Rated Africa's Number One Safari Outfitter by National Geographic Adventure
EXPERIENCE: As professional guides, we have learned the bush through experience, from countless days and nights exploring new country. This is coupled with rigorous, specialized training in approaching dangerous animals on foot, safety, tracking, rifle competency and situation assessment. We don't take on freelancers - rather our guides are long-standing members of our small team and sought-after leaders in the guiding field. If you are heading off into the Serengeti backcountry for a walking safari, you want to know you are with advanced, experienced guides who know and understand big game and the bush!
GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY: With kids and families in general, the guide is make or break. Instead of driving around all day, we get the kids out and about for eye-opening and educational experiences, not to mention good laughs and fun. We have our own small children who we take to the bush, so we know how to do it. Keep them active, show them tracks, how to spot game and perhaps even how to throw a spear, fire an arrow or dig for tubers with the Hadza. And above all - see a ton of big game and have fun!
A PASSION FOR THE BUSH: While the tourism industry becomes corporate, our roots have stayed the same: in the bush. We do it because we love it. We don't spend our free time on twitter or making brochures. Rather, we can be found bashing our land rovers through the wilderness to find new special areas to take you. This is what has driven us from the beginning 25 years ago, and what still drives us today. It's always there: a desire to find a new waterhole, explore a new river, plan a new walking route and forever expand our list of wild experiences and areas to take you to.
AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: After a big day in the bush, we kick up our feet, enjoy a G&T and a hearty supper. We talk of what we saw that day and plot our route for the next morning. Around the fire, the conversation is lively, with talk of traditional cultures, conservation challenges, and the next wild place to go... We check out the stars overhead, find the southern cross and invariably pause to hear a lion roaring in the distance. And of course... there will be a few tall tales about close calls and wild encounters!

YOUR GUIDES

EXPERIENCE: As professional guides, we have learned the bush through experience, from countless days and nights exploring new country. This is coupled with rigorous, specialized training in approaching dangerous animals on foot, safety, tracking, rifle competency and situation assessment. We don't take on... READ MORE

GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY: With kids and families in general, the guide is make or break. Instead of driving around all day, we get the kids out and about for eye-opening and educational experiences, not to mention good laughs and fun. We have our own small children who we take to the bush, so we know how to do it... READ MORE

A PASSION FOR THE BUSH: While the tourism industry becomes corporate, our roots have stayed the same: in the bush. We do it because we love it. We don't spend our free time on twitter or making brochures. Rather, we can be found bashing our land rovers through the wilderness to find new special areas to take... READ MORE

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: After a big day in the bush, we kick up our feet, enjoy a G&T and a hearty supper. We talk of what we saw that day and plot our route for the next morning. Around the fire, the conversation is lively, with talk of traditional cultures, conservation challenges, and the next wild place to... READ MORE

"I really think it was our guides who made it such an exceptional trip. They really brought something special to the group and we feel very fortunate to have had them with us." K. STOKES
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