Solo travelers welcome. Single tent guaranteed at no extra cost on nights 1&4, but supplement for other nights, when single accommodation is available.
Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.
Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.
Responsible tourism: Kimberley small group tour, 5 days, Western Australia
All National Park entry and camping fees paid on this tour go towards the Department of Environment & Conservation’s work in maintaining and protecting the local environment. Our guides are experienced and keen to share their in depth knowledge of the local natural environment. We follow Department of Environment & Conservation guidelines to promote environmental protection and rehabilitation.
We encourage appropriate behaviour and educate travelers to minimise their cultural and environmental impact. Our travelers are advised to stay on designated trails and paths to protect the surrounding country and are also discouraged from taking environmental ‘souvenirs’ (eg. rocks or shells) for both environmental and cultural reasons. Our company operates 3 new Isuzu 800 vehicles, which meet EURO 4 Emissions Standards.
They are fitted with 120 litre drinking water tanks to enable travelers to refill water bottles, rather than purchase new plastic bottles enroute. Tour equipment includes re-usable plastic containers to avoid rubbish generated while in remote areas and no disposable crockery or cutlery. Torch batteries are rechargeable and glassware is avoided to minimise breakage risks.
Accommodation on this tour is National Park based or locally owned. Enroute, we support locally owned & operated roadhouses and general stores, while meals on tour use ingredients supplied by local restaurants & caterers. On this tour we visit the Mimbi Caves, a tourism initiative that is 100% indigenous owned and operated by traditional owners from the Mimbi Aboriginal Community. Our guides are trained in cultural protocols, especially when entering communities, and are sensitive to appropriate practices. We are a member of Environs Kimberley and supporter of Minyirr Park.