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Nature Bound Africa vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - 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 — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

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
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
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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
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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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Life-changing and enjoyable!

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
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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A Delight

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
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

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
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 514 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Africa
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Photography
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Arusha, Tanzania Oban, Scotland
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A
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      About Nature Bound Africa
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      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda provides the unique experience to see Scotland by sail. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travelers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 6 guests, their tours are incredibly unique, as you sail aboard a classic ex-tall ship that looks straight out of the past. Activities include sailing, swimming, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or you can choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by. If you bring your equipment you can canoe, kitesurf, and windsurf as well.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailer.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides and Argyll specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      These cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife, sail aboard an ex-tall ship with skipper and chef, with a small group. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price, however you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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