Bespoke Travel: Overview

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At Wild and Exotic we pride ourselves in meticulous attention to detail and the creation of memorable holidays that exceed your expectations. The advantage of bespoke travel is exactly that - your holiday is all about you calling the shots and us delivering what you want. In other words if there is anywhere you wish to visit, any place you would like to stay or anything you would like to do whilst on holiday we will do our best to arrange it.

On this website you will find a brief summary of those countries in which we arrange bespoke travel, together with a map showing key places and regions. We have listed destinations within each country that we feel should be high on your list of places to visit, and provided reasons for those recommendations, together with suggestions for the activities you can enjoy during your stay.

We hope that you will begin the process of a Wild and Exotic holiday by contacting us by telephone or email to discuss your requirements. During these initial consultations we will offer, without obligation, suggestions that are compatible with your expectations. If you are satisfied with our proposals we will prepare a provisional itinerary for you to consider, taking into account your budget and timeframe. Only after you have approved this itinerary will we ask you to pay a deposit to ensure space is held at your chosen destinations. The procedures from then on are described in detail under our General Info/FAQ tab.

As we are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority to sell flights and accommodation combined we are usually able to get your holiday off to the right start by quoting a competitive airfare on the best possible route to your destination. Furthermore you will normally not have to pay for these flights until 8 weeks prior to departure. Our ATOL license number is 6445.

The degree to which we look after you whilst you are on holiday is entirely up to you, although we normally take care of every aspect of your stay, including all fights, transfers, accommodation and activities. We prefer to have you met and assisted for all domestic scheduled or private charter flights, and for English speaking guides to accompany you on any road transfers during your stay. However if you would rather hire a car, or take taxis to local airports instead of being driven by our staff that is fine by us.

We use only the best and most knowledgeable English speaking guides for the many activities on offer, be they game drives or walks in the African bush, canoeing trips down the Zambezi River or explorations of remote and beautiful regions of South America.

On this website we have resisted the temptation to bombard you with detailed information on the many camps, estancias, haciendas, hotels, lodges and spas we favour around the world. Specialist brochures, photographs and DVDs featuring our favourite places to stay will be sent on request, and to accompany your provisional itinerary. Most are relatively small and exclusive, selected for style of management, quality of service and location.

Establishing the best places for you to stay from the many thousands available is a time consuming and never ending process. It begins by a representative of Wild and Exotic exploring the relevant country and selecting those places that meet our criteria, and continues by maintaining close contact with the owners and managers. Events such as the World Travel Market in London and the Indaba Travel Show in Durban greatly facilitate this process. The result is that the overwhelming majority of our clients report that their holiday expectations have been met or exceeded. Don't take our word for it - read their comments.

Wild and Exotic have a reputable and reliable travel partner in each and every one of the countries within our global portfolio, and you will be provided with a local 24 hour emergency contact telephone number for the duration of your stay.