The Africa Adventure Company (AAC) is headed up by Mark and Alison Nolting.
Mark has spent over 25 years exploring and researching the African continent as the author of Africa's Top Wildlife Countries, an excellent guide book in which Mark chronicles every aspect of the safari experience. He is also writes the all-in-one book to take on safari, African Safari Journal, a wildlife guide with illustrations, maps, diary pages, and phrases.
Alison was born and raised in Zimbabwe and spent many years managing safari camps before joining Mark 20 years ago. She thrives in the development of refreshingly new safari programs for our repeat AAC travelers as well as working with sponsorship in the community and introducing volunteer programs.
Together with their wonderful office staff, they offer the highest level of expertise for arranging low-impact and personalized travel to over 14 countries in Africa. They continue to stay ahead of the herds with professional and dedicated consultants who strive to offer outstanding guidance on trip planning. As they look to the future, the Africa Adventure Company will continue to do what it has done best! Focus on small groups and independent travelers, promote camps that are symbiotic with nature and the community, and offer exquisite game viewing with top notch guides. They look forward to the continuing tradition of "safari for a lifetime"!
Our team of safari consultants have traveled to Africa, many having lived there, and will combine their first-hand knowledge of each country; listen to your ideas, and then go to work to help you plan your wildlife safari down to the very last detail. What we offer you is an established reputation of delivering service with a customized approach. We are the essential component to having the safari of a lifetime experience.
"The key," says Mark "is to understanding the travel style of the client and also the personal experience each individual is looking for in their Africa trip, then to match those with the optimum itinerary. This can be accomplished only if the person advising the client has extensive on-site experience in all the safari countries. Office training cannot substitute for actually having been there."
Africa has gone through its own evolution of eco-conservation and for over 25 years, The Africa Adventure Co.(AAC) has partnered and developed key relationships with local ground operators and guides, camps and lodges, and communities that see the merits of low-impact travel.
We strive to deliver the right trip for your wildlife experience of a lifetime, to ensure that our committment to sustainable tourism and the long-term conservation of habitats will continue to be meaningful. Together we support research and field work, private concessions that have partnerships with local communities, and accommodations with low utilization of energy resources.
Mark and Alison and their loyal staff have met and established key partnerships with many of your guides, so once on the ground you are always in excellent hands and you will immediately feel our extended-family attention. These guides know how hard we work to really personalize your safari and the extra mile we have gone to service your travel arrangements. They in turn, offer the very best as they draw you into their natural world in remarkable ways.
Whether you want a scheduled tour or a tailor-made itinerary, the Africa Adventure Company has the expertise to precisely fit your needs. The experience will surely exceed your personal expectations! Click on our AAC Blog to see more.
- We are members of TIES (The International Ecotourism Society), ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), AWF (African Wildlife Foundation), National Geographic Society, and others like APTA (Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa) and ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents)
- We support camp portfolios that have ongoing training to utilise guides and staff who are employed from local communities
- We are supporting eco lodges and camps that pay conservation fees direct to local communities
- We feature camps and lodges that encourage small local entrepreneurships like vegetable gardens, seed and re-forestation programs, and local craft and curio production
- We are providing scholarships to guides children and other children living around the parks to go to school. This encourages them to support conservation of wildlife and later on have the choice of a career in tourism. At this time we sponsor over 400 children in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
- We encourage ongoing voluntourism in Community and Conservation where guests spend a day/days in a school reading books or teaching science or computer, visiting a township or village orphanage to deliver donations, building projects, traveling with a researcher collecting field data, and week long eco-tourism stays at camps that benefit community and conservation efforts
Conde Nast Traveler - December 2012 - 10 fabulous years in a row as a Top Travel Specialist. "150 Experts" who can craft your perfect escape with Mark Nolting listed under Safaris for Families. What an honor and testament to the entire staff at The Africa Adventure Company.
Travel & Leisure - September 2012 - "Best Adventure Outfitters for Families". We are in the list of the top five, World's Best.
Tanzania Tourist Board - September 2012 - "Product Development Award" for 2012 in recognition of Africa Adventure Company's 8-Day Culinary Tanzania Safari
ITN - September 2012 - "Hunting with the Hadza". The feature article was written by Suzi Colman who planned and booked her trip with us.
Travel & Leisure - August 2012 - "World's Best Awards 2012". A prestigious recognition with a debut, at number 2, in the safari outfitters' category!
Conde Nast Traveler - March 2012 - "A New Day for Zimbabwe". A feature article that Mark Nolting, President of The Africa Adventure Company had been working on with the travel writer and photographer for over a year! Zimbabwe's guides and lodge owners deserve the recognition.
Conde Nast Traveler - Jan 2012 - "Twilight of the Tribes; Ethiopia's Omo River Valley". Mark Nolting of The Africa Adventure Company is featured as the Africa travel specialist who has first hand knowledge to plan and book you this epic trip.
