For many of us, the adventure of tracking and encountering wild gorillas on foot in their remote, African forest habitat, is a dream experience. The phrase ‘bucket list’ somehow doesn’t do it justice. In fact, it was staring off into space and daydreaming about gorillas that inspired my own move to Africa, though I was six years on safari before I laid eyes on a one of these magnificent apes in the wild.

Strike out on foot with five fantastic walking safaris, off the beaten track in Africa.

In The Wild has always been about getting you out of the 4x4 vehicle and away from the radio guiding. To create an adventure with impact we need to immerse ourselves in an ecosystem, to put ourselves back at the ground level and to engage all of our senses while stepping through our journey.

On Planning Family Safaris

We have just returned home from a fabulous safari through Kenya with two beautiful families. It was a tremendous adventure, we created so many remarkable memories together and we feel deeply privileged to have planned and guided this trip.

Zambezi Daydreams

In early May of this year Jana and I had the immense good fortune to undertake a little exploration in Zambia. It was a fact finding mission visiting three national parks over fourteen nights and unwittingly, during the adventure, we fell head over heels in love with the Lower Zambezi National Park.

Lords of the Wilderness

I have just returned from a magnificent fifteen nights guiding a wonderful family from California through my very favorite parts of Kenya and Tanzania. The expedition was extremely varied in landscapes and experiences and incredibly joyful throughout. For me, our grand finale in the Mahale Mountains National Park was the highlight of all.

There are many strings to the Hadza bow.

I’m a child of the eighties born into the western developed world and named after a ridiculous pop star with a regrettable haircut. This means that in my lifetime I will eat about two and a half tonnes of chicken, perhaps the same amount of beef (though hopefully less). I’ll drink around 15 thousand beers (that’s probably too modest, I’m British). I’ll brush my teeth with one hundred and fifty toothbrushes and I’ll sing horribly in about thirty thousand showers sending 2.6 million litres of water down a drain. Njile, Gongo and Tabo are Hadzabe. This means they won’t.

Perhaps there has never been a better time to straddle a camel and mosey off into the African wilderness in search of adventure.

A bright soul with a sharp mind once told me: “one should never give unsolicited advice dear boy, for the intelligent don’t need it and the foolish won’t take it!” A glaring contradiction in its delivery, granted, yet it struck me that this was guidance worth taking and I’ve tried my best to follow it since. I will however go against this better judgement today to impart towards you few enlightened, faithful folk, a nugget of knowledge so great in its consequence to your own potential wellbeing that it would be irresponsible, nigh churlish, of me not to share it. Prick up those ears my precious darlings, this is the earth shatteringly vital bit you have to absorb (you can skim past the rest if you must).

Notes Upon The Ebb & Flow – Part Two

Our coffee and toast is serenaded by the cracking branches and rumbling vocalisations of a herd of elephants as they move around the outskirts of camp. They pause to feed in the thicket to our south and this is encouragement enough for us to drop breakfast and head off with Kane.

Notes Upon The Ebb & Flow – Part One

In May this year Jana and I had the enormous privilege of returning to Botswana. It was a three-week expedition brim-full with countless safari highlights, but the centrepiece of our adventure was joining the Great Plains Conservation team for four nights and five days, out in the sticks, on their Selinda Adventure Trail.