Best Safaris Tour Companies

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Ker & Downey Africa

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 26 Trips
Average Price $ 762 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 26 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Ker & Downey is an award-winning luxury tour operator with more than five decades of experience in the travel industry. What Makes Them Stand Out? Ker & Downey is known for African Adventure Travel – primarily including Safaris and Gorilla tracking, but extending into all forms of adventure from bush walks to mountaineering. They offer private tours with a focus on experiential travel with VIP assistance, incredible guides, and fabulous properties for every itinerary. They’ll partner with every you to design the ultimate memorable, unforgettable, and even life-changing itinerary. They are the perfect company if you’re after “adventurous days and luxurious nights”. Who Travels With Them? Ker & Downey offers experiential luxury travel for all ages including families, couples, and solo travelers. Group size ranges - they are equipped to handle anything from solo travellers to groups of 100. Where Do They Operate? They specialize in luxury safaris to Africa. These tours go all over, but they are known for Botswana, South Africa, Victoria Falls, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, Namibia, Reunion Island and Malawi. And though Africa is their focus, they offer custom itineraries all over the world. Why Travel With Them? Ker & Downey designs each of its journeys to provide the traveler a worry-free experience. They have expertise in a vast list of destinations, with each of its luxury travel consultants traveling there on a yearly basis, if not more often. Its “white glove expertise” will recommend properties, transfers, guide services, and dining locations for any destination. Many clients might request destinations that are not on the featured list, but Ker & Downey will make special arrangements to create an itinerary matching travelers’ interests. Tweets by kerdowneyafrica

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Great Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa Middle East & North Africa
Total Trips 9 Trips
Average Price $ 355 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 8 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Based in Glendale, California, Great Safaris is a wholesaler that highlights a host of luxury safaris and other trips throughout southern and eastern Africa as well as Egypt and parts of the Middle East.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  They promote some “trips of a lifetime” such as a 32-day Cape to Cairo journey by train, safari vehicle, plane, and river cruise ship with stops at a number of wildlife reserves (including Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park) as well as Victoria Falls and Ethiopia.  Who Travels With Them?  Families, small groups of friends, or individuals seeking a first-class African wildlife safari or tour of Egypt.  Where Do They Operate? Great Safaris specializes in South Africa, but also operates in Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, the Seychelles, Egypt; and parts of the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, and Abu Dhabi, which are usually combined with African destinations).  How Does It Work?  Great Safaris outlines a wealth of safari possibilities and Egypt tours and offers personal consultation on selecting your trip. Then you book your tour through your favorite travel agent.  Why Travel With Them?  CEO Dave Herbert has lived extensively in South Africa and knows the region well. He works only with highly experienced agents who are also intimately familiar with Africa.

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Rothschild Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa
Total Trips 10 Trips
Average Price $ 779 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 9 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Based in Colorado, Rothschild Safaris is an award winning boutique Safari travel company. They expertly match travelers to trips based on interests and budget, often creating fully customized itineraries that suit the customer’s interests and budget. What Makes Rothschild Safaris Stand Out? Rothschild has made a name for themselves, over the 30+ years that they’ve been around, providing boutique luxury African safaris. The travel experts that work with them are Africa and safari specialists. And one of the primary differentiating factors of Rothschild is their ability to craft personalized and custom safari tours. They also offer a slew of family friendly tours that are specifically designed to be unforgettable for all ages. While they are known mostly for African safaris, Rothschild also travels to the Asia Pacific region and South America. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Rothschild? Affluent travelers who are interested in working with a travel specialist to create a customized tour - and particularly if you are looking for a safari. Rothschild specializes in crafting unforgettable and personalized experiences in the luxury travel space. If you are seeking to explore the wildness and wilderness with a glass of champagne in one hand and your camera in the other, Rothschild could be for you. Top Destinations Rothschild safari has been offering customizable luxury safari trips in Africa for over 15 years. In the year 2015, they expanded to offer safaris in the Asia Pacific region, Australia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Antarctica. All trips have a strong focus on local wildlife. Rothschild Safaris Travel Style Rothschild Safaris offers customizable itineraries and luxurious accommodations. With Rothschild, after a tiring game drive, you will find yourself relaxing in a luxury camp opening to private verandas. All trips are planned and paced out according to your needs and wants. Why Choose a Safari with Rothschild? Their intimate knowledge of safaris and Africa travel make them some of the most qualified to craft your next customized African safari. Selecting Rothschild means you are also selecting the experience of working with an expert travel planner to help with making your entire trip to your specifications. Rothschild Safaris provides private luxury, guided, and customized safari trips. They  work with you to customize a trip according to your budget and the desired level of comfort seeked. While the main focus is luxury, there are several more budget friendly options available through Rothschild as well.

