of, and every logistic. You come home a different person.”
Chinese media proprietor of Sun Media
“As man originated in Africa, we feel something magical about this land; it seems like our bodies and souls are fuller here. This explains my frequent visits to the continent. Of all of these trips, ROAR AFRICA’s journeys are no doubt the best. Because of the people they have introduced me to, and stories they shared, I got to see not only the beautiful scenery, but Africa’s soul.”
As a fully independent, owner-run business, ROAR AFRICA strives to imbue every itinerary with the values associated with the innate, immersive and experiential travel experiences we prefer. CEO and founder Deborah Calmeyer’s knowledge of the bush and her deep connections to Africa (her family have been here for over 300 years), means that every moment of every itinerary is curated with an intense sensitivity that comes from 300 years of African DNA, not to mention a true connection to the land. Ultimately, ROAR AFRICA is not just selling another destination, we’re introducing you to the place that we call home.
Acknowledged by the travel industry as the Ultra-luxe African specialist, ROAR AFRICA strives to deliver the kind of life-changing and authentic luxury safari experiences that are entirely customizable and designed around you. Any first-time safari-goer could take in a few days in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town where you’ll succumb to both urban and natural splendors. With more plant species found on Table Mountain than in the whole of Europe and with a winelands area comprising more than 200 wine farms on its doorstep, there’s a lot to discover. Thereafter you’ll head off on a luxury African safari curated especially for you in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda.
Growing Up In Africa
Growing Up In Africa
“Deeply embedded in my work is an intuitive knowledge built up over a lifetime of growing up on the continent.” — Deborah Calmeyer, CEO and Founder of ROAR AFRICA.Explore
See The Big Five
See The Big Five
The first time safari traveler immediately asks to see the big five (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard), but there is so much more.Explore
We uncover hidden petroglyphs deep inside the continent’s interior. We meet the contemporary artists whom this ancient land inspires. We listen to the music of our ancestors played at authentic ceremonies — with the help of ROAR AFRICA’s specialist guides.Explore
In Safe Hands
In Safe Hands
Humphrey Gumpo, 37, is one of the Zimbabwean greats — a walking safari specialist who started guiding in 1998 on the shores of Lake Kariba.Explore
“Humans are the most insane species. We worship an invisible god, whilst destroying visible nature.” — Botswana’s leading rhino conservationist, Map Ives.Explore