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"The walking with the Maasai was a real highlight of the trip. Being out in nature close to the animals brought a real authenticity to the experience which we loved. And we also had some great up-close lion sightings!" S. PERKINS

MAASAI STEPPE EXCLUSIVE WILDERNESS

The postcard image. Maasai warriors driving their cattle across the savanna, dust in their wake, before a backdrop of giraffe and acacia trees. Through longstanding community-based conservation partnerships with the Maasai, we have exclusive access to a dynamic wilderness area adjacent to Tarangire National Park.

Because there are no fences, wildlife such as elephant, lion and buffalo move seasonally between the two areas. Walks with the Maasai are enriching, educational, ideal for kids, both as cultural exposure and a wildlife experience. Here we hike granite mountains, walk sand rivers or stroll across the plains dotted with wildebeest and zebra. We stop to spin firesticks with one of the Maasai warriors joining us in camp. At dusk we sit on the rocks next to camp for sundowners and 360 degree views out over the Great Rift Valley. Maybe a lion roars at night or maybe a lone buffalo wanders through before dawn.

Safaris in the Maasai Steppe provide a wonderfully varied experience for people wanting a combination of wildlife viewing, walking, and authentic, 'un-canned' cultural experiences with the Maasai while also benefiting their communities.

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