We interviewed Adventure Specialist Lauren Deeley about Natural Habitat Adventures’ extraordinary wildlife experiences.
TDI: Why do you/Nat Hab like working with travel agents?
NHA: First and foremost, we value their commitment to providing great, personalized service to their travelers. Here at Nat Hab, we’re a small company. We still believe that the best way to make sure our travelers have incredible adventures is by getting to know them, and by helping direct them to the nature trips and itineraries that are the perfect fit for them. Working with great travel agents who really know their clients helps us do this even better!
TDI: What are the advantages (if any) to booking your Nat Hab adventure through a travel agent?
NHA: There are absolutely advantages! At Nat Hab, we have dedicated Adventure Specialists that work with each travel agency. This means you have two dedicated individuals whose whole job is to get to know you, your travel style, and how you like to see the world. This means you’ve got double the personal attention!
TDI: For anyone not familiar with the company, how would you describe the Nat Hab experience?
NHA: We travel because we’re happiest when we’re discovering wild places and having authentic interactions with wildlife and the natural world.
Whether that’s getting to sit on the banks of a rarely visited river with just a few other travelers watching wild grizzly bears as they fish and clam, play and spar; being the only safari goers at a sighting of a mother lion teaching her cubs to hunt; or any of the beautiful and powerful wildlife experiences in between; we’re happiest when we’re living these kinds of moments!
Wherever we’re traveling in the world, we facilitate these kinds of nature experiences by pairing incredibly small groups of travelers (the average group size is 10 guests) with some of the most passionate and experienced Expedition Leaders on the planet. Plus, we stay in the most secluded accommodations with the closest access to wildlife we can get!
TDI: Could you please, for anyone who doesn’t already know, elaborate on Natural Habitat Adventures’ relationship with World Wildlife Fund?
NHA: Since 2003, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has partnered with Natural Habitat Adventures to offer conservation travel – sustainable travel that directly protects nature and wildlife. WWF selected Natural Habitat as its travel partner because of our long-standing commitment to conservation and the exceptional quality of our adventures. Learn more about this partnership between Nat Hab and World Wildlife Fund.
TDI: Do you have any stories you’d like to share about working with a travel agent to pull off something amazing for a client? Or even a story about one of your favorite Nat Hab destinations?
NHA: Sure! This is probably our favorite thing to do! So, in addition to our scheduled small group trips, we also plan Custom Adventures! These are private trips just for one group of guests, usually a family or group of friends. On one occasion, I was planning a custom safari to Kenya for a family and one of the family members suddenly became visually impaired. Obviously, this was a big disappointment prior to a safari experience! So…we reworked the itinerary to include a ton of special visits to specific reserves and sanctuaries where the whole family could have full sensory experiences – getting close enough to wildlife to hear, smell, and (in the right situation) feel the animals. It was such a joy to take a tough situation and turn it into an incredible safari experience!
TDI: Are there any specials going on right now that you’d like to communicate to potential travelers?
NHA: Because we value our travelers so much, we typically only run discounts or specials for past travelers as a little “thank you” for joining us on our travels. That said, right now we’ve taken some cancellations and have some rare summer space for adventures to the Galapagos! If you haven’t solidified your summer travel plans yet, this is an amazing first step into the world of wildlife-focused travel! The animals get right up next to you and the environment is incredibly pristine – absolutely one of the most exciting destinations I’ve ever been to.
Visit nathab.com to learn more about Natural Habitat Adventures.
All images/videos in this article are courtesy of Lauren Deeley, Natural Habitat Adventures, and World Wildlife Fund.