From the beginning, our niche has been "remote". And to this day, our safaris are focused on going to places where no other tour operators go. This gives our travelers the true feeling of a safari and is the reason for our many international accolades over the years.
People come to us because they want to see the wildlife of Africa and get away from people, cell phones and civilization, to immerse themselves in true wilderness. A common inquiry we get is:
"Dear Mark: We just want to properly experience Africa and not be around all those lodges and tourists."
Instead of investing in glossy brochures, we spend our time and resources on maintaining the highest calibre of guiding and on exploring new remote areas. Over the years we have searched long and hard for wilderness areas which have a unique character, thrilling wildlife experiences, a freedom to camp, walk and explore as we please, and the all-important absence of other people, tourists or lodges for many a mile. (We call it 'work' but it's what really drives us!). We keep these areas as guarded secrets where only Mark Thornton Safaris and our partners access. For some areas we have exclusive-use agreements, and for others, their remoteness keeps them pristine and hidden. Our most exciting wildlife encounters have been in these spots and in a crowded world of globalization, this is a rare privilege.