Intrepid Travel vs African Portfolio - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Memorable experience

5.0 February 2019
CQ
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just finished a 10 days tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This is my first ever Intrepid Tour and I have to say that I am very satisfied, especially with our guide Sonny. He is very knowledgeable about his country and kept the tour fun by including many jokes & sarcasm (now I can’t get it out of my head lol). Our group had a total of 16 people with a variety of ages from 16-72. I will definitely use Intrepid again for future travels. Thank you Sonny for making my Vietnam experience so memorable!!!
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Mohammed was one of the best travel…

5.0 February 2019
JRSC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Mohammed was one of the best travel guides I had in my lifetime.
He was extraordinarily knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful & considerate. One of the Best Tours ever for me, I know it was truly because of Mohammed. I was on his Feb. 6 , 2019 Tour to Morocco.
If Mohammed did other tours around the world I would commit to all of his tours. He was Amazing!!!!!!
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Our South American Adventure

5.0 February 2019
cc
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just returned from 2 Intrepid tours, No.1 to Rio Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. The tour leader Luciano was great, he looked after us all of very well, making sure that everyone was well aware of any pitfalls there may be. Both guides used on this tour Lola & Eduardo were fantastic, we all agreed that they were extremely knowledgeable.
No 2 tour. Lima Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Our Tour leader Desiree was fantastic and worked very hard to look after us all, nothing was too much trouble, she most definitely went the extra mile to make sure that we were all comfortable and happy. The tour was great and again much advice was given on any pitfalls etc. we may experience
The tours were well organised, information was given every day as to what we should expect the next. Our age group was in the 57 - 79 range, so the guides had to factor some mobility into their guidance. All entrance tickets were included, as were hotels and breakfast, and the odd evening dinner.
Out of the 4 hotels used, I would say only one of them was under par, the breakfast was poor, rooms noisy, and air conditioning not working well.
We would like to thank Intrepid for a lovely well organised holiday.
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Excellent Job

5.0 January 2017
BA
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
They do an excellent job - everything was perfect

Tour African Portfolio Company Reviews

I would highly recommend that any person- on any budget- who is looking to get the most out of their tri

5.0 September 2016
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I worked with Yvette to book our upcoming trip to Africa (specifically South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). We cannot sing her praises enough! She was so knowledgable (being from South Africa herself, she was able to answer every question we had- and believe me, we had LOTS of them)! She was also very responsive to my emails and always made herself readily available to talk over the phone (even later in the evening after I got out of work). This was especially appreciated given the fact that we had called her with such a tight turnaround time (I first contacted her with inquiries about one of African Portfolio's standard, sample itineraries in mid-August and we're traveling to Africa at the end of October). My husband I are pretty avid travelers (I've been to about 40 countries) but we are also younger and saving to start a family, so we're always looking to save money where we can. Prior to this trip, we had always researched and booked our own vacations. However, after purchasing Fodor's "The Complete Guide to African Safaris", we quickly realized that this was one trip where it was well worth spending a little extra money to go through a reputable tour operator. We don't envision ourselves returning to Africa any time soon, and this is a destination we've always dreamed of going to, so we wanted to make the most of this trip, and we found that the best way to do that to book through someone who can quickly tell you everything you need to know (like Yvette)! We had compared the costs of standard itineraries that the different recommended operators from the book had posted on their websites (for the sake of time, we didn't bother contacting the operators who didn't post any sample itineraries). African Portfolio's "Cape and Kruger" tour was one of the most affordable that we saw across the operators for the value. However, there were a few things included that we weren't so interested in and other things that were not included that we knew we definitely wanted to go and see (like Victoria Falls)! Yvette worked with our budget (we were willing to spend more if there was a way to include Victoria Falls in lieu of a couple of days elsewhere) to complete customize an itinerary for us (a few days in Cape Town, a few nights in Sabi Sands, and a few nights at Victoria Falls- if you haven't ever heard of Devil's Pool- which I hadn't until Yvette told me all about it- I promise you it's worth looking up). :) She recommended a number of different "must see" excursions that we didn't even know existed and completely blew our minds once we looked them up (the Batoka Sky micro lights, for example). As one last point worth mentioning, Yvette was just super friendly throughout the entire process and I would highly recommend that any person- on any budget- who is looking to get the most out of their trip- reach out to her for her knowledge and expertise and book through this amazing company!
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Tour African Portfolio Company Reviews

We have to stop killing animals

5.0 February 2016
G
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wake people up we have beautiful living animals & many other living things that people r killing for fun& $. We need to stop these horrible heartless people please.

Tour African Portfolio Company Reviews

Tours 1,134 Trips 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 199 $ 0
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Africa
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
  • Safari
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Old Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Year Established 1989 1993
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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      About Intrepid Travel

      Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ Founded back in 1989 following an “intrepid” African adventure trip, Intrepid lives up to its name by offering up some pretty big adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea -- but is broad-based enough to also lead group trips to Hawaii, complete with sipping sunset Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach.

      Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts

      Founded in 1989

      No Single Supplement (rare exceptions)

      Small Groups - max 16 on most trips

      Typical Age Range - 18 - 45

      Travel Style - Cultural immersion, adventure, overland

      Accommodation Style - Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels

      Average Tour Price - $2,377

      Top Regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, South America

      Other Brands: Peregrine, Geckos

      Commonly compared with G Adventures »

      Morocco homestay with Intrepid Travel

      What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out?

      Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes average just 10 travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion.

      Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.

      Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel?

      Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip. Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages.

      Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time, “Original” journeys which offer more included activities and more hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles.

      The kind of traveler who gravitates to Intrepid Travel is one who has a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates or daring, ahem, encouraging each other to try strange new foods.

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      Monk mediating in Myanmar on tour with Intrepid Travel

      Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.

      Intrepid Travel Style

      Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt, on a camel in Morocco, or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy.

      There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour:

      1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants.

      2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used.

      3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher end, more discerning, accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own.

      Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel?

      Sample of many spices in Middle Eastern market

      Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind foregoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you.

      It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary.

      For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you.

      Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way.

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