"Imagine camping near the farthest out watering hole where herds of African Buffalo, elephants and other big game cluster, fishing the crocodile filled Lower Zambezi River for Tigerfish, visiting local villages and schools, staying in high end lodges or more primitive bush camps where you sleep with the sounds of lions, hippos, and exotic birds... Wow!! Quinton Martins recently arranged this African trip for my wife and me. We were impressed with his knowledge of lodging and dining, camps and guides, photography and local cultures, and the experience itself far exceeded our every expectation. Thank you, Quinton, for this trip of a lifetime, our first to Africa, but certainly not our last!" Alan and Gail Ross, Kenwood CA
Here in this sacred house of silence I can lose myself - the sky is as endless as it is containing and here the water teases land Here in the nearness of where I stand there is always distance - a space, an in-between and here I am alone, but I belong. Here in this great crucible of dreams the scattered feathers and the dried out prints of hoof and pad stand as sacred signatures... an ancient contract. Here in this vast and visible in-between is the birth place of fire urging flight into footprints and wings out of scales. Here silence becomes free
My True Wild trip was my third African safari, it was also the best. I came back with so much more than myriad animal sightings. Time was given to learn animal behaviors, ecology and habitat maintenance. Starting with an active dig sight was so informative and perfect planning. The accommodations provided plenty of attention to comfort, food and beverage for reasonable prices. The guides and staff were genuinely interested in sharing their culture with us as well as learning about ours. It was a super opportunity…plus Quinton and Liz were really fun! Thank you for taking me along, can I come again?Deborah Jones
I have dreamt of returning to Africa since my trip to Kenya in 1997. That was such a magical trip that I was sure it couldn’t be topped. I was so wrong! True Wild, aka Quinton & Liz Martins, topped that trip and provided so much more. I knew I would see wildlife on my safari but I never imagined seeing 208 birds species, all of which Dr. Martins knew, lions on the hunt in the dark of night with hungry cubs to feed back at the den, or a leopard stalk a water buck across the grasslands. I watched a warthog with her babies trot underneath my tent platform. We stopped to watch dung beetles, little tiny red velvet mites, elephants and wild dogs cooling themselves in watering holes. These creatures gave us a glimpse into the complicated and fragile ecosystem that is southern Africa. Each magical day was filled with magnificent game viewing, appreciating the big and small creatures that make up these amazing ecosystems, beautiful sunsets, and learning about conservation efforts in South Africa and Botswana. True Wild knows so much about the individual safari camps and selected just the right places for the season we visited. Their attention to detail, passion for the animals and the people, and sincerely caring about my experience made this ‘wild’ trip ‘truly’ perfect.Linda Sheppard
A safari with True Wild and Quinton can be a deep experience of the soul. We love Africa and have made ten photographic safaris to parks in Southern and Eastern Africa. The two that True Wild organized for us in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia have been among the most memorable. The founders of True Wild have the rare ability to share their deep appreciation of the African wilderness through the trips they organize and lead. Quinton has a detailed knowledge of the many regions and camps that you can visit, and an understanding of what you are likely to see in each area as the seasons change. Based on the specific animals we wanted to see, True Wild tailored a trip for us, including the month and locations for our stays. As a wildlife biologist and South African native, Quinton has an unparalleled knowledge of the animals, their habitats and the ecology of the areas. We believe he is one of the world’s experts on big cats, and certainly THE expert on leopard. It’s a treat and an education to observe him reading and interpreting the paw prints in the road to track an animal. We stayed in opulent lodges as well as rustic tent camps on bluffs over-looking rivers or in the savannah. The food was always superb, and the staff beyond wonderful. We had ample opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of wildlife, up-close and personal. And, sleeping in the bush where we can hear the night sounds of wild Africa is captivating — male lions roaring back and forth to claim their territories, whooping spotted hyenas, and elephants trumpeting. If you want an astounding African safari trip of a lifetime, have True Wild create it for you.Craig Harrison & Marina Chang
Quinton Martins is a superb African wildlife expert and safari tour organizer/guide — and a wonderful person to boot. In December 2019 Quinton organized a two-week adventure in southern Africa for a group of about 12 local Sonoma residents, including the two of us. His selected itinerary and choice of safari camps in South Africa and Botswana were excellent. We saw up close and personal a wide range of animals, including the “Big 5” — in a highly diverse range of settings (from riverbank to desert) and in a variety of safari camp types (from luxury to tent). Throughout the trip his knowledge of varied settings and different animals were amazing (it seems that he can recognize and name every different bird in Africa, even from a distance!). Our ability to spend time with a family of habituated meerkats in the center of the Kalahari desert was a unique experience — some of them even sat on Janet’s lap. In addition to the animals and overall safari experience, Quinton arranged for our group to have a couple of distinct and wonderfully unusual visits. For one we spent time with leading cultural anthropologists who are currently investigating a cave site for ancient man outside