Natural High was born in Africa and raised exploring the world’s wild places…EXPLORE
What we do
A simple tented camp in a hidden corner of Africa, the fresh track of a Bengal tiger in the jungles of Central India, a trek with Berber guides whose family have walked High Atlas paths for generations.
Natural High is defined by wilderness experiences that make the heart sing. We travel extensively, know our destinations intimately and select only those places on which we’re prepared to stake our reputation.
Experience has shown us that luxury is all in the context. We offer you intelligent simplicity rather than the distraction of misplaced glitz.
Each of us at Natural High has unrivalled experience of living, working or planning trips to the far-flung places we visit. We’ve worked with many of our guides and partners since we (and they) started out 30 years ago and we bring this collective knowledge to bear when it comes to planning your safari.
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Where we go
We began in Africa and it remains our heartland.
But today – drawn by an insatiable obsession with the world’s wild places – we hand-pick stellar wilderness experiences round the world, from the steppes of Asia to the jungles of South America and the intense polar landscapes of the High Arctic.
We place simple quality at the heart of everything we do, the very best guides remarkable wilderness locations and extraordinary encounters with wildlife.
When you combine these elements with the light-touch approach that is our hallmark we think you’ll understand what we mean by Natural High.
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A place of travel inspiration
We have recently transformed our office with the exciting addition of The Travel Book Company, a specialist travel book shop.
We have created a place of inspiration that takes a lifetime of travel, distilled into a place to lose yourself in travel of all kinds, from reading about travel to planning your next escape.
The absolute best way to discuss travel is face to face. So why not pop over and see us – enjoy our beautiful bookshop, stay for a cup of coffee and pour over the maps in our beautiful green-oak office in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Our team will be delighted to talk about travel anytime.
why travel withNatural High
We’ve been organizing proper travel for more than 20 years so with us you get genuine experience and understanding
We assemble every last detail of your itinerary making sure it runs like clockwork and until you’re happy we won’t ask for a dime.
In a world of confusing choices we’ll work to get the best value for your money. It’s why our clients keep coming back for more.
We’re ATOL bonded. Once you’ve booked, the price won’t change, even if the exchange rate does.
We take full responsibility for every aspect of your itinerary from the minute you book to your return.
“Natural High shines rays of adventurous light into some of the least explored, most exciting corners of the wider world.”
“The less-is-more formula natural high advocates makes complete sense. luxury lies in exposing the sensory, instinctive self to the scents and sounds of the wild.”
“We walked through dusty ochre foothills, following a thin stream lined with wild pink oleanders and fragrant thyme.”
MEET OUR TRAVEL EXPERTS
Africa and South America specialist
A strong artistic flair is probably the reason Vanessa 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 the 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). She has explored from the streets of Asmara, locked in a time warp from 1930s Italy, to the remote wilderness of Svalbard in the High Arctic.
Vanessa’s extensive travel experience and expertise spans from Latin America to Africa and she frequently travels with her own family. She enjoys nothing more than the chance to experience wilderness and nature through the eyes of her children.
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Rumour has it that Catherine used to be a spy. We find that slightly hard to believe as she likes nothing more than to divulge her travel secrets and infect other people with her enthusiasm.
Catherine is 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.
Most recently, Catherine has relished the time she spent with the tribes of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley where she ventured way off the beaten track with a mobile camp. 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.
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Arctic expedition outfitter
Arctic expert and yin to Natural High’s African yang
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.
Olly’s years of field experience have equipped him with the skills to offer a diverse array of unique Arctic and wilderness experiences. He is passionately involved with helping to implement and fund pioneering conservation initiatives in these habitats. The expertise of Olly’s local guide network is peerless and his longstanding trusted relationships provide incredible locally verified “ground-truth”. Olly joined the Natural High team in 2018. He lives with his family in West Sussex and his own arctic cabin, named ‘Bear’s Nest’ built in a sacred mystical area called Outavaara, Sami for ‘a place where anything can happen’.
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Expert guide, born and raised in wild Africa.
Born in Uganda and guiding since the age of 17, Rod is 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”. Here the emphasis was firmly on walking and slow immersion in the wild; a philosophy that remains central to Rod’s approach today.
Since Luangwa, he’s been leading safaris to far-flung wild parts of Africa, always seeking out new adventures and destinations to guide in. In recent years Rod has been exploring from Congo Brazzaville and the DRC to Chad where he’s one of a small number of accredited guides allowed to bring clients into Zakouma National Park. Rod’s a passionate all-round naturalist and now uses his unsurpassed knowledge and huge network of contacts to create the perfect safari.
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Keeps the wheels turning smoothly at Natural High.
As a traveller Annie has 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.
Riding Safari Specialist
Having ridden all her life in a variety of countries, Jemma is always seeking the ultimate horseback adventure.
Riding in Africa in the mesmerising landscapes of the Masai Mara with the Big Five or witnessing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti Plains or journeying through the Namib desert are exceptionally incredible safaris.
Jemma frequently travels with her husband and three children. They all ride and have experienced some magical moments as a family on horseback. It is a truly unique experience. Jemma hopes that her next riding safari adventure will be with her family in Botswana experiencing Okavango’s wildlife and beauty.
