The Africa Adventure Company vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

AMAZING!!

5.0 August 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just recently returned from a solo trip to Kenya planned for me by the Africa Adventure Company. AMAZING!! I can't recommend them enough. They listened to what I was interested in seeing/doing and they made it happen. They are so detailed and organized and answered all my questions promptly. They even booked the international flights. AAC handles everything. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Nairobi, I had someone guiding me throughout the entire trip. As a solo traveler, that was extremely important to me. If you want an amazing trip to Africa + peace of mind, look no further than the Africa Adventure Company. Thank you Szilvia + AAC Team!!
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Tour The Africa Adventure Company Reviews

EXCELLENT!

5.0 July 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Used Africa Adventure Company 25 years ago when they planned our honeymoon to Zambia (walking safari) and Tanzania (Kilimanjaro). They were pretty small company back then. And they were EXCELLENT! Our relatives used them about five years ago. EXCELLENT. We just used them again for our 25th wedding anniversary to South Africa and Botswana. Would recommend them without reservation to anyone.
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Tour The Africa Adventure Company Reviews

amazing safari camps

5.0 May 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Africa Adventure Company did a great job planning our safari to South Africa! They recommended amazing safari camps, and planned everything perfectly including all pick-up, transfers, and Cape Town activities. They provided very detailed itineraries and answered questions quickly. I highly recommend and would use then again
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Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent crew

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
St Hilda - a little gem of a sailboat - great holiday. Excellent crew - thanks to skipper Christophe and cook Kerry . Arnamurchan distillery - fascinating tour - a real find. Loved the island of Egg - hike to Kildonan followed by fresh mussels and chips at the pub in the sun - bliss! And then she sped, bonnie boat, over the sea to Skye.
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Wonderful, memorable cruise

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful, memorable cruise of the Inner Hebrides. The staff was far above any expectations I may have had. Great communication and assistance with the office prior to the trip. The crew on board took wonderful care of us, and were always responsive to our needs and preferences. Seamanship was clearly superior. Food was outstanding!! The ship is small enough that you really get a sense of being on the water and in the islands. It is also large enough to have resources and comforts. I am happy to recommend it.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 9 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 314 $ 219
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Photography
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1986 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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    About The Africa Adventure Company

    The award-winning, Florida-based Africa Adventure Company specializes in offering top-notch wildlife safaris – either with set itineraries or custom-designed -- in southern, central and eastern Africa. 

    What Makes Them Stand Out? 

    The 30-year-old company is run by a married couple, Mark and Alison Nolting, who have impressive personal experience in the region. Mark has written authoritative safari guides and Alison hails originally from Zimbabwe. They are also active in conservation efforts and giving back to local communities in Africa. 

    Who Travels With Them?

    Seven out of ten of their customers have traveled with them before, and tend to be adventurous and value-minded (though affluent enough to afford an African safari).  Because they offer private customized tours as well as group tours, they can cater to any age or specific interest.

    Where Do They Operate?

    In 15 African countries, primarily South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Other possible destinations (usually add-ons to safaris) include Madagascar, the Seychelles, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Mozambique. 

    How Does It Work?

    You can choose from among dozens of pre-set itineraries, modify one to your own specifications, or work with their safari consultants to design your own safari. 

    Why Travel With Them? 

    Expertise and access. They focus only on Africa with a strong emphasis on wildlife safaris, and have developed a strong network of suppliers in Africa that enables them to hire top guides and book accommodations that offer variety and good value.

    About St Hilda Sea Adventures

    St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

    Who Travels With Them?

    All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

    Where Do They Operate?

    The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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