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Global Basecamps

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America Asia Africa
Total Trips 168 Trips
Average Price $ 320 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 39 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Global Basecamps specializes in designing custom tours for those who want to travel independently but also want support while doing so. With help from the Global Basecamps team, you can choose your own itinerary and be as flexible as you want to be. Meanwhile, Global Basecamps promises support before, during, and after your trip. That support includes advice and help with planning and logistics; selecting and booking transportation, restaurants, lodgings, and activities; and arranging for local tour guides and transfers. But you’ll be traveling on your own rather than with a group, and have full say in where you want to go and for how long, and what you want to do while there. They will arrange safaris, treks, small ship cruises and other tours from Morocco to Ecuador, Japan to Uganda. Global Basecamps outlines a number of tours that you could take, for “inspiration” -- such as “Beyond the Big Five: Uganda, Tanzania and the Spice Island” (Zanzibar), one of National Geographic Traveler’s pick for Top Africa Tours of a Lifetime for 2014 -- but you’re free to modify it as you like. In general, expect to pay more for customized independent trips than for group travel, though you can customize the budget level you feel comfortable with as your arrangements are made. The company prides itself on fostering sustainable tourism and environmentally friendly lodgings, and works with local guides and outfitters to benefit economies in the countries visited.

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Abercrombie & Kent

4.3 | Great
78% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 28 Trips
Average Price $ 732 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 6 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Co-founded by current CEO Geoffrey Kent in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent started out in modest fashion as an African safari operator, but quickly grew into one of the world's premiere luxury travel brands. Today they cover the globe, with 50 offices worldwide. What Makes Abercrombie & Kent Stand Out? Abercrombie & Kent is one of the world’s leading luxury travel companies. The emphasis is very much on luxury here -- whether it’s small-group travel (limit of 18 per group), tailor-made journeys, expedition cruises, train travel, African safaris, European barge cruises, or any of its many other offerings, just about everything A&K arranges is top of the line. They are specific in their travel style, promising superior and attentive service, comfort, and cultural exploration. While this may seem exclusionary - and the prices are quite a barrier to entry Luxury travel might have a reputation for being swanky and even perhaps a bit dull, particularly for those who travel for adventure, the image being a glass of champagne all day long, moving from meal to meal, sitting on the private deck of a cruise ship. This perspective is a misnomer however, as there is quite a bit of action available on tours with Abercrombie & Kent. Enjoy invigorating walks, hikes, get outdoors to remote locations, meeting local people and learning about their cultures; experience the thrill of getting up close to waterfalls, and poise your camera for the perfect shot on a safari. Then retire to your room for a cocktail before dinner. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Abercrombie & Kent? Abercrombie & Kent travelers embody an adventurous spirit, but enjoy the finer things as well. “Elegant exploration” is one way to put it. These travelers appreciate a slow pace and personalized attentive service. The age range tends to be older - baby boomers and seniors looking for a relaxing experience, with many cultural touch-points, but not overly “immersive” as their children and grandchildren might prefer. This is upper crest travel at its finest - though Abercrombie & Kent makes a concerted effort to be worldly and inviting, your experience is definitely a luxury version of any given destination. This is a travel company that offers Private Jet trips, some of which offering the chance to meet an Abercrombie & Kent family member. Think private after hours tours, exclusive outings with artisans, chefs, and winemakers; spectacular meals and accommodations that go a touch beyond comfortable. Imagine the civilized world of cocktail hour and dressing for dinner, but in the context of exploration. Perhaps you’re sipping your negroni on the deck of your private suite in Kenya, gazing out across the savannah with elephants silhouetted in the distance, against the dusty yellow sunlight of dusk. This is the wonderful travel world waiting for you with Abercrombie & Kent. The majority of A&K’s guests come from North America or Britain. A&K trips are definitely not for the budget traveler, but they offer deluxe lodgings and transport and exceptionally attentive service, which their customers value highly. Top Destinations Abercrombie & Kent made its name offering luxury small group and private safaris in Africa. Today they go around the world, but with the same luxurious approach. Luxury doesn’t mean same-old, same-old or unadventurous though. Groups head off on Antarctic expeditions or Uganda gorilla safaris, visit Tibet or Machu Picchu, join a European or Nile river cruise, or travel to India’s Pushkar Fair. You can ride deluxe trains or fly across Africa by private jet with Abercrombie & Kent. Or you can outline your own tailor-made journey under the guidance of an A&K consultant, then be accompanied by their guides throughout. Abercrombie & Kent Travel Style There could be a tendency to view Abercrombie & Kent as old fashioned when it comes to travel style. However there is a difference between old fashioned and appreciating a traditional travel style. Those who travel with Abercrombie & Kent do expect a certain kind of experience. From luggage handling to having the salad fork in the correct order, from short or non-existent lines to special assistance when needed. These expectations have become the blueprint for an Abercrombie & Kent travel experience. Transportation on an Abercrombie & Kent tour is almost always private and chartered. Exceptions would of course be rail journeys, but here you would have a private car and access to first class dining and viewing. Your journey may involve anything from helicopters, private jets, luxury coaches, and yachts. Walking is a common part of most guided tours, but you can expect simple and easy distances during your A&K itinerary. (Unless of course you are on a Gorilla Trek!). Accommodation follows a similar pattern. Luxury hotels, safari lodges, villas, you name it and it’s probably available. Why Choose a Tour With Abercrombie & Kent? Abercrombie & Kent promises to deliver an authentic, “insider” travel experience, such as seeing Machu Picchu under the guidance of its former resident archaeologist. You can even ride an elegant train to get there. In Tanzania, A&K runs its own luxury safari camps. From the time they first meet you at the airport until trip end, Abercrombie & Kent promises that your trip will go as smoothly as possible -- and that their entire global organization will be dedicated toward that goal. It may strike some as contradictory to see certain parts of the world in luxury. Some countries have luxury homes, but they are only available to tourists and travelers because the locals simply occupy a different social sphere. There is a unique dependency on tourism in much of the world. Abercrombie & Kent takes this seriously, doing their philanthropic part wherever possible, giving back to the local communities.

