At Natural High we’re a small tailor made travel company and we like to do things a little differently. We’re not too interested in drooling over the most luxurious lodge, the size of the seats in first class or the latest spa treatments. To us, all this rather misses the point.
Our approach is to focus on the ingredients we know you’ll remember 20 years from now: epic locations, exceptional encounters with wildlife, great guides, a flexible approach, simple but excellent accommodation, and yes, a sprinkle of the unexpected.
The very best travel goes far beyond your expectations; making your holiday predictable isn’t what gets us out of bed in the mornings. Our aim is pure and simple, to make your experience superlative and to give you the chance to see some of the world’s most inspirational wild places in the best way possible. If that makes sense to you, you’ll understand what we mean by Natural High
Alex has been travelling to Africa for the last 20 years, living and working in some of the wildest parts of East Africa as a safari guide and bush pilot for 10 of those years. His knowledge of the lesser-visited parts of Tanzania, which were home for many years, is therefore born of in-depth experience and is second to none. He started Natural High in 2002 while living in Tanzania.
Alex’s personal interest lies in what some might see as a slightly Spartan approach to travel, believing that the things to get excited about probably lie outside - as opposed to within - your tent or room. Wild elemental places are where he gets a kick, the visceral thrill that these places elicit gave rise to the name Natural High.
Alex is constantly seeking out unusual travel opportunities, wherever possible using small mobile camps to access inspirational wild areas and wherever possible taking his family with him.
Irrepressibly vivacious about life in general and Africa in particular Catherine loves nothing more than to infect other people with her enthusiasm. When not running up the company phone bill imparting her prodigious knowledge, she’s playing tennis or hanging out with her terrier and honorary staff member, Millie. Catherine finds any excuse to dash off for a “refresher” in some exotic locale, even though she’s lived in Africa and spent an awful lot of her working life helping other people to explore its special places.
Want to do’s
• Kubu Island Safari with the Bushmen in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
• Walking safari in the Serengeti with Wayo Africa
• Tracking Tiger in India or Nepal
• See polar bears in the Arctic
• Whale watching in Alaska
Vanessa’s long association with Africa began at Lewa Downs in Kenya (where she didn’t meet Prince William), after which she guided in Egypt. Her 16 years as a travel consultant with the great and the good in London has seen her knowledge and experience develop from sub-Saharan Africa into North Africa, Central and Southern America and the Galapagos. Consequently, she’s a veritable encyclopaedia of travel information and force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit. Vanessa is an ocean of calm efficiency and has a lovely smile.
Annie waited until her family was old enough and sufficiently hardy before unleashing her sense of adventure on them, and them on Africa and beyond. While at home in rural Dorset, the sounds and smells of the bush linger with her, and she continues to grow her bucket list, with the contributions of hubby Anthony, who has an unusual passion for volcanoes.
Annie wants to do, among other things:
• Watch Wildebeest crossing on the Mara River
• Collect trilobyte in the Atlas Mountains
• Star watching on the Makgadikgadi Pans
• Go night fishing on a dhow off Pemba Island
• Canoe around Lake Victoria
Andrea Hulme joins Natural High with a wealth of knowledge, first-hand experience and love of the Indian Subcontinent gained from more than 15 years living, working, volunteering and travelling in India, Nepal and Bhutan.