" You have not heard from me because I'm so thoroughly ensconced on Cloud #9 that I can hardly function. I just look at photos and smile. And smile.
The trip was absolutely superb, amazing, awesome, everything I hoped... The stromatolites were practically unbelievable. The week-end with the astro club was fantastic---we saw so many objects and the people are so very, very nice. (Went to Sounds of Silence twice--both clouded out).
I loved the catamaran ride and the dugongs and the koalas and the day with the orinthologist. I loved it all! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
I am so grateful to you! I know there were a million details and they all worked out just right.
Where shall I go next? Actually, I want to do this all over again.
S. Bender, Charlottesville, VA (Australia)
"I just wanted to drop a quite note; Our TRIP WAS INCREDIBLE! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH...I cried when we left Mala Mala. Next to marrying my Husband this was the best thing I've ever done in my life! THANK YOU & YOUR STAFF.
L. Martin, Los Angeles, CA (South Africa & Victoria Falls)
" I want to take this opportunity to commend you highly for your and your staff's outstanding expertise, care, prompt responses and planning of our trip that made the venture absolutely wonderful. The hotels were very nice and comfortable and their locations were convenient. The transport vehicles were comfortable so that all of us had full views of the surroundings throughout the travels.The guides were very knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. Your suggested attractions were absolutely awesome. The cruise ship on Rio Negro was a great experience and the Iguazu falls are simply unforgettable.
Dr. S. Sarna, Houston, TX (Brazil and Argentina)
" We returned last evening from our fabulous Peruvian experience. It was wonderful in every aspect and your local people did you proud. Clearly the Amazon cruise and Machu Picchu were the highlights for us all. Thanks so much for putting up with me and helping to make our travels so wonderful. Youíve been great!
B. Cain, Chicago, IL (Peru)
" Let me tell you that you did a fantastic job!!!! We really loved every minute of it. Even though we did a lot of moving around, your people made it as painless as possible. Everyone we came in contact with was friendly, knowledgeable, and truly interested in making sure we were happy. It was impossible not to be!!... Whenever we travel, Larry usually has a complaint about whatever hotel we're in and usually changes rooms several times until he is satisfied. That never happened once. He loved every one... We are very, very, very happy with the job you did in arranging this trip and we have been telling our friends. Thanks so much for all of your efforts. It was fabulous!!!
F. Sucharow, Princeton, NJ (Australia & New Zealand)
" We are back from our Antarctica journey, completely overwhelmed and still speechless. In brief, it was the greatest adventure of our lives. We did receive your evaluation form and will duly fill it out and send it back, but before we do that, we would like to thank you again for your excellent service, efficiency, and friendly advice. It has always been a great pleasure dealing with you, and rest assured, we have already recommended you to a lot of our friends and colleagues. We would like to wish you guys a wonderful holiday season and a very happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year!
M. Ishenko, San Mateo, CA (Antarctica)
"The staff at NEI were marvelous to work with, extremely conscientious about meeting our needs and quick to respond to our questions and requests. I have never made that claim about any other travel provider we have used, and we have used many. The New Zealand vacation they planned for us was true to their promise--fun, exciting, and memorable in a most pleasant way."
S. Welner, Manhattan Beach, CA (New Zealand)
" A truly wonderful safari in Tanzania! An experience that will be hard to top! But then we also said that about our Machu Picchu and Galapagos trip. I will leave it to you to come up with another trip for us which will outdo this one… Our naturalist guide Anderson was wonderful. He is knowledgable, courteous and extremely resourceful. He took the time to understand, what our interests and needs were, and then wowed us with great animal sightings, two near kills by a pride of 11 lions and a kill by a cheetah. We felt very safe with him as our guide and driver. So on behalf of the Bhandaris and Sarnas, a "Big Thank You" to you and your staff for a truly memorable trip.
S. Bhandari, Mississauga, ON, Canada (Tanzania)
" We have nothing but praise for Nature Expeditions.Over the last several years, we have requested planning for complicated, six week or more vacation trips. Nature Expeditions worked carefully to stay within our budget objectives. They arranged accommodations, guided tours and travel to and within our destinations.We traveled to Australia and New Zealand, South America including the Galapagos, Peru, and multiple points in Argentina. They advised excellent River Cruising from Budapest to Luxembourg and then on to Paris and Normandy. They also planned a shorter trip to Costa Rica.
