Intrepid Travel vs Nature Bound Africa - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
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

Loved camping with Intrepid

5.0 June 2018
LR
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved this trip. Camping in very nice places - usually had hot water and nice showers. Great itinerary - LOVED Namibia and the variety of the tour from the desert to the delta to the parks.

Intrepid did an incredible job

5.0 December 2017
ATFT
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thailand Cambodia Trip. Nov 2017. For my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to take my family of 6 to Thailand and Cambodia. After my initial conversation with the Intrepid office, they pulled together a perfect 24 day custom itinerary for us. My Intrepid coordinator really listened. We set up a incredibly diverse trip, ranging from ocean front resorts to a primitive hillside village trek. From the minute we landed in Bangkok, to the day we flew home, all transfers went off with out a hitch. What really made our trip memorable was our local guides. Every single one of them were warm, professional, humorous but most importantly, had a deep knowledge of the geography, the plant life, dining, the history and government. We felt by the end of the trip, these guides had become a part of our family. The entire trip was amazing and we will definitely use Intrepid for our next adventure travel. Thanks so much.
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great tour

5.0 October 2017
k
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0
the guide was very knowledgeable - friendly - great sense of humour - looking out for the safety of the tour members - organised - thoroughly nice guy

Once in a lifetime experience

5.0 January 2017
R
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As we are back from Africa we keep thinking about the great time we had in the Safari organized by Eliya, the owner of Natureboundafrica. The guide we had, Mike, was absolutely great, knows every path, every animal and a lovely character. Thank you for making the trip so fabulous !! The accommodations were so good taste and high level....
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Tour Nature Bound Africa Company Reviews

An excellent safari experience in Tanzania!

5.0 January 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I planned this once in a lifetime Tanzanian Safari for my family and booked Nature Bound based on positive reviews and very attentive and prompt service during the process of requesting quotes and itinerary suggestions by Iliya who was excellent. We adored our guide Bushe who was energetic, warm, flexible and very informative about the places, people and animals we...
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Exceeded our expectations

5.0 November 2016
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As a couple of newlyweds from NYC, we couldn't have been happier with our experience on safari with Nature Bound Africa. I was skeptical about booking essentially sight unseen for such a large purchase, but Eliya put our minds at ease from the start. He was always very communicative and helpful throughout the booking process.

The Eliya that we met at the JRO airport when we arrived was just the same as his emails — friendly, thoughtful, helpful, and fun. He made us feel welcome and at ease, making sure every detail was taken care of. For example, he helped us arrange a local SIM for our phone when we arrived so we could WhatsApp from the Serengeti. :)

We took over 3000 pictures while on safari and hours of video. :) We saw each of the "big five" and so much more. Being within ten feet of a resting lioness and a family of elephants is something I won't soon forget. :) The itinerary was perfect and it was really a once in a lifetime experience that we will cherish.

The level of service exceeded our expectations. For example, we had an issue with one of the tented camps in the Seregenti and told Eliya about it — essentially the smoke from nearby ranger burns was affecting my husband's asthma. Eliya immediately booked us accommodations at another tented camp location at no charge, and followed up to make 100% sure we were comfortable and happy. We ended up loving it so much we didn't want to leave!

Another example of the level of service: as mentioned, we were celebrating our one year anniversary while in the Serengeti. Unbeknownst to us, Eliya had contacted the staff at the tented camp ahead of time and let them know to give us a special anniversary surprise. We were shocked when during dinner the staff came out with a huge cake and candles, and sang to us while banging pots and pans and dancing. It was so hilarious and surprising, and a truly amazing memory — all thanks to Eliya!

Final example of the level of service and comfort was how comfortable we felt leaving some valuables in a duffle bag with Nature Bound Africa when we went to Zanzibar for a week after the safari. We had no hesitation about leaving our belongings in their care and when we picked them up everything was intact and absolutely fine.

As for accommodations, you can decide exactly which locations you prefer and let Eliya know your preferences, or leave it to him to decide along with some general guidance of your preferences. We absolutely loved the Bouganvilla Lodge (and its sister lodge, the Country Lodge, near Lake Mayanara), the "Makuma 5" Kati Kati Tented Camp (Serengeti), and The African Tulip (Arusha). Also good was the Karama Lodge (Arusha) and the Outpost Lodge (Arusha).

At the end of the day, Nature Bound Africa is a small but well-established local company that creates bespoke experiences for a great price and supports the local community. In a country where the primary industry is tourism, it was really important to me that we support small businesses and not book with a large, impersonal international company that takes money out of the community. The owner, Eilya, has lived in the community all his life and he is well-known and respected. For example, one day he took us into Arusha town to visit the local market and he was stopped about every five minutes by someone who knew him and wanted to say hello. We think that says something about a person and small business owner when they are so well known and respected in their community. When Eliya dropped us off at the airport for our departure we felt like we were saying good-bye to a dear friend. When, not if, we go back to Tanzania we will be reaching out to Eliya and Nature Bound Africa first thing. :)
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Tour Nature Bound Africa Company Reviews

Tours 1,071 Trips 2 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 187 $ 514
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
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
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Photography
  • Adventure
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Arusha, Tanzania
Year Established 1989 N/A
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English
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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

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    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.

    Top Destinations

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    Yes. Most tour companies require you to have travel insurance, which covers medical emergencies, cancellations, lost luggage, and other unforeseen circumstances. There are many options for travel insurance, and Intrepid recommends Travel Guard, which you can purchase through them during the booking process.

    2. Are flights included?

    No, however Intrepid’s agents can help you find the best fares and routes to get to and from your destination.

    3. Are kids welcome?

    Intrepid has several Family Trips, where children under 12 are welcome. The age minimum varies based on the kinds of activities included in the trip. On all Intrepid trips, the age minimum is usually 15 with a parent or guardian present. Overland tours require that travelers be 18 or older.

    4. How much luggage should I bring?

    Bear in mind that on most Intrepid trips you will be required to carry your own luggage. So pack light - backpacks are recommended or an easily transportable small to medium sized suitcase.

    5. Does Intrepid Travel have a loyalty program?

    Yes! If you take 9 small group trips with them (single day and Urban Adventures don’t count), you will be rewarded with $1,800 (USD or equivilent in your local currency) toward your next trip with Intrepid Travel.

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