The trip with Arcadia Expeditions far exceeded our expectations. We travelled to places we would never have found on our own and enjoyed immersive, off the beaten track adventures in places unfrequented by the majority of tourists.
Culturally the experience was very fulfilling allowing us to visit tribal villages and to camp with the Kalahari Bushmen. We foraged in the bush with them and later were treated to a fireside dance that was truly magical. David Adams was an informative and caring Expedition Leader, enriching the trip with information about the places and people we visited. The small group was harmonious and like-minded in seeking something different from the usual packaged tour.
All the accommodation was excellent and frequently in unusual settings such as old forts and a converted railway station. Camping in the wilds of the Okavango Delta was a once in a lifetime experience. The camp well appointed and the food excellent. We would definitely choose to travel with Arcadia Expeditions in future.
Last May I chose to travel to Namibia and Botswana with Arcadia Expeditions. This was quite simply one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have travelled for many years to many places, but this was the best trip I have ever been on.
The group was small (only 11 people) which I liked, but it was the unique itinerary Arcadia had put together that really made the expedition so rewarding. We felt fully immersed in these countries, meeting an incredible diversity of people, seeing unbelievable landscapes and having remarkable interactions with the animals. We rarely saw other tourists, which added to the authenticity of the trip. We were a low impact travel group engaging with local communities, not just seeing sights (which were something to behold), but learning about them at a deeper, more interactive level. It’s Arcadia’s emphasis on storytelling, which was followed throughout our trip, that made the big difference for me.
If you are looking to have a unique travel experience, you could not go past Arcadia, I am counting the days to my next adventure with them.
We chose Arcadia Expeditions for our dream holiday to Namibia and Botswana as it met so many of our requirements. Having no previous exposure to these countries, it was a pleasure and a relief to embark on a fully organised expedition, with no logistics at all to worry about.
The group we travelled with was an intimate group of 11, all like-minded people, who became like family as time went on. The itinerary was expertly designed to access many remote destinations that we had not been able to source through any other agency, and as such, we rarely came into contact with other tourists as we enjoyed unique experiences such as living/camping with the San people of the northern Kalahari Dessert, and tracking desert elephants on the edge of the Skeleton Coast.
The trip was a perfect balance of glamping and hotel accommodation – and, importantly to us, we engaged with local communities and left a minimal footprint as we went. Our expedition leader, David Adams, was extraordinarily well informed and familiar with the territory both from a geographic and a cultural point of view. His depth of knowledge and ability to tell the story of the land and its people, its sights and history made for a truly authentic adventure. The connections we made and the opportunities we were privileged to enjoy will not be forgotten – we couldn’t have hoped for more!