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
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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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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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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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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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.
Our second unforgettable trip with Natural High, hopefully not the last!
Fantastic Christmas trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, organised at very short notice. Wonderful staff at every camp, an unforgettable family experience. …
Claire & George
Outstanding customer service well above the call of duty.
Natural High arranged a trip to remember …accommodation first class, transportation on very long road trips was excellent. Spotless . air conditioni…
Personal service and excellent organisation
This was our first holiday to be organised by Natural High. We made the enquiry on New Year’s Eve for a departure in February and within a few days…
Ken and Caroline
Fantasic Natural High
Brilliant, everything is so well organised. We have had two trips of a lifetime organised by Rod Tether who is also a guide extraordinaire!…
Antony & Jane Braithwaite RT
Fantastic Natural High
Perfectly organised trip to two great Nomad camps in Tanzania!…
Natural High nailed it again
Sledding in Sweden was our second wonderful holiday with Natural High. From the moment you speak to them to when you get home the service and attentio…
Fantasic Natural High
We are repeat customers and NH never fail to deliver an exceptional trip. They understand exactly what we want to experience and tailor the adventure …
Ruth Maxwell AH
Enjoyed EVERY second of an action- packed two weeks in Kenya. Asante Sana👏
This was my fourth safari booked with Natural High and, as previously, it surpassed my expectations. Vanessa’s Itinerary was spot on – the three cam…
Julie Baxter VJ
Fantasic Natural High
They picked out good places to stay that fitted the criteria. Very thoughtful and attentive. They called back and they sent emails with suggestions….
Morroco was a pleasant surprise
This was certainly not our first trip with natural high. As any other trip, organization was great, ie pick up, vehicles, local guides, food, all well…
Don and Bernice Willoughby RT
The holiday was absolutely perfect. The recommended places to stay were spot on, excellent service throughout. It shows that each property has been vi…
Susan And Russell Holdsworth VJ
Everything went smoothly and selection of accommodation was perect for us
Excellent, no problems…
Fantastic Kenya 🇰🇪 Safari thanks Vanessa
We stayed at three beautiful lodges; The Emakoko Nairobi National Park, Tortillis Camp Amboseli National Park and Kicheche Valley Camp Mara Conservati…
David Poninghaus VJ
Seamless service, Catherine was able to accommodate my changing needs, even last minute changes that were my fault, and ended up with a wonderful vaca…
Very helpful and accomodating
Very helpful and Catherine went out of her way to accommodate us. It was also short notice from our side and yet it all worked very well. Good advice …
Phenomenal Safari which will certainly stay with us for years to come
Our main contact, Rod, was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the Safari that we ultimately decided upon. We trusted his recommendations throug…
Matt & Lucy Worthy RT
First class. Experts in the holiday adventure field. Great to deal with
First class! Natural High are experts in their field. All the boxes are ticked which leaves you to travel without any worries. Excellent destinations…
Perfect family Safari!!
Our family Kenyan safari trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary was perfectly planned by Catherine from the moment we landed in Nairobi, to ou…