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Scenic Trails Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 20 Trips
Average Price $ 496 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 19 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Registered and incorporated in Uganda, East Africa, Scenic Trails Safari is a dependable indigenous tour operator that specializes in African holidays that will take your breath away.   Known For African safaris, Family travel, Luxury travel, Wildlife tours, Africa Tours What Makes Them Stand Out?  They understand that the vital link between you and the spectacular beauty of Africa is an exceptional guide. Their guides combination of passion and knowledge of the area will leave you at ease while you take in all Africa has to offer. Who Travels With Them? Scenic Trails Safari are well known for their African safari, family, luxury honeymoons and beach holidays. There is something for everyone interested in exploring the exceptional landscape, wildlife and cuisine Africa has to offer. They tailor make African holiday trips for travelers from all over the globe. Where Do They Operate? They specialized in trips to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Why Travel With Them? Scenic Trails Safari is committed to excellence, and they are eager to help you create a completely tailor-made tour. The passionate and knowledgeable guides know Africa like the back of their hands, and will show you around some of the most unique destinations. Whether it’s bringing Africa’s spectacular biodiversity to you or educating your kids on a fun packed holiday, the guides are committed to showing you an inside view of the wonders Africa has to offer.  

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Audley Travel

4.9 | Excellent
99% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 4 Trips
Average Price $ 432 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator

Stride Review Founded in 1996, Audley grew out of the desire to help travelers see the world in their own way, using expertly crafted individual journeys. What Makes Them Stand Out? With Audley you have the peace of mind that comes from speaking directly to a travel specialist who works to create an itinerary specifically designed to you. They consider all factors from your interests to the budget you’re looking to spend. They see the process through from inception to departure, and are available for questions all throughout your trip. Who Travels With Them? Travelers interested in working with a travel specialist who will help make your trip personal and individual. Where Do They Operate? Audley creates their tailor-made itineraries for over 75 destinations on every continent. Why Travel With Them? Audley presents the inspiration, allowing you decide the type of trip you want to have. Then they take it a step further, allowing you to fully customize and personalize your experience. Dedicated travel specialists are available to help you along every step of the way. No matter your budget or interests, each trip is designed with absolute quality in mind.

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African Budget Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 170 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Budget
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 1 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Based in Cape Town, African Budget Safaris is an independent tour provider offering the more budget minded traveler the opportunity to enjoy remarkable African safaris. What Makes Them Stand Out? They provide a way for budget travelers to experience Africa, including keeping an up to date specials and deals section. They offer a wide selection of tours beyond safaris such as overland tours, hiking tours, and city breaks. Whether you’re looking for an adventure trip or a comfortable self-drive itinerary, they have a lot of choice and flexibility. Who Travels With Them? Travelers seeking a safari, travelers seeking to incorporate a safari tour or day journey into their vacation. Their prices are varied, but all within budget range. Where Do They Operate? African Budget Safaris operates throughout Africa, including, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar.  Why Travel With Them? The breadth of choice they offer makes it easy to find the kind of safari or African travel experience you’re looking for. They are based in Cape Town which means they are intimately knowledgeable about the safaris they offer and their travel experts can help guide you to the one that’s right for you.