In every case we found the accommodations excellent, tour guides interesting and knowledgeable and transport excellent. When we did have a problem Heidi solved it quickly and to our satisfaction.
Our agent was careful, easy to work with, kept our interests in mind at all times and continued to be flexible until we had the exact trip itinerary chosen. We trust Nature Expeditions and value their expert advise.
S. Erba, Woodland, CA (Australia, New Zealand; Galapagos, Peru, Argentina)
" What a great way to see the beautiful countryside of the Alsace-Lorraine area of France! A 10 passenger barge with a fabulous, attentive crew who did everything from making the beds to taking us on excursions to castles and the fabulous glass of Lalique. And the wine, cheese, and bicycles everyday added to the fun! From our arrival in Paris, the train ride to Strasbourg, to traveling through the canal locks and watching a swan peck at our window we enjoyed every moment beyond our expectations. Kudos to Michelle and Jonathan at Nature Expeditions International for their expert guidance and knowledge in making all of this come to together to make an unforgetable journey.
A. Greenberg, Pleasanton, CA (France)
" We used Nature Expeditions International to book our honeymoon to Botswana and Mozambique. They were beyond AMAZING! The customer service was outstanding and they made sure that every aspect of our trip was handled. We were a bit nervous to travel to Africa with all the transfers, yet we didnít have a single issue. There was always a member of staff waiting for us to bring us to our next location and they were all friendly and full of knowledge. The camps and hotels that were booked by NEI were all top notch and beautiful. Throughout our entire honeymoon (2 weeks) we did not have a single snafu. NEI thought of every detail! They were able to book us both safaris (2 camps in Botswana) and some R&R time on the beach (Mozambique). It was perfect!! Our honeymoon was a fantastic trip and we have NEI to thank for it. We will definitely be using them for our next vacation!!
S. Akst, New York, NY (Botswana, Mozambique)
" We just came back from our wonderful trip to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. We canít thank you enough for this perfectly organized tour. Everything was working like a clock, all tours and activities were promptly coordinated, local guides were always knowledgeable, courteous, friendly, and paid a lot of attentions to our needs and suggestions. We especially enjoyed our stay in a fabulous new hotel Tierra Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. Previously we had been traveling to many different counties and with different tour operators, but this tour was by far the smoothest and best organized in every aspect of the trip. We look forward to traveling with Nature Expeditions International again and will be happy to recommend your services to our friends.Thank you again for putting together such a great trip for us, we were really impressed with your professionalism, courtesy, and attention to details.
Y. Daylis, Plymouth, MN (Brazil, Argentina, Chile)
" I highly recommend using Nature Expeditions International for any trip to any continent. I have used them for two major trips. My first was to Australia, the second and most recent was to plan a visit to Kenya (for a safari) and to Rwanda (for the Gorillas). I have recommended them to friends, and they have in turn recommended them to their friends. All have been extremely satisfied so far. Full disclosure, they are a little more expensive, but that expense is well worth it. They use top notch people in each country that know their way around, making most efficient use of you time. Connections and transfers are seamless. Both times, Nature Expeditions work to tailor the trip to fit our needs and not a predetermined itinerary. The most recent trip to Africa exceeded our expectations. The highlight was the two days we spent gorilla trekking in Rwanda. The Sabayingo Lodge was worth the money for the two nights in Rwanda. Will I use them again, you bet!!!
D. Craig and R. Johnson, El Paso, TX (Rwanda, Kenya, Australia)
" We had two trips arranged by Nature Expeditions. The first was in Peru, a tour of Lima, Cusco, white water rafting, horseback riding and Machu Picchu. The hotels selected were top class, the best available in each location. This was a private tour with just the driver/guide and my wife and me. The personalization in both setting up the tour and conducting it was done with great attention to detail and helped us to enjoy the moments without having to worry about the logistics. The guides were all knowledgeable and timely in their duties. The itinerary was pre-selected, then tailored specifically to our desires. Great memories. I highly recommend both Nature Expeditions and this particular itinerary.
