Global Vision International vs Elite Luxury Kenya - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

GVI Thailand 2017

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I volunteered with GVI in Thailand for two weeks in July 2017. When I arrived, the second I left the cool, manageable temperatures of the airport and stepped out into the heat of Phuket was incredible, I felt physically hit by the atmosphere! The heat itself was nearly unbearable (especially considering I was wearing trousers and a long sleeved top!) and I almost immediately broke out in a sweat. Luckily, we soon found the GVI representatives who were standing with a banner with our names on and we were whisked away in a minibus ready to begin our first day in Thailand! When we arrived at the resort we were to be staying in, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place! There were gorgeous palm trees lining the paths and a calm, blue lake in the centre. The villa itself was really lovely, simple, but in the best way. It was all wooden, with a veranda and chairs outside which later on were perfect for relaxing on after a hard days work! Shortly afterwards, we headed out for a tour of the village which we would be working in. I learnt a lot of things about the local culture such as the fact that ‘birds nest soup’ is an expensive delicacy in Thailand and so the village has four large concrete buildings which constantly play birdsong in order to attract swallows which will nest there. Also, Thai people also have things called ‘Spirit houses’ which is essentially a miniature hut, slightly larger than a bird table, which they fill with gifts for the spirits who lived in the house before them in order to appease them so they will not haunt the house. As the group of volunteers were walking around, lots of small Thai children came rushing out of their houses to greet us! Apparently they love to test their English and so they will run over and and say ‘Hello’ to any of the foreigners! As we were heading back to the resort, my friend Sasha and I spotted two young Thai boys playing football, so we headed over and started up a brief conversation. I had learnt a small amount of Thai before I left so I found out they were called Ti and Po. We then had a miniature kick about in the street for a good ten minutes or so. It’s amazing how something like sport can connect people from completely different cultures who can barely speak each other’s language. This experience, and a plethora of others which I had during my time abroad, would not have occurred if it weren't for GVI and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone in the future.
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Tour Global Vision International Company Reviews

Wonderful company

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I spent 8 weeks teaching English in Luang Prabang, Laos in 2014. Now teaching English in Mae Sai, northern Thailand. GVI is a wonderful company. Lots of support, professional staff, wonderful locations.
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Definitely once in a lifetime experience!!

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was a six month intern at GVI Thailand elephant conservation project and t was amazing, to see the different way people live and to be submerged in that was awesome. The people and children are so happy and have such a united sense of community. To see these beautiful elephants living in the forest and to know you are helping them is one of he best feelings ever. They are so intelligent and just to be around them was a dream.
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Tour Global Vision International Company Reviews

Tours 7 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 153 $ 442
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
Headquarters Boston, US Nairobi, Kenya
Year Established 1997 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Global Vision International

    Family run Global Vision International is a tour company dedicated to providing conservation and community development programs for travelers who want to make a difference.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    They focus on community development and conservation programs around the world. They offer internships, volunteer programs, and under 18 programs - all within a variety of themes. These include things like Animal Care, Teaching, Health Care, and Women’s Empowerment.

    Who Travels With Them?

    They are the ideal company for travelers looking to using their vacation for volunteering and giving back to local communities around the world. All ages are welcome - they are very popular among Gap Year students, over 50 travelers, families, and spring break vacations. They also offer tours for those who are under 18 which is a great opportunity for high school aged kids.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Tours operate in select countries around the world including Costa Rica and Mexico, Fiji, Greece, India, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Seychelles and South Africa.

    Why Travel With Them?

    If you’re looking to have a positive impact through your travel, and want the knowledge that your money is going toward solid improvements and initiatives, they are a great company to consider. They also have tours and experiences that will appeal to a wide range of travelers as well as families.

    About Elite Luxury Kenya

    Also called “Kenya Safaris” this company is very locally minded, offering boutique travel experiences including honeymoon, and fully customized travel.

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Elite Luxury Kenya provides a travel experience in Kenya that will introduce travelers to another side of the African safari. No frills, yet comfortable, the travel options seem to distinctly be designed to showcase traveling beyond the safari. Though this is not to say safari’s are not a focus. Rather for them, a safari holiday with them means you’ll get a very diverse tour in terms of activities, excursions, and accommodations.

    Who Travels With Them?

    Those seeking an affordable Kenya, Tanzania, and / or Uganda experience. Their tours are private and completely customizable. As a smaller company travelers may find that accommodations are less luxury in feel than an established luxury safari brand, however you will be very comfortable and well taken care of. And if local touches are important to you, these will make your trip especially enjoyable.

    Where Do They Operate?

    Despite what the name suggests, Elite Luxury Kenya also provides tours in Tanzania and Uganda. Part of their mission is to introduce travelers to Kenya and these other destinations beyond the typical safari. To that end you may enjoy a beach holiday, gorilla trek, or hike up Mount Kenya.

    Why Travel With Them?

    Kenya based and small, traveling with them is a way to support local business and in return have a fully local experience. You will get a sense of the “real” Kenya, while also experiencing all the classic safari moments.

    Tours are led by local knowledgeable guides, and your trip is designed by experts for a personalized touch - this helps ensure your trip to Kenya fulfills everything you want to see.


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