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Founder of Natural High
St Paul had his epiphany on the road to Damascus. Mine was on the road to Ruaha in the middle of an African night in ‘93.
Distant electrical storms creased the ink-black sky, animals flickered in the headlights then disappeared like phantoms in the dark. And the air was suffused with the rich caramel of impending rain. This journey lives on in my memory as the beginning of an adventure that ultimately became Natural High and continues to this day.
The next ten years were an extraordinarily privileged time. My wife Harriet and I lived and worked in some of Africa’s most spectacular parks. At a time when visitors were few and far between we had small, indescribably beautiful pockets of wild Africa almost to ourselves. Elephants visited our home daily, while lion, leopard and wild dog were regulars in camp.
In the wildly exciting west of Tanzania I discovered pilot-heaven, flying charters in a small single-engine bush plane. Low level flights over the turquoise waters of Lake Tanganyika culminated in dusk landings on grass airstrips. At the end of the day, base was a camp tucked under shady tamarind trees in the wilds of Katavi.
During this time we saw the dedication it takes from all involved to operate in remote areas of wilderness and that lesson has stayed with us to this day. It’s why we place such value on real bush know-how and simple but brilliant camps. The places you’ll stay are more than just hotels and the people who run them work against massive odds to make them uniquely memorable. These are the people we work with at Natural High. People whose love and knowledge make your stay much more than just a holiday, and quite possibly the setting for your very own epiphany.
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India & sub-continent & Madagascar specialist
Travel experiences that 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. Andrea has helped prepare food for 50,000 in Amritsar’s Golden Temple and 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.
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Into The Wild Brochure
Need some more inspiration? Request a copy of Into The Wild, our comprehensive anthology of safaris and wilderness travel.
Fantasic Natural High
Our trip to Kenya and Rwanda with Natural High was beyond expectation. Catherine put together a fantastic itinerary that provided a balanced two+ wee…
Jarrett Szczesny CR
Trip of a lifetime and the most amazing experience
This was a trip of a lifetime for us!!! It was romantic, adventurous, and something we have never experienced before. We travel a lot, so we were blow…
Natural High has planned many trips to Africa for us and we have never been
Yes we would recommend Have used multiple times and would continue to do so. The trip ran smoothly and camps chosen were great. Rod Tether has become …
Don and Bernice Willoughby
Very much bespoke with extremely well chosen segments of the trio
Catherine Ronan listened to and understood exactly what we wanted and put together an imaginative itinerary which worked perfectly for us. We had a gr…
Fantasic Natural High
All the arrangements made by the company worked well. The descriptions of the accommodation and what we might see were accurate. The staff were frien…
Fantasic Natural High
Although our holiday was expensive, it was very well planned and the lodging and guides were outstanding….
John and Laurie Neufeld ..
Catherine put together an excellent tour package that encompassed Victoria Falls and the Garden Route in South Africa. This was the second time we hav…
Tim & Linda Robinson ..
Excellent photographic safari to South Luangwa lead by Simon Stafford.
Kafunta camp in South Luangwa was excellent, exceeding all our expectation. The staff and guilds were superb, so friendly, with nothing being too much…
John & Sally
I would use this company again.
Natural High Safaris planned the perfect trip for us. From the locations, the specific camps, to the order in which we visited the camps – it was all…
Much higher than high!
This was our third bespoke safari with Natural High Safari. Catherine Ronan with her resourceful exuberance has given us trips for life every time. No…
Sunita & Jayesh Gajjar CR
Another superb walking holiday in Zambia accompanied by Natural High’s Rod
A well planned and brilliantly executed itinerary, originally compiled three years’ ago and which NH rolled over twice, in the process accommodating t…
Charles & Jo Mercey
Excellent service! Simply, the best!!
Excellent service all along the planning process! And throughout the trip, everything worked out perfectly!! Vanessa Janion gave us a very personal s…
A trip we will never forget.
We were very happy with our trip. Our lodges, the people who worked there and our guides (Benson and Yasini) were awesome. We loved Tanzania and it’…
Covered all the different territories of Morocco.
Excellent service-would recommend-went above and beyond our expectations-very enjoyable and memorable vacation…
Natural High Safaris are exceptional, expert tour operators. 5 stars *****
Natural High Safaris are fantastic tour operators whom we have used numerous times. We recently had a wonderful trip to Namibia organised by Catherin…
James & Cecily Rogers CR
Never so pampered in my life while seeing iconic images for real
We worked with two tour groups. The other tour group was more helpful with respect to details about going to Kenya (background info, customs, common p…
Judith and Matt Ochs
Fabulous trip. The trek in the Atlas Mountains was superb
Highly recommended. The hotels recommended were great, all the logistics worked perfectly. The trek in the Atlas Mountains was amazing. The guide was …
Jonathan and Jill Whitehead VJ
Great birding and walking holiday in Kenya
Natural High provided us with excellent advice as to where we should stay in Kenya: we wanted to walk and our main interest was birds. Laikipia (stayi…
Charles & Jo