Hoopoe 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 — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
Meals — 0.0
Recent Reviews

Enjoyable trip!

5.0 August 2015
W
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
They listened to what we wanted to do, helped plan it out, and then delivered! All the staff we met were extremely courteous, professional, and knowledgeable. We especially liked our driver/guide Tito. He was able to tell us about the history, culture, plants, animals, etc, and had an uncanny ablility to spot animals, sometimes what seemed like kilometers away! He was very personable, and made us feel comfortable and safe throughout our 7-day Safari.

With the great many safari outfits out there, we feel very fortunate to have discovered Hoopoe! We felt like we were part of the family, and not merely clients. That made our trip even more enjoyable! -WS
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Tour Hoopoe Safaris Company Reviews

A great company!

5.0 August 2015
C
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Hoopoe was a great company to work with. Their reputation for professional and personable drivers was well earned. I throughly enjoyed our custom safari.

Tour Hoopoe Safaris Company Reviews

Incredible safari experience!

5.0 August 2015
ML
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from an incredible safari experience in Tanzania. Hoopoe arranged all the details and every step was best in class. Hoopoe also arranged a beautiful and relaxing finale in Zanzibar. Again, a best in class experience.
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Tour Hoopoe Safaris Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 1 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 463 $ 0
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
Known For
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • Budget
Headquarters Arusha, Tanzania Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About Hoopoe Safaris

        Founded in 1988, Hoopoe Safaris is an East African safari operator dedicated to protecting the environment by supporting community partnerships and sustainable tourism projects. 

        What Makes Them Stand Out? 

        Hoopoe Safaris aims to preserve the natural wonders of East African wildlife for generations to come, through community-based tourism. 

        Who Travels With Them? 

        Hoopoe Safaris are open to people of all ages, traveling as families, groups, solo travelers, or couples.

        Where Do They Operate? 

        Hoopoe Safaris travels throughout Tanzania and Kenya. 

        Why Travel With Them? 

        Hoopoe’s motto is: “A traveler without knowledge is like a bird without wings.” More than a tour operator, Hoopoe’s goal is to help educate travelers through their extensive knowledge of East Africa and connections with museums, zoos, conservation groups, and non-profit education organizations. They help people experience and learn about East Africa’s natural and cultural treasures, while also offering beach getaways, mountaineering, biking, trekking, and other outdoor adventures.

        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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