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Naturetrek Tailormade explained

Kakuli Bush Camp, Zambia

Kakuli Bush Camp, Zambia

The Naturetrek Tailormade team sends hundreds of our valued clients on exciting bespoke wildlife holidays all over the world each year. However, we are often asked questions about tailormade holidays such as what they are, and how expensive are they? Below our tailormade holidays manager, Robin Smith, answers some of those questions.
What is a Naturetrek Tailormade holiday?
A Naturetrek Tailormade holiday is one where you have complete control from the very start! There is no set recipe and our itineraries are not ‘off the shelf’ – you decide where you want to go, when you want to go there and what you want to do. You can decide what the focus of your holiday is – be it birding, mammals, wildlife photography, botany or an all-round wildlife experience. We’ll of course offer advice and suggestions, ensuring your itinerary and holiday are perfect for you.
Are tailormade holidays more expensive than group tours?
In general, tailormade holidays are a little more expensive than a similar group holiday. This is because fixed costs, such as land transport, guides and so on are shared with fewer people (yourself and your partner for example), compared to our group holidays which are priced according to a minimum number of travellers. However, if you have a group of family or friends that wants to travel together, we can often offer the same price as our groups tours.

Giraffe, Masai Mara

Giraffe, Masai Mara

I have a specific budget. Can you design a holiday according to my budget requirements?
Absolutely. Because we have no set itineraries, we can design holidays with a high degree of flexibility, using specific lodges and hotels, and also utilising special offer prices for flights. Our team of tailormade specialists are skilled at working to your budget, whilst maintaining an absolute commitment to quality.  
Can I use my free air miles?
Yes – but you will have to arrange your own international flights. Equally we are happy to include flights in your tailormade quote, and most of our clients choose this option. If we do arrange your flights, you can still claim the air miles and put them towards a future holiday.
Will I be travelling with people I don’t know?
No. You can travel on your own, with your partner or a group of friends. We also arrange many tailormade family holidays – from families with youngsters, to older ‘teenage families’. Ultimately, the choice of who you travel with is down to you.
Will we have a private guide?
Forsyth's Lodge, Satpura, India

Forsyth's Lodge, Satpura, India

Many of our tailormade holidays will feature a private guide throughout the tour, and we can always arrange this if you prefer. We can arrange birding specialists as well as botanists and photography guides. However, there is sometimes the option to join other guests when staying in certain lodges that have their own ‘in house’ guides. We will make you aware of this when we create your itinerary. Having a private guide does usually entail a price supplement, but the benefits in terms of wildlife-viewing are often worth the extra cost.
How can I start to plan a tailormade holiday with Naturetrek?
We have a dedicated tailormade brochure (please get in touch if you don’t have one!) with over 20 of our favourite wildlife destinations from around the world. This publication is packed full of detailed overviews of key wildlife destinations in each featured country, as well as stunning wildlife images, lodge descriptions, sample itineraries and essential travel information. All this is aimed to help you choose your next tailormade wildlife holiday destination. Once you have a good idea of where you might like to travel to (or if you want to narrow down several options), it’s time to call us. At this point a member of our dedicated team of tailormade consultants will start to design a bespoke itinerary according to your specific requirements. Each itinerary is quoted for according to the exact number of travellers on your holiday (which might be you and your partner or friend, a family group or just yourself). If you are happy with the itinerary, you can confirm with an initial 20% deposit. However, we often make several tweaks to the first draft, until you are happy to proceed and confirm. Once confirmed, you can look forward to your Naturetrek Tailormade holiday!
Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica

Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica

If you want to create unforgettable wildlife and travel memories in 2017 and beyond, please get in touch and we can start to design your perfect tailormade wildlife itinerary!

Contact: please call Robin Smith on 01962 733051 or email to discuss your own Naturetrek tailormade holiday.



Testimonials from 2016 Naturetrek Tailormade clients:

We think we offer the best bespoke tailormade wildlife holidays possible. But don’t take our word for it! Here is some feedback from clients who have travelled with us in 2016:

Namibia, Botswana and Zambia tailormade, Robert P and Colin S: The tour was perfect for us, all arrangements went like clockwork and the sights were unforgettable. Many many birds and animals plus some unique scenery. The lodges and food were exceptional. It was a trip of a lifetime for Colin and myself.
Ecuador tailormade, Mr and Mrs J: The holiday exceeded all our expectations and we can think of little that could have improved upon it. The organisation and linkage between different parts of the itinerary were excellent – we were always met on time and the quality of the guides was outstanding – excellent knowledge and prepared to ‘go the extra mile’.
Kenya tailormade, Mark and Emma S: Emma and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Kenya and I thought I would drop you a quick note to thank you for your excellent organisation and patience in responding to all my questions when arranging the trip. The whole trip was absolutely first class and produced highlights which even us seasoned wildlife-watchers will struggle to beat. Seeing 17 individual cheetahs in 5 days was simply amazing!
South Africa tailormade, Mr and Mrs F: Elsa was simply the best guide one could imagine, with a broad knowledge about almost everything South African. Excellent service throughout!
Colombia tailormade, Mr Paul L and Mrs Dawn B: I can’t wait to go back. 410 birds, 9 antpittas, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, all 10 possible tapaculos seen, including Ocellated. 3 different nightjars on the same day. Too much to mention really!