ITN - January 2012 - "Looking for wildlife while living in comfort on a tour of Tanzania" by editor David Tykol. A great account of his experiences on safari planned by Africa Adventure Company.
Travel Agent Central - December 2011 - "Travel Agent Magazine's Top Travel Destinations of 2011" by Jenna Tesse Fox. Listed her Best Tour Operator as Africa Adventure Company and described her recent trip to Tanzania.
Conde Nast Traveler - December 2011 - We were selected for the 9th year in a row as one of their "133 Travel Wizards" who can work wonders for you. What an honor and testament to the entire staff at The Africa Adventure Company.
Tanzania Tourist Board - September 2011. The company earned the Tour Operator Humanitarian Award.
Travel & Leisure - September 2011. Named on the A-List 2011 for a third year in a row!
National Geographic Traveler - May-Jun 2011. Award winning trip outfitter for "Walk Among Elephants in Zimbabwe", a "50 Tours of A Lifetime".
Budget Travel Magazine - March 2011. Selected in Dream Trips 2010. Zimbabwe: Local Immersion and Luxury.
National Geographic Traveler - Jan-Feb 2011. "Experience - The Dinner Hour". What one family learned from hunter-gatherers on the shores of Tanzania's Lake Eyasi.
Travel & Leisure - October 2010 - selected as one of their "120 Top Travel Agents - A List".
Conde Nast Traveler - August 2010 - selected as one of their "135 World's Top Travel Specialists" for the 8th year in a row. Well done to Mark Nolting and the team at The Africa Adventure Company.
Budget Travel Magazine - March 2010 - selected in Dream Trips 2010. Botswana: See the Big Five.
National Geographic Adventure - January 2009 selected as one of their "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth". The recognition that we outfit trips supporting sustainable tourism using eco-friendly accommodations and community projects, and that our clients' feedback on the safari journey is an exceptional experience!
USATODAY - January 2009 article "Expert Advice for African Safaris" that also appeared in other newspapers around the nation as an Associated Press interview
Bloomberg Markets - January 2009 article "African Odyssey"
National Geographic Traveler - Travel-Planner has us selected as one of their "Africa Experts" and "Tour Operators"
Recommend Travel Magazine - "Family Fun in Africa", March 2006
Conde Nast Traveler - "10th Annual Hot List - Botswana Vumbura Plains Camp", May 2006
Outside - "Best Trips 2005: Fishing and Diving Adventure to South Africa and Mozambique", February 2005
Outside - "48 Trips of a Lifetime - South Luangwa Walking Safari", March 2004
Mens Journal - "How to Plan the Perfect Safari", February 2004
National Geographic Adventure - "The 25 Greatest Adventures to Do Now", November 2003
Tanzania Tourist Board - 2003 Award winning tour operator, October 2003 Travel World News
Booking an AAC safari is more than just game viewing; there is purpose to making a difference! We are very involved in many African communities, giving back to conservation projects, and supporting guides at grass roots level. We are especially thrilled to assist students’ education as it is our hope they will continue in the wildlife, conservation or tourism field. Let us arrange a visit to these projects on your safari travels. Because of our charitable work, the Tanzania Tourist Board gave us their Tour Operator Humanitarian Award.
Tanzania schools and orphanage:- Our clients traveling to Tanzania are incredibly generous! Three schools that are visited on safari include Teneguru in Arusha, Tarangire Park School and Rhotia Primary School near Karatu/Gibb’s Farm. Many times our clients ask to make donations in monies or supplies before they travel on their return. AAC will match the amount and arranged for supplies to reach the students if clients can get them to Arusha. An orphanage that we have begun to support is Tumaini in Arusha,
Tanzania scholarships:- for 2012 we have continued a scholarship fund for over 35 children of the Tanzania guides who take our clients out on safari. There are also client opportunities to pledge starting at $400.00 for a student in school for a year.
Tanzania guides:- We run an annual Guide of the Year award. For 2011 the winner is Geoffrey Milinga, and in 2010 the winners were Hillary Mandia and Jabshir Rashidi.
Kenya scholarships:- Providing an education to a child in Africa is something magical. For years AAC has an ongoing sponsorship committment of four years for either a school student or as we have just started in 2012, a camp hand from Tortilis Camp is attending college in Nairobi and we cover the cost of tuition and boarding. Also view our Voluntourims program featuring Kiwanjani Eco-Lodge and Kasigau Conservation Trust.