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andBeyond

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
South America Asia Africa
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 803 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 2 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Founded in 1991, &Beyond is best known for its individually tailored luxury African safaris that span top wildlife areas throughout much of the continent. The company has since expanded to arranging private tours of several countries in South Asia (most notably India) and, to a lesser extent, southern South America.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  The company – originally called CC Africa or Conservation Corporation Africa – was founded in the belief that responsible tourism and wildlife conservation can go hand in hand. &Beyond now owns and operates 35 lodges and camps in seven countries that aid conservation efforts in Africa and India. The company is the recipient of a number of awards honoring its commitment to sustainable travel.  Who Travels With Them? Anyone who can afford a custom-made luxury private tour or safari could benefit from &Beyond’s attentive services. Whether you have a clear idea of the trip you’d like to take or would prefer &Beyond to take the lead, their staff will help guide you through the entire process.  Where Do They Operate? &Beyond designs a host of African safaris in 15 countries as well as tours to South Asia and South America. African safari destinations include South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. You can take a walking safari in Kenya, track gorillas in Uganda, or board a water safari in Zimbabwe, among other choices. In South Asia, you could take a jungle safari in India or Nepal, a beach holiday in the Maldives, or discover beautiful Sri Lanka. In South America, Chile and Argentina are featured.  How Does It Work? &Beyond specializes in custom-made private tours. You can also choose one of their suggested “model” itineraries or modify it according to your desires. They promise 24/7 support every day of the year.   Why Travel With Them?  As one of the pioneers of eco-tourism in Africa, &Beyond has demonstrated its commitment to planning luxury safaris that enhance rather than detract from conservation efforts. Especially in their Africa tours, &Beyond offers a wide variety of adventurous experiences, using (in many cases) lodgings that the company itself owns, guaranteeing their quality.

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Cox & Kings

4.7 | Excellent
96% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 16 Trips
Average Price $ 517 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Tours in Safaris 1 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review With roots and offices in London and current Indian ownership, Cox & Kings specializes in high-end small-group tours and private tailor-made trips to locations around the world.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  Talk about experienced – Cox & Kings has been around since 1758, which makes them the world’s oldest established travel company. Their luxury offerings include short- or long-term itineraries, whether pampered or adventurous. Who Travels With Them? Cox & Kings attracts people who like far-flung, meticulously planned travel adventures and are willing and able to pay for them.  Where Do They Operate? The company operates tours worldwide, ranging from both polar regions to Australia, North to South America, Europe to Asia, the Caribbean to the Mideast. No part of the globe seems too far off the track to warrant their interest.  How Does It Work? You can opt either for a guided small-group or private tour, or create your own itinerary from the ground up. For guided tours, they offer a series of special Royal Academy art tours and also tours for single travelers that don’t charge single supplements. For private travel, they’ll set you up on rail journeys, cruises, culinary trips, and family holidays. Land accommodations are in four or five-star hotels when available.  Why Travel With Them?  With more than 250 years’ experience, this is no fly-by-night tour operator. Cox & Kings has built a formidable team of travel experts and guides around the world, and prides itself on offering good value for the money, by taking advantage of its buying power to land good deals on flights, lodgings, and other travel items.

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Deeper Africa

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 830 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 2 Tours in Safaris
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Expect In Africa Safari

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 15 Trips
Average Price $ 514 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 13 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Expect in Africa is the perfect operator for first time Africa visitors. What Makes Them Stand Out? Custom designed safari experiences, for travelers who want a unique yet classic trip through Tanzania. They are dedicated to making sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible - with airport pickups, and logistics taken care of so all you have to do is enjoy. They offer wildlife viewing safaris, adventure safaris, and special focused safaris - many of which are customizable. Who Travels With Them? Their safaris are best suited to those who have never been to Africa or Tanzania before and are looking for an all-encompassing trip, with knowledgeable guides and comfortable accommodation. This is ideal for couples and young families, and safaris tend to be most enjoyed by those who have some level of physical fitness (jeep rides can be long and bumpy!). For older travelers or those that want more comfort, luxury safaris are also available through Expect in Africa. Where Do They Operate? Primarily throughout Tanzania, including mountain excursions to Kilimanjaro. Why Travel With Them? Sustainable tourism in a country with unbeatable natural resources. Stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife diversity and concentration, safari adventures to remember for a lifetime, challenging mountain and active watersports, barefoot beaches and idyllic islands, historical and cultural riches. They provide all this in dream vacation venues where you can relax and take in the magic of Africa.