The second was in Tanzania, a tour of four national parks, including the fabled Serengeti. This was a private tour with just the driver/guide and my wife and me. We were met at the airport in Arusha by a very energetic man and our driver/guide. The guide, Anderson, was exceptionally knowledgeable about the animals and his English was superb. As he was a member of the Masai tribe, he was able to answer many of the questions we had as we passed through his ancient homeland. The lodgings were all very nice, with one tent camp (Swala in Tarangire National Park), and the rest were hotels with buffet breakfasts and dinners. The itinerary was carefully selected to take advantage of this wonderful area to enjoy the scenery, the people and most of all, the animals in their wild habitat. I highly recommend not only Nature Expeditions, but the guide Anderson, and this particular Tanzanian itinerary.
L. Deeter, Orlando, FL (Peru, Tanzania)
" Many thanks for all the arrangements (in Tanzania) which went perfectly. Anderson was a wonderful guide ó I think one of the best weíve had during my 6 trips to Africa. Everything worked as it should and throughout we were very pleased ó especially seeing the Migration which Anderson put us in the very middle of ó wow!
R. Norris & J. Haskins, Houston, TX (Tanzania)
" Exceptional NEI Trip to Peru. Being globetrotters and discriminating, NEI had a tall order. The 13 day adventure exceeded our expectation! Our custom itinerary made it one of our most memorable trips! Everyone I dealt with was so professional and knowledgeable. All my questions, which were many, were usually answered the same day. Our next great adventure will definitely be planned by Nature Expeditions International! Thank you,
C. Ross, Bend, OR (Peru)
" My husband and I have traveled with Nature Expeditions, or received their assistance, on several occasions. Specifically, several years ago we traveled with Nature Expeditions to Australia. Our agent went above and beyond the call of duty to arrange exactly what we wanted to experience in Australia. Every detail was immaculately planned and executed, and the customer service was the best we have ever received from a travel company. Not only did we get to see exactly what we wanted, and did not waste time on things not important to us , but everything was first class!On another trip, unfortunately there was a natural disaster occurring in the country from which we were to return home. NEI worked a miracle, and managed to get us home and out of harmís way which had to take hours and hours of time and effort!Nature Expeditions is absolutely the best company with whom we have traveled, and we highly recommend them to anyone considering a special adventure and experience!
H. Knopp, El Paso, TX (Australia)
" I highly recommend using Nature Expeditions to plan your trip to Kenya and Tanzania. My extended family traveled to Africa for a fully customized 12-day trip, and it couldnít have been better. Michelle and Jonathan worked closely with us to secure the exact itinerary and lodging that we wanted within our time constraints and budget. I have used NEI on several trips and we have always been thrilled with the results.s is absolutely the best company with whom we have traveled, and we highly recommend them to anyone considering a special adventure and experience!
K. Wong, San Ramon, CA (Kenya, Tanzania)
" My wife and I have used Nature Expeditions for two adventures with another one coming up next month. We went first to northern India. What a great trip and not at all possible without your planning and follow-through. The trip was like having a tour group for the two of us. We were met at the airport in Delhi (2am Delhi time) and taken to our hotel. Kumar checked us in and explained the guide and driver process to us. We would have the same car and driver for the whole three weeks and we would be met by a guide in each city. Driver was extremely helpful. Manohar helped us every day. Trip included many days of driving from city to city with him at the wheel. Driving in India is not for us, but he was most expert and experienced. We were in a small van and could start and stop when we wanted (with guidance from Manohar of course).Guides in each city were knowledgeable and friendly and spoke good English. We learned so much from them bout the culture and customs of India and the particular interesting information about their city. One big highlight of the trip was the Pushcar Camel Fair. We added this stop to the suggested itinerary of Nature Expeditions. Flexibility on planning the trip is an important feature of the Nature Expeditions experience.
