Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris vs Signature Collection by Gate 1 - 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 — 4.8
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Fabulous experience!

5.0 January 2017
BiC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
We took our first bird watching trip to Colombia, with Cheeseman's, and LOVED it. The guides were excellent (and fun! we are still in touch on FaceBook); the accommodations and travel arrangements were perfect (clean, quiet, pleasant). We saw hundreds of new bird species, loved walking throughout the jungles of the Andes ... and also got to sample quite a bit of Colombia itself with visits to several iconic towns such as Cali and Manizales; working with local guides; meeting a local botanist at his organic farm. The food was a little drab, but that's simply the local fare in Colombia and not to be helped at small lodges way out in the middle of the forest ... but happily our guide brought along some delicious spices for those of us who like more flavor.
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Tour Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris Company Reviews

Every trip was awesome.

5.0 August 2015
FC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My old prof from DeAnza is the best. If you are interested in wildlife and have a thing for biology, this is the group for you. I went on countless whale watching trips and safari in Tanzania. Every trip was awesome.
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Tour Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris Company Reviews

Loved it!

5.0 August 2015
GG
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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 went to Tanzania and Kenya with Cheesemans' in February 2014. There is no substitute for experience . Doug and Gail Cheeseman created an exceptional and flawless experience for us. We trusted them with our lifelong dream trip to Africa, and they did not disappoint. The majority of our safari-mates had been on one or more safaris with Cheesemans' previously. I will be going to Africa again with them in 2015!
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Tour Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 548 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Saratoga, California, USA Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established 1980 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris

        Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris was founded in 1980 by a couple, Doug Cheeseman, a zoology and ecology college professor with his naturalist wife, Gail. Their passion for nature and all living creatures made them pursue safaris all around the world and realizing how fulfilling those journeys felt, they wanted every wildlife lovers to have the same experience.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris have been focused on providing comprehensive wildlife tours. Their group size ranges so, travelers seeking comfort of small group could choose trip that have participants of 8 and those who prefer larger could choose accordingly. Their itineraries are carefully laid out and that gives travelers’ time to see animals and, as some of their trips have professional photographers touring along, chances of getting a good pictures of animals in action are high.

        Who Travels With Them?

        Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris are catered to wildlife enthusiasts looking for an in depth nature experience.

        Where Do They Operate?

        Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris operates their safari trips all over the world, with a focus in Africa. They focus on providing wildlife tours and have itineraries to places that have ample of mammals, birds and nature. They work with local guides, professional photographers, and wildlife researchers, leaving travelers with an in-depth knowledge of the animals’ behavior they encounter. The founders’ love for wildlife and nature is apparent in the attention they pay toward being a responsible tour operator and practicing ecotourism.

        Why Travel With Them?

        Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is a good choice if you are looking to observe and experience wildlife with a safari tour operator that practices ecotourism. Their tours are designed for animal lovers with a passion for travel who enjoy learning about the animals they come across.

        About Signature Collection by Gate 1

        A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.

        What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?

        These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.

        They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.

        The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.

        Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.  

        Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.

        While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.  

        Top Destinations

        They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

        Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style

        Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.

        Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.

        Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?

        If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.

        All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.

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