Rated Africa's Number One Safari Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure

Mark and his colleagues are outstanding guides, companions, and friends. We have been on two trips with Mark, including the Serengeti Traverse. Walking through the bush with Mark is educational and exciting...but even more. Almost a spiritual experience. G. HACKBARTH, 2016

Chagamba was the centerpiece of our odyssey. His incredible range of knowledge and his tireless patience made every day a revelation. I know I’ll never forget that I walked the Serengeti; I regard it as part of my identity. T. LOFTUS, 2016

I'm writing to thank you for the most incredible and memorable trip of a lifetime on safari! The only words that I can express is that I cannot wait to come back! It was that wonderful! The trip would not have been possible or meant anything to me and Sandra without our trusted and excellent guide Gabe! He is absolutely an outstanding professional guide in every sense of the word and I feel fortunate to have met him and shared a wonderful and meaningful journey with him and Sandra. Just cannot wait to get back to the bush for the migration! The camps and lodges were beyond expectation and the food and professional service of each of the staff everywhere was impeccable. The lions, elephants and the cheetahs are particularly great! It was wonderful to see the Big 5 plus so much more! Thank you for all you did to make our journey wonderful! K. ENGLISH, 2016

Truly the experience of a lifetime. Believe me, we do try to tell everyone about it and to put it in to words, but nothing does it justice. Our experience with your guides and your style of trip is just so different and so much deeper and more intimate than anything anyone else has done. It's almost harder to talk to people who have been "on safari" than to people have never been. NO one can say enough wonderful things about your guides. Your genius in selecting them and putting them together to complement each other for our crew was also very clearly evident. It was a perfect blend. Their knowledge, attention to detail, patience, humor and genuine kindness were beyond any expectations we could have had. The combination of those guides and the access to areas where there are no other tourists at all truly make for a priceless experience. Food was outstanding. Wildlife beyond belief and personal experiences, as you can see above, are etched into our hearts with great affection. K. MACLEOD, 2015

We had the trip of a lifetime and the Thornton Safaris team was fantastic. Gian and Gabriel are real pros - extremely knowledgeable, friendly and engaging - I would happily follow those guys into the bush again. The camp staff were also fantastic and logistics were flawless. Thank you for organizing a great itinerary in 3 amazing national parks. Given the remoteness and beauty of the areas that you recommended, I believe that we had a truly unique experience. H. FLORES, 2015

We cannot thank you enough for the grace and generosity you showed our entire family. This was a profoundly significant trip for all of us, and the experience exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable. Mark, your operation is phenomenal... from your rock star guides Gian and Gabriel to the remote landscapes, the 500 Cheetah sightings, the Maasai guides, and everybody in-between. We were alone with lions and elephants and cheetahs and about a thousand migrating animals in immense landscapes, with no other jeep in sight. Magic. It was a flawless trip. C. TRAYFORS, 2015

The best part for us was Chagamba, our guide! He was by far the best guide that we have ever had on a safari..and we have had several since 1975! D. ZUG, 2014

Thanks so much for our trip of a lifetime. Honestly, it was the ultimate in trips. We appreciated being able to view the area as a whole system looking at the land, people, animals, birds, insects - all together rather than concentrating all efforts on spotting the Big Five animals. What we did see was so much more than individual animals and birds. That was more than we expected, and we are grateful. We are all certain that we went with the best safari company and could not have been more pleased to have you both as guides. B. VOLK 2014

Thank you so much for an amazing safari adventure! We had the most incredible time and, while the breathtaking beauty of the Tanzanian scenery and animals certainly played their part, the way you structured our trip and the incredible teams led by Chagamba and Gabby more than put the experience over the top. C. TALMADGE, 2014

On behalf of all 14 members of our group, I want to thank you, Gian, Gabriel, and Chagamba for an absolutely unforgettable experience in Tanzania. We were absolutely floored by the bank of knowledge of our guides. B. ANDRUS, 2013

The safari was fantastic and exceeded my expectations enormously. Chagamba and Gabriel are fantastic guides. Their depth of knowledge seems to know no bounds. M. HOLT, 2013

One of the key aspects of our safari that surfaces for me in a rich and powerful way is the involvement of and sharing by the Maasai on your trips. M. SOMMERS, 2013

We still dream about our night in the tree nest under the full moon, about the giraffe at the watering hole, about hearing lions our last night in Tarangire... But most of all, we remember our time with you, Maggie, Tino, and Gabriel. You made our trip everything we hoped it would be: adventurous, educational, and even inspirational. G. HACKBARTH, 2012

This trip has re-calibrated my standard for using adjectives like "awesome" and "spectacular" words too easily used that now have real meaning. B. DOBKIN, 2012

