As a relative novice to wildlife travel in general, I was convinced that most of the guests attending this trip would be hardened wildlife enthusiasts, sparring their wildlife sound bites at any given opportunity. I was mistaken. Yes, many guests had a wide knowledge gained from numerous previous trips, but were only too cheerful to exchange this information with others when prompted or as no more than chatty dinner conversation. As wildlife enthusiasts wouldn’t we all like to talk to the animals? Instead we make do with the next best thing – talking to each other about the animals. Sharing experiences like this (and sometimes gaining new skills) whilst on a group tour is something very special and can result in lifelong friendships being formed. I am always excited when meeting past Festival clients who keep me updated with others they have met or are due to meet in social situations as a result of their first trips together.
Of course there are significant financial benefits to travelling together too – transport, administration and guiding costs are all shared. We are also more than happy to arrange room and tent shares for same gender travellers, eliminating single supplements and helping people re-engage with travel. Tempted? Let’s start talking and learning about the animals.