- Small Groups
- Great Prices & Great Value
- Local Payments
- Local Leaders
- Where do we stay?
- Getting Around
- Travelling on your own?
- Your own space
- Travelling Responsibly
- Guaranteed Departures
Our average group has 9 people and our maximum is 16 (22 on some of our Africa trips). Most of our travellers are aged between 18-35 but the oldest so far was a 79-year-old dude named Lars, and he was awesome, so go figure.
If you’ve got an open mind, a sense of adventure and are willing to step outside the comfort zone then you’ll fit right in.
On our Africa trips, a kitty payment is required in cash. It needs to be paid before the end of your trip, in the local stated above. It is generally paid on Day 1, and covers most on-ground expenses. Kitty payments calculated using exchange rates valid on 1 Jan 2012.
Local tour guides
Local tour guides are the grassroots of Geckos grassroots adventures. Geckos travellers come back time and again for the knowledge, passion and personality of our leaders. Born and raised in the regions we travel through, our leaders have strong connections with local communities and a great understanding of your culture as much as their own. They can translate cultural sensitivities as well as menus, and share with you experiences beyond what you might find on your own, or with a guide from your own country.
Where do we stay?
Geckos specialises in small, great value, family-run places that are not overrun with tourists, yet are close to the action. We think these are the best places to stay and the money paid for your room goes, as much as possible, back to local people. In remote areas, your accommodation will be basic; family homestays are a long way from 5-star comfort, but they provide an amazing opportunity to interact with villagers and understand their way of life.
In Africa,most nights are spent camping. We provide large dome tents, foam mattresses, camp chairs and lots of camp gear to make your stay comfortable. In Southern Africa, most of the camp sites are well equipped, while in East Africa, they are a little more basic; the negatives, however, are far outweighed by the remarkable settings and wildlife.
Galapagos voyages are aboard the MYDarwin, a 16-berth vessel rated ‘Tourist Superior’.
As a general rule, Geckos utilises local transport – you’ll feel like you’re amongst a culture, not just a visitor looking in. We like to travel on buses, bikes, fishing boats, trains, rafts and canoes. Of course, sometimes local transport is just not practical – we also use our own vehicles to get around.
In Africa,we use a fleet of custom-built, purpose-specific safari vehicles. As we spend a fair amount of time looking for wildlife, our vehicles’ design enables great viewing as well as a comfortable ride.
Travelling on your own?
We understand that travelling on your own to far away destinations and experiencing different cultures can be daunting. That’s why we believe Gecko’s is the best way to enjoy travelling – with a bunch of like-minded friends, safe and secure with immediate help at hand. Usually you’ll be sharing your room with a travelling companion of the same gender – making friends is always a fun part of the experience. As long as you're happy to share, we won't charge you any extra for travelling on your own.
Your own space
If, for any reason, you would prefer to have a guaranteed room all to yourself, most of our tours can accommodate this request for a small additional fee. Please see if single rooms are offered on your trip – and the cost – on the Dates and Availability page of each tour.
Travelling responsibly is really important to Geckos. We minimise the negative impacts of travel and maximise the benefits to the regions we travel through: we work with ethical service providers, employ locals and use locally owned lodgings; we help with grassroots projects and charities with services and funds through the Geckos Community Trust; and offset our carbon emissions with gold-standard schemes for both our trips and our wider organisation.
Every departure guaranteed
All of our trips are guaranteed and will run as scheduled. Book your trip, flights, leave and other travel arrangements all at the same time, safe in the knowledge your tour is guaranteed to depart.*
*Subject to clause 7 in the standard terms and conditions.