The big moments from the trip like spotting leopards sprinting across the road or watching from the river's edge as an entire herd of wildebeest crossed were amazing... But, even more, it was the details that you handled so well that made the trip so special. Whether it was being able to show us the cultural distinctions between the tribes and explain the nuanced differences between their familial and hunting traditions, or being able to scale a giant tree in the middle of the Serengeti to spot the best breakfast spot. M. O'LOUGHLIN, 2012

The trip arrangements were outstanding and execution flawless. I didn't fully realize how unusual it was to be able to camp away from other tourists and take long bush walks with such knowledgeable guides. J. O'LOUGHLIN, 2012

Gab is a superb guide and we would not hesitate to recommend your company or Gab to anyone! Z. XIA & D. STORM, 2011

The trip was AMAZING!! We had a fabulous experience and hope to come back again... soon. Mostly, we find that we are lacking words to describe the trip to our friends/family. How does one describe such an adventure? A. LEWIS, 2011

Gian is extraordinary and a fabulous walking guide. Gab was wonderful, his knowledge of the animals and local culture made all the difference. T. YOUNG, 2010

Gab not only showed us a cat or two, but LOTS of other stuff as well including a cheetah kill! P. ROBBINS, 2010

Gian and Gab were fantastic and the other guys were great too. Super food! It was a brilliant experience from start to finish. I thought that going on safari was something you'd do once in your life and then tick it off the list, but I would definitely go back. G. PATTERSON, 2010

Mark's guiding skills were a 10 out of 10. The walks were amazing, the meals tasty and the staff was professional. M. PROCKNAL, 2009

Absolutely excellent service. Top-notch. Amazingly professional. With knowledge also top notch. They really know their stuff. A. GENDRON, 2009

Mark, many thanks to you and Gabriel for a terrific experience! P. SCOTT, 2008

What more can I say than that I am still waking up a night thinking about all those gorgeous cheetahs looking me straight in the eye!! I. FIELDS, 2008

Your planning, your people, and your psychological approach made all the difference. J. WARNER, 2008

I am constantly at a loss of words to describe how awesome the experiences were! M. KRISHNAN, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, 2007

The trip was outstanding! Professional, instructional, thorough, fun, personal. TAFT SCHOOL, 2007

Both Mark and Gabriel are nothing less than brilliant when it comes to the bush. D. HENRY, 2006

The sights and sounds of the bush were truly mirrored by your and Gabriel's unlimited knowledge. C. KNOPP, 2006

Experiencing the bush with you has been amazing and truly given me a better perspective on life. The best guide! D. MCNULTY, 2006

Mark: You, Kipon & Toroye helped to make it a spectacular trip for all of us. None of us were really ready to come home. J. BERRY, 2006

It seems like we have been gone for months, such a full trip! We want to thank you again and again! Couldn't have had a better crew to spend time with. J. NORRIS, 2004 & 2005

What made this trip special was the combination of three factors: excellent game viewing, rustic yet luxurious accommodations, and a feeling of remoteness. We are rapidly approaching Mark to begin working on our 7th trip to Africa! DR. R. KAHN, 2003

On behalf of everyone here, thanks for being such a wonderful asset to the show. I hope you'll agree that your efforts really paid off with two great episodes! D. BOOZER, ANIMAL PLANET, 2002

Your safaris don't bear any resemblance to canned products, but take advantage of your creative mind. The execution of your detailed planning is flawless. THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA, 2001

From the gracious guiding and unparalleled accommodations on Mark's part to the spectacular wildlife and scenery on nature's part combined to make the trip magical. P. SINNOTT, 1998

2017 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & INTERNATIONAL TOURISM CONVENTION (ITB) TOP 3 FINALIST, CONSERVING NATURE, WORLD LEGACY AWARDS
2010 OUTSIDE MAGAZINE TRIP OF THE YEAR: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2017 TRAVINDY SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (TRAVINDY.COM) WORLD LEGACY AWARD INTERVIEW
2009 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE TOUR OF A LIFETIME AWARD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2015 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER TOUR OF THE YEAR AWARD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' SERENGETI TREK
2009 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE NUMBER 1 OUTFITTER IN AFRICA & THE WORLD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS
2013 THE ACTIVE TIMES THE BEST NEW TRIP: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS' RUAHA WALKING SAFARI
2008 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE NUMBER 1 OUTFITTER IN AFRICA & THE WORLD: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS
2011 THE NEW YORK TIMES FULL PAGE ARTICLE: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS IN THE MAASAI STEPPE
2006 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE TOP SAFARI IN AFRICA: MARK THORNTON SAFARIS