Rated Africa's Number One Safari Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure
"Dear Gian and Mark: The expertise and excitement you both brought to the experience was unparalleled. We've done a fair bit of travel as a family with organized groups and guides and, I can honestly, say that they've never brought nearly as much to the experience as did the two of you." M. O'LOUGHLIN

SERENGETI WALKING SAFARI AREAS

In 2008, for the first time ever, Serengeti National Park re-zoned the park to allow extended walking safaris in the 'wilderness zones', the backcountry areas with no roads or any infrastructure. No access was previously allowed and even the park rangers had not spent time in these areas.

Now, we are one of only a couple outfits granted permission to lead extended walks in the park and the only ones accessing the deep interior zones. Over the past few years, we have led many exhilarating treks and have surveyed miles of previously unexplored country, mapping dozens of ideal camping spots and crucial river crossings for access in and out. No people, no roads, no other tourism permitted.

Wildlife... well, this is Serengeti. While walking it is not uncommon to see big cats, huge herds of cape buffalo, elephants, plus the countless other species such as eland, giraffe and zebra. At about 6000 feet, there is no better climate for walking and the scenery is stunning. Overall, it is arguably the finest wildlife trek in Africa.

Our Serengeti treks are different from normal walking safaris where one is mixed with other guests on short walks from a lodge. For our safaris, every trip is private to the specific group, whether you are a group of 8 or a honeymoon couple. This allows flexibility for each group to go at their own pace. Some like to take it easy and others enjoy challenging themselves for longer routes. Usually, we move camp every day departing at about 07:30 to walk until lunchtime. After we depart, the crew breaks camp, loads it into the land rover and heads to the next spot, pre-determined by GPS, to set up in time for our arrival at lunch. It is a rare privilege to spend several days without ever stepping into a vehicle.

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