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Galloping Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 13 Trips
Average Price $ 534 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 6 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Founded in 2013, Galloping Safaris provides in depth African safaris as well as Mt. Kilimanjaro treks. What Makes Them Stand Out? They specialize in private luxury safaris in Tanzania - focused on truly unique wildlife experiences. Each trip is designed by an expert who listens to what you hope to get out of the trip and helps plan exactly how to make that happen for you and your travel companions. Who Travels With Them? Their trips are best suited to couples, small families or multi gen groups, and older travelers. Trekkers who are both experienced will enjoy their Mt. Kilimanjaro treks. Where Do They Operate? They focus almost exclusively in Tanzania and their local guides have many connections on the ground to help make your experience of the country as safe and comfortable as possible. Why Travel With Them? They offer experiential, bespoke travel planning, holidays and unique tailor-made itineraries for individuals and small groups. You can browse sample itineraries on their site for inspiration and your personal travel expert will help craft your trip.

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Go2Africa

5.0 | Excellent
90% Recommend
Africa Middle East & North Africa
Total Trips 1 Trip
Average Price $ 608 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Group Tour Operator

Stride Review go2africa.com connects travelers with tour providers and negotiates prices and fees on behalf of the traveler. Travelers may contact the company through a range of different media that includes telephone, Skype, instant messaging, or email. Expect a response within 24 hours throughout the week, or 48 hours over the weekend.

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Aardvark Safaris

5.0 | Excellent
100% Recommend
Africa Middle East & North Africa
Total Trips 7 Trips
Average Price $ 729 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Budget
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 7 Tours in Safaris
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Bestway Tours & Safaris

4.0 | Great
100% Recommend
Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe
Total Trips 18 Trips
Average Price $ 324 per day
Tours in Safaris 1 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Originally founded by three brothers in 1978, Bestway Tours & Safaris has been in the business a long time without losing touch on the ever-evolving tastes and trends that travelers want to experience around the world. With headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Bestway Tours & Safaris provides both independent and group tours in most major tourism regions –and several that are more off-the-beaten-path. What Makes Them Stand Out? Bestway Tours & Safaris is completely flexible to customize an itinerary based on the exact travel desires and needs of each person on the trip. Whether you’re looking for a fully-guided experience or one where the arrangements are pre-set but you call the shots, they can provide. Who Travels With Them? Bestway Tours & Safaris targets travelers who are looking for a luxurious experience but expect to immerse themselves in each destination on the itinerary. Most trips are not physically strenuous, but that is certainly an option depending on the traveler. Instead, travelers from any age can find unique tour options, local accommodation, and flexible planning tools to help make their dream itinerary a reality. Where Do They Operate? While they offer tours across the globe, the primary tour markets for Bestway Tours & Safaris are Asia, Africa, Middle East & North Africa, and Europe. They have particular strengths in itineraries for North Africa, the Middle East, India, and Indochina, due to close relationships with partner providers on the ground in these areas. Some of their most popular destinations include Jordan, South India, and Indonesia. Why Travel With Them? Bestway Tours & Safaris has a global network of partners that help cover all the essentials – and many luxuries – for a trip to almost any corner of the globe. Their custom itineraries option allow travelers to combine tours and experiences in unique ways that might not otherwise be an option with group tour providers, and don’t come at an exorbitant premium.

