We have been running wildlife and birding holidays for over a quarter of a century, and are extremely proud of our clients’ loyalty towards us. Many new clients learn about us through personal recommendation and some of our regular clients return year after year. A few have even notched up over forty trips! Our loyalty programme offers a special discount – see below or ask our expert team for further details.
We never forget that it is your holiday and work hard to ensure that all the components of a tour – the accommodation, transport, food, the design and pace of the itinerary, and the all-important leadership combine to give you a superb all-round experience, and, of course, some wonderful memories!
Naturalist tour leaders
Our expert leaders are all-round naturalists with a wealth of field and leadership experience. It is their expertise and professionalism, coupled with their easy-going and flexible approach, that is probably the most important factor in the success of our tours. We also work with expert local guides to ensure the highest-quality wildlife experiences.
Carefully chosen accommodation
Our accommodation is chosen with one criterion in mind – whether our groups will enjoy staying there! So we select lodges, hotels and other centres which combine good facilities with character and good service, and, most importantly, are within easy reach of the best wildlife areas. Wherever we stay, we make every effort to secure private en suite facilities, and single rooms where requested. We’re also quite keen on our food!
Tailored daily programmes
Our daily tour programmes are tailored to the destination. On many trips we offer an optional pre-breakfast walk or excursion to catch the bird activity at its peak, or we may have an early breakfast to make the most of the day. Lunches are often picnics, but are sometimes taken in local restaurants or tavernas. On most days we aim to get you back to the hotel or lodge in good time to refresh yourself before dinner and the evening log-call, where we mull over the day’s sightings.
In the tropics especially, wildlife is at its most active early in the morning, and sometimes last thing in the evening. We therefore almost invariably have an early start on these trips, starting before dawn, and finishing after sunset. But don’t worry, we do relax! During the heat of the day little stirs, including us, and our lunchtimes can be very laid-back, sometimes followed by a good siesta.
A complete service
We provide a complete service from the moment you book, taking all the stress out of arranging your holiday so you can relax. We can help to arrange connecting flights where needed, if you request this at time of booking, as well as offering useful discounts on airport car parking and a choice of airport hotels. Details are sent with our travel information pack. And if you have any questions at all about the tour – just ask our friendly team!
We believe that our holidays are best enjoyed in small groups. The maximum size of our groups is usually 12 or 14 clients (frequently fewer), with a leader and/or a local guide; a group of 11 or more is usually accompanied by two leaders/local guides. Please note that if numbers fall below this, the tour may operate with a local guide only.
Cruises are not subject to this restriction, and details of leaders and the capacity of the boat or ship are given in the detailed tour description.
The usual minimum number of clients on a trip is six, but we often run tours with fewer than this number. Please note, however, that we cannot accept cancellations without loss of deposit simply because a tour is running with fewer clients than expected. In such circumstances, our standard cancellation conditions will apply.
The operation of our tours is subject to reaching a minimum number of participants at least 70 days prior to departure. If a tour has not reached that minimum number at that time, we may defer cancellation but will inform you if the tour is running or not no later than six weeks prior to departure.
We welcome single travellers and offer a limited number of single rooms on all our trips and we endeavour to keep single room supplements as low as possible. In addition if you are a single traveller willing to share with someone else of the same sex, we will not charge a single supplement.
If you have an extra few days to spare, why not let us quote for an independent extension either before or after your tour? We can offer excellent prices at a range of hotels or lodges, and our expert team will make some suggestions for those extra days.
Our loyalty discount scheme has operated for several years. We offer 5% discount from the price of the main tour (excluding any single supplement) on every fifth trip you take with us.
To claim the discount, just let us know how many trips you think you have taken with us when you book, and we’ll check against our files, and deduct the appropriate amount from the final invoice. If you wish, you can save two 5% discounts to get a 10% discount on your tenth tour!
Please note: this loyalty discount scheme only applies to tours that appear in The Travelling Naturalist brochure and on The Travelling Naturalist website, and does not apply to bookings made with Wildlife Worldwide.
Recommend a friend and you can both save £50
If your friend books with us for the first time and you are named on their booking form, we’ll say thanks by giving both you and your friend a £50 discount on your next holiday with us – and we'll repeat this for every new friend you recommend that books.
Tailor-made holidays with Wildlife Worldwide
If you like our approach to wildlife tourism and the kind of holidays we have on offer, but would rather not travel with a group, then we have a solution for you! Our sister company Wildlife Worldwide began in 1992 and specialises in tailor-made wildlife holidays to all corners of the globe. The team of specialist wildlife consultants is exceptionally well travelled and would be delighted to help you put together the perfect tailored wildlife adventure.