Our decades of travel experience mean that we know what we are talking about. We love Africa and know that you will love it too!
As a small company we are able to provide a caring, friendly and professional service. Without you, we can’t exist – which is why you will always come first.
We are sure that you will not find better rates for comparable holidays – or indeed that you will even find comparable holidays.
We only work with suppliers who give back to local communities, support conservation initiatives and promote sustainable practices.
Nothing beats the human touch – from someone who knows what they are talking about, has been to the areas in question and only works with trusted suppliers in Africa with whom they have a long-term business relationship. Only a specialist can arrange the right trip for you – and there are not that many true Africa specialists out there. Don’t be convinced to scale back your original vision for the ultimate adventure to an average holiday so that someone can make a quick and easy sale. We take as care as much about your adventure being a success as you do – our reputation and future depend upon it.
The Grown-up Travel Company is an online-only operation, but we prefer talking to typing. We assist clients on the phone, via video or voice messaging services and at local showcase evenings at hired venues. We recognize that a core element in this business is the relationships that we form with our suppliers. We trust our partners and our partners trust us – but more than that, we are all friends with the same aim of helping each other deliver the best experience to guests fortunate enough to visit this wonderful continent. Read through this site, jot down your questions and book a free Skype call to chat with Andy in person. He can talk about Africa all day, so we found it necessary to set a limit of 30 minutes per call to allow him to get other work done!
We consider ourselves to be a small but perfectly-formed company. We have eliminated all unnecessary overheads so that we can focus on promoting Africa and creating the best possible itineraries at affordable prices. Instead of wasting money and resources on a fancy downtown office and a lengthy commute we use technology to run a lean and portable operation with all members of the team working remotely from home or from the road. Africa is an expensive destination and a safari is going to cost more than a regular Mediterranean beach holiday. Remember that in most cases all your meals and often your drinks are included in the rate, as are all activities and the services of a professional guide. But above all, you are going to have the adventure of a lifetime, and how do you price that? We do not compete on price, we compete on value.
In order to be sustainable, tourism in Africa must benefit local communities, protect the wildlife that visitors come to see and minimize impact on the environment. Once a farmer sees that money from the safari lodge is used to build clinics and schools, provide safe water and paid job opportunities he will see the value in the wildlife that tourists are paying to see. It’s a win-win situation – you as a paying guest enjoy an experience you will never forget, and the local communities reap benefits they would not otherwise receive. Make no mistake – without tourists, Africa’s wildlife will not survive to be enjoyed by future generations. All our partners are involved in local projects such as health clinics, rural schools and clean water provision as well as wildlife and habitat protection. Safari lodges depend upon maintaining a good relationship with their neighbours. We truly believe that the negative environmental impact of travelling to Africa is more than made up for by the real help you give by choosing this kind of holiday and you will soon discover that Africa can teach us a lot about sustainable practices, recycling and the repurposing of “waste”.
Your money is fully protected in a PTS trust account – ensuring compliance with UK and EU package travel regulations. This also covers customers in Norway under Section 42 of the Norwegian Package Tours Act. Click here for more information