First Descents has been organizing outdoor adventures—kayaking, climbing, surfing, you name it—for young cancer patients and survivors since 2001. Each trip is designed to help empower these individuals to move beyond their diagnoses and live life to the fullest. In February they took a group of 13 people on this epic FDX Africa adventure, a weeklong safari hosted by the award-winning Mark Thornton Safaris.
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We are pleased to announce that Nat Geo has again awarded our safaris as a Best Trip of the year! Our 100 kilometer foot traverse of Serengeti National Park’s wilderness has been named by National Geographic as their Trip of the Year for 2015. Great recognition for what is an epic “first-ever” walking safari.
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In 2013 Mark Thornton Safaris was recognized as a global leader in responsible tourism. Based on our record of conservation, working with communities, fair trade and our "light footprint" safari operation, we were shortlisted for the 2013 Global Responsible Tourism Awards. Out of thousands of entries, less than 20 made the shortlist. It was an incredible honour!
In March, 2011, journalist Jessica Bruder, joined us on safari in the Simanjiro Plains to have a look at our walking safaris and conservation efforts through the Simanjiro Conservation Easement. The full page article appeared in the Travel section of the New York Times. This was not only wonderful publicity for our safaris, but also brought to light the challenges faced by the Maasai and the wildlife in the Maasai Steppe. > READ MORE
Again, it was our Serengeti Trek that was the highlighted trip of the year for Nat Geo Traveler. This is the 3rd time our extended walking safaris have won such an award. It really makes us realize just what a rare privilege it is to be the only ones accessing such a massive, roadless swath of untouched Serengeti wilderness. And even us guides never tire of walking in those cool mornings along the high ridges of the Serengeti, often stopping for views of over 10 large mammal species at once. > READ MORE
Well, if you have flown as an elite member of Singapore Airlines recently, you may have seen the article about our safaris in their Priority magazine for their KrisFlyer Club. While I am certainly no member of this club (!), I did get the article... and it was a wonderful mention of both our walks and more luxurious-focused safaris (yes, we do also outfit super-lux trips!).
For the April, 2010 issue, Outside Magazine conducted a rigorous survey from companies all over the world and chose our Serengeti Trek as one of their Trips of a Lifetime for unique, adventuresome and one of a kind expeditions.
For the 2nd year running, Nat Geo Adventure conducted their ratings of worldwide adventure outfitters. It is a prestigious ranking in the travel world and we're proud and honored that again we scored the highest overall at 98.07 amongst all companies surveyed! > READ MORE
Mark Thornton Safaris' new epic bushtrek inside the Serengeti National Park was featured as one of the 25 best new trips in the world. The walk explores the truly remote sections of the park which were previously closed to tourism. It is one of the finest walking areas in Africa and serious big game country. > READ MORE
In 2008, National Geographic Adventure Magazine undertook the first-ever comprehensive rating survey of worldwide outfitters. Each company was scored based on Sustainability, Spirit of Adventure, Quality of Service, References and Education. Mark Thornton Safaris scored a 97.7 which was the highest rating of all 300 companies chosen to partake in the survey.
"For a truly standout experience in this great continent's wild plains, Mark Thornton Safaris is the way to go. Get out of the 4x4 and walk alongside Africa's wildlife." AMY A. CLARK, OUTSIDE ONLINE
Thornton's walking trip in the Serengeti is "the definitive safari classic".