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Indigo Safaris - dives,tribes, treks, and wildlife

Diving and safari expertise

Turtle sponge Papua New Guinea

​Drawing on the experiences of photojournalist, diver, and safari guide Christopher Bartlett, Indigo Safaris specialises in diving, safari, trekking, and tribal trips. In 2016 Christopher poached Ines Moosmann, a safari specialist with 11 years' experience garnered in Germany and London, from a prestigious London travel company where she was Senior Africa Travel Consultant. 
Ines has an in-depth knowledge of Africa,  Papua New Guinea, and experience in India and Australia too, has German as her mother tongue, and is a qualified yoga teacher to boot.
Indigo Safaris are experts in bespoke and package travel. Founder Christopher Bartlett fell in love with Africa on a trip to Namibia in 1997 and after numerous visits to southern Africa moved to KwaZulu Natal in 2005 and became a safari field guide and underwater guide. When he combined these two new passions with his photography and writing skills and started doing assignments in east Africa for diving magazines, he had a great opportunity to continue building his destination knowledge.

Why us?

Elephant herd grazing Zambia South Luangwa

As well as providing expert advice for free, we save you money, with special offers and our own discounts on many trips. You will never pay more than the service provider would charge you directly, but reduce the number of international payments you have to make, all the while providing impartial advice covering all the elements of your trip under one roof. Whether you are a first-time visitor or an old hand, we will help you get the most out of your time on site and your budget.  Travelling autonomously or on a guided trip, you will return home with a head full of images and unforgettable memories whether you are a group, a couple, or on your own. Once you are travelling, we monitor your internal flights and connections and are always just a phone call or e-mail away should you need to contact us, any time of day or night. Want to know what our clients think? Click here.

Our Story
In 2009 Christopher had to return to the UK for family reasons, and ended up combining his knowledge and love of Africa and organisational skills to help other people discover Africa. Indigo Safaris was born.  In 2013 he met Scelo on a walking safari in Zululand, and a friendship was forged. It's become a "brother from another mother" kind of thing. Scelo now looks after our KwaZulu-Natal logistics. 
In 2015 Christopher met Ines on an educational in Uganda, and recognized the consummate professional in her, and asked her to become his Senior Safari Consultant. 
Ines has worked in the travel and safari business for over a decade and is an amazing source of knowledge on lodges and camps.
Scelo in South Africa is one of the top guides in his native KwaZulu-Natal and is one of the best guides Christopher has ever walked with, and looks after our KwaZulu-Natal logistics. 
Our first-hand knowledge
Having lived on or worked on four continents, and travelled extensively, Christopher has considerable first-hand knowledge of the destinations we send clients to. Travelling independently and working on assignments, he has stayed in a wide variety of accommodation and creates trips to suit most requirements. The lodges, hotels, dive centres, safari, trek, and vehicle hire companies we use have been tried, tested, and approved. All our providers are members of their respective country's tourism organisations. ​

Christopher's guided trips

If you choose to travel with Christopher (a keen animal and marine conservationist as well as a well-published photojournalist),  you’ll be sure to pick up a tip or two to improve your photography, and get an insight into the local way of life. He speaks fluent English and French, gets by in Spanish, has a smattering of Swahili, and knows some rude words in Dutch and Afrikaans. He also passed the Field Guides’ Association of South Africa’s entrance exam with 134.5 out of 135. He currently spends about five months of the year on and off in France where his son lives, and the rest of the time is split between Africa, Papua New Guinea, the odd travel show and discovering new places.

Several times a year Christopher leads trips himself, looking for desert elephants in Namibia, exploring the rugged tracks and wilds of Botswana, having a bit of lodge luxury in Zambia, or in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea on his Highlands and Coastal Tribes trip, happily sharing his photographic knowledge if that floats your boat. Speaking of boats, he also runs underwater photography workshops, and will be in the Maldives in August 2017, in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea in September 2017, the Turks and Caicos in February 2018, the Bahamas with tiger sharks and great hammerheads in March 2018. 


Places to go

Discover the fantastic fauna of the savannah,  the Big Five, endangered wild dogs, more than 500 hundred bird species, as well as hippos, giraffes, zebras, and antelopes on foot or in a vehicle in eastern and southern Africa.

Dive into the Indian Ocean with giant mantas and whale sharks in Mozambique, on the coral covered walls of Pemba island, Zanzibar, come face to face with tiger sharks, blacktips, and ragged-tooth sharks in South Africa or swim and dive with huge schools of sardines and their predators during the annual Sardine Run or trek around the Drakensberg.