Second trip was to China. Much different from our experience in India (much more modern: new roads, new airports, new airplanes, new drivers), but the experience with the trip was the same. Met at the airport and taken to the hotel, helped with check-in and an explanation of what to expect. Most of travel between cities was by air, but we were met by a guide and driver in each city. We even had a guide meet us to help with the transfer from one plane to another in the middle of a trip. Terrific customer service. One thing to know about China: the guides in each city work for the Chinese government, so donít be critical or talk about Tibet. We went to Tibet. Guide was knowledgeable and Tibetan. She was somewhat circumspect about the Chinese presence, but warned us not to take photos or talk about political issues.
The guides in each city were knowledgeable and helpful. We had the flexibility to start each day when we wanted and modify the itinerary for the day as we chose. Another advantage of Nature Expeditions.
We are headed to Alaska next month. Looking forward to another great adventure.
Cost of traveling with Nature Expeditions is competitive with other similar guided trips. We found the price for India to be lower than my Alumni Association trip and several other commercial providers. They booked us into uniformly comfortable hotels and provided us with everything we needed at every stop.
M. Dorsey, Boulder, CO (India, China)
" OUR WONDERFUL TRIP TO KENYA AND TANZANIA, THANKS TO NATURE EXPEDITIONS!
One big advantage for us with booking with Nature Expeditions is there are no set dates for departures. there are guide lines for best times to visit.With my husbandís work schedule, that flexibility really works for us. The second advantage is you can be a group of two to get the group rate! And rounding up with number three advantage is the pricing, you get all the top notch guiding, extensive knowledge of the countries to be visited, 4 and 5 star hotels ( your choice depending on your budget, airport transfers, etc. Iíd say, compare their trips to similarly offered trips by the big expensive travel companies. The itineraries, hotel choices etc will be similar, but Nature Expeditions price will be better. Oh and they are nice people to deal with.
Our safari to Kenya and Tanzania was our second trip with them. A year earlier they had arranged a custom trip across China for us that was perfect.
And I will say the same for this trip. Perfect. The only negative was our fault. We should have allowed more time to spend in each of the safari camps we stayed at.
I need to eat a Vegan diet for health reasons and at each place we stayed, Nature Expeditions made sure that this was known and I was accommodated . And the food was terrific.
We are hoping to go on our third trip with them next year to the Galapagos Islands.
P. Gilbert, Hellertown, PA (China, Kenya, Tanzania)
" Indeed, we had a wonderful trip. The Overland Track was incredibly beautiful and there were 3 other Australian couples with us. We had time to bond while hiking and being in the huts. We did not realize how hot the mainland would be. We had based our travel time on the hike so as to not get caught in a snow blizzard. We bought and wore the headnets at Uluru because of the flies. Never realized how high one sits on a standing camel. Loved Alice Springs and the tours- radio now computer education for the Outback children; laying the telegraph lines; Flying Doctors; the Aboriginal art musesm- saw more beautiful art work here than in all the other shops, etc. in Australia. The bridge climb is far easier than it looks. We enjoyed our extra day in Sydney that was unplanned. We did go to the Opera after we had done a tour on our own- Tickets were ~ $70 US dollars. Walked into downtown Sydney to Chinatown; rode the train back; felt Old Sydney Holiday Inn had the best location for walking to places. Seeing so many of the animals at the Featherdale wildlife park was special. Frank took a quick swim in the ocean on the Port Stephens tour- Seeing the dophins on the cruise would be a better choice than the horseback.The dinner, the balloon and cruise were the three activities that were cancelled.
D. Buffum, Ridgecrest, CA (Tasmania/Australia)
"I chose NEI because of Jonathan's responses to our phone call requesting information. He suggested a private trip, listened to our needs and gave honest and personal opinions. I can honestly say this was the smoothest, most prompt and easiest best organized trip we have had after visiting Australia, Japan, Brazil, Finland, Europe and Russia; your trip customizing was excellent."
Dr. & Mrs. Lucas, Lexington, KY (Costa Rica)
"Just thought I'd drop you a line or two about our recent Ecuador and Galapagos trip with NEI. It was fantastic! We had an incredible time. I don't want to wear out the exclamation point on my keyboard, but it's difficult not to when describing our experience. I'm not much of a dancer, but it was a lot of fun trying to learn the salsa. I'm afraid my style displayed all the grace and agility of Frankenstein's monster. But it was fun, I'm continuing to practice (Kick! Two, three, four). Thanks a lot - it was the trip of a lifetime."
