Get amongst it with Geckos Adventures
If your idea of an awesome trip is a rickety bus ride on a wild stretch of coast, sitting next to an old lady with a cage full of guinea pigs, only to have one of them turn up roasted on your dinner plate that night - then look no further.
Geckos Adventures tours rock that fine line between highlights highway and the road less travelled. They blend the best bits of the best guidebooks with shiny local gems you'd be hard pressed to find without the help of their super-savvy local guides.
Your guide, your ride, a comfy bed and all your entrance fees are also included in one cushy price. They'll even throw in a few set meals as well while also giving you plenty of opportunities to tuck into the local fare of your choosing along the way.
In case you're wondering, most peeps on Geckos tours are aged 18 to 39. But the oldest so far was a 79-year-old dude named Lars. By all reports he was kind of awesome, so go figure. Geckos tour groups aren't massive either with an average of 12 people and a max of 20 (22 on some Geckos Africa trips). And you're always free to do your own thing if you need a bit of breathing space.
When it comes to cruising on a Geckos tour, you'll find yourself on buses, bikes, boats, trains, canoes, rafts and the odd camel. On Geckos tours in Africa though, you'll be kickin' it with the baby elephants in a special safari vehicle, custom built for maximum bumfort. Think about it.
And when it's time for snoozin, you'll mostly crash in cosy, family-run places. The more remote the Geckos adventure, the more basic the digs (Bedouin tent, anyone?) and when it gets really wild (yes you, Africa) you'll get to camp most nights. All the gear and food is provided so don't freak out if you've never camped before. You know what they say, "the greatest hotel has 5 billion stars".
One last thing kitty cats…
On Geckos Africa trips, a 'kitty payment' is required in cash (generally paid on Day 1) and covers most on-ground expenses.