Admire the spectacle that is the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti, or the huge herds of elephants in Tarangire, Selous or Ruaha National Parks. Scale Mt. Meru or Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Cross the Kalahari or Namib deserts, meet the Himba and San peoples, or venture far into the Okavango Delta by boat, encountering elephants, hippos, and crocs, and camping on remote islands before driving through Moremi, Chobe and Savuti, or the Central Kalahari.

Immerse yourself in the most bio-diverse reefs in the world in in West Papua, whilst giant and reef mantas swim overhead, visit remote tribes in the Baliem Valley, see the whale shark aggregations in Cendarwasih Bay,or get a unique mix of sharks, rays and dragons in Komodo.

Dive with whale sharks,  hammerhead, Galapagos, and white-tip reef sharks, sea lions, mantas and other rays, marine iguanas and tons of turtles, and walk amongst giant turtles, indegenous plants and birds and weird and wonderful reptiles that inspired Darwin in the Galapagos.

In Papua New Guinea, be prepared to be simply stunned by the vast array and abundance of cultures, corals, and fish, WWII plane wrecks, outrigger safaris to remote coastal villages, incomparable cultural festivals, and Sepik River expeditions to the last frontier of cultural tourism. Walk the revered Kokoda Trail in the footsteps of Aussie Diggers, or conquer Mt Wilhelm’s 4509-metre summit.

For the most intimate shark encounters you will ever get, try the Bahamas for an unforgettable experience, diving with tiger, lemon, Caribbean reef, great hammerhead, nurse, and, and snorkelling and free diving with dolphins. Or just take in some leisurely diving from one of the beautiful beach resorts on the "out islands".

Swim with humpack whales or dive Grand Turk Wall or French Cay and West Sand Spit in the Turks and Caicos, enjoy the freedom of shore diving on Bonaire's fishy and colourful reefs or dive Klein Bonaire from day boats,  or mix it up in Dominica with some stunning hikes and colourful dives in great viz.

Get mellow with mantas in the Maldives, or wallow with a whale shark here or in the Philippines, where there is also excellent diversity from the macro heaven of Anilao to the wide-angle joys of Apo Island and Danjugan Island Marine and Wildlife Sanctuary. 


At the more remote destinations we work with, we have become involved with helping out communities in one form or another, beyond helping create stable employment for locals. We sponsor people through college, pay for school fees and educational material, find volunteer teachers, sponsor a village football team (who now have boots to play in) and  in Zanzibar and Tanzania, we have built a website to promote a community campsite in Namibia, a guesthouse in the Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands run by Asaro villagers, we are raising money for a Maternity Home and a women's empowerment project in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area ( and Money for Honey),  and support marine conservation charities like Bite-Back, the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Sea Sense, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We also are working on assisting grass-roots projects in Papua New Guinea, and on April 12th raised over $1000 for Medecins Sans Frontieres (aka Doctors Without Borders) at the Paris Marathon.


Maasai ladies - Nanopisho  

Not sure where to go? Drop us a line and we’ll help turn your dive and safari dreams into reality.




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Upcoming Shows

DEMA, Las Vegas, 16 - 19 November

Salon de la Plongée, Paris,  6-9 January

Madrid, 4&5 March

Beneath The Sea, NY/NJ, USA 24 - 26 March

Dedicated Papua New Guinea site

Check out our dedicated Papua New Guinea site - Best of PNG

Escorted photographic safaris

Papua New Guinea - Highland and Coastal Tribes, 7 to 18 September, $3195 

Africa - Namibia 30 May to 11 June, 13 days special offer 1830 USD.

Sardine Run 19 to 28 June from approx $2595 USD

Liveaboard Specials

9-night Spirit of Niugini escorted cruise: Milne Bay and southern islands, 18th to 27th September 2017 from $2640 click here

Loads of great new offers with big savings around the world here

5 days' liveaboard diving in the Bahamas for under $1100 / £700 

Email us your enquiry and we'll let you know what we can find.


Underwater photo workshops

Come an learn to take magazine-quality images with a point-and-shoot or a DSLR


September 18 to 27, Milne Bay and the southern islands from $2640


Sharks galore!

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Schooling hammerheads for the fraction of the cost of the Galapagos, Cocos, or Malpelo, with tiger sharks, bulls sharks, oceanic blacktips and ragged-tooth sharks to boot. From  Click here

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