Choosing your travel company is the single most important decision
you will make as you plan your long-anticipated adventure. At first glance, some companies may seem "cheaper." But when you dig a little deeper, you’ll see why traveling with Natural Habitat Adventures ensures that you will have the finest and most meaningful travel experience possible. In fact, we guarantee it!
Natural Habitat Adventures Named "World’s #1 Adventure Travel Outfitter"
Outside magazine named us The World's #1 Adventure Travel Outfitter, a designation that gives us great pride. But that's just the tip of the iceberg—we've won countless awards over the 35+ years we've been in business, from Virtuoso's top Sustainable Tourism Leadership award to Travel + Leisure's Top Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter, plus multiple awards from AFAR and National Geographic Traveler for many of our groundbreaking nature adventures—and that's just a sampler!
- We Specialize Exclusively in Nature Travel
Unlike other companies, the only trips we run—the only trips we have ever run—are nature adventures, which is important when that's your focus. After all, do you really want to take an African safari with an operator best known for its European cultural tours? Or explore Alaska with a company more interested in the thread count of your sheets than the animal count on your itinerary? You'll benefit from our specialization—we are the world's nature travel experts!
- Our Mission is Conservation Through Exploration
It's not enough for us to merely explore nature. Our goal is to protect it, too. In fact, we have crafted our entire enterprise around the mission of Conservation through Exploration—protecting our planet by inspiring travelers, supporting local communities and boldly influencing the entire travel industry. Sustaining the world's wild places and the people who live in and around them is integral to who we are.
- Unique Itineraries You Won't Find Anywhere Else
With World Wildlife Fund's top scientists and staff by our side in the planning process and guide training, and with years of experience scouring the planet for captivating nature destinations, we possess resources and insight not available to other tour companies. Compare itineraries: You’ll see that ours include access to private wildlife reserves, lesser-known corners of national parks away from tourist crowds, and secluded small lodges and camps situated where wildlife viewing is best. All this adds up to a superlative nature adventure!
- Great Guides Make All the Difference
We know a successful nature adventure can only happen with an outstanding guide at the helm. That’s why we're proud to have earned the reputation for the finest naturalist Expedition Leaders on the planet! No other company undertakes as rigorous a vetting process and in-depth guide training as we do. In addition, when you include resources from World Wildlife Fund's team of scientists—exclusively available to Nat Hab as WWF's travel partner—we can safely make the claim that Natural Habitat Adventures has the best guides in the business…It’s part of our guarantee!
- The Smallest Groups in the Industry—Averaging Just 9 Guests
Can you imagine trying to walk silently along a rain forest trail, careful not to disturb shy wildlife, with 20 or 30 other travelers? Or stepping ashore on a remote island to explore pristine coastal wilderness with dozens of other tourists at your side? We know meaningful nature encounters can only occur in small groups. That's why our trips average just nine travelers, by far the smallest number in the business. As a result, you can expect not only more personal, close-up wildlife encounters, but a lower-impact presence on the planet's fragile natural places we treasure.
- The Finest Accommodations in Nature
Standard tour companies tend to choose big, centrally located hotels and lodges that are often overrun with tourists. We, on the other hand, recognize that meaningful nature adventures require the quiet and seclusion of remotely located camps and small lodges. Yes, these strategically placed accommodations often cost a bit more, and getting there can be more involved (though often more fun!). But such lodgings, where luxury is defined as much by proximity to wildlife as by superlative comfort and amenities, are a key part of our mission to offer the world’s greatest nature adventures.
- The Best Vehicles, with Plenty of Extra Room
With adventures all over the planet, we use many different types of vehicles, from small 4x4 jeeps for tiger watching in India, to huge Polar Rovers with giant tires custom-designed for polar bear viewing on the Canadian tundra, to our own North America Safari Trucks with pop-top roof hatches for 360° wildlife watching. The consistent element is that our vehicles always provide the safest and most comfortable ride with the best access for wildlife viewing. We also limit the number of travelers in each vehicle to below capacity (often well below the number most other companies place in them), ensuring a more comfortable experience and better access to viewing and photos.
- Internal Flights Maximize Your Time in Nature
Our guests travel to the world’s farthest reaches to spend as much time as possible in nature and with wildlife, not to bump along dusty roads on endless long transit days. So, where practical, we arrange flights between remote locations, often in chartered aircraft to ensure the most convenient scheduling. However, we do include overland drives when you would otherwise miss spectacular scenery—our operations staff works diligently to craft the optimal mix of transportation modes.
- Safety You Can Count On—with Precautions for COVID-19
Your peace of mind is paramount to us. Our Expedition Leaders undergo rigorous training to ensure our guests' safety and wellbeing, including with regard to COVID-19. From even smaller groups and fewer guests per vehicle to enhanced sanitation protocols, more private meals and field picnics, and more flexible booking policies, we're taking care of you (learn more about our COVID-19 policies). And regarding general safety, in consultation with outside experts we have developed an intricate risk management plan with emergency notification procedures to ensure efficient handling of any unexpected circumstances. Unlike companies that solely book guests into local accommodations with local operators, we have our own staff standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to any emergencies or contingencies that may arise.
- Our Exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee
When you travel with Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet (and often exceed) the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. While this may be the most ambitious guarantee made by any travel company, we have so much confidence and pride in our trips that we simply will not allow our guests to return home disappointed in the services and inclusions we provide. Of course, we can't control nature, but what we can control, we do, ensuring a superlative experience for you.
- We Won't Cancel
If you've ever experienced the disappointment of having your long-awaited adventure canceled at the last minute because the tour company didn’t sell enough spaces, you’ll appreciate our promise never to cancel a trip due to low enrollment. This guarantee applies to all regularly scheduled Natural Habitat Adventures departures.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Conservation Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel and the exceptional quality of our worldwide adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading conservation organization—selected Natural Habitat Adventures as its exclusive conservation travel partner, a relationship that began in 2003. When you travel with Nat Hab and WWF, you become an integral force for change in addressing the planet's most pressing conservation challenges. Your tourism dollars help transform the future of at-risk natural places, flowing to local communities who live with and steward nature, creating jobs and improving livelihoods. Your presence becomes a powerful incentive for communities to protect their natural resources, making wildlife worth more alive than dead, and wild lands worth more intact than degraded. Learn more about our innovative partnership with WWF. You'll also be pleased to know that Nat Hab is the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company, a status we've held since 2007. When you travel with us, we offset 100% of the carbon emissions from your trip—including your flights to and from our destinations! And importantly, we're inspiring other companies to follow our lead—an impact we're especially proud of!