How do YOU want to experience the world’s most exciting continent?

As the heart and soul behind The Grown-up Travel Company, in fact as The Grown-up Travel Company, I’m here to guide you through the world of African adventures.

Planning your dream safari can seem daunting – that’s why I want to introduce you to the three unique types of trips I offer, each tailored to different travel desires and styles. Whether you’re seeking a bespoke journey, the camaraderie of small group travel, or an exclusive expedition led by yours truly, I have something just for you.

1. Custom-Built Adventures

Our Custom-Built Adventures range from the essential experiences of our Silver Level to the unparalleled luxury of our Platinum Level. These trips are entirely about you – your interests, your pace, and your style.

  • Personal Touch: Every itinerary I craft is a reflection of your unique travel aspirations. From wildlife enthusiasts to cultural connoisseurs, I ensure your safari perfectly matches your passions.
  • Flexibility and Variety: Choose your adventure – whether it’s exploring the iconic Serengeti, delving into the rich cultures of the Maasai, or unwinding on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Have a look at the different travel themes for inspiration – but remember that these are only ideas.
  • Luxury and Comfort: Luxury on an African safari is not about unnecessary extras like chandeliers and gold fittings. Yes, you really can stay at safari camps with these and more. Try luxury is privacy and exclusivity – such as enjoying game drives without being surrounded by other vehicles. But all of the places in my itineraries offer a high level of comfort as well. The location of a camp or lodge plays a major part in its cost; the further it is from “civilisation”, the more difficult (and thus expensive) the logistics become.
  • Ideal For: Discerning travellers who value personalised experiences and those who wish to explore Africa at their rhythm.

2. Small Group Tours

Sunway breakfast

Classic Small Group Tours are for those who love the idea of sharing their safari with like-minded individuals. Limited to 12-16 guests, these tours are a wonderful blend of guided activities and spontaneous adventures, making each trip a unique experience. Choose from our Camping or Accommodated options, each offering a distinct way to experience the wonders of Africa.

Camping Tours: The Wild Heart of Africa

  • Immersive Nature Experience: Camping Tours are for the true adventurers at heart. Picture yourself waking up to the sounds of the African wilderness, spending your nights under a canopy of stars, and truly immersing yourself in the raw beauty of nature.
  • Rustic Yet Comfortable: Don’t worry, this isn’t roughing it! Camping setups include comfortable tents, essential amenities, and the support of experienced guides. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and comfort.
  • Engaging and Social: Camping naturally fosters a sense of camaraderie. Gather around the campfire, share stories, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the great outdoors.
  • Ideal For: Those who want to connect closely with nature and fellow travellers, and don’t mind a bit of dust on their boots!

Accommodated Tours: Comfort in the Wilderness

  • Relax in Style: After a day full of exploration, relax in carefully chosen lodges or tented camps that offer comfort and character. These accommodations are selected to enhance your experience of the African wilderness.
  • Blend of Adventure and Comfort: Enjoy the thrill of safari during the day and unwind in the comfort of your accommodation at night. It’s the perfect way to experience Africa’s diverse landscapes and wildlife.
  • Cultural and Wildlife Encounters: Each lodge or camp is a gateway to cultural interactions and wildlife encounters, ensuring that your safari experience is both authentic and comfortable.
  • Ideal For: Travellers who prefer a bit more comfort and structure, without sacrificing the sense of adventure and exploration.

Whether you choose the raw appeal of our Camping Tours or the relaxed comfort of our Accommodated Tours, our Classic Small Group Tours are about making memories, forming friendships, and discovering the heart of Africa with new friends.

3. Andy’s Expeditions

For an intimate and exclusive safari experience, join me on one of “Andy’s Expeditions”. Limited to just six guests, these expeditions are where my passion for Africa shines brightest, as I personally lead you to some of the continent’s most secluded and spectacular corners. They don’t happen very often, but when they do, you really should jump in.

  • Led by Me: Drawing on my extensive experience and love for Africa, I ensure these expeditions go beyond the typical safari. We delve deeper, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations and uncovering hidden gems.
  • Bespoke and Exclusive: With only a handful of guests, each expedition is intimate, allowing for a highly personalised experience. We’ll venture into remote wilderness, engage with local communities, and witness wildlife in its natural environment.
  • Memorable and Transformative: These are not just trips; they are journeys of the heart and soul. From tracking elusive wildlife to sharing stories under the African sky, every moment is crafted to be unforgettable.
  • Ideal For: Adventurers seeking a truly exclusive and personalised safari experience, led by someone who shares their love for Africa’s untamed beauty.

Planning your safari with The Grown-up Travel Company means embarking on a journey tailored just for you. Whether it’s the tailored intricacies of Custom-Built Adventures, the shared joy of Small Group Tours, or the unique privilege of exploring with me on one of my Expeditions, I promise an adventure that resonates with your spirit of exploration.

Ready to start this exciting journey? Let’s talk and turn your African dream into an unforgettable reality. Your adventure awaits!

Join Me in Zimbabwe in May 2025!

A unique adventure through Africa’s untamed beauty in May 2025. On this 9-night itinerary we will start with a stay in Victoria Falls and then explore two world-renowned areas of wonderful Zimbabwe: Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba.

Staying at two legendary camps, Bomani and Musango, we will get to experience the thrill of the wilderness in two very different ways.

“This small-group safari, limited to just six guests, is designed to ensure a truly immersive adventure for those with limited time but very high expectations.” – Andy Higgs

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