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Exodus Travels

4.6 | Excellent
99% Recommend
Central America & Caribbean South America Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe
Total Trips 541 Trips
Average Price $ 262 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 32 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Exodus is an award-winning active adventure-oriented tour company that has been in business for 44+ years out of the UK and 3 years ago opened dedicated American and Canadian office. They specialize in active Cultural, Walking & Trekking, Cycling and Responsible Wildlife tours to 100+ Countries worldwide. Adventure can take the form of serious and active adventures --  which may involve adrenaline-producing, off-the-beaten-path roughing-it trips to the most remote areas of the world -- or food and wine, premium (five-star), family, or cultural adventures to iconic destinations, which involve more comforts and amenities. What Makes Exodus Stand Out? Exodus offers a award winning collection of small group tours, self-guided adventures, wine & food journeys, family group holidays, and trips for of solo travelers. Daily events might involve cycling, walking, hiking, safaris, historic sites, photography, winter activities (including polar expeditions), cooking classes, wine tastings, local encounters or a mix of all the above activities. Exodus is perhaps most well-known for their range of cycling, walking and trekking tours around the world. These active adventures vary by way of difficulty from level 1-10, attracting casual cyclists and hikers as well as enthusiasts looking to really push their physical limits. The majority of trips have a maximum group size of 4-16 travelers, with an average of 10-12. In short, Exodus covers just about all the bases for adventure-minded, ecologically sensitive and responsible travelers. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Exodus? The Exodus traveler is very active, loves being adventurous, and will be less invested in luxury accommodations or a lot of museum time. You are game for anything, love the travel experience of getting to know a new destination through outdoor adventure, and learning about the culture from local guides and experts. These trips are great for those who already have a base level of physical fitness, and enjoy meeting new physical challenges. Exodus provides physical fitness guides are provided to give you a sense of how much training you should expect to do prior to departure. As Exodus is a British company, many of their clients were previously from the UK but now come from the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well. Exodus travelers are a diverse bunch, and average between 35-65 years of age. Trips typically range between $1,500 to $2,500 dollars with a focus on value. Top Destinations Exodus leads 600 + trips spanning all seven continents. From African safaris, to walking and wine in Italy and France to the sun-drenched Croatian coast, to trekking Patagonia, wildlife cruises in the Galapagos and cycling in Vietnam, Exodus has built out their global presence and has active adventures for every style of traveler. Exodus Travel Style Mode of transport ranges from two feet, to two wheels to private van. All of Exodus’ cycling trips are supported by a SAG vehicle - short for ‘support and gear.’ Luggage is transported from point to point on all of their active itineraries, leaving travelers the freedom to relax and enjoy the experience. Accommodations are typically charming locally run 2-3 star, with some premium departures available, and the company strives to offer unique accommodation experiences whenever possible. Why Choose a Tour With Exodus? Exodus’ main strength is its range of active product. Exodus is an experienced operator when it comes to this style of travel and is quite well-known in the UK, Australia and emerging as a leader in North America. Their trips have deep cultural components and are based on principles of responsible tourism. Before joining the company, team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland driver's, mountain guides, diving and ski specialists, and mountain bike gurus – so they know their stuff when it comes to traveling to the wilderness and the far reaching corners of the world, as well as providing the kind of expertise you need to truly come away with appreciation for what you've experienced.

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Absolute Africa

4.6 | Excellent
87% Recommend
Africa
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 159 per day
Size Regional Expert
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 2 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Founded in 1979, Absolute Africa has been operating expertly led overland tours throughout Africa for over twenty five years. What Makes Them Stand Out? They are staffed by an entirely local crew, letting you see a different side of Africa through local eyes. Apart from their popular overland tours, they also offer gorilla treks, Kilimanjaro climbs, and add-ons such as a beach stay on Zanzibar Island. Who Travels With Them? Typically younger travelers take these tours - though there is no age limit. Do be prepared to chip in and help with setting up camp, cleaning, and cooking. Overland tours involve some camping, and days can be long and not always comfortable - so go with an adventurous spirit!   Where Do They Operate? They focus exclusively in Africa, with tours ranging from 9-11 weeks to 1-3 weeks. Why Travel With Them? If you’re itching for an adventure, and are looking for a completely unique experience, Absolute Africa is sure to deliver. You’ll meet like-minded adventurous travelers who enjoy overland travel, and get to truly be a part of making the trip meaningful as you contribute to all aspects of the journey.

