Rated Africa's Number One Safari Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure
Biodiversity conservation must go hand in hand with bettering the lives of local people and giving them an incentive to conserve. Since 1994, we have been working with local people to do just that.

OUR WORK THROUGHOUT AFRICA

World Heritage Site Nomination, South Africa

Mark headed the team producing the successful nomination for UNESCO for the recently declared Richtersveld World Heritage Site on South Africa's border with Namibia, the most botanically diverse desert in the world.

Land Use Planning, South Africa

With financial assistance from UNDP, Mark led a project zoning an emerging coastal reserve on the remote northwestern coast of South Africa.

State of Environment Reporting, Zanzibar

With support from the Government of Zanzibar and Finland's Foreign Ministry, Mark compiled Zanzibar's first ever State of Environment Report to monitor environmental threats 
and trends.

Community Based Natural Resource Management, South Africa

With a grant from Conservation International, Mark worked for a year assisting the Richtersveld community develop a 160,000 hectare mountain desert nature reserve in a global Biodiversity Hotspot.

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