Zimbabwe scholarships:- Day to day living is a struggle in Zimbabwe, let alone paying for twin daughters’ tuition needs. AAC has been blessed with sponsoring twin, high school students and meeting their tuition and boarding school needs for 2007-2012. Anyone who has had the Wilderness Safaris road transfer from Kasane to Victoria Falls has probably had the opportunity to meet Mike Gorasi.. AAC has stepped in and assists with the $4,800.00 per child tuition, allowing the girls to continue with their education. If you are interested in donating directly to a child, we would be delighted to match you with a needy participant in two schools around Victoria Falls - Chamabonda and Chinotimba. Further afield are Monde and Tsholoto schools. Typically sponsorship is $250.00-$400.00 per year for the elementary schools and $1500 for high school.
Zimbabwe schools:- At this time of January 2012 we continue to sponsor 460 children at three schools near Hwange, our main focus being Ziga school. $4.00 a month feeds each child a meal a day when at school getting their education. Our annual donation of $10,000 has gone along way to the Children in the Wilderness program, which allows under-privileged children a chance to participate in conservation. www.childreninthewilderness.com.
Zimbabwe Mana Pools Bushlife Conservancy:- If you have stayed in Vundu Tented Camp or canoed the Zambezi River, then you've met Nick and Desiree Murray. For over 10 years they have dedicated their lives to preserving the wildlife and integrity of Mana Pools. We give a yearly donation to their Bushlife Conservancy for the ongoing work with the park rangers. They now are working with Wild Dog research so please join one of their 2012 workshops.
Botswana guides:- We sponsor the opportunity for camp guides to work up their specialist knowledge providing them with private guiding opportunies with our lucky clients through the year. For 2012 it continues to be Brookes Kamanakao and a further two resident camp guides.
Wilderness Safaris Trust:- We are major supporters of Wilderness Safaris in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Beyond the outstanding safari experience they deliver, we know that for every bed night we book with them a portion of the price goes to the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust. For over 15 years, the Trust has managed a variety of research and education projects in southern Africa – everything from saving endangered wildlife to educating local communities. www.wildernesstrust.com/trust/main.jsp.
Nairobi orphanages:- Nairobi’s Nyumbani Children’s Home shelters, feeds and educates HIV/AIDS orphans and abandoned children. Contact us to set up a tour for you during your time in Nairobi. www.nyumbani.org. Another visit to arrange is to the Nairobi Children's Orphanage and Street Kids project. http://www.kenyachildrenshome.org.uk/
Cape Town orphanage/community:- Contact us to set up a tour for you during your time in Cape Town. We have been supporting an ongoing community project in New Rest.
Uganda - Kibale. We are starting a sponsorship program for 2012.
In conserving Africa’s ecosystems there are many projects helping protect species through research and this has often increased the amount of land under conservation protection. Also in supporti ng Africa, community projects are strong conservation partners in sustainable tourism. The following are a small selection of projects websites that are making a difference in conservation and community.
Botswana Wilderness Safaris Rhino Reintroduction Project
Botswana Wilderness Safaris Wild Dog Research Project
Botswana Wilderness Safaris Lion Monitoring in the Jao Concession
Botswana Kalahari Lion Research www.ckgrlionresearch.org .(attention Kevin MacFarlane)
Botswana Elephant without Borders http://www.elephantswithoutborders.org/ (Dr Mike Chase)
Ethiopia Konso Development and Selam Enviromenmental www.sustainabletravelinternational.org/
Kenya Grassroots Logistics is a regional organization supporting projects aimed at empowering local communities www.originsafaris.org/
Kenya Campi Ya Kanzi partners with Maasai www.maasaitrust.org
Kenya The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy encourages education and conservation of wildlife http://www.lewa.org/education_trust.php
Namibia Wilderness Safaris Doro !Nawas Conservancy
Namibia Wilderness Safaris Save the Rhino Trust
Rwanda/Uganda International Gorilla Conservation Program http://www.igcp.org/
Rwanda The Diane Fossey Gorilla fund http://www.gorillafund.org/
Rwanda The women in Rwanda are getting a helping hand to rebuild their lives with Women for Women International. www.womenforwomen.org
Seychelles Wilderness Safaris North Island Rehabilitation
South Africa Wilderness Safaris Makuleke Community and Mammal Reintroduction
Tanzania Ndarakwai and the Kilimanjaro Conservancy http://www.solla-sollew.com/TKC/about.html
Uganda Support of conservation www.ugandacf.org
Zambia Wilderness Safaris River Club and Simonga Village
Zambia Chiawa Camp supports http://www.conservationlowerzambezi.com.zm/
Zambia COMACO http://www.itswild.org
Zimbabwe Friends of Hwange http://www.hwangetrust.com/
Zimbabwe Bushlife Conservancy in Mana Pools sign up for Membership through Vundu Camp
Zimbabwe Children in the Wilderness is supporting rural villages and communities near Hwange.. http://www.childreninthewilderness.com/ (attention Sue Goatley)
The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation www.janegoodall.org/
African Wildlife Foundation- www.awf.org/section/safaris/destinations
www.VillageBanking.org - a solution to poverty using small loans to create big changes in entrepreneurship
ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. www.one.org