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Road Scholar

4.5 | Great
87% Recommend
North America Central America & Caribbean South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Middle East & North Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 856 Trips
Average Price $ 363 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Tours in Safaris 7 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review Founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, Road Scholar took its new name in 2010. The name change was meant to better reflect the non-profit educational travel organization’s mission, which is to offer lifelong learning opportunities to adults. Besides it’s a clever play on words (the takeoff on Rhodes Scholar), “Road” stands for the journeys the group offers, while “Scholar” indicates the deep devotion to learning that participants possess. What Makes Road Scholar Stand Out? Tours specifically designed for older travelers and with a heavy focus on gaining deeper knowledge through educational activities, led by guides who are experts in a variety of fields. Instructors accompanying Road Scholar trips are experts in their fields, delivering lectures and leading field trips. Trip themes may range from history and culture, language study, and music appreciation to birding, bicycling, and baseball (proving that learning can be light-hearted, too). Traveling with Road Scholar is like a study abroad experience, with classes and instructors, with a group of people the same age who have a similarly extensive hindsight on life - and love to learn. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Road Scholar? The first thing to note is that Road Scholar trips are specifically intended for travelers 50 and above (often 65+). Open minded, active, and worldly life-long learners who have a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things, will love the cadence of a Road Scholar trip. Road Scholar is often the first guided trip experience for older travelers. Perhaps in your younger days you loved going it alone, planning out your itinerary, and loved the spontaneity of traveling off the beaten path. Now you’re ready to have that same spirit, but with a few more ducks in a row and maybe hit some of the classic sites you missed or didn’t truly appreciate before. Road Scholar has recently added special grandparent-grandchild trips and programs for three generations traveling together. Keep in mind that the focus remains on education, distinguishing Road Scholar trips from most commercial tours. Group sizes with Road Scholar vary, but many small group study tours are limited to 10-24 participants. They are also very friendly to solo travelers - offering many tours for solos and singles where you can meet new friends, and romantic interests! Road Scholar allows for particular good compatibility between you and your tour mates as each journey is designed around specific themes from an educational perspective. Top Destinations With a special Road Scholar operates tours in 150 countries, as well as every state in the U.S. Aside from the educational days, many trips include activities in nature, with hiking, kayaking, and other outdoors experiences. Road Scholar Travel Style Road Scholar creates their itineraries to encourage learning - both in a scholarly way, from knowledgeable guides, and experts in various fields, and also in a holistic way - from the accommodations, meals, and transportation. Your entire journey with Road Scholar is designed as an educational experience. Tours are referred to as “programs”, guides, tour directors, and leaders are “faculty” and they even have an online “campus store”. Programs are designed to be immersive and very different from a canned experience. Walking trips, train treks, small ship cruises, and riverboat voyages are among the options for trip style. Prices typically stay in the budget/value range consistent with the company’s roots. Road Scholar offers may ways to save on their trips. These include scholarships, friend referrals, and various specials and deals throughout the year. Why Choose a Tour With Road Scholar? On a Road Scholar tour you can expect a lot of unique cultural, artistic, historic, and local insights. Meet artisans, learn local crafts, and feel the camaraderie of being around other travelers who enjoy the educational aspect of travel. The original Elderhostel grew out of the vision of the late Marty Knowlton, who spent four years backpacking around Europe while staying in youth hostels -- and wanted American adults to have access to similar cultural experiences. If you consider yourself a lifelong learner and want to spend your vacation amongst others who share your passion for travel and education, Road Scholar is the place for you.

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REI Adventures

4.4 | Great
100% Recommend
North America South America Rivers & Seas Australia & Pacific Asia Africa Europe Antarctica & the Arctic
Total Trips 84 Trips
Average Price $ 413 per day
Size Global Operator
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Tours in Safaris 2 Tours in Safaris