J. Fago, Farmington Hills, MI (Ecuador & Galapagos)
"My husband and I prefer to plan all our trips by ourselves so it was a difficult decision to hand over the reins to NEI. However, it was the best decision we have made in a long time. Our customized trip to India was glorious. Every aspect was planned with such care and thought that we felt pampered at every moment. But beyond that, it was Jonathan who made us feel comfortable from the first phone call until our return to the U.S. Thanks to his tireless work and to Michelle's, our trip was above and beyond our wildest expectations. We can't wait to plan another trip with NEI. Thank you for the memories.
J. Berenbom, Brooklyn, NY (India)
"I have recently returned from a Galapagos trip, and wanted to express my pleasure with every aspect of the trip, but I wish to add this brief note to especially commend Heidi for the absolutely superb services she rendered. From our first preliminary conversations, when I was trying to decide which of several companies to use for this very special journey with my young grandsons, she could not have been more helpful. It was entirely due to her courtesy, knowledge, and apparent personal interest that I chose your company. Due to illness, I had to postpone the trip for two weeks. This, as I'm sure you know, entailed a variety of extremely complex changes in plans. Heidi managed it all promptly, efficiently, and as if she had nothing better in the world than to make sure everything went smoothly for me and my family, which she did--magnificently! Thank you for this unforgettably grand experience."
E. Blass, Little Rock, AR (Ecuador & Galapagos)
"We returned on Dec. 25 from our trip to Egypt organized by you. Both Pravin and I enjoyed our trip tremendously. Thank you very much for the excellent coordination with your local people in Egypt. Every step of the way, we were provided with the service you had promised.
Services were flawless in every aspect of the trip; the staff was courteous, friendly and very helpful.
We would be very interested in taking future trips with you!"
B. Trivedi, Bloomington, IN (Egypt)
"The trip to Brazil was fabulous! One of our top-rated destinations. Everything went perfectly. We don"t know how you managed all the arrangements. We were met at all airports by courteous and knowledgeable people. We returned healthy and happy, with tons of photos! Thank you for putting together a great trip for us. It was first class!"
A. Skliar, Great Neck, NY (Brazil)
"We had a marvelous time on our trip to Chile and Argentina. The scenery was fantastic. The lodges and hotels were beautifully located and offered great cuisine and wines. Every detail was perfectly coordinated. It could not have been better."
R. Lernor, Milwaukee, WI (Chile & Argentina)
"We had an unbelievably fabulous time in China. Our experience was much better than we expected and even better than we hoped. Our guides were excellent and very accommodating. Thank you so much for arranging everything so well!"
C. Fogel, Chevy Chase, MD (China)
"We just returned from our wonderful trip to the Galapagos. We had a glorious time!! We were very pleased with all the arrangements you made for us. The guides in Quito were excellent. We are already recommending the Galapagos - and NEI - to our friends."
R. Allison, Wichita, KS (Ecuador & Galapagos)
"All in all, this was a fabulous trip and surpassed my expectations…The dunes at Sossusvlei are far more overwhelming than I expected órather like the great wall…The flight along the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland Camp was truly awesome…. Chobe was as wonderful as I had remembered it. The camp was fabulous with beautiful views..River trips with a sundowner watching loads of elephants. Glorious sunsets…I certainly hope to be able to plan additional safaris with you in the future since that is my main focus now!
E. Dawson, Springfield, IL (Namibia, Botswana)
"The whole trip was mind-expanding. Our guide Uri was truly amazing. He was a VIP tour guide, and really, really smart. Definitely up there among the best trips weíve taken!
J. Lipsky, Scottsdale, AZ (Israel)
"I just wanted to thank you for planning such a great trip to Argentina for my family. We had a wonderful time and really appreciated your guidance and superb partners there."
J. Svoboda, Chicago, IL (Argentina)
"Our Costa Rican trip was PERFECTAMUNDO!! All went just like clockwork. We really enjoyed everything. Everyone was on time or early, and everyone so courteous and looked after everything for us. Your company did such a great job on this trip for us. I loved it all."
