Some useful notes on our tours for all travellers
FAMILY WILDLIFE ADVENTURES
The sample family itineraries on this website will appeal to families with older offspring and younger children under 12 years of age, depending on the nature of the tour. To ascertain if a particular itinerary is suitable for your family, please call us on 01803 866965 to discuss.
Our sample Tailor-Made Itineraries are often perfectly suited to the adventurous solo traveller who does not wish to be part of an escorted group but wants to benefit from the same standard of service a group tour would enjoy. Therefore, you will normally be met and assisted at airports, have all transfers provided, enjoy many private guide and transport services and often join in organised excursions with fellow guests at the various lodges you visit. You may be travelling alone, but our itineraries should ensure you need not feel lonely. Please note that the general prices quoted relate to a minimum party of two: we shall gladly prepare a separate quotation for you to travel singly.
ESCORTED GROUP PROGRAMME
For single travellers and others who wish to be a part of a group, we offer a wide range of escorted group tours led either by UK-based experts or local tour leaders. There are a wide number of dates and destinations from which to choose, and we can organise extensions on a tailor-made basis should you wish to stay longer, perhaps to enjoy a tropical beach, go scuba diving or snorkelling, or continue your wildlife adventure.
Although the vast majority of our tours operate satisfactorily, because of the undeveloped nature of most of our destinations, minor mishaps can and do occur. All clients should be aware that, although we use trusted local representatives and have done everything in our power to ensure itineraries run smoothly, various factors can conspire to cause disruptions. Where these occur, we or our representatives shall do the utmost to rectify any adverse situations wherever possible. In addition, airlines may cancel flights without warning or overbook seats – we are not in control of airlines’ policies in these matters. The same applies to the policies adopted by some hotels, lodges and resorts. Bookings shall only be accepted by us on condition that clients understand and accept the above.
OUR ACCOMMODATION SELECTIONS
Wherever possible, we eschew the larger hotels in favour of small, well-run and owner-operated establishments. We prefer remote wildlife lodges and ranches, many with their own private nature reserves: they often support biological research and, because of their small size, have minimal impact on their environments. We can arrange organised camping wherever necessary (mainly in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Africa) to facilitate good wildlife viewing in wilderness areas where there are no lodges, sometimes using solid wood camps and established sites, other times pitching tents on river banks or in jungle clearings. Coastal or island accommodation is usually in small, friendly resorts, many set on the beach with good snorkelling and their own diving operations. Where it is necessary or desirable to stay in a town, we choose wherever possible small, converted colonial houses with charm and character. In most cases we will use the best accommodation available in any given location, or at least accommodation of a high standard relative to the destination concerned. However, in some desirable yet remote locations there might only be rustic and basic accommodation available: in such cases, we will warn you first.