Stride Review When you think of REI, you probably think first of stores that sell quality outdoor equipment and gear. But REI also has a travel division called REI Adventures, which has been leading active outdoor adventures around the world for the past 25 years. What Makes REI Adventures Stand Out? Known for their top quality outdoor gear, REI’s trips are specifically designed for the active adventure traveler. As a company they are dedicated to helping people see the world through the lens of nature and outdoor adventure. Even though this is their focus, they do also enrich their itineraries with cultural encounters, great meals with local touches, and exploring the destination off the hiking trail.    Aside from their many trip options, from women-only departures to family friendly outings, they also offer volunteering trips, for those travelers interested in making a difference through their travel. These are also outdoor focused and involve things like wildlife habitat restoration and trail maintenance. It’s clear that REI takes their role as an outfitter as well as travel provider seriously and strive to help protect the areas they explore to keep them as pristine and undisturbed as possible. Most trips are small groups, and are intended for those who are physically fit. Satisfy all your active adventure cravings on a trip with REI where you’ll meet like minded travelers and come home with stories to tell. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With REI Adventures? REI trips are very active adventure focused, with the emphasis is on getting outdoors and enjoying nature. If you are the kind of traveler for whom putting on a pair of hiking boots and hitting the trail for a several hour excursion in the wilderness is an ideal and really, crucial, aspect of your travel experience, these trips are for you. The space in your suitcase that might have been dedicated to makeup, ties, jewelry, or cufflinks is replaced with outdoor travel accessories. Getting out in nature with REI means anything from hard core activities like extreme whitewater rafting and trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, to family safaris and cruises to Antarctica. The focal point is being outside, learning about nature, and being active. That said, this is travel after all, albeit adventure travel, but that doesn’t have to mean no time to slow down and get some cultural experiences in too. Simply that exploring culture and history is secondary to the outdoor travel aspect. Everyone from mild adventure travelers to hard core adventurers and adrenaline junkies will be right at home on a trip with REI. Trips are moderately priced, with several family friendly, solo traveler, and women-only options available. Because their core focus is in active travel, a certain level of physical fitness is expected. A wide range of ages are welcome, though the core age group is between 18-40. On Family Friendly trips it is recommended that children be no younger than 8 years old. Not all activities will be open to the younger travelers in the group, but these trips are specifically designed to make sure everyone has something fun to do! Top Destinations REI travels to destinations with an eye toward the outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Whether this means an African safari camping under the stars, a multi day hike through some of the world’s most incredible National Parks, or a trekking journey in Nepal. They offer departures on all 7 continents, with an impressive number of Antarctica tours available. they focus on National Parks, mountain regions, hikes, and popular safari and white water rafting locations. REI Adventures Travel Style Each of REI’s 150 trips -- which reach all seven continents -- is rated 1 through 5 for activity level. Trips rated 1(Relaxed) and 2(Easy Active) are ideal for families with younger kids, older travelers seeking some invigoration without, you know, climbing cliffs or barreling through whitewater, or completely novice active outdoor travelers. Trips that are rated Moderate are also great for novices, but those interested in a slightly bigger challenge physically. Those trips rated 4(Vigorous) and 5(Strenuous) often require a doctor’s note to ensure you are aware of the risk, and able to keep up with the physical demands of 10+ hours a day of extreme activity, dramatically changing elevations, and steep uneven terrain. Camping is a common accommodation style for REI Adventures trips - though you usually will not be required to do your own set up and break down, and in most cases (not all) hot running water is available. Other types of accommodation include rustic lodges, and basic hotels. Why Choose a Tour With REI Adventures? For an exhilarating and invigorating deep dive into nature and the outdoors, choose REI Adventures. This is their core focus and they do it remarkably well. Travelers who like to explore destinations through the lens of active travel will be right at home with REI Adventures. If you’re looking to expand your horizons and perhaps challenge what you previously thought you were capable of (such as learning to scale a mountain, or graduate from class 3 to class 4 whitewater rafting) these trips are for you. This is a also a great travel opportunity to make new friends with like interests! You are sure to meet many fellow outdoorsy, active travelers -- whether you’re hiking through Tuscany, trekking to Machu Picchu, exploring Utah’s Zion National Park by bicycle, or kayaking the South Island of New Zealand. These trips are not for you if the idea of being outside constantly, among the elements, pushing your physical boundaries is less than appealing. They also focus far less on museums, history, and classic tourist attractions, so if this is important to you, we’d suggest looking into other tour companies where this is more prominent in the itinerary. If you love the outdoors and being active when you travel, REI is the perfect tour operator for you. They specialize in active adventure travel, as evidenced by their outfitters, so if you love shopping at REI for all your outdoor needs you’re sure to enjoy touring with them. Frequently Asked Questions 1. Do I need to be an REI member to go on their trips? No, however if you are a member, you can receive substantial discounts! 2. Is airfare included? No, only ground transportation during the trip is covered by the trip price. You are responsible for purchasing your airfare to and from the trip start and end locations. 3. Does REI Adventures provide travel insurance? Travel insurance is required when traveling with REI. Due to the potentially dangerous and risky nature of adventure travel, REI has a partnership with TripAssure, and recommend all travelers purchase the “Adventure Protection Plan” which you can do through REI. Should you choose to purchase independently, know that certain events that can arise from active travel may not be covered, so do so at your own risk. 4. How difficult are REI Adventures trips physically? This will vary by the trip, but in general it will be good to expect some parts of the trip to be physically challenging, relative to the trip classification. REI separates their trips into five main categories: 1. Relaxed: These trips are ideal for new adventurers with no background in active travel. They usually involve easy hikes - expect to walk no more than 3 miles a day, and to be active between 1-3 hours a day. Elevation changes are rare, so most hiking and walking is relatively flat. Great for families with young kids looking to enjoy being out in the fresh air! 2. Easy Active: Another good option for families or slightly older travelers looking to push their limits. These trips are active and exciting without being extreme. Expect to be active between 2-5 hours a day, hiking up to 6 miles; cycling between 10-30 miles. 3. Moderate: Here’s where it begins to get more challenging - though REI states that these trips are perfectly doable for novices to outdoor travel. Expect to be active between 4-6 hours most days, and covering distances of up to 10 miles for hiking; between 20-40 miles for cycling. 3a. Moderate plus: Moderate plus indicates that some experience in active outdoor travel would be beneficial. These trips are a combination of Moderate and Vigorous activities. 4. Vigorous: These trips are best suited to those travelers with a bit of active travel already under their belt, and basic outdoor travel skills are recommended. Or at least willing to undergo some training to be ready and able to keep up with the group. You’ll be active for between 5-8 hours a day, hiking 12 miles most days; cycling between 30-50 miles. 5. Strenuous: This designation is reserved for long distance trekking, dramatic changes in elevation, and it is required that travelers be fit and able bodied. A doctor’s note is required for you to be permitted on these tours. Expect consistently uneven terrain, and long days of activity - hiking 12 miles or more, or cycling 50 miles or more. Prepare to be active upwards of 10 hours a day.

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