It's about the journey
Out of this world experiences
When you travel, what is it that you really remember?
A simple tented camp in a hidden corner of wild Africa. A homestay above the clouds in a Himalayan village. A trek with a Berber guide whose family have walked High Atlas paths for generations. Above all, it’s being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people.
At Natural High we specialise in this kind of travel. It's about capturing that sense of discovery, exploration and revelation – the journey as the destination.
All of us working at Natural High have more than 20 years’ experience of travel in Africa or the Indian sub-continent. We've lived there, worked as guides, bush pilots, camp managers and arranged or led countless one-off journeys for our clients. We live to travel, and take any chance we can to do so extensively.
We get to know the places we visit intimately and make up our own minds about what’s worth doing, rather than what makes a good photograph. We also know that the best experiences are not simply about luxury or money. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures or unexpected encounters that make your trip truly unforgettable. And we’d prefer to offer you intelligent simplicity than impersonal luxury any day of the week.
Over the past 20 years we’ve each built close relationships with our partners in the far-flung places we visit. We draw on all of our know-how (and connections) to create experiences that stay with you for the rest of your life.
Natural High in the press
We’ve been lucky enough to arrange or lead trips – and take photos for – many mainstream publications from The Financial Times to CNN, The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, The Daily Beast and Harpers Bazaar.
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Alex Edwards - Founder
Alex started Natural High in 2002 after 10 years running safari camps, bush flying and leading safaris in East Africa. He has been travelling to Africa for the last 20 years.
With his Africa-born wife Harriet, he lived and worked in some of the wildest parts of East Africa.
Today home is Dorset, and with their three sons they take any opportunity to explore wild places and unearth new experiences across Africa, the Indian Subcontinent or frankly anywhere they can get away with. They relish new territories, strange foods and exploring off piste; travel not simply as an excuse for adventure, but as education. Which is pushing things, but sure beats Latin vocabulary.
Catherine Ronan - Africa Specialist
Rumour has it that Catherine Ronan used to be a spy. We find this slightly hard to believe as she loves nothing more than to divulge her travel secrets and infect other people with her enthusiasm.
She’s one of the most widely travelled people you’re likely to meet and has an enduring love for Africa where she knows - and is known by - everyone.
She has a particular affinity for the people and landscapes of the harsh desert regions, from the Samburu in Northern Kenya to the Bushmen of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans. For Catherine travel is a heady mix of excitement and adventure. She brings with her an ebullient sense of fun mixed with a meticulous eye for detail.
Vanessa Janion - Safari and Morocco Specialist
Vanessa Janion’s strong artistic flair is probably one of the reasons she has such an affinity for Morocco.
Her sense of style is evident in the artefacts she emerges with from her forays into the souks of Marrakech or Fez’s Poterie De Fes where mosaic craftsmen still create zellij mosaics in a centuries old tradition.
In the past 20 years she’s lived in Egypt, India and Kenya (where she once narrowly avoided landing her entire family in prison for overtaking the presidential motorcade) and has explored from the streets of Asmara, locked in a time warp from 1930s Italy, to recent forays to the remote Isimangaliso Wetland Park on the Mozambique border to see things afresh through the eyes of her own children.
Andrea Hulme - India, Bhutan, Nepal & Madagascar Specialist
Andrea Hulme’s travel experiences could fill a small novel; from a bit-part in a Tamil movie, to leading expeditions in Kyrgyzstan and negotiating landslides along the Karakoram highway.
She’s helped prepare food for 50,000 in Amritsar’s Golden Temple and between jobs lived with a Mongolian family in the Gobi Desert. Here she learned, among other things, how to milk a horse, a skill that proved invaluable in clinching the job at Natural High. Most recently she’s enjoyed tracking elephants on foot and sleeping out under the stars in Tanzania, and getting up close and personal with lemurs in Madagascar.
Travel for Andrea is epitomised by incidental meetings with people and unexpected encounters with diverse cultures which leave one’s own expectations looking pale by comparison.
Rod Tether - Africa Specialist
Born in Uganda and guiding since the age of 17, Rod is recognised as one of Africa’s leading safari guides. His spiritual home remains Zambia's North Luangwa where he and his wife Guz created and ran the fabulous Kutandala Camp for more than a decade before their children necessitated a move to "civilisation”.
Since then he’s been leading mobile safaris to far-flung wild parts of Africa.
Rod's a passionate all-round naturalist and now uses his unsurpassed knowledge and huge network of contacts to create the perfect safari. Always seeking out new adventures and destinations to guide in - the current fixation is Zakouma National Park in Chad.
Annie Garnett - Finance
Annie Garnett keeps the wheels turning smoothly at Natural High. As a traveller she’s long had a penchant for the grass roots approach; travel preferably on foot, with time to stop, sit and soak it all up.
With husband anthony she has covered the skies of Southern England in their own balloon, and took a memorable overland journey in a pair of renault 5s from Dorset, through Yugoslavia to Greece, the only glitch being a reversing accident involving not one, but both cars (but nobody else).
These days Annie is building her own menagerie which at the last count involved a tortoise, a plethora of fowl, a donkey, several horses, a small pack of dogs and a brace of pigs.
Olly Williams - Artist and Expedition Outfitter
For the past 30 years Olly has worked in remote Arctic, Desert, Ocean and Jungle habitats tracking and painting endangered predators and their prey as part of the collaborative art duo known as Olly & Suzi. Their works of art are held in both museum and private collections worldwide including the Damien Hirst collection, the UBS collection and the Natural History Museum in London. They were the subject of BBC Storyville feature length documentary film about their work in the wild entitled Wild Art and an art film Instinct which received a cinema release at the ICA in London. Olly was Associate Producer of award-winning eco-documentary End of the Line.
Olly's years of field experience combined with remote region medical, professional diving and past military training has equipped him with the skills to offer discerning clientele a diverse array of unique wilderness experiences. For the last ten years Olly has specialised in outfitting expert guided Arctic and African wilderness trips with a strong emphasis on tracking, viewing and filming endangered wildlife. He is passionately involved with helping to implement and fund pioneering conservation initiatives in these habitats. The expertise of Olly's local guide network in these regions is peerless. His longstanding trusted relationships greatly enhance our ability to provide locally verified "ground-truth" enabling Olly to manage client expectations and mitigate avoidable risk.
Olly joined the Natural High team in 2018. He lives with his family in West Sussex and Arctic Sweden.