of Johannesburg — with remains deemed even older than those found by Leaky in east Africa. We spent quality time visiting the “dig” and speaking with the scientists. Later in the trip we visited a locale in Kruger Park where a top ecologist manages a 20-year field trial demonstrating the importance of grasslands to mitigate against the impacts of climate change. Again we had time to speak with this professor as well as visit his field trial area. Janet and I asked Quinton to arrange a further two-week safari experience for us after the rest of the group returned to the US. He used his personal connections to set us up in an area in southern Tanzania that we had never previously visited: the Selous and the Ruaha. His selection of several camps for us here was great, giving us never before experiences with wild dogs in particular. In sum, one cannot do better than to work with Quinton Martins and the entire True Wild team.David Morell and Janet Bruno
Sally and I had a life changing experience in Africa with True Wild, led by Quinton and Liz Martins. It will probably be the only time we will get to go on safari, but the experience was well worth the effort and cost. Quinton’s experience and knowledge of the area made all the difference; every step of the way from navigating airport check-ins, keeping track of all the luggage, and the many ground transportation and camp arrangements flowed smoothly. Each camp was chosen for the unique features it offered, and the total experience, from tracking a pride of lions on the hunt, giraffes, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, rhinos, cheetahs, the dozens of different antelope, elephant and even following a pack of African wild dogs on the lookout for a near-by leopard. Then there were all the strange birds, my favorite being the Red Crested Korhaan. It is also called the “suicide bird” as it has a unique mating ritual in which, after a vocalizing ascending call on the ground, he then flies vertically up in the sky. On reaching a certain height, the korhaan merely folds his wings and plummets back down toward the ground-body seemingly prone as if he had been shot in mid-air. Shortly before hitting the ground, it opens its wings for a safe, elegant landing. Very impressive, as was all the wildlife.Mike and Sally Gale
My Safari with True Wild was much more than a trip. We wandered, we adventured, and we were amazed. I hadn’t considered a safari but knowing Quinton and Liz and other like-minded people (nature nuts) through volunteering at Bouverie Preserve near Glen Ellen, CA., I decided to leap into the unknown. The motivation to go was curiosity, but the gifts received were exploring a totally unknown environment, observing the care shown for nature through the guides/staff at various camps, making new friends through our common bond of stewardship of planet Earth and learning about living in Botswana and South Africa. The vibrant sunsets, the campfires, the laughter, the wild night ride following the lion pack – well, they were just the icing on the cake!Bobbie Jenkins, Sonoma CA
Mostly we arrange safaris on request, however we also create special themed safaris led by Californian biologists who can help connect your experiences in the African wilderness with your life back home. Find out more about our current Special Themed Safaris with set dates by looking through the attached descriptions.Learn More
We have a fascinating selection of group leaders. We will recommend one based on your interests to lead your trip while sharing much of their own special interests and expertise. All are experts in their field - ornithologists, biologists, wildlife photographers, environmental educators, authors, naturalists.Learn More
We are very selective when it comes to the Safari Camps we choose as they are the crux of your experience. We choose camps in superb locations, which provide the best quality experiences. We prefer small camps with exclusive access so that your game-viewing and living experience is not overshadowed by crowds of tourists. Comfort and luxury are a given but not the basis of our choices. Check out our gallery for some of our favourite camps.
Most Safari Camps include a variety of activities, led by camp guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and their wildlife. Activities may include game drives; walking safaris, with your senses fully alert and tuning in to the rhythm of the wild; boating or kayaking for excellent birding and a new perspective on wildlife; fishing; sleeping out under the stars; observing and photographing quietly from hides; and select cultural experiences.
Transfers between camps is often in small charter planes. For shorter distances, you will have road transfers or speedboat transfers. We use the best local providers. In some cases it is worth considering getting your own private charter plane, which gives you more freedom with timing and detours en route.
As each trip is unique, we will only be able to provide a quote after consultation. Here are a few guidelines on what to expect when it comes to pricing:Learn More
Partner, Safari Advisor and Expert Guide
Quinton is a passionate conservationist from South Africa who has dedicated over 25 years to wildlife, as a professional safari guide in Africa and a scientist specialising in big cat research. He is True Wild’s safari advisor and one of our expert guides.
Managing Partner and Family Safari Guide
Liz is a passionate environmental educator with a background in Waldorf teaching in South Africa. She loves bringing people into better connection with nature. A True Wild partner, she manages the business and does specialist guiding for family groups.
Specialties: Big Cats; animal behaviour; conservation; ecology; scorpions; birds; photography
Specialties: Safaris with children; nature-inspired art; self-development through nature-connection
Specialties: Large carnivores, human-wildlife interaction, animal behavior, urban wildlife, conservation
Specialties: botany, plant and animal interactions, nature writing, fire ecology, habitat conservation