At Natural World Safaris we are proud of the extraordinary journeys we create and are thrilled that our clients, the press and travel industry all agree. Thanks to our obsession with wildlife, exemplary knowledge of the destinations we sell, high standards of customer service and reputation throughout the natural world community, we are recognised as leaders in our field.
"We are delighted to be recognised as one of the top specialist tour operators in the world according to Condé Nast Traveller and have been featured in their prestigious reader awards for four consecutive years."
Speaking about our recognition in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller awards NWS MD Will Bolsover says, "It is a great result and the fourth year running we have been in the top 10 which is remarkable. We are up against a lot of very good competition and know the readers of CNT are very discerning so it is something we are very proud of. The results reflects service levels and genuine enthusiasm across the company. We pride ourselves on providing the best wildlife experiences for all our travellers and we'd like to say a huge thank you to all those who voted for us."
Will Bolsover, one of Conde Nast Traveler’s top 50 global specialists
NWS Founder and CEO, Will Bolsover, has been named as one of the world's Top 50 Global Travel Specialists by the authority on pioneering travel experiences, Condé Nast Traveler in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
We frequently feature in the press for our innovative and immersive wildlife safaris. You can read some of our coverage on our press page.
"The trip with Natural World Safaris exceeded expectations. I would count it as the most rewarding rainforest experience I’ve ever had. Wonderful!" - Hilary Bradt MBE , award-winning publisher and founder of Bradt Guides.
Natural World Safaris has won various awards for our carefully crafted, unique safaris. We’ve also featured in the press around the globe, receiving rave reviews from some of the world’s most respected travel writers and prestigious publications.
Conde Nast Traveler "The fixer to use"
How to Spend It "One of the more intrepid operators in South-East Africa"
Gentry Magazine "An elite luxury outfit that is driven to get you up close and personal with the world's most precious wildlife"
The Daily Telegraph "With top-notch guides, slick itineraries and access to some of the world’s most remote regions, this is the company to take you into the wilderness"
The Telegraph on Gorongosa - "The wild, empty safari destination you must visit before the crowds arrive"
We are best known for putting our clients in the right place at the right time for extraordinary wildlife encounters and the same goes for journalists who have travelled with us too.
Whale Sharks - Martin Fletcher writing for The Telegraph
“Préparez-vous! Préparez-vous!” our captain shouts. Then “Allez! Allez! A droite!” Flippers on, masks down and snorkels up, we slide rapidly into the water from the rear of the boat. For a few seconds we can see nothing but bubbles. When they clear, we spot a huge whale shark swimming straight towards us – flat-headed with a yard-wide mouth. We paddle back to avoid him, but the enormous creature takes no notice. He glides past us – all 18 sleek feet of him. We turn and follow.
The next few minutes are sublime, thrilling, unforgettable. The whale shark swims serenely on through clear blue water lanced by refracted sun beams. We are so close we can see his small black eyes and the hole just behind each one, his layered gills and the sharp, parallel ridges running down his back. Hundreds of white circles are scattered across his head but run in geometric lines down the length of his great blue-grey body.
When we turn a bend in the track, my heart lurches quicker than I can bring a camera to my eye. The tiger is up ahead, perhaps 80 metres distant, sleeping in the snow. He sees us, and we see him — the thick, simple stripes. He gets to his feet. In a matter of five, six seconds, we have lost him, the flash of black and orange disappearing among the skinny tree trunks.
“You just became the first tourist to come here and see a tiger in the flesh,” says Batalov, breaking the silence.
Lemurs in Madagascar - Emma Gregg writing for National Geographic Traveller
“Jumping, jumping, jumping,” yells Felix. When it comes to live nature commentary, sometimes simplest is best, and my local guide has just the right touch. Ask him a question and he offers information galore, but when something exciting is happening, he sticks to rapid whispers, urgent gestures and big, toothy smiles.
Right now, there’s excitement all around us. A large group of red-ruffed lemurs — impressive creatures with teddy bear fur, dachshund-like faces and enormous black tails — are racing through the trees with extravagant leaps. Sounding the alarm, they disappear before we know it. It’s enough to leave me breathless.
Polar bear in Svalbard - Emma Duncan writing for the Economist
It’s near midnight and we’re sitting in an inflatable rubber boat a few yards from the edge of the ice, watching a distant polar bear. He’s not putting on much of a show – staring glumly into a hole, waiting for dinner to pop its head up – but there’s a lot else going on: a couple of reindeer, moving slowly across the frozen land; an Arctic fox, pale brown against the white, running fast; a black guillemot, with smart white patches on his wings, paddling around our little boat with his bright red legs visible in the clear water; seals lying fatly on the ice, their fur glistening golden in the sun.
The bear, curious or hungry, lumbers towards the edge of the ice and wanders up and down, peering irritably at us. Then he tenses as he sees what he has been waiting for: a bearded seal in the water in front of him.