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About the Author

Minnesota is a long way from Africa, but Mark W. Nolting, who was born Minneapolis (then grew up and was educated in Florida), has spent more than 35 years exploring and researching the African continent.

After spending 2 years traveling through 16 countries, from Cairo to Cape Town establishing contacts with safari companies and tour guides, Nolting founded The Africa Adventure Company (1986). “I developed a strong passion for Africa on my first visit to this amazing continent,” Nolting states. “Since then I have returned countless times and have enjoyed traveling with and sharing my love for Africa with my wife, Alison, and our two sons Miles and Nicholas.”

Known in the industry now as the “Travel Expert of Africa”, Nolting is the author of two award-winning books: Africa's Top Wildlife Countries (now in its 9th Edition) and African Safari Field Guide (now in its 8th Edition). In Africa's Top Wildlife Countries, Nolting chronicles every aspect of the safari experience for detailed planning of a trip to this fascinating continent. The African Safari Field Guide is the all-in-one book to take on safari, since it is a wildlife guide with color illustrations, maps, diary pages, and much more.

Though he has essentially covered the African continent in his numerous journeys there, Nolting continues to travel to Africa yearly to update information and explore new areas. Hard to find information on Africa is always at his fingertips, and he loves to take the time to talk to people about the many adventures that can be found on the continent.

Along with Nolting and his wife, the staff at The Africa Adventure Company offer the highest level of expertise for arranging low-impact and personalized travel to over 14 countries in Africa. 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 of a lifetime”!

Author Mark NoltingQuestions Mark Nolting is Frequently Asked

1. Why should I go to Africa?
2. Is it safe to travel to Africa?
3. What kinds of safaris can I go on?
4. Is there a specific time of year that is best for going on a safari?
5. What should I do to prepare for a safari before I leave home?
6. What should I expect when going on an African safari?
7. Should I be nervous about disease-carrying insects and snakes when on an African safari?
8. Will there be a language barrier when I go on a safari?
9. Will I have to sleep in grass or mud huts?
10. What do I need to know before going on my first safari?



Nolting's Honors

The Travel + Leisure
Mark Nolting was named on the A-List 2023 for the 14th year in a row!

Condé Nast Traveler
Selected for his 19th year as one of the Top African Travel Specialists by Conde Nast Traveler! 

National Geographic Traveler
Selected as one of Top Africa Experts on Earth, 2011

Tanzania Tourist Board
2011 Tour Operator Humanitarian Award

National Geographic Traveler
50 Tours of a Lifetime, April 20, 2011

Budget Travel
Six Unforgettable African Wildlife Trips, March 1, 2011

USA Today Travel

Adventure Travel to Africa, April 7, 2011

Travel Weekly

Safari Operator Spotlighting Voluntourism Programs, January 31, 2011

Washington Business Journal

Africa Adventure is Honored in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”, May 2, 2011

Africa Adventure is Honored in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”, May 2, 2011

Travel + Leisure
6 Ways to Safari in Africa, October 1, 2011

ITN Travel News
Looking for Wildlife While Living in Comfort on a Tour of Tanzania, January 1, 2012

NY Resident

Luxury Safari Means Giving Back in Zambia, January 1, 2012

NY Daily News
Call of the Serengeti, November 13, 2011

Global Traveler Magazine
Animal Planet, October 8, 2011