African Expeditions

Current Safari Destinations - Kenya, Rwanda, ​Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia​

Private, custom and small group safaris that will take you off the beaten track - exploring the rich culture, wildlife, safari lodges and bush camping of East Africa. Come see the real East Africa with photographer/documentary film maker/adventure traveller -  Rick Castiglione.

A Cielo Expedition is an opportunity for you and your family or you and a group of friends to experience the best of East Africa with your own driver, guides, vehicles, bush camp etc.

You'll see wildlife in its natural environment - Lions, Giraffe, Elephant Herds, Zebra’s, Leopards, Cheetahs and Rhinos – to name just a few – from the comfort of your own Customized Safari Land Cruiser.


Let our experienced safari planners and guides design a custom safari with you. (sample)


- Take part in an intense wildlife photography course/safari.

- You can live among the Maasai – In Kenya - learning about their culture. 

- You can visit humanitarian/development projects – a community school.

- Stay in luxury lodges and/or camp in a deluxe Maasai bush camp.

- Trek to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

- Go on game drives on the Serengeti

- Visit the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

- Visit Zanzibar or a private island off the coast of Tanzania


Example Itineraries 2016/17

Photographic safaris





Small Group


Planning A Safari

The planning process begins with a discussion about what your "dream safari" might look like.

Questions would include:

• What would you like to see – development projects (education, micro-enterprise, health care), wildlife, etc?

• What level of accommodations
(i.e. – 3 -5 star?) would you prefer?

• What type of food would you like?
• Games Drives? Elephant Safari? Scuba?

- Would you like to visit a humanitarian project?


We work with trusted ground operators and hotels in all of our destinations.


These expeditions are designed for travellers  wanting a unique experience, traveling into Africa with an experienced, guide.

Our small group and specialty safaris are created for those who just want to go - without the planning!


You pay the same rate or less for lodges and safaris camps as if you had booked them yourself.  Though with many of the better camps/lodges you must book through a legitimate safari operator. Cielo Expeditions has negotiated unique contracts with some of the best lodges in East Africa.

We work with African service providers that are trustworthy and strive to earn a fair wage. 


Cielo Expeditions eliminates the 'expense surprises' from your once in a lifetime safari.

Many operators will show you only a 'base price' then reveal all of the hidden costs once you arrive in Africa.  We don't.  Everything is up front and detailed in advance.

Remember when searching the internet for a safari - 'if the price looks too good to be true - it is'





Rick Castiglione has traveled extensively in East and Central Africa and is familiar with the customs. As your guide and interpreter, he is able to answer questions about things like:

• “What should I wear?”
• “Where do I get the appropriate vaccinations?”
• “Do I require a visa?”
• “Is it safe?”

We will provide you with a suggested packing list including a description of the types of environments you’ll be in.  It varies greatly in Africa!

Once we have confirmed your participation in the expedition, we will  go through the itinerary with you and help you begin the process of packing.

We can even talk about camera’s (one of our favourite topics!) so you can be ready to capture your own amazing images in Africa.

Prior to departure, Rick will provide you with a complete background portfolio on the trip and what you can expect to see.




Rick Castiglione

With more than 2 decades of experience travelling and documentary film making in Sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the developing world - Canadian Journalist Rick Castiglione is now using his expertise to lead private safari expeditions into East Africa.

As an experienced journalist/interpreter, Rick will take you to the top game viewing, cultural sites, and luxury lodges while travelling into the back country and “off the beaten track” of of East and Central Africa. 

A Cielo Expedition is a unique opportunity to learn about new cultures, development and humanitarian work, education projects and, of course, the wildlife and environment of East and Central Africa.


From a safari guest....


I would like to give a big thank you to Cielo Expeditions, (Rick) for the most amazing trip to Africa I took in November 2013. This trip was way beyond my expectations. I didn't have to worry about anything, everything was taken care of by Rick, reservations, flights, tours, meals, information.

His knowledge of the people, animals, and language of Africa made this trip so much more. Rick is a great host and guide, making sure things were safe and everyone was comfortable, taking care of every detail to make this trip amazing.

I would recommend Cielo Expedtions (Rick) for your travel to Africa and beyond.


Dean Rosell, Canada


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