K. Allen, Waynesville, NC (Costa Rica)
"We had a wonderful time! The trip was very well organized -- lovely places, great excursions, great food, nice folks! And thank you for being so responsive to our email concerning the vouchers. Again, thank you for a most enjoyable experience. We look forward to traveling with NEI again and will certainly tell all our friends about the outstanding service."
S. Arnold, Lumberville, PA (Chile, Argentina)
"I just wanted to send you a short, but very appreciative, note, to let you know how wonderful our trip was to China, thanks to the wonderful planning that was done by your company. We were met everywhere by smiling faces and signs with our name on them (very comforting). Things went very smoothly, and the hotel accommodations and every other aspect of the trip were first class and top notch. Thanks again for the efficiency and great planning on your end."
A. Yopp, Nashville, TN (China)
"We had a wonderful time. One of the highlights was camel trekking in the Sahara. The views were breathtaking. Our guide and driver were excellent. There was a lot of driving but everything worked out fine. "
F. Topolosky, Princeton, NJ (Morocco)
Our China experience with NEI was satisfying in every way and I was pleased to be able to recommend you to our friends. Your knowledge and suggestions proved invaluable. You recommended places we probably would never have considered. And, you told me I must see Huang Shan Mountain. Dawn on Yellow Mountain was magic.
G. Honeycutt, Atlanta, GA (China)
"We loved loved loved the trip! It was absolutely fabulous. Everything about it was just great. Having planned work trips and events, I am tough to impress and you wowed me. One of the best parts (as silly as this may sound) was how we were greeted at the airport when we arrived -- we didn't walk more than 300 yards without someone helping us. It was just wonderful and it set the tone for the entire trip. All of the activities were terrific. The guides were real pros and everything ran smoothly. It was all well timed -- we were busy enough, but not too busy. Honestly, it was the perfect trip -- exceeded our expectations in every way. When we travel again, I will be sure to see if you can arrange a trip where we want to go."
E. Stoeber, Farmingdale, NY (Costa Rica)
"We had a WONDERFUL time and enjoyed every moment of our trip. It was fantastic, and everything was beautifully organized and went smoothly. We are very thankful to you and Nature Expeditions, and the Nairobi office staff for making our trip such a wonderful one."
A. Lamoureux, Honolulu, HI (Kenya)
"Just wanted to say thank you to both of you for a spectacular trip to New Zealand. We just got back this morning and are already missing the beautiful country. Your planning was all superb - everything went like clockwork and we enjoyed each and every guide, hotel, meal and excursion. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. We had a wonderful vacation.
K. Cox, Annandale, VA (New Zealand)
"Just a note to thank everyone at NEI who worked so hard to make our adventure to Southern Africa and Seychelles such a wonderful experience. Everything went smoothly, the accommodations were great, and the animal sightings were terrific. You made all this possible. Please convey our best wishes to the staff at NEI."
T. Pokras, Santa Monica, CA (Botswana & Seychelles)
"We want to say that, overall, we were extremely pleased with the level of service we received throughout, starting from our interaction with you, to the folks who greeted us at airports, the drivers and the staff at the lodges. We feel that from the planning of the trip to the execution of it, the interaction was such that the highest level of effort was made to accommodate our wishes, and we truly appreciate it."
M. Guzman, Wakefield, MA (Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles)
"We had a fabulous trip to Brazil with three different and great experiences. We thank you for putting it all together and making it all work. The logistics all worked out well, the accommodations were all great, the guides in all cases were wonderful and couldn't try any harder to please. Once again you did a wonderful job for us.
C. Abelson, Philadelphia, PA (Brazil)
"We recently booked a three week cruise in the Antarctica region through Nature Expeditions. The folks at Nature Expeditions were always prompt with their responses to our questions and requests and they gave us timely and accurate information. We chose to book our own hotels and airfares within Argentina, but when we experienced a delay in getting back from the cruise, Nature Expeditions stepped in and did a marvelous job of rearranging our flights and scheduling alternative lodging. We recommend Nature Expeditions."
D. Brown, West Des Moines, IA